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Leland, I wanted to forward this email to you, as I started to have an interesting conversation with a man about the law, when he began to question somewhat sarcastically what God is, and if anyone had a definition of God, and then this man stated to me that I had not investigated the beliefs I carry with me, and that my metaphysics were incorrect.  Well, he barked up the wrong tree, and I felt impressed to write the following to Bob because of what he wrote to me below. 

Hi Tom,  
I took my book off the market because people were reading it without concern for its underlying metaphysics. We cannot move forward in our lives or reclaim the rights we actually haven't ever had without realignment of our metaphysics. Metaphysics has to do with the 1st order or principle of things. Get the metaphysics right and all else falls into place. The difficulty is that most people don't want to check their metaphysics--for example you say that you are not equal to God. Where does that idea come from? Who said that? Anyway, what is God? Anyone out there have a definition of God? We carry around these beliefs without investigation--without correct premises to even check them off of. So, there you go. You have to correct your metaphysics.    Bob

First Bob, I'm not familiar with the Metaphysics of your book, It would be very interesting to know, but I am aware of Metaphysics in general and with regard to ourselves. However, Metaphysics encompasses a vast number of sciences: Ontology, Anthroposophy, Pneumatology and even Theodicy - a science which treats of the existence of God, his essence and attributes. Pneumatology deals with the properties or principles of the spiritual things, and I believe we wrongly or ignorantly neglect it to our own demise.  The first order of things which you refer to however, deals primarily with natural bodies and 'physics', which is more obvious to us, and then follows the second order of the things or the mind and intelligence (and spiritual).  Now I am by no means an expert on these things, but I have learned a lot, both from the natural and the spiritual aspect of these things.  ---By the way to interject a thought here, I am very much enjoying the exchange of these emails with you. =) ---  Now, you seem to imply that I have not investigated these beliefs which I carry around.  Specifically you pose the questions, and I quote: " for example you say that you are not equal to God. Where does that idea come from? Who said that? Anyway, what is God? Anyone out there have a definition of God?"

I have investigated God most of my life, and with more seriousness and desire than most people I have met or known. I will answer these questions from what I have learned, although not from the perspective of the first order of things above, but rather through the second order of things, as I believe one day people will come to discover that the second order of things will undoubtedly verify, prove and uphold the first order.
1 Corinthians 15: 45- 46: “
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.”
I am not sure that you will be accepting of what I present, because it will not be deemed as tangible proof to you, but perhaps you will indulge it anyway.

I must first start with the idea of belief, which I equate to a principle called faith. Faith is a hope of things which are not seen, but which are true, but faith is not a perfect knowledge of an idea or belief either.
Faith must be centered in God and Jesus Christ.  Now from a scientific standpoint you could equate faith to a hypothesis, or an idea, only with the difference that with the hypothesis it is not known if the idea is true or not, so a series of experiments is done to prove or disprove the idea. 
However from a spiritual standpoint, truth has always existed, and always will, independent of whether one believes in it or not. This is a difficult idea for the scientific world to grasp, and is often rejected.  This brings mention of another principle called agency, many people have their own idea of God and it does not fit with anyone else's idea of God; we can choose to believe in falsehood and think it is true, even when it is not, while the truth still exists simultaneously, all the while.  Faith, however is an extraordinary principle, because as you nourish the idea or belief then your faith begins to grow, as it grows more evidence of the hope in the idea or belief is manifested until you reach the point that you no longer have the belief or idea, but you have a perfect knowledge of it. 
This is the way that God manifests himself unto men who pursue Him.  However I am getting ahead of myself, please bear with me.  It is also known by men of faith that the hearing or the reading of the word of God causes faith to increase.  Faith also increases when one has actual knowledge that the course he has pursued in acceptable to God.

I will use some scriptures to help give some background to what I present here. If you are not a believer in the scriptures, then perhaps all of this is vain, but to accept truth you must be open minded.
1 Peter 1: 5 “
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” Now Faith works in all aspects of life, and it is a principle of power, unawares to many who utilize the principle. 
For example, we walk by faith.  We see our parents do it, we believe (or have faith) that we can do it and so put our effort (or works) with that belief, and we stumble and fall.  If we quit there then our faith would die and we would not walk, but many of us don't, because we are determined and we believe we can still do it despite our fall, so we get up and put the effort forth again and again until we walk.  Why does a man plant a seed in a field if he did not believe it would grow and produce.  And yet not all seeds will grow when planted.  In the New Testament we read what James  2:14,17,18, 20,22,24,26 tells us about Faith:

14  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?  can faith save him?
17  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
20  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
22  Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
24  Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
26  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”  

 Where there is true faith one can expect the manifestation of miracles, visions, dreams, healings, and all the gifts of God that he gives to his (true) saints. So, enough on faith for now.

