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Thomas McConkie provides insights around the existence of God.
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Does God Exist?
Thomas McConkie
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Does God Exist?
Does God Exist?
Thomas McConkie • 00:53

Humans have been debating the intricate issue of God's existence for generations. The difficulty of using words to define and comprehend ideas like God, despite the variety of beliefs, is one common problem. Language is a human invention created to communicate ideas and convey meaning, but it frequently fails to adequately express the size and intricacy of the divine. 

God is beyond description and comprehension. Language has a tendency to put labels and characteristics that might not fully capture the essence of the divine, confining ideas within the bounds of our limited human understanding. Different names and descriptions have been used by various cultures and religions to define their concepts of God, but these linguistic attempts can only offer interpretations.

If we are aware of the limitations of language, we might approach the concept of God with humility and openness. It invites us to seek beyond the confines of concepts and ideologies in quest of a more intimate connection and encounter with the divine. Humans may choose to speak with the spiritual realm through practices like meditation, contemplation, or direct experience. With the use of these non-linguistic techniques, the limitations of language can be overcome, allowing for a more intuitive and personal encounter with God that transcends concepts and ideas.


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[Thomas McConkie, Mindfulness Teacher] This question. I think we get tripped up in language. Language is a useful tool. Language helps us distinguish this from that. But then when we say God, it can tend to put us in a box. So I like the question beyond the question and I like the word beyond the word. I like the God beyond the God. And for me, the God beyond God is, it's just this moment of we're just arrested by the beauty and the magnificence of it all. So to me, to find a way where we can live in that state or come back to it often, like our own altar or temple, the place where we can just see the God beyond God with no name, that's a good start.

Watching Now
Does God Exist?
Does God Exist?
Thomas McConkie • 00:53

Humans have been debating the intricate issue of God's existence for generations. The difficulty of using words to define and comprehend ideas like God, despite the variety of beliefs, is one common problem. Language is a human invention created to communicate ideas and convey meaning, but it frequently fails to adequately express the size and intricacy of the divine. 

God is beyond description and comprehension. Language has a tendency to put labels and characteristics that might not fully capture the essence of the divine, confining ideas within the bounds of our limited human understanding. Different names and descriptions have been used by various cultures and religions to define their concepts of God, but these linguistic attempts can only offer interpretations.

If we are aware of the limitations of language, we might approach the concept of God with humility and openness. It invites us to seek beyond the confines of concepts and ideologies in quest of a more intimate connection and encounter with the divine. Humans may choose to speak with the spiritual realm through practices like meditation, contemplation, or direct experience. With the use of these non-linguistic techniques, the limitations of language can be overcome, allowing for a more intuitive and personal encounter with God that transcends concepts and ideas.


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[Thomas McConkie, Mindfulness Teacher] This question. I think we get tripped up in language. Language is a useful tool. Language helps us distinguish this from that. But then when we say God, it can tend to put us in a box. So I like the question beyond the question and I like the word beyond the word. I like the God beyond the God. And for me, the God beyond God is, it's just this moment of we're just arrested by the beauty and the magnificence of it all. So to me, to find a way where we can live in that state or come back to it often, like our own altar or temple, the place where we can just see the God beyond God with no name, that's a good start.


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