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God is, and has been a powerful force in the history of humankind. The concept of God has taken many forms, and many religions. God has been given many names. Some claim that God is simply fiction, but that’s meaningless to me because we are a race governed by stories. The stories we tell ourselves are inescapable without letting go of the ego. Fiction, is just in our DNA This is gonna be a little bit different… when I use the word god, I mean what I say in a secular sense, I Personally see God as independent of religion. This is simply the way I choose to see the world. My perspective is the only thing I can speak about. Since there’s a lack of material on God in a secular sense. I thought I would share my view. Let me begin by saying I am deeply ignorant on the workings of God, I understand very very little about how the universe works. Can make only the most basic of observations. for example, sometimes water falls from the clouds in the sky. And, sometimes it’s the Sun that’s peeking through the leaves. Sometimes I feel like life piles up on my chest and throat and I can’t get the air that I need and other times, I’m OK, I’m alright. I can’t tell you what it means or why it happens. I have no clue why I, or any of us are here and what we’re supposed to be doing. Naturally, I spend a lot of time thinking about gotten, seems like a lot of people look to God to answer all these impossible questions. And yet so much that is said using this three-letter word, it doesn’t make sense to me. What about the insane, and justices, that exist in this world? What about the suffering that occurs in all of our lives? Why do people have to die? Why do all things come to an end? I feel like I keep trying to add one plus one and getting 5 or 6 or 27. I think a lot about how quickly time is passing. Sometimes moments occur in my life and I feel unable to grasp their meaning. I’m aging. Before I know it, I’ll be in the twilight of looking back at all the things I dreamed of and accomplished as a young man full of energy, but also full of questions Usually my thoughts on death, are what lead me back to God. I’m told I asked my grandparents about death, when I was four years old. Since then not a whole lot has changed. I still think about it most days. If it all just ends, why are we running around in a world that feels incoherent nonsensical? What am I even trying to accomplish in the first place? Here’s what I can say, My idea of god, has changed a lot over-time. little by little I’ve come to see God, as the best possible friend I could ever have. I’m not entirely sure how I came to this conclusion but, something about it feels right. This is a friend that loves me so purely and deeply I’m unable to understand its death. God is a friend, that will not leave me in a friend that I have so much to learn from. My friend cares little about reverence, about shame, about respect or about anything else that I do for that matter. There are no expectations. Instead, I see God is infinitely patient. Love is the only word god knows. You can turn your back to this friend, and I often do in my ignorance and selfishness. This is something I’ve done in confusing or overwhelming parts of my life. I say to myself, ”I’m so lonely.” Or, ”I’m so lost.” In fact I think I spend the majority of my life bumping against my many invisible walls, living in the limitations of my mind. Figuring out how to understand and take care of myself. None of this changes the fact that God is, And will always be there. This is a comforting thought for me. I run around trying to prove myself in the world. looking for recognition and acceptance, React in funny ways when were desperate for these things. I’m unnecessarily competitive. I have a little bit of a temper. I’m not the best with criticism and I’ve been selfish at times. Spend a lot of time trying to rationalize the way things work. trying to connect the dots… To fix myself. I don’t think this is how God operates. As far as I understand things there is no justice. No, right or wrong. God is simply the way things move, and it is I who choose to let fear close my eyes, from seeing things as they are. Instead, I feel my friend is with me in the moments when those walls of mine fall. In moments of music. In moments of pure embrace with others. Moments of focus and creativity in peace. Moments of selflessness… Moments of stillness… They might be fleeting moments, but somehow there are also moments that last an eternity. In these moments, My friend says to me: Hi. I’ve been waiting for you.

The person who concludes there is no right or wrong, is a hypocrit. It's been said, if you punch an atheist in the nose, he screams out. . . "that's wrong." But, that can't be, if right and wrong is simply subjective, the figment of our own imaginations or vain self deification. If people are seeking truth, not religion, they will find it in Jesus Christ. He said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the father but through me." And many other wild and divisive statements. I suggest that if you are a lover of truth and you seek it even at your own expense, you will find it in the Bible. The other option is to exercise your own opinions, gather other peoples ideas, and hope for a good outcome when you come before the throne of God and reconcile your imperfect life against a perfect and holy God. Me personally, I chose to believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins, and by substitution he took my place and paid for my life with his blood on the cross. He rose again in fullfillment of scriptures and is now seated at the right hand of God. The true followers follow him in spirit and in truth, they are born again filled with the Holy Spirit and exhibit changed lives because of the love of God and this new birth. A relationship with God and a changed life is not the substance of salvation, for we are not justified by works, religion, or performance of any kind. We are saved by the blood of Jesus. We all have eternal souls and will live forever, the fork in the road isn't death, . . . it's what you decide to do in this life with Truth. Jesus Christ.

