"The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally
received with distrust." - Arthur Schopenhauer
WHAT IS A GOD?
The ancient humans on earth, who we sometimes revere, all believed that the
planets of the pantheon were gods, especially the earlier sun Saturn, but
also our sun of today. The sun is beneficent, giving off the light and
energy that we absolutely need, and giving credit for that is a form of
worship. Ancient mythology and ancient sacred texts accept all that. Why do
we not do so today?
G. Eklund and G. Benfor, "If the Stars are Gods,"
Universe 4 (N. Y., 1974), pp. 121-159, especially pp.
129-131......... Is the sun benevolent? How does it inspire your
daily life? Does it constantly rage? I don't know, and you don't
know either, and it's not a thing we can risk lying about, because
they [aliens] may very well know themselves. To them, a star is a
living entity. It's a god, but more than our gods, because they can
see a star and feel its heat and never doubt that it's always
1. What are the intellectually responsible criteria for defining a God?
2. Why should we care?
3. Is there a God that exists whether we want one or not?
4. Does the word “Creator” mean something different from the word “God?”
5. If we do not define the concept of God in an intellectually responsible way, why is
6. What do we need a God for?
7. What good does having a God do?
8. What would or should a God worthy of the term offer to us?
9. What would a specific person have to offer in order to be considered as
10. How would a God be different from us?
11. Would a God be transcendent or superior?
12. Would a God be dangerous to be around?
13. Would a God be an “ideal” person? An ideal human? Ideal for whom?
14. If you met God in person, how would you know? How could you tell?
15. Would a God be perfect? By whose or what standard or criteria?
16. What would it take for you to really believe in God?
17. If one's fundamental concepts of God are wrong, how does one get them right?
18. From where did your concepts of God come? From religious
upbringing and teaching? Or from your own personal study, research, thinking
19. What should or should not a God do to change our concepts to be accurate?
20. Who should answer these question except you?
It is very productive to occasionally re-ask the fundamental questions.
The premises of this site are that we need a better definition of the
term "God", and that the definition of "sin" is a wrong and destructive concept or understanding of "God", of his
character, purpose, values and intentions; and that Jesus came to resolve this most
fundamental problem—once and for all—with a demonstration for the
entire universe. Part of the premise is that Christendom has adopted a false
and shallow definition of Sin, one based not on how Jesus defined and used
the term, but one based on Old and New Testament Legalism.