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God As A Function Of Language

Ok. So I haven’t spoken on this topic in a while. I did have a series on it. 5 parts. God. Some new thoughts have come up recently, and I’m wondering how much validity they actually possess. I’ll let you be the judge.

I will introduce the fundamental foundation of my theory with a question: Is God simply a function of language? In other words, does the idea of God become necessary due to the structure and idiosyncrasies of how human language works?

One problem of human language is the use of words to define words. You reach a point where you run in circles. To quote a famous American President, “it depends on what meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” There comes, again, a point where you can’t define a word without using the word in the definition. Of course, we all “know” the definition of the word “is.” But to explain it is a bit harder. What does “the” mean?

Another issue with language, although not, as I see it, problematic, is the ability to describe non-existent things. I could say, “On the dark side of the moon there is a red Unicorn flying around with Pegasus.” Now, we all know this is absurd. But, at the same time, we can all picture in our minds, generally, what this would look like. We know what a Unicorn “is.” We know, at least those of us even slightly familiar with Mythology, who Pegasus “is.” We know what these things are, yet, they are not real. At least, they are not present in our ontology. How does this happen? It’s how human language is correlated with imagination. Language has a limited potential. This is one of the main ideas dealt with in Metaphysics.

In our quest to understand the after-life, we have, basically, only language as our guide. There is nothing else to rely on. And as we ponder what “Heaven” and “Hell” are, we use, respectively, the best of human language, and the worst. Everything that is most pleasing, uplifting and joyous – these words are used to “describe” Heaven. Whereas, the opposite are used; words describing pain, anguish, torture and the most horrifying of human experience – these words “describe” Hell.

What I propose is that these things, Heaven and Hell, are nothing but the maximum potential of human language. Because language is all we have, then the maximum good or evil can only be, in our imagination, the maximum extent of what our language will allow.

I submit that the ideas of God, Heaven and Hell, and how this applies to all religions, are a natural function of how human language works. If we had words that better described Heaven, then Heaven would be so. As with Hell, it would be so if we had words to describe things more horrendous.

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  1. Tawanda
    Saturday August 5, 2006 at 5:07 AM

    David,

    I’m responding to your blog regarding “God As A Function of Language”. Heaven and Hell are more than just words…they are actual places that exist. If you believe what the Bible says, truely God’s OWN words that instructs us how to live, then you will know that people–whether they lived in the past, are in the present, and will exist in the future–are going to either Heaven or Hell.

    The word “Heaven” is not one of our languages best words to describe something good or beautiful. The word “hell” is not one of the best words we use to describe something bad or negative. Both places are REAL and EXIST…just as real as your hometown.

    Those who are not saved–have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior–will go to hell. Believe me…no one is partying in hell…no one is shopping in hell…no one is worrying about their family in hell. Those who have died without becoming saved are being tortured daily by a fire that cannot be extinguished. There is weeping and gnashing of teeth in hell–meaning people are crying and clinching their teeth because of the torture.

    The devil’s main mission is to steal, kill, and destroy the lives and SOULS of every human who has ever lived. Sadly, he is accomplishing his mission as many have died unsaved and are in hell. But God Almighty has given mankind the answer to living in hell–His Son, Jesus Christ.

    The death of Jesus defeated Satan, death, and hell. When Jesus returns to earth He is coming to take those who are saved back to Heaven with Him. (That is the defeat of Satan!) Those who are saved will live eternally. (That is the defeat of death!) And in the very last day, God will place Satan, the unsaved people, and hell into the lake of fire where, for ETERNITY, they will live forever. (That is the defeat of hell!)

    I believe this wholeheartedly…and I pray you do as well. Read the book of Revelation in the Holy Bible–you will see it for yourself.

    David, I pray you are saved. I am proud to say that I am. Receive Jesus Christ in to your life and heart. You will not have to worry about hell…you will live in Heaven.

    I’ve checked out your blog…David, check out mine and let me know what you think.

    Tawanda

    P.S. It’s early in the morning so forgive my type-os.

  2. Wednesday July 25, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    The only thing I can ask is where is the scientific evidence for all this you’re claiming? Any studies done on this topic?

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