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Topic 1: Who is God?

Please note: This is just an outline for the Satsang Topic.

Term
Bakti Marga
(Path of Devotion)
Gynana Marga 
(Path of Enlightenment)
Karma Marga
(Path of Duty)
General Understanding
God

The gods, goddesses and gurus are considered to be superior than normal humans and are worshipped. Their stories can be typically found in 

Puranas (ancient stories)

These gods and goddesses are typically worshiped in the form of idols that are placed in various temples and in homes.

We are part of God. We are the (small) 'i am' and God is the 'I AM'. When illusion (Maya) is dispelled we will realize that we are part of the 'I AM'

Many modern day Gurus from this path claim that they are god and suggest that all of us can be gods too.

Rationale: We are divine, but have not realized that because we are trapped in illusion (Maya).

God's significance is played down. There is a lot more focus on detachment (removing cravings). You are responsible for your destiny. "

All power is within you, you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak... You can do anything and everything, without even the guidance of any one. All power is there. Stand up and express the divinity with you... Arise, awake, sleep no more. With each of you there is the power to remove all wants and all miseries. Believe in this, that power will be manifested."-

Swami Vivekananda

All gods and goddesses are various manifestations of the one supernatural being.

God According to the Bible…

What is God: "God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth" (J.I. Packer - Knowing God, quotes Charles Hodge)

Who is God?: (Initial Pointers)

1. God is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. God simply exists & we exist because of God.
2. God is Holy & just. He is the ultimate sustainer of universal Dharma (Moral Law).
3. God is Love. He is forgiving & caring. His love is expressed by his ultimate sacrifice for us - Our Karma.
4. God is personally knowable. Know Jesus = Knowing God (God is approachable through Jesus).
5. God can be personally experienced. He transforms us to be like Him in goodness and holiness (Holy Spirit - Internal Guru)