So when some is gang raped brutally with an iron rod with their intestines dragged out while they scream in unbearable pain for eternity, god is there. God is there next to them watching them coz this is how god moves through us. N then when they r thrown in the streets in the middle is the night naked with their internal parts all out, god is there. N then they die, but God’s still there.
They gave us body n mind to feel all this pain, so don’t come at me saying when u die u r with him n in peace n free of pain. Coz that’s a very sadistic fucked up god that is. Chills to think something works like that. It’s better to think there’s no such friend than to think u have a crazy friend like that.

It's a wonderful video, it moved me. I understand that your god is an imaginary friend, without trying to be reductive. That's beautiful, it lets you completely free and open minded, while giving you some of the advantages of believing in god (gratitude, companionship) without some of the negative feelings that can follow religious beliefs, such as shame or guilt.
I don't believe in god but I'm tempted by your version, I will try it 🙂

Well said 😁 keep up with your friend … May Allah fill your life with happiness , prosperity and show you the right route to him . With all my respect to you .

I never get why people believe god would be biased towards their wellbeing. Why isn't god just brutal nature, only enforcing the laws of logic?

Friend, you are so close. What a beautiful perspective. Your honesty and self-awareness is striking, in the midst of a vast desert of vanity, pride, and “fake-ness”. You are genuinely searching for truth, and I have a sneaking sense that God is patiently leading you to what your life and experiences have all led up to, the grand climax of meeting the lover and creator and savior of your soul, Jesus

God = You = Me. Just different names of the Universe. That's why you call it "my friend". You're your best friend. You are the Universe asking itself what it is.

This was altogether a great video. It put me into perspective on what God is doing in my life and what he wants me to do.

If you do not read the scriptures and claim to be a Christian, you will forever be full of questions and never coming up why an answer, and continue to question your faith. God will not speak with you, why would he when you have all you need to know in a book on your shelf which you so neglect to read?

In my life there were a few times when I was thinking of who God is, what is love, what do I believe in..and this video is about all of it. God is love..we are just supposed to find it in ourselves and then spread it all over the world.

❤❤❤ i am a Jesus follower i understand the questions because i too deal with life. The Light of life lives in us but we must choose to operate in it. Thank you for sharing

God is an independent reality independent of our worldviews. He exists independent of what you think. I have been a Christian and became skeptical about my belief system. Philosophy and theology helped me answer the big questions. Discover different worldviews and see what makes rational sense. For me the Christian perspective makes the best case for the purpose of this life. Discover for yourself and come to your own conclusion. GOD rewards those who diligently seek Him. To seek God and find Him is the highest aspiration.

People die, because life is lacking. Heaven is the only place where true happiness can be. Tragedies happen, not because God wants more suffering, but because he understands that the temporary suffering of some can lead to eternal salvation for others. (Also he doesn't do bad things, it is against his nature. He is pure good, so by saying he is real you inherently believe what he's doing must be good, and through that know that what happens is either not entirely through him OR is getting at something greater that what you can perceive)

God is more than an object within a religious confine. As us humans tend to do, we have polluted the reality of God. I identify as a Christian and more specifically, as a Pentecostal, but God is more to me than an identity within a religious context. If only us humans could tear down the walls of the box we have placed God in.

Nathaniel, I admire your questions and your quest. From my heart I suggest you listen to ravi zacharius if you've never heard of him, he speaks to a lot questions that people who consider themselves atheist, agnostic etc. I have listened to him many times and has very edified, please listen if you can.

Stephen

I believe in karma and only karma. We’re all connected and everything we do affects one another. That’s why I do good. I’m an Athiest.

"God both is and is said to be the nature of all things, in so far as all things partake of him and subsist by means of this participation…In this sense he is the Being of all beings, the Form that is in all forms as the Author of form, the Wisdom of the wise and, simply, the All of all things. Yet he is not nature, because he transcends every nature; he is not a being because he transcends every being; and he is not nor does he possess a form, because he transcends every form…He is everywhere and nowhere; he has many names and he cannot be named; he is ever-moving and he is unmoved and, in short, he is everything and no-thing." – St Gregory Palamas

"All things whatever, which are and come to being, are and come to being by reason of the Beautiful and Good; and to It all things look, and by It are moved and held together, and for the sake of It, and by reason of It, and in It, is every source exemplary, final, creative, formative, elemental, and in one word, every beginning, every bond, every term, or to speak summarily, all things existing are from the Beautiful and Good" – St Dionysius the Areopagite

"The unspeakable and prodigious fire hidden in the essence of things, as in the bush, is the fire of divine love and the dazzling brilliance of God’s beauty inside everything"- St Maximus the Confessor

"God became man that man might become god." -St Athanasius the Great

I'm praying God draws you into His truth, amico mio. I can see something special about you. You know God is real, but there's more to it. God is a person… It's deeper than what the surface shows.

