I agree that God’s most understood and most felt quality is love. Yet I see so much more. See what you think. Oh yeah, you might want to turn up your sound.
GOD is everywhere present, and rules the circle of eternity, and rules in persons. God alone can be in two places, in numberless places, at the same time. God is simultaneously present "in heaven above and on the earth", as the Psalmist exclaimed: "Whither shall I go from your spirit? or whither shall I flee from your presence?" God is all the time present in all parts and in all hearts of his far-flung creation. God is such that the universe and heaven cannot contain God. God created it, so is beyond it. It is literally true that God is all and in all. But even that is not all of God. The Infinite can be finally revealed only in infinity, the cause can never be fully comprehended by an analysis of effects, the living God is immeasurably greater than the sum total of creation that has come into being as a result of the creative acts of Gods unfettered free will.
The creature not only exists in God, but God also lives in the creature. This gift from the Father is man's inseparable companion. Even in wrongdoing you torment the indwelling gift of God. The omnipresence of God is in reality a part of his infinite nature, space constitutes no barrier to Deity. God is in perfection and without limitation.
Many of the acts of the all-powerful Creator seem to be arbitrary, detached, and not infrequently heartless and cruel. But again I assure you that this is not true. God's doings are all purposeful, intelligent, wise, kind, and eternally considerate of the best good. Not always of an individual being, an individual race, an individual planet, or even an individual universe, but they are for the welfare and best good of all concerned, from the lowest to the highest. In the eras of time the welfare of the part may sometimes appear to differ from the welfare of the whole, in the circle of eternity such apparent differences are nonexistent.
We are all a part of the family of God, and we must therefore sometimes share in the family discipline. Many of the acts of God which so disturb and confuse us are the result of the decisions of the perfect will of the infinite mind, to enforce the decisions of perfection, vision, and solicitude embrace the highest and eternal welfare of all his vast and far-flung creation.
Thus it is that our detached, sectional, finite, and highly materialistic viewpoint and the limitations inherent in the nature of our being constitute such a handicap that we are unable to see, comprehend, or know the wisdom and kindness of many of the divine acts to which we seem burdened with such crushing cruelty, and which seem to be characterized by such utter indifference to the comfort and welfare, to the planetary happiness and personal prosperity, of our fellow creatures. It is because of the limits of human vision, it is because of our circumscribed understanding and finite comprehension, that we misunderstand the motives, and pervert the purposes, of God.
God is usually understood by us in three ways:
1. By the nature of God, especially by his infinite love, truth, beauty, and goodness.
2. By the will of God, by his mercy and fatherly relationship with us.
3. By the law of God, by the righteousness and justice.
God is unlimited in power, divine in nature, final in will, infinite in attributes, eternal in wisdom, and absolute in reality.
The divine mind is conscious of, and aware of, the thought of all creation. God’s knowledge of events is universal and perfect. God is the only personality in the entire universe who does actually know the number of the stars and planets of space. Every child may truly say: "He knows the way I take, and when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold." God is possessed of unlimited power to know all things, Gods consciousness is universal.
We are not certain whether or not God chooses to foreknow events of sin. But even if God should foreknow the acts of free will of his children, such foreknowledge does not in the least bit limit their freedom. One thing is certain: God is never subjected to surprise.
This giving of God to Gods creation creates a boundless, almost inconceivable future possibility of progressive and successive existences for these divinely endowed mortals.
To mortals of time there is a future, but God occupies eternity. Mortal man cannot possibly know the infiniteness of God. Finite mind cannot think through such an absolute truth or fact. But this same finite human being can actually feel--literally experience--the full and undiminished impact of such an infinite Gods LOVE. Such a love can be truly experienced, although while quality of experience is unlimited, quantity of such an experience is strictly limited by the human capacity for spiritual receptivity and by the associated capacity to love God in return.
Finite appreciation of infinite qualities goes beyond the logically limited capacities of us because of the fact that we are made in the image of God--there lives within us a fragment of infinity. Therefore our nearest and dearest approach to God is by and through love, for God is love.
In the relationships of our hearts God may not always have his way, but in the conduct and destiny of a planet the divine plan prevails, the eternal purpose of wisdom and love triumphs.
Throughout the universe, every unit is regarded as a part of the whole. Survival of the part is dependent on co-operation with the plan and purpose of the whole, the wholehearted desire and perfect willingness to do Gods divine will. The only world without error (the possibility of unwise judgment) would be a world without free will.
Free and inexperienced intelligence cannot possibly at first be uniformly wise. The possibility of mistaken judgment (evil) becomes sin only when the human will consciously endorses and knowingly embraces a deliberate immoral judgment.
The full appreciation of truth, beauty, and goodness is inherent in the perfection of the divine universe. Everything divine that the human mind grasps and the human soul acquires is an experiential attainment, it is a reality of personal experience and is therefore a unique possession in contrast to the inherent goodness and righteousness of the personalities of Heaven.
