October 2014: New revised edition available!
Why does the universe exist? Does life have any meaning or purpose? Does God exist?
What do we mean when we use the word “God”? Most dictionaries combine three meanings into their primary definition of “God”: a. the Supreme Being, b. the creator of the universe, and c. the ruler of the universe.
Many people who believe in a creator/ruler God also believe that the Supreme Being is a loving God. But how could a loving deity knowingly create a universe that contains death, illness, physical and mental disabilities, child molesting, sexism, racism, concentration camps, slavery, etc.?
An unspoken but essential part of the dictionary definition of “God” is the presumption of separation; there is a fundamental divide between Creator and Creation. There’s Supreme Being, and then there’s ordinary being.The Game of God
proposes (a) there is no separation and (b) God did not create the universe.
According to our theory, allowing God the experience of limitation is the first purpose of the universe. God, as an unlimited being, cannot experience life and death, joy and pain, beginning and end, fear and hate, happiness and sorrow, ignorance and learning.
In order to have a realistic experience of limitation, God must forget that She-He-It is God. In other words, the universe is God…in a state of amnesia.
The universe is a game in which God forgets His-Her-Its identity and, in the process of playing, remembers who She-He-It is.
Evolution is the process of God awakening from amnesia into the remembrance of His-Her-Its true identity.
The universe is literally An Expression Of God In Amnesia (AEOGIA).
We are not separate creatures who are victims of existence, nor the playthings of a deity who languishes in comfort while we suffer. We are God experiencing limitation. We are God in disguise.
We define “God” as: Being, free of a survival identity; absolute awareness of absolute reality. SYN: truth, love, and experience.The Game of God
is about a great deal more than God. It’s about the evolution of the physical universe, psychology, personality development, compassion, love, and awakening.
The metaphysics of The Game of God
is based on logic and not “feel good” speculation. The mechanics of survival are examined—from the fundamental particles of the physical universe to the psychological dynamics that control us. This logical approach extends to the examination of love and acceptance. Love isn’t some squishy, romantic feeling; it’s the optimum state of survival. Love is God-consciousness surfacing in our awareness.
Most human suffering arises from the mistaken belief that who we really are is our personality, what we call our “ego-identity.” When we identify with our ego-identity, we must survive as that ego-identity, which in this universe means operating from flight/fight behavior. Our lives are a constant battle to perpetuate a mistaken identity. We are always either flighting from reality or fighting against it.
Love and transcendence lie in the cessation of survival behavior, in the acceptance of reality.
Love is the experience of unconditional acceptance of what is.
The unconditional acceptance of what is is the way to win the Game of God.
to read the introduction: Why We Need To Forgive God.
Note to readers of the original book:The Game of God
was originally published in 1993. In the intervening years we have changed our thinking about one fundamental aspect of our theory:
We no longer hold God to be a willful or deliberate creator.
One of the most basic aspects of the Supreme Being must be that She-He-It is free from desire. The unlimited, infinite, all-powerful, all-knowing source of everything would already have everything. Desire arises when there is dissatisfaction with the present—something more is required. How could unlimited God experience the desire necessary to initiate creation?
The logical conclusion is that the dualistic universe is an aspect of Supreme Being, not something She-He-It created. This is expanded on in the new revised version of The Game of God
The original version of this book described the universe as “God in a self-induced state of amnesia.” The amnesia component of our formula remains valid (as the only way the unlimited can experience limitation), but the amnesia is not self-induced.
We also came to see that the concept of “free will” is an insane and destructive lie, and we address this misconception in detail in our second book, We Are ALL Innocent by Reason of Insanity: The Mechanics of Compassion
. This work greatly expands on the psychology presented in The Game of God