ENTRY 1203 | NOVEMBER
the previous Jonal
I introduced Jonathan Edwards's idea that space (as he defined it)
is God, and among other questions, I asked, "If God is space,
what about Genesis 1:1, 'In the beginning, God created the heaven
and the earth'? What is the difference between space and 'the heaven'?"
My take is that both space and heaven have dual meanings. Heaven can
mean 1) the sky / the atmosphere, or 2) the place we go to (God willing)
when we die / God's place. And space can be 1) the room or "locus"
occupied by any object, or 2) it can be the locus of the cosmos, the
whole universe (deep space or all space). So when we refer to either
space or heaven as where God is, we are speaking of an eternal place,
not one created. So Genesis 1:1 must be understood as meaning, "in
the beginning, God created our heaven (our space, and, it occurs
to me, the place occupied by the heavenly beings other than God, the
angels) and our earth."
I recently saw a TV broadcaster answering a child's question, "if
God created us and the world, who created God?"
Unfortunately, the answer, from a world-famous evangelical personality,
"We don't know where God came from" must be labeled a heretical
error that the church has consistently fought against from New Testament
times to the present. The church has always known, as the Old Testament
church before it knew, that God didn't come from anywhere. He has
always been who and what and "where" He is now. He is unoriginate
by definition. He is and always has been everywhere. Before the creation
of the universe there was no time, so I'm even in error in speaking
of a "before creation"...but I'm getting ahead of the topic.
always when I take up a "mere Christian" topic in this space
I'm assuming the Judeo-Christian understanding of God and what nature
and Scripture reveal about Him and the material world, not other doctrines
like gnostic views, the latest PBS physics or new-age theories. They're
all up for discussion if anyone wants to go there, and I definiely
plan to go back, in later installments, to how we (the Judeo-Christian
"church") came to arrive at our big assumptions about God,
but first some more unpacking of Edwards's awesome proposition that
God is space.
wrote recently that it seems hard to conceive of a God big and powerful
enough to create a universe as vast and complex as we know (from current
science) exists. But the problem with doubting that is that the only
alternative is even harder to believe (at least to my thinking). That
is that the universe created itself. That's what all the atheistic
physicists like Stephen Hawking and the evolutionists' theories amount
to (and I'm not implying that all physicists and evolutionists are
atheistic; they're not). And lots of new agers and latter day gnostics
profess that belief when they throw out little religious mantras like
"we'll ask the universe" to grant whatever favor we want
(I've heard it from personal acquaintances repeatedly). There's even
an organized cult in Australia, I've read, based on "the Force,"
the variation of "the-universe-as-creator" theory put forth
by the Star Wars movies.
when I read Edwards's claim that space and the Creator are the same
person, that struck me as closer than I ever expected to come to the
religion of the self-creating universe. That, as I started out by
saying, is mind-blowing. Some of these believers in a personal universe
might at least be willing to shift their attention to the envelope
that holds the universe. That might take a "leap," as most
believers in alternatives to orthodox Christianity seem reluctant
to reconsider what they've already consciously rejected as somehow
not for them. But you never know when your quest for coreligionists
might turn up someone with an open mind.
Webmaster Jon Kennedy
I received one reply to the previous Jonal:
One of my all-time favorite books is True Spirituality
by Francis Schaeffer. In it, he posits that the only difference
(basically!) between the spiritual world and the material is
that it is unseen by us. It's all at hand; we just can't see
it. There is something of the God-space in that, I think. Beyond
my mortal ken.
thing is: Genesis says that "the earth was without form and
void." I'd like to know (and will, eventually!) what that exactly
means. It implies that there was an "earth," but that it was
without form and void. Earthness, if you will. Or not? In the
mind of God, but not physically created yet? Wow.
post. God is a consistent mind-blower, that's for sure.
Any suggestions about what
the significance of "the void" might be?