There is God

There is God. Not “a” God. Or “the” God. Simply “God”.

Originally published 2000

The use of an article indicates a singularity. Something separate from other things. Mostly, something separate from us. Language is a funny thing. It’s a tool that helps us figure things out. The right language makes it easier to think about things. But language can also mislead us — especially in areas that are not well-suited to language — like God.

Similarly, “he”, and “his”, or even “she” and “hers” are misleading. They make God into some sort of person — rather than expressing “that which is woven into all that is”. Even when you understand the truth, using terminology like that can confuse others. It can even confuse you!

Note:
Phrases like “God’s forgiveness” are borderline. It’s possible to misinterpret them, but there isn’t any better way to express conceptual relationships of that kind. Other examples are: “sanity’s hallmark”, or “love’s joy”. On the other hand, phrases like “God wants you to…” or “God asks that you…” definitely anthroporphism the concept of God into some sort of individual person, which creates a verbal separation where, in reality, there is none.

For more, see God, Jesus, Harry Potter, and Social Systemics.

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