Now to the question What is God? The basic common answer is that He is the Supreme Being, the Creator of the Universe, all powerful, all knowing, etc.  I start with this because whether or not I am equal with God is definitely dependent on the idea of what God really is.
However, both questions can be addressed together. The scriptures in Genesis say that God created the Heavens and the Earth, and everything in them, and also man in his own image. This would seem to imply some equality, if we understand that being created in His image, means that God is in the form of a man, and therefore we appear to be like him.

The book of Revelation says that God is the Alpha and the Omega, and the beginning and the ending. This doesn't really tell us who or what God is though. The origin of most language stems from Hebrew, Greek and/or Latin, so going to Strong's Concordance, the Hebrew word for God,
# 430, which is pronounced
elohiym {el-o-heem'} and defined first as: "(plural) a) rulers, judges, b) divine ones , c) angels, d) gods."  This denotes a council of Gods or rulers and judges, etc., meaning that a body or group of such beings are 'collectively' referred to as God, and that they rule the heavens and the earth, and are omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, or all powerful, all encompassing, and all knowing. 
These statements alone would prove I am not equal to God, I certainly don't know everything, can't be everywhere, nor am I all powerful as God is. (There is a second definition in the plural intensive, singular also: (plural intensive - singular meaning: a) god, goddess, b) godlike one, c) works or special possessions of God , d) the (true) God, e) God.
However this 2nd definition does not really give descriptive meaning, other than referring back to the word itself.) However, I will say that I am a son of God, and therefore can obtain all that God has, and therefore I have no problem saying I am a god or a god in embryo, if you will, who has the full potential to become a God. 

In John 10:34, "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?" and in 35, "If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;"  Now these statements by Jesus were very offensive to the Jews, because they accused Jesus (a man) of making himself God, but they had no idea what he was referring to, and were rather eager to punish the alleged crime of blasphemy.

Now, there are as many interpretations of the Bible perhaps as there are people, it is not my desire to debate them, but rather I have learned a key by which I may understand the scriptures, that key is no interpretation at all, understand it precisely as it reads. By this understanding of Gods, and it is a very small piece, as I could relate many more scriptures and teachings that relate the Idea and Character of God, this conveys not that I am equal to God, but that I may become equal to Him. 

Now, I want to say something of the ideas that God is all knowing, and ever present.  It is somewhat known that spiritual substance is of a finer or more refined material that is not visible to the naked eye. I also believe that this is the case with celestial bodies in the heavenly sense. The scriptures refer often to the Spirit of the Lord, or the Spirit of God, or the Holy Ghost.  After much investigation into this topic, I have thus far concluded that this finer substance called spirit is intricately woven into all the fabric of the creations of God, so that when any event, even of the smallest insignificance occurs in or to one of those creations, God immediately knows it, as much as to cast a small pebble into a perfectly still pond, watching as the ripples reverberate outward in greater rings until they reach the edge where they ultimately go no farther.  God is able to discern and comprehend all things through the ripples that occur in the fabric of the spirit with the greatest of clarity, for example, the claim in Matthew 10:30: " But the very hairs of your head are all numbered." or in Luke 21:18 to his disciples: "But there shall not an hair of your head perish," and in other scripture here quoted: " And any man that shall go and preach this gospel of the kingdom, and fail not to continue faithful in all things, shall not be weary in mind, neither darkened, neither in body, limb, nor joint; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed. And they shall not go hungry, neither athirst."  Have you tried to number the hair of your head, let alone others?  How else, but by the fabric of the Spirit element woven into all things, could such intricate knowledge of things at any given time be possible.  Further , I would suggest to you that it is this Spirit element that indeed holds together all other elements, and is the source whereby when God commands, such things are accomplished, such as if God should say unto this mountain be removed, and it would be removed.  However faith is a vital element to have command of such power, albeit not the only element. 

For example in 2nd Kings 6: 5-7, when Elisha caused the axe to swim, or float back to the top after it had sunk.  The same power which caused the axe head to sink, also caused it to rise.  This is the spirit element, applied with faith, this is how all things become possible with God.  I believe one day people will finally see that ALL things will testify of God, for they truly obey his command. 

