seeds wrote: ↑Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:47 pm
...if you are going to appeal to Catholicism to support your arguments, then realize that Catholic teachings are based upon Biblical doctrines, and Biblical doctrines insist that God created humans in his own image, and that we are the literal “offspring” of God.
In which case, it is not inconceivable that certain aspects of the human condition can be turned around and applied to God.
Therefore, it is indeed possible to personify God (i.e., liken God to us, and vice versa) in limited ways.
bahman wrote: ↑Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:10 pm
What are those limited ways?
Sentience, self-awareness, a personal identity (i.e., an “I Am-ness”), along with the ability to reason and create, etc., etc.
And most important of all, the ability to willfully grasp the mental fabric of our own inner-being and shape it into absolutely anything imaginable.
Indeed, as you stand on the earth and look out into the universe, you are witnessing (from a “fetal” perspective) the extent to which that ability can be taken by a Being that, again, created us in its own image.
Simply (and metaphorically) stated, if you can just imagine the Creator of our universe as being the fully-grown “adult version” of that which we are the “offspring” of, and that we are each imbued with the same potential as our Creator, then you will understand what I am suggesting.
The title of your thread is addressing the “simplicity” of God.
Well, I propose that the truth of God...
(or at least the truth of the simplicity of our present relationship with God)
...cannot get any simpler (or any more “natural”) than in the understanding that God is literally “pregnant” with us.
It is a truth that I have loosely depicted in one of my oft used illustrations:
(For a clearer view of the dialogue, click on the following link and then click on the image to expand it - http://www.theultimateseeds.com/Images/ ... ge%207.jpg)