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Where is God? How can we know God?

Asked by magdo (10points) April 18th, 2014

Where is God?

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janbb's avatar

God knows.

XOIIO's avatar

In your mind.

Seek's avatar

Historically, “god” is a title given to the unexplained, by way of explanation. God is fire, God is what causes lightning. God is the magic that causes women to bear children. God is that which protects us from our enemies and gives us victory in battle. God made the earth and people. God made the universe. God is the feeling of interconnectedness we have with nature and the people around us.

Many people throughout history have had many different ideas of what “god” is and where it (or they) reside and what its attributes are.

I used to believe in the Christian god. In my former belief system, one “knew” god by interacting with Him through prayer which led to receiving the Holy Ghost, evidenced by speaking in tongues.

Some others believe that one knows God by personal feeling, like God is housed in a part of their mind, speaking to them directly.

Some believe that God is simply that which brought us here, by whatever means, and we do honour to God by learning the histories of our families and those who came before us.

Some people believe that God is an unnecessary component in explaining the universe, and choose to reject the idea of its existence until it appears that there is empirical evidence for its existence.

So, ultimately, it depends on what your definition of “god” is, or which god you are looking for.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Each person has his own god, and defines god in his/her own way. Some of us choose not to believe in god, while others fervently believe.

There isn’t a universally accepted concept (or location, or definition, or description) of god—only that which is in a person’s own mind.

But I have to ask – you joined Fluther and your very first question is about god—- are you asking or are you selling?

shehabzooz's avatar

Surah 2 Verse 115
But to God belong all things in the heavens and on earth: And He it is that Encompasseth all things.
Surah 7 Verse 7
...We are nearer to him (man) than (his) jugular vein.
Surah 50 Verse 16

…He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out of it, what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it. And He is with you wheresoever ye may be. And God sees well all that ye do.
Whoever contemplates how the universe was formed and the laws that run it, the human body and the facts inside it, he will realize that this universe was formed in a way that makes it perfectly suitable for the existence of life and people.
The universe requires accurate adjustment for millions of steady facts and universal phenomena because any defect in those facts won’t allow this universe or live on it to be stable. The natural features of the earth were set accurately to match the requirements of continuity of life and the existence of man. The establishment of the universe and the earth to be suitable for life and man requires that God must be acquainted by the sustenance of His deeds and the continuity of His characteristics in everything inside or around us from God’s innovation and its permanency in life. God is always there by His deeds’ qualities, the facts of His ability and His clear will about everything we see inside or around us, God says:
“Soon will We show them our Signs in the (furthest) regions (of the earth), and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth.” Surat Fosselat, Verse 53.
If you ask: where (is God), this question is about the place, and He is above place and capability because He is the Creator of place. If you say: in, it is for the time and He is before and after time as He is the Creator of time and place, if you say: before, He is before the before and nothing was there before Him, if you say: after, He is after the after and nothing will be there after Him. Every thought comes to your mind has an end and God is different from this because He is perfect.

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Where is God: on heaven.
How can we know God: go to heaven.

Khajuria9's avatar

Where is God? Everywhere or nowhere.
How can we know God? Not possible.

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LostInParadise's avatar

A much more basic question: What does God do?

Is God in charge of enforcing scientific laws, or do the laws operate without God, with God intervening only in the case of miracles? Does God have to perform miracles to reward and punish people? Does God roll dice to determine the outcome of quantum events, or does God do things deterministically in such a way that quantum events follow the appropriate probability distribution?

It is all way too complicated for me, which is one of the reasons I am an atheist.

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LuckyGuy's avatar

In a society that has no understanding of science, including: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, etc., God is a convenient answer. Why is the sky blue? God painted it. Why do the planets move in the night sky? God guides them. Why are my children healthy and my neighbor’s are not? God willed it. Why are there rocks that look like bones inside other rocks? God put them there as a test.

Where is God? He is at the edge of what you know and don’t know.
You are free to either push out at your boundaries of ignorance – or not. Some call that religious freedom. Others call it religious tolerance. Others might simply call it laziness.

I, for one, will continue to learn about microbiology, stem cell research, particle physics, mathematics and optics, while following the laws of my country, state and county. All the answers I need to live a healthy, productive, loving life are there.
(Except for a question I had about 401k and Simple SEP retirement accounts and I got that answer right here on Fluther. )

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

God is existence.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

The whole universe as we know it.

KNOWITALL's avatar

ACTUALLY @Seek gave a great answer, I concur.

Darth_Algar's avatar

God is in your head, nowhere else.

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flutherother's avatar

This question is the perfect opportunity for God to manifest Himself and give the definitive answer but He won’t.

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Seaofclouds's avatar

[Mod says] Just a reminder that this is in the general section everyone. Responses must be helpful and on topic. Thanks!

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stanleybmanly's avatar

I hope everyone here has learned their lesson about the REAL god and the majesty of his wrath.

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stanleybmanly's avatar

Where is God? Check your wallet.

cheebdragon's avatar

Go to prison and I bet you find him real quick.

Afos22's avatar

God is nowhere. He is impossible and made up, like all other fables. You can’t know god.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Which god? They are each to be found in different places, whether that be Asgard, Mt Olympus, Paradise, or throughout all the forests and rivers of Earth. The route to understanding is different for each god also.

alphabetpony92's avatar

I am on the fence about God; I am an Ignostic. Basically what this is supposed to mean is that in order to decide whether I believe in God or not, I’d like to have an idea of what he is, who he is, where he resides, etc. I don’t even know if its male or female or what species. So basically what I’m saying is that I’m entirely neutral about his existence because I’m curious and I have no conceived idea of what God is supposed to be. He is even more elusive than Bigfoot—we have an idea of what kind of habitat Bigfoot is supposed to live in, what he looks like, how big his foot size is, what he smells like (not good) and its mostly to do with witness accounts. These are certain reported attributes which then lead us to understand a bit more. I simply have no idea what attributes to apply to God. I hope that helps your question somewhat but it is a difficult one.

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