God Part 3 Omni-Present

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God part 3—Omni-Present

All is such a simple word. And yet how we apply it will determine our view of God. Everyone in every language knows what it means and how to use it, so much so we don’t really think about it. There are two uses for ALL: one which describes a quantity within certain parameters, used this way 99.9% of the time in common speech and the other used when speaking of the Deity.

Used as an adjective, pronoun or adverb all of us know what it means when we use it. A quantity of people or things that we wish to communicate about, as something’s included and therefore excluding the rest of a certain class, event or action. For example: “All the food in the refrigerator;” as opposed to all the food not in the refrigerator or; the first being a limited amount of food and the second is an enormous amount, if we limit it again with another qualifier such as; all the food outside the refrigerator but in the house, as opposed to all the food outside my refrigerator which is in the rest of the world. So with the temporal things in the world all is always used as a qualifier to denote this as opposed to that, a setting of boundaries to limit the things we are talking about and to make ourselves clear.

We also use the synonym of whole: The whole apple means the same thing as all of the apple and every whole number between one and ten means the same thing as all whole numbers between one and ten. We may drop the qualifier of “whole” number to say all the numbers between one and ten which then includes fractions to as many decimal points as we need which would make a huge amount of numbers but the last one would still be ten. To try and understand the ALL presence of God, since we are using numbers here, God is often referred to as infinite, meaning beyond ALL human and inferentially non-human (intelligent aliens) abilities to quantify, it would be good to understand that infinite is not a number but a concept as pointed out by “Numberphile” you can see his explanation of alternate infinites here.
God is also a concept.

When it comes to God, we must first decide, as part of our definition what are God’s parameters, if any. Are we talking about a God with or without limitations. Our current level of written theological sophistication is rather new in the history of God talk. For centuries, God was always local and limited, a God of boundaries. In many cultures throughout history and even today God—and in some orthodox theologies, as we will discover—was considered local, partial, and had limited influence within the tribe or nation. In the Old Testament, the one God written about so frequently was considered local by the Hebrew people, who thought of themselves as the chosen people of the One supreme God, and all other gods were to be vanquished and put away from the camp. The only effect YHWH had on other nations was to keep them separated from His chosen people by directives to the Hebrews and punitive measures against those who choose to disobey those directives as well as the use of force against any nation opposing the Hebrews. Foreigners were also seen as instruments of YHWH’s wrath against the Hebrews for their disobedience.

This idea of a limited God crossed the boundary between the Tanakh and the New Testament with the slight change that now Gods favor and protection shifted to Christians who considered themselves a holy nation and a royal priesthood. Even though first century Christianity crossed national boundaries the idea of the Supreme God having a chosen people is still intact. We see this today in the pronouncements of some self-proclaimed spokesmen when natural disasters are said to be God’s instruments against the sinners in certain geographical locations. This is also seen when nationalism and religion join forces under the banner of their particular concept of God. All fundamentalist see God as favoring them and justify their points of view and actions via literal interpretations of Jehovah’s’ wrath as seen in the Old Testament.
The directive to worship YHWH only is be necessary when speaking to people who believed they had a choice of gods to worship. And a superficial reading of the Hebrew scriptures one can quickly see the Hebrews weren’t anxious to jump on the YHWH train.

However, the idea of one God that came into the consciousness of man I find it more important how we express the idea once it got there. God in the monotheistic religions, this One as the “ALL”: Omni-present, Omni-knowing, Omni-powerful, Omni-good and Omni-causal. With these descriptions, we come to see that everywhere God is, all of Him is there. In all his purity, love and truth without degradation of any kind his perfection is always immutable. These are the qualities of the Kingdom of God, which is always, everywhere in us and outside of us, without exception of person, being or thing. Everything manifests God according to His design and creation: a rock, a mountain, a dog, a cat, a person ALL manifesting God and all displaying ALL His qualities, the qualities of the Kingdom of God.
Deu. 6:4. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God; the Lord is one.