Psalm 42:7 KJV
7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

If you really believed that there is no such thing as right and wrong you wouldn't have referred to the worlds injustices earlier in your video, you wouldn't have talked about death and why it seems unnatural, you wouldn't have named the characteristics that make you "imperfect" or "human". The world would have no legal system.

There is such thing as right and wrong, and though some are reluctant to agree or even believe, the standard innately comes from God's standard, not only has He given us a conscience, even though our conscience can be so seared that what's wrong never pricks a conscience (think of serial killers or someone who seems to have no conscience, no hold on right or wrong) same time others who question those actions know they are wrong for doing such things.

When you begin to describe God as your friend who cares nothing about reverence, and the other things you named…you are describing God as you have created Him in your mind. That is something wrong when we look at God's standard of right and wrong, it's called idolatry. To make God in our own image, to fashion a God in our minds that our subjective sense of morality agrees with. Which inherently only justifies us in our actions but points the finger at everyone else.

But to be truly moral, it cannot come from any person, it needs to come from something totally outside of us so that it can be objective, the objective truth, the objective standard or right and wrong that doesn't change from person to person.

If we only had subjective morality, we have no standard to say that what a murderer does is wrong, or that a thief who steals from you is wrong because then the thief and murderer can argue that it wasn't wrong for them, so now there's two subjective moralities against each other.

Some will say that the majority determines what is right and wrong. Well, that's still a subjective morality and can change as the majority's thoughts and beliefs change but we know that truth doesn't change, 2+2 will always be 4.

God is love but God is also, perfectly Just, perfectly Holy. Perfectly Righteous, always Good, in Him there is no evil. Because He is that, He is the only source for objective morality, authority over what is right and wrong. Which everybody tries to escape because we as humans don't like the idea that we are not in control.

Just like in the court of law, a judge who has a guilty person in his courtroom cannot let the guilty party walk free, if he did, that judge would be an unjust judge.

Likewise, God the judge cannot let the guilty go unpunished, everyone, every person on Earth is guilty of breaking God's moral law (ten commandments) there is no salvation in trying to keep it anymore because a guilty party in the courtroom cannot simply say "judge I'm sorry, I did wrong I won't do it again"

The fact is you already did it and for the crime you already committed, there needs to be justice served.

The only way an all righteous perfectly good God to execute justice, is to demand payment for that crime, if He let's crime go unpunished He ceases to be perfectly good. Therefore because His very nature He cannot let the guilty go unpunished. The only logical payment for sin against a perfectly Good and infinite God is death. Because God is an infinite being, He requires an infinite punishment. Death is the infinite payment because you cease to live forever when you die.

Hence, Christ and the cross…when Christ died on the cross, there was a legal transaction taking place…

A man in the court of law can be guilty but if someone pays the fine for that man, the judge can LEGALLY pardon the guilty man and let him walk free, and the judge is not unjust for doing so, because the crime has been dealt with and payed for.

Christ, who lived a sinless life, perfectly obedient to God's moral law all the seconds of His life, because He was the Son of God (sent by God, completely human and completely God) died on the cross, as a payment for the crimes of those who would believe in the salvation of God, which is Christ and His work on the cross.

For that payment to be applied to your account, He calls everyone, everywhere..repent (turn from your sin and believe in Christ..which is put your Faith in Christ as your only hope for salvation, seeing as He is the only one who has ever died and been risen from the dead.

.. my thoughts on God.

Loved the way this video was shot. Excellent job. I feel compelled to answer your question: "Why do we all have to die?" And the Bible says, "For the wages of sin is death…" Adam and Eve sinned and disobeyed God in the garden of Eden and ever since then, he's been trying to win us back. "…but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom 6:23 God came to earth as a man, to die for our sins on the cross, so that when we accept him, every bad and evil thing that we've done can be forgiven at the great judgment when we die. God is just and holy and there needs to be redemption for his creation to dwell with him. As an intellectual, I think you would absolutely love to read the Bible. I really recommend an NIV study bible and I would love to send you one if you don't have one. <3 Also, I'm binging your videos. You're an excellent content creator!

