THE EDITOR, Sir:
As a kid, I was never quite satisfied with the 'God is God' definition of God. It was incomprehensible because the subject of my query was tantamount to the answer provided.
The claim that 'God is a spirit' is invalid. In a religious sense, 'non-physical' is the same as mystical, numinous, magical, supernatural (that without essence; that which cannot be explained by natural laws).
This is where the definition becomes paradoxical. If the subject of a definition cannot be measured by natural perceptions, on what basis can its existence be determined or countenanced? By definition, the argument is: I can't explain God; therefore, I can explain God.
The more one pins the concept of God to a definition, the more the concept falls into disarray. The knowledge of an existence begins with a meaning. Before a religion can ever be taken seriously by those who are willing to think, it must first establish a clear definition of its deity.