To What Extent Is Via Negative the Only Way to Talk About God?

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To what extent is via negative the only way to talk about God? Via negative, or the apophatic way, is a theory that suggests it is only possible to talk about God in ‘negative’ terms, as opposed to talking about him in a positive light calling him things such as all loving or a good god, as talking about God in a positive way, statements can be misconstrued and misleading as to what we actually mean by a good God for example. To talk about God as a creator or a holy father and describing his good actions and love, only showcases our own ideas about what these things actually are, which can put the wrong idea across. It is better to try and get our limited human minds around the concept of a mysterious God, without characteristics as such, that may be inaccurate. Via negative features often in Buddhism’s religious language. Though they do not actually have a God, and therefore do not describe one, but they use it to put across the idea of a human reality in efforts to make the difficult concept of a God or divine power easier to describe. The theory of via negative has both advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that it helps us to comprehend God and understand that he cannot be limited to the physical world, and to experience him, we must go one step further. It also allows human beings to get their minds around the fact that Gods knowledge and being is beyond anything our human minds can comprehend, let alone try to describe with ‘positive’ words. It is easy for us as human beings to believe in a God and portray God to be like us (anthropomorphism), but truthfully we do not know how he would appear, and this theory helps to convey the mysteriousness of God. Negative descriptions of God or divine Powers are literal fact and so are easily understood across cultures and time, because they never change and always remain fact, there is no confusion, however
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