I just came across a statement about the Tao and God. The statement put forth was pondering if the Tao is before or after God.
If you get into Taoism… Time matters not, The term God is a human word to capture our perceptions of how a larger universe works. God is another distinct topic all onto itself. Where people try to “define” a creator or universal power etc, One which people have fought over thousands of years since any definition is an issue of perception.
A Taoist doesn’t think the Tao is before or after God. The Tao is a concept to capture something that goes beyond our capability to define, so you leave the Tao undefined and happily explore the wonder that opens up as a result.
The Tao I can define completely in such a way all Taoist will agree.
The Tao is : undefinable…
Something which is undefined: is outside of time by default.
If your definition of God is: that God is undefinable… then yes Tao and God at that point become the same concept… and in being undefinable , a person by definition has to leave it as undefined… since once you slap any definition over it… it isn‘t that anymore and one misses the point all together. (From a Taoist perspective, all religious wars are pointless since everyone is arguing over the same thing. The problem is being blinded within perception differences while in fact they are fighting over something undefinable.)
In Taoist Religion, we do have gods, but those gods are very definable: they are enlighten beings who help us lesser beings work towards grace. In this Taoist Gods are not Tao, but definable beings.
We do say in Taoism: We are of the Tao, or a god is of the Tao… but we say that… since in some aspect… we are each undefined: as we define ourselves as we live. So in that Taoism connects Tao to everything… But its a very delicate logical edge. One which confuses people.
The Tao by being undefinable… has no issues of perception in definition… since perception cannot touch the Tao which is undefined. It’s just simply and utterly is: undefined…
People are funny when insisting everything must be defined…
A Taoist knows to leave the Tao as is, and to grasp the Tao: in the chase of living life fully. It’s a wonderful contradiction to embrace as it completely full-fills ones life at that acceptance.
From here each person is free to draw their own conclusions… which will always shift to the winds of perception.
I hope this confuses you even more 🙂 since half the fun of being a Taoist is to play in the edges of Definition and Un-Definability. I wouldn’t want to clarify something that has kept humanity so busy for so long.