Our view of God is not God. Our idea of God is not God. God is transcendent reality beyond concepts or ideas, words or images. God is beyond theology and doctrine, creeds and dogma. Beyond explanation, description, elucidation, illustration. "Darkness within darkness-- the gateway to mystery." The Tao Te Ching's description of the Tao applies to all gods there ever has been or will be. Heinrich Zimmer said, "The best things cannot be said, and the second best things create misunderstanding, that leaves us with the third best things to talk about, news, weather, sports, opinion and gossip." If anybody wants to talk to you about God ask them two questions: "Who says so?" "How do you know they are right?" If say they "take it on faith," ask, "Why do you take that on faith and not something else instead?" And if they say, "Because I know in my heart it is so," tell them that is the same way horoscopes work, and voo-doo, and black magic, and superstition, and is the very thing con artists make their living by." "Who says so?" and "How do you know they are right?" Are the foundational questions. Keep coming back to them and you will keep the conversation honest and grounded in the truth of "No one knows."
We are here to help one another find The Way through our life by the way we live together in the world. There is not much of that going on. What??? Why are we all out for what we can get at the expense of whomever is in our way, which has as much to do with The Way as a chicken has to do with the dark side of the moon. The right kind of emptiness, the right kind of stillness, the right kind of silence, are harder to find than the dark side of the moon! It's like "There is nothing wrong with my life that having everyone else do what I want wouldn't fix!" Really? We are stuck in The Terrible Two's throwing our plates of ketchup and fries against the wall because they won't do it our way.
We are born into a world-wide environment that assumes God in some guise is the source of all that is, with a well-organized system of propaganda for perpetuating the idea. It is impossible to come at the idea of God from the outside, as though for the first time. The idea of God is a part of the fabric of life, and our role is to keep God happy with us until we die so that we can go be with God in heaven forever. God is an idea that has been passed along from the beginning, to the point where hardly anyone thinks of God as an idea, but as an actual, tangible, concrete spirit being. The idea that a spiritual being could be concrete should be a give-away that God is an idea, in that "spiritual" is the polar opposite of concrete, and that the concretization of God is also an idea. And the absurdity of the entire play comes into full, blinding, light when we take into account that the people who make such a furious protest over the idea of God being an idea are the very ones who ignore God completely in living exactly as they want to with no concern at all about offending The Holy. All of which comes down to After God, What? The Taoists of 2,000 years BCE suggest that we live aligned with the Tao in serving our original nature and the innate virtues that are ours from birth, with spirit, energy and vitality by doing the right thing at the right time in the right place and the right way. No theology. No doctrine. Just experience lived in light of what needs to be done in each situation as it arises, enjoying each moment and celebrating life. We could do worse, as contemporary events proclaim.