The creatures of Heaven are naturally brave, but they are not courageous in the human sense. They are innately kind and considerate, but hardly altruistic in the human way. They are hopeful of a pleasant future, but not hopeful in the exquisite manner of the trusting mortal of the uncertain planets. They have faith in the stability of the universe, but they are utter strangers to that saving faith that mortal humans climb from the status of an animal up to the portals of Paradise. They love the truth, but they know nothing of its soul-saving qualities. They are idealists, but they were born that way; they are wholly ignorant of the ecstasy of becoming such by exhilarating choice. They are loyal, but they have never experienced the thrill of wholehearted and intelligent devotion to duty in the face of temptation to fail. They are unselfish, but they never gained such levels of experience by the magnificent conquest of a belligerent self. They enjoy pleasure, but they do not comprehend the sweetness of the pleasure escaped from the potential of pain.
The power of God is unlimited, it is the fundamental fact of all creation. The universe was not inevitable. The universe is not an accident, neither is it self-existent. The universe is a work of creation and is therefore wholly subject to the will of the Creator.
All religious philosophy, sooner or later, arrives at the concept of unified universe rule, of one God. Universe causes cannot be lower than universe effects. The source of the streams of universe life and of the cosmic mind must be above the levels of their manifestation.
The philosopher professes to reject the idea of a universal and supreme will, the very supreme will whose activity in the universal laws he so deeply reverences. What unintended homage the philosopher pays the Creator when he conceives such laws to be self-acting and self-explanatory! Yet it is a great blunder to humanize God.
The infinite and eternal Ruler of the universe is power, form, energy, process, pattern, principle, presence, and idealized reality. But God is more, God is personal, God exercises a supreme will, experiences self-consciousness of divinity, executes a creative mind, pursues the satisfaction of an eternal purpose, and manifests a Father's love and affection for Gods children. And all these more personal traits of God can be better understood by observing them as they were revealed in the life of Michael, (Jesus) Gods Son, while he was on Earth.
God loves children, God serves children, God inspires the children of the universe to the ever ascending adventure of being God-like by the ways shown by the Son. (Jesus)
Ok you might think this explains what God is. Who knows you may think this is a bunch of non-sense. But God is even more to me. This was only some of God's attributes. Next will be God's nature. And then more of what God’s essence is. Sorry if you don’t like this post. Don’t read the next two if you didn't like this one. But for me it fits. Hopefully it rings a bell of truth in you too.
Before we were ever born...we gave ourselves challenges...for some...it is to deny the other side...so we could discover the message of love in spite of putting on earthly bodies... I went to heaven in my nde...yet some who die...never find a place they call heaven...but somehow heaven exists for me... within my religious point of view...and maybe I see heaven for the same reason the non believer chooses not to see... We who chose to see the variable of heaven learn the lessons love could give us knowing heaven waits for us... but the lessons of those who see no heaven choose lessons that are no less valuable for them...for choosing otherwise....I saw orbs of light,,,you may call them burning balls of I fire...or spirits...or not...only the light I found in my NDE did not burn...there was no heat coming from the light...the only place a wyrm burns in my perceptions coming from my NDE is when you dip your soul into a chemical body...death and dying...putting a physical chemical body over orbs of love...to make our illusions burn...
Anything less than light free of burning is not love...This what I learned in my Near Death Experience but that is me...there is so much to learn... Some who have Near Death Experiences put the face of Jesus or Buddha...on their orbs of light...and clothing on their spiritual beings too....I could not see clothing on anyone in heaven...or faces either...or fire...until I was on my journey back to my body...where I had fallen past the stars....passing Pluto...Venus...Mars,,,,until I saw the big blue marble that is earth....then...right before the atmosphere I met a lesser God ...translucent....long white beard and robe...and some might call this in between place heaven...and this in between robed figure God...but rather a lesser God...I for one do not...as this lesser God was far removed from the light so strong it blurred color into one light....but there is black....the God of black...there is something to be learned from black.... this was passed along by popoe;
“Black was best looking… Ebony was the best wood, the hardest wood; it was black. Virginia ham was the best ham. It was black on the outside. Tuxedos and tail coats were black and they were a man’s finest, most expensive clothes. You had to use pepper to make most meats and vegetables fit to eat. The most flavorsome pepper was black. The best caviar was black. The rarest jewels were black: black opals, black pearls.”
-Ann Petry, The Narrows, 1953
"Black is elegant, and mysterious. Black is often said to be the absence of color, but I think it deserves a place as a color itself. The fashion world certainly couldn’t function without it! Maybe black has gotten a bad rap because it is associated with the villain’s hat – but black, like white, is like a canvas, and we can paint on it most vividly! -popoe"
We who fall into bodies... very much know the light...we were one with the light...the light was everywhere...but we wanted to learn something else...we put on the clothing of ego...to learn black...to learn the feeling of burning...to learn shapes we chose to learn long ago...but could not see them for all of the light....
