People think God is somewhere, up there, monitoring every act of the people, guiding the lost and uplifting the poor. God is the one who punishes the evil and rewards the benevolent.
Some people even claim of seeing them in stone idols or some conceptual belief, in inanimate or living things. Is it our faith that makes us believe that there is some supreme power above us or is it a reality, can never be answered. Until this conviction is there one is in the grip of the dualistic illusion. The dualistic illusion keeps one in the ignorance of our true existence. Therefore, there is a need to verify the fact that the ‘Self ‘, is not you but it is the Soul, which is present in the form of the consciousness.
When you become aware of the fact that, the ‘Self’ is the Soul, then you realize the fact that, whatever known, seen, believed and experienced on the base of the false Self is an illusion.
You are the false self within the false experience. You are not the Self because you are the birth entity whereas the Soul, the innermost Self is birthless and deathless. The Soul is birthless and deathless because it is the ever formless, timeless and spaceless existence.
From the standpoint of the Soul, the innermost Self, you and your experience of the world and your religion and your religious God and your accumulated knowledge is falsehood because the waking experience is merely an illusion.
The Bhagavad Gita: ~ Brahmano hi pratisthaham ~ Brahman (God) is considered the all-pervading consciousness, which is the basis of all the animate and inanimate entities and material. (14.27).
When Bhagavad Gita says, God is considered the all-pervading consciousness which is the basis of all the animate and inanimate entities and material then nothing has to be accepted as God other than consciousness.
The Vedas confirms God is Atman (Spirit), the innermost Self.
Rig Veda: ~ The Atman is the cause; Atman is the support of all that exists in this universe. May ye never turn away from the Atman the innermost self. May ye never accept another God in place of the Atman nor worship other than the Atman?" (10:48, 5)
The dualistic worship of "God” is only for the ignorant populace. The God in truth is only Atman, the innermost Self. In reality, there is no duality, no differentiation. Only Atman exists.
Bible says: ~ “God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24)”,
The Spirit is the root element of the universe. The Spirit is present in the form of the Soul, the innermost Self. The Soul is present in the form of the consciousness. From the Spirit, the universe comes into existence. In the Spirit, the universe resides. And into the Spirit, the universe is dissolved. The Spirit is the parent of all that is there is.
In Yajurveda – chapter- 32:~ It has been said that God Supreme or Supreme Spirit.
If God is the formless Spirit, then how does the man know God created the world? There is no proof. If the man had seen God creating the world, he could admit it, but how could he have seen God before he came into existence? (i.e. were created).