God is a thought form Show more Show less
When people refer to god they are referring to the accumulation of such belief
When we discus the powers held by institutionalized religion these powers are best understood in the same terms as we understand any other social institution. There is nothing particularly unique about god, it is just another idea that holds sway within the border battle of ideas. This is not to say it is not powerful as the idea of god has, and still does, controlled entire societies. When people reference the power of god, know it or not, they are referencing the power wielded by these institutions.