What is God

We all have different names for God. I think in US word God is most commonly used.  Other words I came across are (in no particular order): Universe, Being, Tao, Creative Force, Energy, Spirit, Buddha

I’d like to add to the list. I will do so as I think of other words.

Here is a great passage from “The Gospel According to Jesus” referring to word God. In Notes after Introduction section Stephen Mitchell writes:

I am using the word God to point to the ultimate, unnamable reality that is the source and essence of all things. God, Lord, etc. unfortunately have behind them images of a human (male) potentate. The ancient Jews called this reality YHVH, which probably means “that which causes everything to exist,” and which is marvelously unpronounceable. Lao-tzu uses female imagery, but he clearly states that all words are just crude pointers.

There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Unchanging.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it Tao.                           (chapter 25)



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