“The basic credo of Judaism is that G-d is One. Not just that there is one G-d, but that his Oneness precludes the existence of anything apart from him. This is what I mean when I proclaim the Shema, Judaism’s central declaration of faith; ‘Hear, O Israel, Hashem our G-d, Hashem is One.” One. Alone. Nothing else.”
By Rabbi Yakov Asher Sinclair from Lens Work Extended # 84 Seasons of the Moon

God is the ALL who is ONE. The ONE being—I am—who contains ALL, the Omni-present one surrounding every person, place and thing and also IN every person, place and thing. God is All LIFE and the one and Only life for without Him in, through and around everything life would not exist. LIFE cannot die just as God cannot die or cease to exist therefore death does not exist. Since God is ALL and there is no place outside of God then only life is possible. If anything were ever to cease to exist it would have to be outside of God which is impossible. Also because time as well is only ONE time which is eternal, eternal life is the only possibility for all creation. To say that creation came out of God or from nothing is impossible as well because how can anything be outside of that which has no boundaries and is ALL. Creation cannot be from nothing because it is impossible for “nothing” to exist. God is the Sphere without boundaries and whose center is everywhere. God created the world and man out of Himself just like he is—in His image and likeness—according to His design, His thought, and instantaneously because time in a linear fashion as we recon time does not exist in God. When God thinks it is instantly manifested. There is no distance between His thought and the result. The Alpha and Omega are the same point on the Sphere. “And God saw all that He had made, and behold it was very good…”
Just like He is very Good. The only Good. The Omni-benevolent ONE.

Draw a sphere and expand it out to eternity then put a pin mark onto the sphere. The resulting mark is the Alpha and Omega of our linear perspective “It is finished.” It is begun and finished in the eternal Now. Which is why; “Now is the time for salvation.”

This eternal One who’s transcendence and immanence are the same thing includes everything and all His qualities are part of that which is. Since this is a discussion from the human perspective I must talk about qualities but in truth God is one without quantifiable qualities, including a name. When Moses asked God what his name was he was told; “I AM that I AM” but even to communicate this great mystery the writers could only come up with an acronym. Mystics and theologians and anyone else who even attempts to discover the meaning of the hunger in their hearts for an Other always assigns qualities/names because the mystery is to much to understand or explain apart from something we as humans understand.
In attempting to communicate thoughts about God many have taken all the personality traits of men and assigned them to God. Believing the creation of man in God’s image and likeness meant all the things found in man from the most evil to the most sublime, are also what God is, but raised to the “Nth” degree.
The two qualities that we know as Love and Fear were both attributed to God millennia ago in the infancy of mankind’s journey back to God. There were only a few sages, mystics, prophets and saviors who understood that God is only Love as the Apostle John pointed out to us; “Love has in it no element of fear; but perfect love drives away fear, because fear involves pain, and if a man gives way to fear, there is something imperfect in his love” [Weymouth Translation] and “…because God is love” there can then be nothing ascribed to God which causes fear in the hearts of men. This revelation in the life of Christ has now become the standard by which we can ascribe God’s true nature as regards to man. It is by these two qualities that we can determine the difference between the Kingdom of God from the kingdom of man.

The fear of God as the beginning of wisdom is only the beginning of wisdom it is not the end of wisdom. The goal of wisdom is to bring us to the place of complete love of God without any fear whatsoever. Here we see the difference between the fool who says in his heart there is no God and the Wise who says there is. Each of us begins this life in the kingdom of man in the denial that God exists and that he rewards those who seek Him. The infancy of religion in the history of the world is reenacted in each person who enters the world. Even though we now consider ourselves to be more sophisticated then primitive man who feared the destructive forces of nature as acts of an angry God who needed to be mollified via ritual and sacrifice we have really only hidden our fears behind a new god called science and rationality. This false god still requires constant subservience and tremendous expenditures of our resources. And yet for all our worship science and rationality have not provided one moments rest form the fear it claims to assuage in truth our fear has only increased via attacks from every quarter. This outcome of the misplacement of our devotion is the same outcome of all primitive religions where all sacrifices were temporary because they never went beyond this infancy of devotion. It is the goal of progressive revelation in the history of the world and the life of each individual to grow into and up to a more mature understanding of God. This God does not want us to fear Him but love Him. This God does not require sacrifice because he is not offended.
There are two kingdoms. There is the kingdom men have made in their vain imaginations and its’ ruling emotion is fear. The other kingdom is the Kingdom of God and its’ ruling emotion is Love. The first is made by man and creates fear because we know it is always in the process of destruction. Its foundation is built on the sand dunes of time constantly shifting, crumbling out from under us just when we think we are safe. The kingdom of man provides no safety.

