If God were a Rorschach test designed to induce a mental state similar to free association, our reaction to the Concept might indicate how we view and define God, and how we view and define life.
Archur C. Clark wrote a short 1953 sci-fi classic, "The Nine Billion Names of God." Perhaps each of us has imprinted a unique pattern of recognition to designate the essence of what embodies supreme transcendence.
Whether or not God exists, the fingerprint of our Creator — real or imagined — has left a spectrum of permutations in the minds of beholders across the globe. Regardless of God's religious or cultural pedigree, each of these interpretations might tell us about ourselves.
Common threads can be assimilated to determine the hidden meanings of these interpretations, based on the appraisals of so-called 'gut-reactions' — emotional reactions that are uncensored by conscious thought.
Billions of the Earth's inhabitants could not be polled to elicit their reactions to God in explicit detail, so the insights here remain open to argument. With that disclaimer, here are fourteen of the most common 'gut reactions' to God — and what they might mean...
My mind is totally blank. The idea of God startles you. It's upsetting to think about such things...or else (for you) the answer is a bit complicated.
God doesn't exist. You believe in the material world of scientific data and statistical results. Faith in the Intangible is not listed on the menu. Perhaps your spiritual diet is nourished in rational methods of self-discipline, such as stoicism.
God is the Protector or Super Hero of our universe. Your image of God reflects a personification of heroism and justice. The rules of the cosmos set forth by the Creator guide your choices in life.
I depend on God; God is love. You have an unquestioning faith; a calm and centered soul. It's probable that you practice meditation or pray daily. Others come to you for inspiration.
God is unfathomable. It seems Wonder is your primary emotion. You experience a grateful astonishment at the thought of God's infinite resources.
God is the Force or Patterns of Influence. Hidden and coherent 'abstract' designs reflect your preference for holistic and logical intuition. You appreciate the various interactions between spiritual contemplation and mental application.
Why does God let bad things happen? Sensitive and thoughtful in nature, you like to sort things out...and God is hard to figure.
I wonder if God is out there. You are open to God but also questioning and a bit skeptical. You remain hopeful, always searching.
God often makes me angry. You are impulsive; perhaps a bit impatient, or rebellious. You may be dissatisfied with what has happened to you (or a loved one) in life. It's difficult to let go of bitterness and to see the longer view.
I am scared of God's Judgment. Perhaps raised in a strict environment, you worry about things a lot. Guilt often struggles inside of you. Your view is that God might be an Omnipotent Control Freak.
God is [Jesus, Mohammed, etc.]. You feel a literal imprint of God based on historical teachings. Often this impact is associated with traditional — and familial — ties, that continue to mold life's relationships in the present.
The Lord abides deeply in all of us. You possess a sublime, gentle faith — a love for humanity — and passionate wisdom. You feel the presence of God through your intuition, and have an internal locus of trust.
God is nature, mystery and beauty. You respect God's intelligence as a principle of faith. God's mind and infinite imagination cause you the most delight. In similar fashion, you like to pursue intellectual or artistic interests.
More than one of the above. Congratulations! Your brain multi-tasks even when it's asked to react quickly. Your emotional response to God might also depend on the variations of your mood. The Creator may be eternal, but our human nature is often transient and evolving.
About John DiPrete
John DiPrete has contributed to Psych Central, MacWorld, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Medical Hypotheses, Speculations in Science and Technology, among other outlets. His Web site, MindBluff.com, has been recommended by PC World Online.