The universe as we know and understand it can be described as a complete circle of which human existence has little or no comprehension. The only part one may be able to describe is the part of the circle within which we inhabit as well as the broad structure of its entirety. This entire essay is meant to prove that life and mankind is a smaller part of a much larger circular system created by God. The universe's entire existence is merely a constant repetition of the great circle that God intended for all of life to abide by. This circle that human beings are a part of is God himself. In order to start, one must first have a completely open mind to the concept contrary to Spinoza in regards to the idea of First Cause. Instead, one must be open to the ideas of not only a scientific solution, but also open to the idea of existentialism in regard to God's constant presence in our day-to-day lives. Buber's I-Thou describes how this concept of the I- eternal Thou affects our conscious, relationships, and our actions throughout our life. This infinite relationship between an individual and God gives complete meaning to God's essence.
Finally, Gillman puts forth three separate ideas about revelation through a traditionalist, naturalist and existentialist point of view. Obviously the latter was previously mentioned, however, these other two key characteristics are neither false, nevertheless they can still be accept as the norm for believing in God within this circular system. In order to understand this better, God has free will so any one of these positions are technically conceivable, however existentialism is the most beneficial way to truly connect to God.
[...] To understand better, our universe, our lives, and our free will is all but a small piece of God. This circle, as a timeline, consists of billions upon billions of years, an amount of time that is completely incomprehensible by human mathematics. Within this circle lays this vast amount of time, where our civilization and our planet's life mark only a small portion of the circle's entirety. For a visual aide, imagine a circle, part of the circle's circumference is placed an X. This X is the point at which man's present lives are taking place. [...]
[...] This is completely false because God cannot be separated between his existence and his essence because he is indefinably both. The concept that Spinoza separates the two is a complete misconception. Everything but substance as Spinoza describes God, has a beginning and an end, but God is forever eternal. Therefore, with God's infinite existence and essence one can only come to the conclusion that God has neither a beginning point and nor an end point. This theory in turn shapes God around a circle, a shape that neither has a start nor a finish. [...]
[...] Work Cited Buber, Martin. I and Thou. New York: Simon & Schuster Gillman, Neil. Sacred Fragments, Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew. “Revelation, What Really Happened?” Jewish Publication Society Spinoza, Baruch. “Works of Spinoza, Ethics and selected Letters: Correspondence, Letter II with Oldenburg” Spinoza, Baruch. The Ethics. Translated by R.H.M. Elwes. [...]
[...] This (as we have just shown) is the height of absurdity” (The Ethics 73). God's possession of a will, which Spinoza deems absurd, is completely illogical for him to acknowledge. God's will is forever present in our every day lives, although it is not seen so easily as described in the old testament, the presence is there. God's will commands and creates everything into existence, however his declarations over this world are so miniscule because our world and our time is part of something vast that changes occur every second but they are just not present to us. [...]
[...] This circle that human beings are a part of is God himself. In order to start, one must first have a completely open mind to the concept contrary to Spinoza in regards to the idea of “First Cause”. Instead, one must be open to the ideas of not only a scientific solution, but also open to the idea of existentialism in regard to God's constant presence in our day-to-day lives. Buber's I-Thou describes how this concept of the eternal Thou affects our conscious, relationships, and our actions throughout our life. [...]
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