This is such a vast subject, i will only offer a few generalisations.

For me, God is the great creative and scientific energy. The word 'God' is the short word we use in our culture to describe that.

I believe in the modern scientific idea : if there is nothingness for infinite eternities, sometime a singularity will occurr (BANG), and then there's a chain reaction. This means we're all part of the same thing ... and this same thing i call the great creative spirit, it's the everything.

Because everything is in some way connected with everything else, the great energies somehow coordinate it all, and make sense of the big picture.

One problem in these days of free will, since we stopped having authoritarian Gods, among those who believe in an 'everything', it's sort of there, but we don't subordinate ourselves to it.

A generalisation: As with music, it's not so important what you play, it's how you play it. And it's not so important which religion you follow, its important how devoted you are, and how intelligently and selflessly you follow it : Love God with all your heart, strength and understanding: Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27.

Religious people ask for guidance from this greater energy, and most religions acknowledge we can be in touch with it, even be at one with it, in this life.

By all reports the intimate connection with this everything-energy feels wonderful, even ecstatic. Apparently it sometimes feels like emptiness, sometimes fullness, but always a sublime state of deep empathy with all living beings and even inanimate objects. The results of this experience are that it brings great peace, joy, love and understanding.

If there is an ultimate or eternal energy, which makes sense of everything, and connects everything, then why is it so difficult for humans to get in touch with it?

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