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God is identical to 'truth' itself. God is not just true, but actually truth itself. {Mopac = Pro | RM = Con}

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With 5 votes and same amount of points on both sides ...

It's a tie!
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Round 1
Con
^ God is a female for those who cared to know. She was using the human avatar of Maty Noyes and possesses even me from time to time. ;)

The definition of God is going to end up being what this entire debate revolves around. Pro has the delusion that the definition of God is essentially everything that's real as in non-simulated if this planet etc are all simulated. So if we're in the Matrix or in some way limited in our pseudo-reality, the realest reality is by definition God according to Pro. Not only is this entirely contingent on many factors of our reality's nature (in that it's coded, not authentic... Conjured, not naturally occurring) but there is absolutely direct contradictions in the way Pro defines God and the very role of God in the first place.

God is different in every religion but something we can all agree on is that is that God is either (I made hybrid versions for 1 and 2 of the definitions in the links):

1) A superhuman being or spirit (perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness) worshipped as having power over nature or human fortunes; a deity.
2)  the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the (one) supreme being.
3) the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind

 What I find quite interesting about Pro is they actually support definition 2 but their listed religion on this site (currently Christianity) supports 1. That aside, let's get on with the debate.

If we uphold definition 2 (which is what Pro's definition of God is closest to) we don't then extend that to mean that it is 'supreme reality' or 'utmost realness' or whatever else Pro is going to portray as the definition of God. The second definition of God is that of Deism and other more 'laid back' outlooks on God where people believe in an essence almost, a being that created us but in no way at all is good or great. Personally I support both definitions 2 and 3 but I don't like definition 1 at all and unless called out on it I won't debate about that.

If we are to say that God is the supreme being that created all that is real (except for God) then what happens is we are saying that we have determined that to be true and until we determined that, it was (to us) not true. Pro would argue here that this is because we were deluded and we had to seek out truth as our 'truth' was not 'true' at all but the issue with this approach is that it implies that to anyone who doesn't believe in God at all (atheists/atheist-leaning agnostics), there is no way anything can be true to them (which is quite blatantly nonsense). Then comes the issue of proving in any way that it is the atheists who are the ones who haven't found truth. After that, one must prove all other religions and outlooks on God wrong except the one they hold to be true and only then can we begin to suggest that God is true. Even at this endpoint, God is not truth itself but rather 'true' is a property assigned to what could be a mythological and fictional being entirely but may well be 'real' or 'true' if we can prove it to be so. 

An alternate way to show how hilariously wrong Pro is, one must ask that if God is truth itself then 'god being truth itself' cannot be true since the only thing that's really true in reality is God and that statement or idea (that God is truth itself) is not God itself but rather a conclusion regarding God. If we say that a Dog is a Labrador or even that a Dog is canine (the latter being correct in all cases but ignoring the canines that aren't dogs etc) we can't then say that our statement is 'true' if the dog is said ot also be truth itself since the statement about the dog isn't the dog itself and thus wouldn't be 'truth' or the 'supreme reality'.

I will end it here for now.
Pro
I will use the sources that my opponent chose for dictionary. I will use Oxford and merriam-webster, as these are respected dictionaries

The Oxford definition that my opponent posted is correct, the one that says "The Supreme Being".
The Merriam-webster definition that my opponent should be using is the one that says "capitalized the supreme or ultimate reality". Note that there is a difference between God as a capitalized word and God as a lower case word. This is a problem in English. In Arabic, as an example, Allah means God and illah means god.

The Supreme Being and The Ultimate Reality mean the same thing. It means The way things actually truly really are. The most truest existiest reality there is. Ultimately real. Get it?

And this is not merely a semantic argument, this conception of God, which is understood in English as God with a capital "G" is in fact older than the English language. I am not arguing the English language, this is a theological issue.



To quote a father of the catholic/orthodox tradition and canonized saint... Augustine of Hippo...

"Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself"

Augustine repeats in no uncertain terms throughout his vast corpus of works that The Truth is God. Not just any truth, but, as is closer to what the original language says, Absolute Truth. 

Also in the Christian protestant tradition Herman Bavinck wrote
God is the truth in its absolute fullness. He, therefore, is the primary, the original truth, the source of all truth, the truth in all truth. He is the ground of the truth – of the true being "

And though these are examples from western academia and Christian traditions, you will find this understanding of God is fairly universal in the various religious traditions of the world. The Abrahamic faiths all recognize The Truth as being God. Even in vedic monotheism, God is understood as ultimate reality. 



So to make what I am saying very clear, The Truth is God.


My opponent in this debate is an admitted pagan. He does not understand my faith, nor should he presume to. I believe that he has a superstitious conception of God that comes from not being able to distinguish between that which is created and that which is uncreated. The evidence to this is that my opponent believes that God is an understanding.

God, or The Truth is not what anybody says it is or conceives it to be. It Is That It Is.

That is, whatever The Truth actually is, that is The Truth. That is God.

That is what The Ultimate Reality means. It is not merely true things, but The Most True.



And being that we are created beings using the medium of creation, there is a certain absurdity in expressing the uncreated.


Christianity actually addresses this through the trinity, as we relate to The Ultimate Reality through The Most Perfect Image of The Truth, with The Spirit of Truth. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

But this isn't a debate about Christianity, it is a debate about God. The monotheistic God is The Ultimate Reality. I believe it is obvious that without this God, there is no truth or reality, and as we are all clearly having an experience, it is evident that there is some form of reality. God is simply reality in the truest sense. If there are gods at all, they would not exist without this God. The God I profess is the lord of all worlds, and clearly so. It is a simple matter of contemplating and understanding what "The Ultimate Reality" means.

