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Do you think God is lonely?

Asked by bob_ (19285 points ) January 6th, 2011

Does it get lonely at the very top?

Think about it. If God is all-powerful, he doesn’t have equals, so he might feel like he doesn’t have any buddies. Do you think that’s the case? It could be the case that, since he is all-powerful, he can make himself feel good, but then, wouldn’t he know he’s just kidding himself?

What are your thoughts?

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Blueroses's avatar

I love this question! How would God have poker buddies? Everyone knows he’s omniscient and he’d always be calling bluffs. “oh, God’s coming to the game? Never mind, I think I’ll mow the garden.”

choreplay's avatar

Do you have children? We’re his children and since he yerns for communion with us, he gets lonely till we are with him whether in prayer or in his presense.

bob_'s avatar

@Season_of_Fall I don’t.

Can’t God read our thoughts and stuff?

Blueroses's avatar

Who does God go to when he wants to bitch about his day at the office?

kess's avatar

God has found satisfaction within Himself, therefore boredom something apart from himself.

Coloma's avatar

‘God’ is expereincing itself in every life form, so no, if anything ‘God’ is over stimulated.

Axemusica's avatar

This question would be better suited for the Devil.

>:)

stump's avatar

I think of God as the sum total of the universe. So our feelings are also Her feelings. So yes, God feels lonely, but also joyous, angry, loving, confused, everything. How? That is beyond my understanding. But just about everything you can say or think about God is true, one way or another.

coffeenut's avatar

@kess if he keeps doing that he will go blind

choreplay's avatar

I think having children is the closest we will come to understanding this. Sure he can read our thoughts. I often know what my children are thinking but I yern for their attention not just knowing whats going on with them.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I doubt it. I have a sneaking suspicion that god has a lot of imaginary friends to keep company.

etignotasanimum's avatar

I know it sounds odd, but I never really pictured God having emotions anyway. I mean, human emotions, like loneliness. I mean, he’s supposed to be just and stuff, but God is supposed to be above humanity and therefore those sort of human emotions, or so went my chain of reasoning. So, I don’t think he gets lonely.

6rant6's avatar

Serves him right if he is… that “Holier than thou” attitude…. “Oh no, I’m always right!” “You’re not as blinding as I am…” “I know you are but what am I?” “When I want your opinion I’ll have you put on the rack.”

tinyfaery's avatar

No. Santa and the tooth fairy make good company.

Blueroses's avatar

He never gets to engage in “your mom!” joke contests. When he says it… game over.

flutherother's avatar

Why else create a Universe?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Blueroses LOL, that was funny!

ucme's avatar

Nah, he’s most probably eating out Marylin Monroe as we speak. Mother Theresa shaking her head in a fit of jealousy….....disgust on a nearby cloud.

Winters's avatar

If the old fart exists, I’m sure he’s fine, he’s got two other personalities to have fun with at the very least, and I’d bet he pulls (or she due to what I’m about to allude to) off what god does in the movie Dogma at least once a year as well. But I think Zarathustra got it right, “God is dead.”

Austinlad's avatar

Well, he doesn’t have anyone to pray to except himself.

bob_'s avatar

Perhaps, as I’ve said before, he gets solace from the fact that, when he gets laid, chicks ALWAYS go “OH GOD! OH GOD!”

Blueroses's avatar

He can’t even unwind by playing video games. He can beat every level.

ucme's avatar

Although special praise goes out to his son for his undoubted sexual prowess….....“Jesus, oh jesus christ yes!”

6rant6's avatar

@bob Yeah, but he’s got that problem where he doesn’t even have sleep with them and they STILL get pregnant.

bob_'s avatar

@6rant6 That can indeed be quite troublesome.

Blueroses's avatar

C&H ftw again!

Aster's avatar

If -and I emphasize if He is the CEO in Heaven and the universe, how could he be lonely??? I mean , it’s definitely crowded up there.

Blueroses's avatar

But it’s a crowd of unequals. Doesn’t every mind (even the most magnificent) crave some challenge? Is there any fun to be had in always being the smartest one in the room?

I think that was the spirit of this question.

Aster's avatar

I would agree if He were an ordinary mortal he’d crave challenge. But He’s too busy with the challenges of the universe and all it’s problems to be needing Einsteins.

PARAprakrti's avatar

This is a difficult topic to discuss to full satisfaction without everyone involved having studied Vaisnava texts, but I will sum it up by saying that God isn’t bored because He is eternally accompanied by His internal pleasure potency. And God engages in His eternal pastimes with the personifications of this potency. Equal or unequal minds aren’t relevant to any of it. God isn’t looking to be intellectually challenged. He is just eternally enjoying Himself in transcendental loving exchanges.

EDIT: Hahahahahaha. I accidentally wrote “internet pleasure potency” when I meant “internal.”
* Fixed *

Axemusica's avatar

So what you’re saying @PARAprakrti is he’s constantly masturbating?

PARAprakrti's avatar

@Axemusica minus the sexual connotations.

Aqua's avatar

According to the Bible (Philippians 2:6 and John 5:18), Christ is equal to God, so the premise of your question is flawed.

6rant6's avatar

@aqua Agreed. The premise that there is a god, definitely suspect.

coffeenut's avatar

To be lonely…..wouldn’t that require “it” to have emotions?

Wouldn’t a emotional GOD be worse than a un-emotional GOD?....

When there’s nothing else to do….God kills things

lloydbird's avatar

God is only.

bob_'s avatar

@lloydbird Only what?