Beyond the limitations...of time... split from the light..we fell...down here into the underworld...where we live in bodies to learn black... Maybe I am too hard on my lesser higher self... I am tired of learning black but he keeps sending me here...until I can paint love in black...maybe I should thank him for sending me into a world that breaks my heart every day? but I will not...not today...but I hope I get my lessons learned about black in this life...so I can shed bodies that burn...separated from the light... I would rather take a lesser illusion...become an angel like being...barely visible even to the soul...one that lives on love...this may be what I choose next time round...at least...this is my hope...
"I am tired of learning black but he keeps sending me here...until I can paint love in black...maybe I should thank him for sending me into a world that breaks my heart every day?"
Perhaps you/we will experience the 'black' until you/we see no difference between the black and the white except for our judgement regarding it. Once the black and the white are One, and you/we observe this as absolute Truth, our self-imposed banishment to the Land of Black will no longer be experienced.
1 Corinthians 13, verse 11
"When I was a child, I spake as a child,
I understood as a child, I thought as a child:
but when I became a man, I put away
childish things. For now we see through a
glass, darkly; but then face to face: now
I know in part; but then shall I know even
as also I am known".
The enlightened only see love...and often ignore their broken hearted fellow human beings, animals, rocks, plants, trees...and everything...that has taken on the mask of death and dying... We ignore those who need our loving attention...right in front of us....
Love is not all there is while time exists...but when every spirit and soul choose love over the absence of it... when we all choose to serve love and not just pontificate about oneness...love is all there will be... but I am here...down here in the underworld...of my own free-will...and I will not ignore the pain and fear of others then call it love... Love has nothing to do with it... There is a light that runs through us all...and light returns to light... this is where my heart remains...but down here in the dark is where my dying body lives... I can ignore the sad and dying world around me but why?
jejeje... The word, "pontificate," did come across rather strong... I am in the same boat as you...as far as trying to figure this whole thing out... but for me sometimes i attempt sailing against the wind instead of with it... i guess that is why i have not walked out of my body yet...
i want to be like the little old church lady who hears her pastor talk
about a hateful God who sends sinners to hell...a God who sends
she-bears to kill forty and two children for laughing at a bald
headed prophet...but all she sees is love...The wars go on...the
children starve...a baby dies in her mother's arms...the politicians
lie...and she only hears the trumpet call of jubilee...it surrounds
her day... i am just not there... perhaps when i have given up all of
my ego...and realize all we do is "dust in the wind,"
i can become like her...always smiling...heaven surrounding me as it
does for her... as sky surrounds me when I look around from on a
mountain high...but I have just enough nerve and ego left to think I
can be the change that tips the balance to love... a little tiny light
on the dark side of the moon...
Love and Light to you Infinite Love...
Forgive me for waxing cold... I am not a prophet... or the keeper of the truth...but rather the sharer of my truth... I am just a little worm that eats up what I can... consuming the apple therefore making it rotten...
I know I am not there yet in my learning... I just have my square NDE peg to try to fit into a round world...
From my NDE, I came to understand that God who is love
is not omniscient...in the dimension of time and death
but has the potential to be omniscient... just as a
light switch can potentially make a room light...God
who is love has the potential to turn on the lights
and dispel death and dying. Love can not see anything
but love....Love can not look on unlove without unlove
vanishing but just because you can turn a light on in
a dark room does not mean the room is light.
God who is light can not experience pain... If love
looks on pain...pain vanishes.... but God who is love
has a shadow side... called free-will... where
and pain reside...where death and dying reign...
That portion of God, that created time, I call the
Librarian. The Librarian or God of the underworld...at
least for earth... is a lesser God who resides just
outside of the atmosphere in my NDE...is the fallen
aspect of God who is love... When God created this
lesser dimension of God...God split into an infinite amount
of fallen souls who fell from the light...
less one piece... and all of the fallen aspects of God
hid behind free-will... in the
shadows where at least in this dimension and in this
world we live in a world where 2/3rds of everything
is light while 1/3rd of everything is dark...
The Librarian records everything we do and records our
intentions...we qho fell...but in the tunnel...
where we have our life
reviews...what is not loving is filtered out...our
sheds all of its unlove...and all that enters into
heaven is love...where the light have gone on... and
the Librarian is just doing his job of recording
everything...and maintaining all of the contracts we
who willfully fell into time and death made with each
other... and when the last contract was signed...the
division of oneness began...
This Librarian has a job....and records everything
that each soul and spirit does and their
intentions..... and this being is omniscient...in the
dimension of space and time...He is the rule maker and
he metes out karma... or clauses in our contracts we
made with one another...the
each everything has with one another...to consume one
another...but he has to maintain a perfect balance of
66.666...light and 33.333... dark... It is his belief
that this balance is superior to pure love...100%
light... When he(The Librarian) is orchestrating love for us he
may appear to be loving but there is no love in
him...as he is just a conduit through which the light
moves through... a light bulb is not light... but
rather...he is the absence of love... but...where time
ends...he can not enter in....
I know what I am saying goes against what other near
death experiencers have experienced... and very
different from what those of my own religious point of
view believe... but I have to trust that my NDE is
describing the same thing that others see but just
from a different vantage point....