2011/11/29

Erasing a Small Concept of God

"In the beginning, all that comprised God created all that is defined as finite." Genesis 1:1 (Paraphrased by thethinkingfrog).

One of the stumbling blocks to Christian religious thought is the use of the plural for "God" in this first verse. However, if one would consider asking "why," rather than attempting to match Scripture to one's preconceived ideas, ones view of God would grow. 
Christian thought focuses on God as three persons--'Father, Son, and Holy Spirit'--and these three existing as one entity, which makes up the Divine Being. What if God exists as more than three persons? What if God is so large, that our finite minds cannot begin to comprehend all the comprises God? What if God chose to reveal the divine being as three persons to stretch our thinking? Instead, the religious thing to do is to attempt to explain God as only three persons when in reality the Divine Being could be seven or twelve persons.
It appears that the Bible is attempting to picture a God who is beyond human ability to grasp. Rather than accept the greatness of God, the religious thing to do is to bring human conceived limitations on how God functions.

If it is humanly possible to explain God, then God is no larger than the thought potential of the most intelligent human being. If one removes the mysterious, unknown potential of God, the presentation that we make to the world is that God is incapable of dealing with the dilemmas that entrap people.

2011/11/25

IN THE BEGINNING

"In the beginning, all that comprised God created all that is defined as finite." Genesis 1:1 (Paraphrased by thethinkingfrog).

What happened in these first moments? Prior to this statement, that which existed dwelt in an atmosphere that is the antithesis of the world now inhabited by all that is defined as being brought into existence by the act of God. Frequently, those who attempt to understand the meaning of these opening verses of the Bible, focus on the creation of the world rather than the universe.

If one moves their sights from the world, and enlarges this to the conception of all that modern astronomers have discovered, one's understanding of the events of Creation takes on new meaning. If the seven days, described in the first chapter of Genesis, are determined by the length of a Universe Day rather than the length of the planet earth's day, the conflicting issue of an old universe verses a young universe is dispelled.

Since the standards to measure the length of a Universe Day have yet to be discerned, human beings do not know the length of time that transpires in the seven days defined in this first chapter of Genesis. Rather than dogmatically stating a certain position as truth, it would behoove us to think outside of the parameters of what seems obvious. If what is apparent to a human mind then it seems that one does not permit God's mind to be greater than human thought.