Supacase's avatar

@etignotasanimum and @coffeenut Emotion is one of my main issues with the Christian and similar God. Shouldn’t he be above jealousy (worship no other idols)? As for needing constant praise, is that ego, low self-esteem or what?

coffeenut's avatar

@bob_ It should get a pet lol

Blueroses's avatar

lol @coffeenut. cielo cat!

AstroChuck's avatar

No, I’m fine.

Moegitto's avatar

God doesn’t get lonely, he looks at us like we look at Youtube

hotgirl67's avatar

I think that God loves us but is just very disappointed in humankind.So he’s probally thinking about that more.

PARAprakrti's avatar

Well, doesn’t there need to be some level of surprise in order to be disappointed? And how can an omniscient God be surprised? God knew all along how things would turn out.

hotgirl67's avatar

I can see your point. But God still hoped that humankind would treat each other better.

6rant6's avatar

If god doesn’t have it just the way he wants it, I mean really, who is to blame?

PARAprakrti's avatar

If you see my point, then you can anticipate what my next response will be:

How can “hope” have anything to do with God? God is full in knowledge. He doesn’t hope because He knows. It isn’t as though God is thinking, “Well, I know that humanity will turn into a bunch of dirtbags, but I really hope I am wrong.” Because that’s just it—God is never wrong, according to our very idea of “God.”

The real question here is: Why does God create in the first place? What reason does He or, at least, what possible reason does God have for creating something that is inherently inferior to His eternal nature and desire?

Blueroses's avatar

I can imbue my pets or a group of Barbie dolls with different personalities through the power of my imagination but all their interaction is still coming from myself. Even a creator needs a companion so I would venture, if I were at all religious which I am not that God and the Devil are best frenemies. The only challenge each other has.

BarnacleBill's avatar

God is not human. He doesn’t get lonely, have a bad day, get a bad haircut, or come over for a beer and help you hang drywall. He is not your best friend; he doesn’t have best friends.

Blueroses's avatar

exactly @BarnacleBill
Doesn’t that make him lonely? Where have all the other Gods gone?

Axemusica's avatar

If god isn’t human and doesn’t have emotion how does he love his faithful followers? just thought I ask.

bob_'s avatar

@BarnacleBill And he doesn’t help the Dallas Cowboys anymore, huh?

BarnacleBill's avatar

@bob_ I suspect he’s an Eagles fan.
@Blueroses, the other Gods had feet of clay; they toppled when the Great Flood came. Their feet turned to mud, and they were knocked over with Noah’s Ark. When they reached for the lifeboat holding the unicorns and dragons, the boat capsized, and they were all washed away.

Seriously, God Is. Omnipotent, genderless, unfathomable.

bob_'s avatar

@BarnacleBill How do you know he’s omnipotent and genderless if he’s also unfathomable?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

No, he has fluther.

Blueroses's avatar

@BarnacleBill It’s a good thing you stopped where you did without giving away the location. Because you do remember the first rule about Gods Club is “no talking about Gods Club”

Summum's avatar

No God would not be lonely he is a higher being with many others his equal. He is with the Heavenly Mother. And many others.

6rant6's avatar

@Summum And that dog on the skateboard. I bet he has one of those.

Supacase's avatar

Very good point @Axemusica

Summum's avatar

@6rant6

What dog are you talking about?

lloydbird's avatar

@bob_ God is only (Singular, Absolute, Total, Entire, One.) and must therefore be “lonely”.

How else can the manifestation of apparent multiplicity be explained?

God needs relief from its predicament.

PARAprakrti's avatar

The oneness of God contains an inherent manifestation of multiplicity. It is not that God is lonely and then decides to make such a thing manifest. That “manifestation” is eternal.

bob_'s avatar

Okay, you guys need to get your story straight.

PARAprakrti's avatar

The “straight story” is that there is nothing to say that God would feel loneliness. Loneliness implies something lacking, and God is said to lack nothing. It is quite that simple. The only exception would be if God wanted to feel lonely, but even that is limited to some particular instance, some particular personification/avatar of God, and should be understood as part of God’s transcendental pastimes.

Nially_Bob's avatar

Fantastic question Bob. One I’ve never thought to contemplate.

My gut answer is yes. God, by definition, is omniscient and omnipotent, and one of the primary reasons we, as social animals, choose to be surrounded by people is because they provide us stimulation. Both on a physiological level (laughter, nervousness, adrenaline, arousal etc) and an intellectual level (discussions, analyses, complex social interactions etc). Given that a God would already be aware of what any being is thinking, feeling and planning at all times and would also be capable of altering himself physically all of these notions that encourage social interaction would lose their appeal. And when one has no motivation to interact with other beings that can easily lead to isolation and loneliness. In short, it’s possible that God is lonely for the same reason Dr. House is lonely, others don’t provide him the stimulation he craves so he attempts to find it via alternative means. Following on from this it’s even plausible that, assuming the God in question created the creatures of Earth, we were constructed as a means of keeping God occupied to divert from the aforementioned loneliness.

On the other hand, one could say that for the very same reason God isn’t lonely; if God is capable of sharing in an organisms every titillation it may accordingly feel a sense of connection with said organism. But this is presuming that a God has the desire to feel empathy as from their all-knowing perspective it may simply be seen as a dysfunctional and destabilising notion.

I’d speculate on the matter further but the possibilities are seemingly infinite. It’s a remarkably thought provoking question for which I’m grateful.

Fairylover78's avatar

God Who? Got a last initial or something to go on?

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