God is an exalted man, has a body of flesh and bone, we are created in his form or image
I also know that He has provided for those that seek him diligently, in faith, may see His face, and know that He is, and talk with Him as one man speaketh with another, face to face. I have sought this course myself and have great faith that I will also one day do this, as the prophets of old as well as present have done.

Job 19: 26:  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

God sees and has Eyes: Deuteronomy 11: 12 “A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.”

God hears and has Ears: 2 Samuel 22: 7 “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.”

God Breaths and has Nostrils: Job 4: 9 “By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.”

Genesis 2: 7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

God Speaks and has a Mouth and lips: 1 Kings 8: 15 “And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying.”

Job 11: 5 “But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee.”

God has a Heart: Ezekiel 28: 6 “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God.”

God Has Fingers and Hands: Exodus 31: 18 “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”

Job 19: 21 “Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.”

God has Arms: Job 40: 9 “Hast thou an arm like God?   or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?”

Jeremiah  32: 17 “Ah Lord GOD!  behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”

God has feet: Exodus 24: 10  “And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.”

I think the above represents, in the form of man, about the best definition of God you will ever find.  However for those who will still not believe, the day is coming when they shall know without doubt who God is, but I fear that to wait for this time shall be far too late. For we will all be restored to our perfect frame.

The Prophet Joseph Smith said: “In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted [prepared] a plan to create the world and people it.  When we begin to learn this way, and what kind of a being we have got to worship. Having knowledge of God, we begin to know how to approach Him, and how to ask so as to receive an answer.” (Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith,  T. P. J. S. 349)
  King Follett Discourse 
D.H.C. 6: 303-317  T. P. J. S. 342-362

These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple. It is the first (1st.)  principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another, and that He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did; and I will show it from the Bible.”
(Joseph Smith, History of The Church = DHC  [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,  6: 305)      T. P. J. S.  345-346                            
“In the very beginning the Bible shows there is a plurality of Gods beyond the      power of refutation. It is a great subject I am dwelling on. The word Eloheim ought to be in the plural all the way through—Gods. The heads of the Gods appointed one God for us; and when you take [that] view of the subject, its sets one free to see all the beauty, holiness and perfection of the Gods. All I want is to get the simple, naked truth, and the whole truth.”     T.P.J.S. 372

Book of Mormon: Alma 11: 43-44
“The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
  44 Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost ; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit , which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.”

I hope you were sincere in your questions about the existence and definition of God. I do not take the things of God, nor God Himself lightly.  I have answered your questions with an open and honest heart, sincerely.  I will be awaiting your response.   Tom     May 2007

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  Webster's Dictionary says that a "Slave" is one who is owned by another, one dominated by some influence. We are slaves to our traditions. Slavery is bondage.  Blindly dependent.    

A little boy was visiting his grandparents on
their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out
in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could
never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he
headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw
Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the
slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and
killed it.

             He was shocked and grieved! In a panic, he hid the
             dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his sister
              watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

                           "After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's
                             wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny
                             told me he wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she
                              whispered to him, "Remember the duck?
" So Johnny did
                               the dishes.

                                                  Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted
                                                   to go fishing and Grandma said, "I'm sorry, but I need
                                                   Sally to help make supper." Sally just smiled and
                                                    said, "Well that's all right because Johnny told me he
                                                     wanted to help." She whispered again, "Remember the
" So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

     After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and
      Sally's, he finally couldn't stand it any longer.
      came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the
      duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said,
      "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the
       window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love
       you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you
       would let Sally make a slave of you."

                  Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done, and
                   the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying,
                   cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger,
                   bitterness, etc.). Whatever it need to
                   know that God was standing at the window and He saw
                   the whole thing
. He has seen your whole life. He
                   wants you to know that He loves you and that you are
                    forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil
                    make a slave of you. Would you like to be baptized and start with a new beginning?
                    You just need to forget your traditions of slavery. Re-think what you see here on my web site.
                    Why ignore the truth any longer? You are stopped, "Damned" until you change and begin anew.

So do you think that God is not watching what you do?   Do you understand that you are a slave to your traditions?
CLICK HERE  to see Traditions Damn (stop) People in their progress. If you build a dam on a creek you have a pond. Dam a river and get a lake. Dam a person, and they progress no farther. They are stopped. 
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