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  •  Does God "Live"? (8+ / 0-)

    Life by definition requires death.  To say that we are alive requires an understanding of mortality.  We are effectively in the state of avoiding death.

    Life is merely the "when" wedged between nonexistence and death.

    If there were an omnipotent and omnipresent god, such a definition would seem a non sequitur.

    God would neither being alive or dead.  Kind of like the opposite of Shrodinger's cat.  Not being alive means that one needn't concern themselves with where to be alive.

    •  From a Buddhist perspective (4+ / 0-)

      I have to agree and disagree with this:

      Life by definition requires death.  To say that we are alive requires an understanding of mortality.  We are effectively in the state of avoiding death.
      Death, by definition, requires birth -- not life.
      Life is merely the "when" wedged between nonexistence and death.
      As I see it (and of course YMMV) this presupposes that there is "nonexistence" after life.  Natural law would suggest that as a non-sequitur; conservation of energy and matter, etc.  Nothing simply ceases to exist, it only changes form.  Why would consciousness be different?  What is consciousness, anyway?  Are you sure it isn't "life"?  How do you know that?  What is "life"?
      If there were an omnipotent and omnipresent god, such a definition would seem a non sequitur.
      Buddhists don't believe in a creator God.  We only believe in "unity consciousness," or the combined "all that is."  We spend our whole lives breaking through the idea that anything is separate from anything else.  Which kind of brings us to your last statement; when we break our addiction to the illusion of separateness, we no longer have to bother with the cycle of life and death.  That's the whole goal!
      Not being alive means that one needn't concern themselves with where to be alive.
    •  See the answers in "God's Debris" by Scott Adams (5+ / 0-)

      It's a very short book, about 100 pages, but really gets into these kinds of questions, i.e. if you were omnipotent, omniscient and eternal, what would be the challenge? It delves nicely into probability and quantum theory as well, Highly recommended!

      Of course it hurts! You're being screwed by an Elephant!

      by CAPitBull on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 03:43:19 PM PDT

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    •  You're not far (2+ / 0-)
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      Dr Teeth, Xavier Onassis EMTP

      from Paul Tillich, a great 20th Century existentialist theologian, who was remarkable & influential for his ability to explain  his essential ideas to people like me.

      "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

      by DJ Rix on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 11:41:45 PM PDT

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