And there is clearly nothing else worthy of being called God. The Ultimate Reality is the only Being that can possibly be God, because there is nothing greater.

And what I'm saying is no innovation at all. The God I am confessing before everyone is the very same God that has been preached for thousands of years. These little gods are created things. They are mortal. They have a start and a finish. They are not eternal. The Ultimate Reality is Eternal. It has sovereignty over all things. Name One greater! You can't, it's impossible there is none greater, and even if you could name a name, it would not be greater.

So yes, The Truth is God, and even if in this debate I am outvoted, it would not change the reality of what I am saying. It is the Truth, and if everyone in the entire world disagreed, they would be wrong. In fact, if everyone in the entire world was destroyed, my God would still exist, as my God existed before people. My God is Eternal. There is no authority greater, no power over God. There is none like God, no comparison. My God is The Singularity, and there can be no doubt that this is The One True God.









Round 2
Con
When Augustine says that God is truth itself, then what Augustine is saying cannot be truth itself nor a subset of truth since what he's saying isn't God, it's a statement.

This nonsensical contradiction can be solved by explaining the following:

Truth, in metaphysics and the philosophy of language, the property of sentences, assertions, beliefs, thoughts, or propositions that are said, in ordinary discourse, to agree with the facts or to state what is the case.

Truth is the aim of belief; falsity is a fault. People need the truth about the world in order to thrive. Truth is important. Believing what is not true is apt to spoil a person’s plans and may even cost him his life. Telling what is not true may result in legal and social penalties. Conversely, a dedicated pursuit of truth characterizes the good scientist, the good historian, and the good detective. So what is truth, that it should have such gravity and such a central place in people’s lives?

While 'being true' is defined as:
(being) in accordance with fact or reality.

And reality is defined as:
the quality or state of having objective independent existence

So, if God is real, that is then true. God's existence being true is then something separate from God itself as God's existence being false wouldn't mean the idea itself has become 'lying' or 'lies' or 'mistruth itself' but rather is a lie and mistruth in the nature of what it is. God is possibly truly real, that I agree with my opponent one but God is only real if God is in line with truth, which itself isn't God. You must understand that God existing objectively wouldn't mean that God's creation is all fake, then you are saying the creator of all is creating nothing in reality and contradict yourself by defeating God.
Pro
God is quite literally The Ultimate Reality. That is what the concept means. Besides that, this is the one God I profess to believe in unwaveringly.

Once again, whatever The Ultimate Reality is, that is what The Ultimate Reality is. I am not saying that your false or superstitious conception of God is The Ultimate Reality, I am saying The Ultimate Reality is God. The Ultimate Reality is The Truth.

So to make this absolutely clear.....

Definitions of "Definition" courtesy of Merriam-Webster....


" statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol"

or

"a statement expressing the essential nature of something"

or

"the action or the power of describing, explaining, or making definite and clear"


And once again the definition of "God" courtesy Merriam-Webster...

"capitalized the supreme or ultimate reality"



So let it be very clear that when I am saying "God" I quite literally mean "The Ultimate Reality". It means the same thing. That is what the concept means. Besides the dictionary being very very clear about this, as I said before, this is not an innovation. This is not a semantic trick. This is not an English language argument. This is what the concept means, and this is what the concept meant even before the English Language. The theologian I referenced in my first argument, St. Augustine lived around the time of The Roman Empire. This was hundreds of years before the writing called "Beowulf", widely credited with being the first writing in English.. I would also like to note that anyone who tries to read Beowulf today can see plainly that this form of English is unintelligible to the modern speaker. It is not English as we know it today, it isn't even English as they knew it in the time of Queen Elizabeth or Shakespeare.


I believe my case has been thoroughly proven, and anything else I say would simply be redundant at this point. I don't believe that my opponent or anyone for that matter would be able to argue against this any more effectively than someone could argue that the Sun is made of ice cream. It is simply a wrong position. 

I would also like to further state as an aside to anyone reading this debate who might have been fooled into adopting the atheist position that when someone says, "There is no God", they are actually saying "There is no Truth", and all atheist arguments against God should be interpreted with that understanding. It stands to reason that there is no argument that actually can stand with that premise. 


Round 3
Con
Forfeited
Pro
The Truth is God
Round 4
Con
If God is reality itself, God created itself...

Even if this contradictory even is proven true (cycle-of-reality scenario) then that being true is a truth separate from God itself.
Pro
God did not come into being, but always was, always is, and always will be.

The reason for this is simple.

The Ultimate Reality would not be what it is if it was brought into being or was created by anything. It is eternal existence. Created things are contingent on God, God is not contingent on created things. God is The Uncreated.


The Truth is God

Round 5
Con
Pro not only has to prove that God is real now since their entire cases rests upon God always having exists, being in existence and existing in the future but he/she must fight Con on the matter of God as an entity being the only real, only true 'thing' there is.

God is one of many true things if God is real and God made truth itself or applies to truth itself in a way that implies God isn't truth itself.
Pro
My opponents entire argument is to try to monkey his way around what "The Ultimate Reality" means.


The Truth is God

I have thoroughly made my case, and it is irrefutable.