God Stuff 101

It is impossible to understand each other if our words are not defined or mean different things.

For basics, let’s start with God vs. gods. Simply stated from a human perspective, a god or gods can be considered any and all higher powers, rulers, or dictators that are beyond our natural power. Gods may be the laws of physics, moral codes, climate or natural science, etc. You can probably already guess why they are small g gods. For one thing, they have no particular authority, and for another, they can be violated without certain consequence. In other words, we can short a circuit, ignore natural morality, alter the climate. We can even fly.

Leave aside the fact that gravity, morality, and climate still operate on their own by their own laws no matter how we work against them. For our purposes, what defines God? Is there a God? And why must it be singular?

Second question comes first. God must be singular or there is no God. This will come up again — and again and again — but for now, simply consider how two absolute powers could dictate two separate, all-encompassing sets of rules for the Universe. Talk about a rock and a hard place, or an immovable object and irresistible force!

Now, is there a God? Absolutely. If you want to call it The Way Things Are, First Cause, Prime Mover, or Nature, you will have to accept there is something binding it all together. A popular one among the devoutly religious is the General Unified Theory, something that deals with tying together all of the forces of physics. It is what most of us would call, “God.”