What do you think about the concept 'God of one's understanding'?

What do you think about the concept   'God of one's understanding'?
Much water has flowed under the bridge for many to come to the conclusion that there is a God of one's understanding. What one reads in religious books has been rewritten in the minds of many. Are you among those who think that God needs to be understood by everyone differently depending on their own experience?

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overcast
I think some religion wants to force their own way of living the life. And that's not a good approach towards the god. And it may add more contention in the religion. And that can be something people have to consider while interpreting. Because if any religion wants to claim specific way of religion is the way of god. Then surely it is going to cause more issues than the solutions. That's what I have learned as well.
Posted by overcast on 09-22-2017
Corzhens
I think that religion relies on the opinion of the leader. Would you believe that there is a religion here whose leader calls himself the appointed son of God? He talks like a modern Jesus Christ that he will conquer the earth. What makes me wonder is the legion of his followers. He also has a lot of money from the contributions maybe. For sure the concept of their God is different from the traditional religions that we know.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-16-2018
lovely
Yes,I think if we understand God our own way things will be a lot easier.The confusion in the world is cause by people trying to tell of what to believe and not to believe and this brings more confusion.If we depend solely on what we read from the holy book we will begin to reason from God's perspective. And truthfully, that is how it suppose to be.
Posted by lovely on 09-22-2017
Denis_P
While I believe in the existence of a universal force (what some people would call God, I suppose) I do not believe that what has been written down by men in religious texts is the word of God. As far as I'm concerned, scriptures such as the Torah, Bible, or Quran are little more than philosophical texts mixed with historical records and political motives intended to control the masses through fear of punishment. Each person must come to terms with themselves and find their own "God" because what has been written and rewritten by men is not to be trusted. Perhaps religious texts can be used as somewhat of a guide, but living by them word for word is mindless.
Posted by Denis_P on 09-22-2017
JoeMilford
I have to agree with you as well here. Writing is so subjective, and so much is always lost in translation. When you think of holy scriptures and how they have been translated from Arabic to Hebrew to Coptic Greek to Latin to English...I mean, how much could have been possibly lost through all of these interpretations and transformations, through language, of these texts? I do not trust it either. I am not a pessimist when it comes to my fellow man, but I do know how much he is capable of error. I include myself totally in that observation and statement.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-25-2017
Marvadaum
I agree with this 100%. God is such a supreme and superior creature that it is capable of presenting itself in different shapes and sizes so different minds can grasp the rather complex concept of divinity. I believe in this strongly.
Posted by Marvadaum on 09-22-2017
Marvadaum
I agree with this 100%. God is such a supreme and superior creature that it is capable of presenting itself in different shapes and sizes so different minds can grasp the rather complex concept of divinity. I believe in this strongly.
Posted by Marvadaum on 09-22-2017
tophew
there is only one God that is Jesus Christ some just confuse others that is been deceive by Satan's evil works. also only Jesus Christ rose from the dead and comeback to life many evidence prove it. so for me people should know that there is only one real God.
Posted by tophew on 09-22-2017
muaaz.93
I respect your point of view but to be honest, Jesus Christ never died.It wasn't Jesus who people saw, it was another person who looked similar like Jesus and was sent by the GOD of Jesus. JESUS is just a messenger of GOD like MOSES and MUHAMMED.Just ponder why GOD would come in front of masses to show his creatures that they need to follow him. GOD gave humans the free will to follow whatever they want.With time humans forgot their maker and GOD sent JESUS, MOSES, and MUHAMMED to make people understand what they were made for.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 09-22-2017
Joteque
As long as man's interpretation is heavily involved in relating the presence and existence of God, there will be a contradiction. This is particularly the case when man's motives are somewhat directed into a certain agenda that allows him to be at a significant advantage among his own kind. The good book did say put not your trust in man and yet the same man is left to interpret the bible. It's like setting a guard to monitor his own self righteousness. There are so many interpretations of the bible and so many ideas of the one true God that the contradiction in the end prevails. One has to keep an open mind when reading the bible that is somewhat interpreted by mankind. We have enough examples in the world to tell us that we still haven't gotten it quite right as yet. Ultimately we cannot deny the presence of a supernatural force that created the universe and life itself. I suppose it is within us to look for the signs and acknowledge when we are in the presence of something greater that what we know that man can create or deliver throughout our existence.
Posted by Joteque on 09-22-2017
Mehano
I believe that certain institutions, particularly the church have been very forceful with their own perception and definition of God. I think that it is better to let people view and interpret it in their own way. You can help them with guidance but nothing more. Forcing them to see it in a particular way isn't right. But that is only my own personal opinion. I am an atheist I guess but I still believe that there is something greater than us somewhere.
