Conceiving of God
Our word "God" has connotations that can be off-putting to many people upon hearing it.
Typically, many people think of an independent, conscious personality with a kind of Santa Claus-complex, a kind of invisible but extra-large and extra-old human being. Perhaps the image of God as an ancient human being is reinforced by artistic depictions from the Middle Ages and other eras.
In reality, the language we use to describe God comes from a human perspective, and our perspective is limited in many ways.
Sometimes I've suggested to people in the past to use other terms and see how they feel. What happens when you speak of Reality? What happens when you speak of the Absolute? What happens when you think of the Universe? Great Spirit? Truth? Cosmic Consciousness?
We could have debates that all these terms mean different things, but we're generally aiming at the same idea- an inconceivable and absolute source of all things.
My own journey involved having a distaste for the term "God" for a long time. However, as I began to substitute other words, I realized it wasn't God causing the issue but rather the immature understanding of the Divine that had accumulated around the term.
What terms make you more comfortable talking about the Divine?
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