For God to be ALL he must be everywhere. Everywhere to the extent there is nowhere he is not. The words “nowhere” and “not” do not apply when talking about God.
God is totally and immanently transcendent. As a rock Gods nature is expressed as a rock according to the nature of “rockness” but God is not the rock and yet he is. The ground upon which we walk is Holy Ground and yet it is just dirt but it is dirt because of the immanence of God. It is the same with humans, Gods is totally expressed as the human but he is not human. And yet he is.

Acts 17:27 that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live, and move, and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’ 29 Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold, or silver, or stone, engraved by art and design of man. The World English Bible

Yes “in him we live and move and have our being….” How could it be other wise since there is no other place to be if we agree that God is omnipresent.

The Law of The Garbage Truck

A wonderful life lesson:

Morning Story and Dilbert

How often do you let other people’s nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you’re the Terminator, for an instant you’re probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly she can get back her focus on what’s important.

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here’s what happened. I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car’s back end by just inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who…

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God part 4, Omni-Potence

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God part 4, Omni-Potence

“First and foremost we need to know who the God of heaven is, since everything else depends on this. Heaven and Hell 1 Emanuel Swedenborg

      When it comes to the attributes of God this and the next one—his Omni benevolence—are probably the most troublesome from our human perspective. When we look at the world in which we live we are often confronted by pain and suffering and for this we question even the existence of an All powerful God. I will touch on suffering briefly here but in a subsequent post I will cover the issue of suffering in more detail. For now, I would like to step back from the human condition of powerlessness to the larger context in which we have been swimming—the ALL-Beingness of Deity.

            God’s Being is Power. It is not a separate part of him which he chooses at times to exercise and at other times not, His being is: Presence; Knowing; Power; Benevolence and immutable, not subject to the whim of the moment. It is in this being that we “…live, move and have our being.” When he created us in his likeness he included this power as well—more about that later. This Being is the Omnipotent sustainer of all: “For he [Jesus] is The Brilliance of his glory, The Image of his Being, and upholds all things by the power of his word; and he in his Essential Being has accomplished the purification of our sins,….” Heb1:3 [Aramaic Bible in Plain English]

His power, manifested by his will which is his love, as spoken about in the parable of creation, demonstrates his powerful actions within Himself because there is no place other than in him. All is done instantly because in him there is no time. This timelessness is also his power. What appears to us to take millennia is less than the smallest measurement of time humans can conceive. Meister Eckhart puts it this way: “God did nothing more about it [creation] than just this: he willed [loved] and they were! God acts without instrumentality and without ideas.” His power manifests only what He is in all things in his essential being. Being able only to manifest what he is, there can be in truth, nothing but who God is and by which he declares: “It is very Good.” Because He is “…very good.” This “goodness” extends throughout all of the Alpha and Omega: the beginning to the end by the power of His Being.

Imagine a sphere without boundaries and which has its center everywhere then place a pin prick of a dot anyplace on it, this would be the Alpha and Omega of the entire universe from the big bang until the end of all things. However without time there can be no beginning or end. What we experience now is only the appearance of time and space. No time means no space either because it takes time to transverse from hear to there. Because there is no time there is no speed either, in God the “speed of light” does not exist. Light is just as God IS. This was pointed out by Aristotle in his Metaphysics as the unmoved mover.

As to what went “wrong”? Well that is the rest of the story. If indeed it went “wrong” at all. I don’t believe it went wrong, see my post Re-contextualize for my views on this topic. Whatever went wrong we expect the All Powerful God to fix it and we are kind of upset that he hasn’t put it right yet.