Ouah mon gars! Amazing work brother, thank you for this sweet and humble inspiration/reminder. Felt really good watching this video.

its so scary to me how similar we think. Ive watched a few of your videos and its like you were meant to pop up on my feed to help me reach clarity, by having a similar mind explain concepts ive wondered about forever. I love your channel so much, thank you.

You're talking about the Self that Carl Jung mentions in his book "Man and His Symbols". The Nanaimo Tribe talks to the "Great Man" which lies within our souls. This is because their villages are set up in Canada with other family units or tribes far far away. Due to this, they were unable to form a collective religion and have turned inwards to develop their unconscious along with their consciousness to reach Individuation, another term coined by Jung. When they speak to the "Great Man" they believe they are speaking to something that will give them comfort and good wishes, just like you mention in this video. Nonetheless, I am a huge fan of your channel and hope you keep on doing what you're doing!

My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself. — C. S. Lewis

My belief to why we are here and our purpose here is so can rule beside God. We were made from dirt and chosen to rule everything. We were made to serve one another so that we could all live like Kings and Queens. So our purpose should to just live.

I too have had questions about death since a very young age. I couldn't (and still can't) grasp the fact that we will all one day be gone. Never ever exist again. Our memories will forever be gone. And also falling into the bad thoughts of infinity and forever, as in, what does infinity mean? And does forever exist? This has scared me to shit a countless of times, and I used to get panic attacks as a kid thinking about it. I still do, sometimes.. but not that often. I'm trying to control it, but sometimes you just can't. Most people are scared to die alone, but I can't relate with that; I just don't want to die. And the fact that we can't do anything about it seems so.. I don't know. Who are we?
The only thing that seems to somewhat help to grasp the fact that we'll one day be gone, is by letting love in my life. The love for life, myself and others. Although I have yet to accomplish this to the fullest.

I hope your heart rests in God, Nathaniel. He loves you so much and has a great purpose for your life! Living with and for Him on a daily basis is the most liberating thing you can do. And it's the most true way to find mental clarity.

Do you know Him? My king is the king of Israel, He is the true living God, He have the name above all names, Jesus, the Christ!

Seems to resenate with me before God saved me, I had created a God in a image I wanted, but there was truth mixed in which would be called idolatry. I appreciate your openness to share this with people, I agree that he is very patient and loving, he lets us enjoy everything that he has made and it is so beautiful. He is graceful, and speaks the truth and is truth, he is compassionate and slow to anger. But he is also just and holy and righteous and wrathful. He loves the world and sent his son 2000 years ago to do his will, because we as humans have sinned, we have chosen our ways instead of his, he says don't lie, we lie, he says don't steal we steal, he sets sex for the married, we go and do it before marriage, and so since we have sinned against God we deserve hell just like the criminal deserves time in prison or jail. So that's why Jesus came, to take the place for us, since "for the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our lord" Christ died on the cross for us, took the anger/wrath for our sin for us, he was buried, and on the third day he rose from the grave on the third day. He did this because he loved us, and now commands all men to repent, which means to turn from their sin, and put their trust/faith in christ. God bless you Nathaniel.

Religion is what gives the life a meaning. It’s not because life doesn’t have one but because that’s the truth.

It's funny how people constantly need to believe in a magical, invisible, powerful, benevolent force named God, most frequently out of fear.

You could say that God is any archetypical good thing. God is the shine of sunlight through the leaves, God is the calmness of a lake late at night, God is the embrace of another human being.

Ho adorato i tuoi video, vengo dal Brasile, sono cristiano e ho amato il modo in cui capisci Dio, dovresti leggere un libro di C.S. Lewis intitolato "Mere cristianesimo" e che incontri Dio nell'eternità

Nathaniel, just wanted to say I've only recently discovered your channel and am slowly going through your videos, but just wanted to thank you for making these amazingly beautiful and thought provoking videos. You are blessed with such talent, so keep up the good work!

I knew I'd heard the music in this video before, but I couldn't put my finger on it, so I had to go through my entire music catalogue, which is huge and then I stopped at Tony Anderson and at last! The track is called Younger, from the album Chasm by Tony Anderson. No credit for me for spending ages finding the music, give all the credit to Nathaniel for making these beautiful videos 😊

Incredibly. You know, in "The Father speaks to His children" (Eugenia Elisabetta Ravasio ) God the Father says that he also want to be a Friend, the best friend to a human. What you says is very similar to it. I think that it was God who told you that He is your best friend.