Posted by Mehano on 09-22-2017
kgord
I think in a sense it is up to the individual to decide what their own perception of God is. God certainly has many manifestations and means different things to different people. I think that it is up to the individual to decide what they believe about God and go from there. I don't think there is one spirit or manifestation of what God is. Truly God means different things to different people.
Posted by kgord on 09-22-2017
AlexHarris
I do feel that some people do force their perception of what a religion should be on others whether it be a parent on their children or a religious leader on their community. Somehow or another to some degree or another, what you believe as your religion was partially someone's opinion or view of how to follow a certain aspect of your religion. I don't particularly believe in finding your own definition of God, but I do think everyone should try to accept their God in their own light and not through someone else's.
Posted by AlexHarris on 09-23-2017
Wubwub
I think a lot of religions do preach this but it is massively ignored because people are always out to control each other or those under them. High priests and churches like that they have control over their members, and parents like that they are able to have control over their sons and daughters by means of religion. Yet, the book they claim they are following has verses in it that say that people should be free to live or praise the way they want as long as they are not doing harm on others and are still able to glorify their own version of God. I think a big part of why people ignore this is because they like the control it affords them over others' lives.
Posted by Wubwub on 09-23-2017
wallet
I do think that everyone has a different way of understanding things or live their life or even choose its own religion and believe what is right for him. Some people guide their life only by their religion, and I am not saying that is wrong but what about the rest? We cannot judge people for their beliefs and how they live their life, is their natural right to do what they want!
Posted by wallet on 09-23-2017
JoeMilford
Almost every major religion that I have ever heard of or studied adheres to strict moral and ethical guidelines. Humans are the problem. Not religions. We, and all of our weaknesses, are the ones who tend to misunderstand and misinterpret religious doctrines while twisting them to our own passions and desires. I think that the story of history is rife with this type of deplorable human behavior, and so many innocents have suffered terrible fates because of the human perversions of good religions.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-25-2017
jyy
I think certain things are solidly true in the Bible. However, other things need to be strongly studied because you cannot take a person's word for it. For instance, I think some of Christ's parables are referring to the rapture and maybe not eternal salvation. However, though, if I just took other people's word for it, I'd think differently.
Posted by jyy on 09-26-2017
jyy
Anything regarding "A God of One's Own Understanding" is dangerous because the original lie in Eden was that humankind could determine good and evil on their own. In that case, people need to seriously think about that fact, even though it is true many things in theology aren't so clear and need clearing up. I suppose in that case, though, prayer would help understand the deep things of God.
Posted by jyy on 09-28-2017
chatbox
If God were to be understood by everyone according to his/her experience, then God will probably a God of contradictions as each would have different experiences about him. To some, he would be a generous God. To others, he would be a stingy God. That is hardly a Godly character. God is the same today, tomorrow, and forever. He can't change from person to person. Man is limited. He perceives things based on his intellectual capabilities and personal experiences. It would be chaotic if God's character were to be based on each man's perception.
Posted by chatbox on 09-29-2017
chatbox
If God were to be understood by everyone according to his/her experience, then God will probably a God of contradictions as each would have different experiences about him. To some, he would be a generous God. To others, he would be a stingy God. That is hardly a Godly character. God is the same today, tomorrow, and forever. He can't change from person to person. Man is limited. He perceives things based on his intellectual capabilities and personal experiences. It would be chaotic if God's character were to be based on each man's perception.
Posted by chatbox on 09-29-2017
Barida
This is the reason we've got different religions with different views on how life should be seen. I mean that there are many religions and sections in those religions have shown that God needs to be understood differently by many people. This is the reason I don't criticize other churches.
Posted by Barida on 09-29-2017
babyright
The concept of God of ones understanding is to read Gods word and allow the spirit of God to lead you to understand what his word is talking about. The way God interprete a passage to my own level of understanding may be different to the way God will interpret his word to another person since we have different level of understanding.
Posted by babyright on 10-02-2017
vinaya
I like to call myself a spiritualist, rather than a religious man. I don't follow the scriptures. I don't buy religious descriptions of God. I believe in the power of the almighty and I believe everyone can experience God. I don't think the head of the religious institutions is the interpretation of God.
Posted by vinaya on 10-07-2017
anna
It's important to develop one's own relationship with spirituality. I don't think organized religion is able to accommodate the diversity of perspectives about spirituality.
Posted by anna on 10-16-2017
Corzhens
I believe that God is the supreme being who created everything. So no matter how they write it in the Bible and in their religious books, it is still that one God who created everything. That’s why I cannot come to terms with the verse in the Bible that says God is a jealous God so you should not adore statues or idols. If God is omniscient, he is the most intelligent and the most intelligent would understand that we are only humans who are looking for inspiration to our faith simply because we haven’t seen God yet.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-24-2018