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Spinoza, Baruch - Ethics - Various thoughts on the nature of God

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The implications from Spinoza's philosophical arguments are that God is not only the sum total of all current function, but is the totality of all function and attributes that have ever existed. As such, God has the functionality of dinosaurs, ancient tree ferns, nebulae, and galaxies, for example and all past life forms…No function or attribute once created is ever deleted, even if it may not be used now.

As such God is the sum total of all function and all attributes from the moment of creation  In effect, God is growing in ‘power’.  It may also be worth noting the extract below which indicates there are many functions and attributes already created but not yet implemented as form

"From Thunder – the Gnostic Gospels - Don't be unkind to me when I am thrown out upon the ground, You'll find me hidden in those yet to come";

 

A description of the experience

Baruch Spinoza - Ethics

Since God is an absolutely infinite being of whom no attribute which expresses an essence of substance can be denied and he necessarily exists, if there were any substance except God, it would have to be explained through some attribute of God and so two substances of the same attribute would exists, which is absurd

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God or a substance consisting of infinite attributes, each of which expresses eternal and infinite essence, necessarily exists... For each thing there must be assigned a cause, or reason both for its existence and for its non existence … if it does not exist there must be a reason or cause which prevents it from existing, or which takes its existence away. But this reason or cause, must either be contained in the nature of the thing or be outside it . ..

Whatever is, is in God and nothing can be or be conceived without God

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God is eternal or all God's attributes are eternal …. God's existence is an eternal truth [and] each of the attributes must involve eternity and so they are all eternal

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God can form the idea of his essence, and of all the things that follow necessarily from it, solely from the fact that God is a thinking thing and not from the fact he is the object of his own idea

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God is the efficient cause of all things which can fall under an infinite intellect
God is a cause through Himself and not an accidental cause
God is absolutely the first cause

 

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Spinoza, Baruch

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