You need to read more, and talk to a lot more people. Not a critique, but more an observation since you are so young. I think you're at a good starting point for your age, keep asking questions, and differentiate those questions beyond death. Above all else, do not default to the atheist answers in the comments, explore their books and teachers so you see where theyre coming from, but I assure you, you'll see a lot of dead ends and nihilism with their epistemology. Keep going.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.

There is seven billion human beings on earth, seven billion of different versions of god. I think it's only a creation of the mind. But I can't prove it. We can't prove that something doesn't exist, we can only prove that something exist. So far, to be honest, it exists no incontestable proof that there is a god somewhere. So, it's only a concept.

"If it all just ends, why are we running around in a world that feels incoherent and nonsensical?" I really think about this a lot. Just discovered your channel last week and this video in particular is just really beautiful. Growing up Christian, my understanding of God is a personal relationship with the creator and I think it is often overshadowed by traditions and rigid rules in 'religion'. No shame, just love and self-renewal. So glad I found this channel man. You're so inspiring.

Yes,God is everything . He isn't a friend because he's more than that:he's a father , he is LOVE and he loves you so much! Thank you for this video☀️💖

Time is God, or God is Time… or both. This is what "The Real Matrix", called "Rube", says. – The Tin Foil Hat Prophet

"Love is the only word God knows." As soon as you said that tears starting running down my face.

Thank you Nate. For real.

Everything in this life exists just to prove that there is just one and only god, he gives us the choice to choose how we think, and how to behave, and what happens in our world is because of our choices, or what god chooses for us. God is perfect, but we are not.

"Love is thee only word God knows"
This brings to mind the powerful sweetness of love, which is the essence of God. God is still moving and echoing what Love looks like when He is in it. God (Who is Love) wants to Pour into us so that we can Pour into others. With Soooooooo much love pouring in and out, an overflow occurs and we bear soo much fruit. Fruits of kindness to one another, Gentleness, Patience etc.(The fruit of the Holy Spirit) Its just tooo beautiful. And this is God's Design for All of us, we just have to choose His way. :Jesus💖

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. As a Christian, I see things differently but you helped me understand how other people may think about God. This means a lot to me.

“In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful

Say, He is Allah, [who is] One

Allah, the Eternal Refuge.

He neither begets nor is born,

Nor is there to Him any equivalent”

[al-Ikhlaas 112:1-4]. Read Quran (English translation) my brother you will hopefully find the answer…May Allah guide you to the right path ,ameen!

I love it. I know exactly what you're saying, I think. Personally, I don't use the word "God" for it but I know that feeling you're saying. I've experienced it thousands of times in my life. It's great to know that someone else esp someone I guess I look up to experience the same thing. And the amount of comments in this video that also get this. It's like a lost community of people who are scattered around the globe and we all managed to be here in this space of Nathaniel's video. Keep on doing what you're doing man, it's amazing and inspiring.

This point of view is very naive. One could almost say its a bit selfish. You are giving this opinion as a westerner, one who has to simply go to the fridge, or a market for food. You have access to clean water, to heat, to a bed. You have the added convenience of not being blown to shit by some war you are too young to understand.

Not only is such faith an insult to human intelligence/integrity, but its an insult to the millions who die, who suffer, needlessly, every year. Typical westerner, with a westerner point of view. Telling people that "God will always be there" is adding insult to injury. What you are saying is, there is a god always there, yet families are torn apart daily, children raped, people starve. By your logic, this god is watching and does nothing. Oh, wait, is it because "free will"? Free will is nonsensical, its easily disproved bullshit which apologists and religious people alike use to justify a dead-beat father they call "god". You are beyond toxic.

God did not intend for us to suffer, the world we live in is Satan’s world. The way God intended us to live we see in the Garden of Eden only after Satan tempted Eve did everything change and we where kicked out of paradise and now had to suffer. Read this passage and ponder/meditate on it. Why was there a forbidden tree in the first place is a mystery. But why we suffer can be looked at in many ways but as a Christian looks at suffering is easier to go through because we lean on Christ not to mention it makes us stronger. And death is not the end of us it is only the beginning; we have a whole eternity to spend in reward for our faith and our devotion to God or in punishment for all the sin we committed unrepentantly. You see the beauty around you that is God the bad things that is the effect of sin. I believe there is a God I don’t have to understand all there is to know all the whys to believe I accept the mystery’s of God as that and trust the unexplained answers (enlightenment)/ experiences I get as acknowledgement that He does exist and is a loving God. That I think is the ultimate test for us in this world to trust when we can’t see to obey a God we can’t see or touch; in the Garden they saw and touched but disobeyed.

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