We have confused Power with force. In this world, the power of governments can only be seen thru enforcement. The force of law by it’s enforcers have us believing God, who we see as the ultimate Enforcer, acts the same. In Romans 13 we are told that all authorities are ordained by God [vs.1-7]. This is a divine pattern based on Gods love for his creation: man [vs.8-10] Paul adds his remedy for the misdeeds of men in verses 11-14 by stating; “…Now is the time and the hour to awake from our sleep….” We are in a nightmare—in the darkness of sin, guilt and death from which it is time to awaken. In awakening/enlightenment we realize, “The night has passed and the day has arrived, therefore let us strip off the works of darkness from us, and let us put on the armor of light.” [vs. 12]

However God never forces anything. He is not a bully. The power of God is more like the power of the sun which Swedenborg points out represents the love of God as modeled after the heavenly realms where God himself is seen as the sun. This sun which always existed is the light of love before the creation of the earthly sun. In the parable of the creation there was light before there was a planetary sun. This power radiates to all life, sustaining it—on a spiritual level first and on a physical level next. Many say his power is continually creating life anew each present moment. It has been said that it takes just as much power to sustain the world as it does to create the world. Also from this we can surmise that if God’s creative power to sustain the world were removed for the smallest of an instant the world would cease to exist. This is what Tao means in Chinese mysticism, The Tao does nothing, is always in action and without it nothing would get done.

It is.

This Power as a pattern of authority works differently on the human level because many souls have chosen to be out of touch with the inflow of this Power. Gods divine laws are written on the hearts of all men and this self-corrective power is active at all times but many have learned to ignore it. Hence the need for the governments modeled on a gross scale after the divine authority. According to Swedenborg, in heaven, when people choose to ignore the light they instantly “re-locate” to a place where other like minded people are and will stay there until they learn what they need to learn.

However to anthropomorphize human government as the way God works on the divine level is when we make out God to be a bully. Human government always works on a penalizing model attempting to justly apply appropriate penalties to fit the crime. Human government is part of the dream we are to awaken from. In the light of God there is no need for governments because in his presence there are no law breakers. Those who love darkness rather than light will go to the darkness and stumble all over themselves complaining they can’t see. God does not see this nor does he caise the pain. How can this be? Lets say God is the most powerful spotlight ever known.

“And this is The Good News that we have heard from him and we evangelize to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness at all in him.”

Now we come to this light and say: “Look over there God and see the evil happening in that part of the world.” So God turns himself in that direction but because this spotlight is so bright and powerful the darkness is no longer there. God would say: “What darkness?”

“But wait a minute,” you protest. This says there is no darkness in God and we can accept that but we are not God. The darkness I see must be there because I can see it. The more we walk into the light the less darkness there will be. My argument is that we are not separate from Him because there is no place apart from Him. The separateness/darkness we see is our perception not Gods. This is why Jesus, when people complained to him for breaking the Sabbath and healing a man said, “…Do not judge with partiality, but judge just judgment.” Gods “just Judgment” always supersedes the laws of men, represented by working/healing on the Sabbath. There are more subtle “laws”, that we created in our minds, which tell us we are bodies and victims of our bodies, that this physical plane is all there is. The healing comes when the Light of God shines on what we judge as evil and says it is not there, because there is no falsehood in the truth.

Now you may ask if we are dreaming why is God  in my nightmare. Why have we created governments and armies to destroy other armies? Why are evil people doing what they do and law enforcement punishing evil doers? On and on we can delve into the nightmare we think is the “real” life on earth, which it is not Why have we included God in all this? Because even in the nightmare we cannot forget that we are only sleeping. We cannot forget there is a light somewhere leading us out of the darkness.

In him was The Life and The Life is The Light of men. And The Light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it. [John 1:4,5]

God is everywhere on all levels of consciousness always being only what he can be: Light.

Would you as a parent punish your child because he had a nightmare that he killed someone? Wake up my child it was only a dream.

A quote from Thomas Traherne

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“Your enjoyment of the world is never right till every morning you awake in Heaven; see yourself in your Father’s palace; and look upon the skies, the earth and the air as celestial joys; having such reverend esteem of all as if you were among the Angels. The bride of a monarch, in her husbands chamber, has no such causes of delight as you.

You never enjoy the world aright till the sea itself floweth in you veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars; and perceive yourself to be the sole heir of the whole world, and more so, because men are in it who are everyone sole heirs as well as you. Till you can sing and rejoice and delight  in God, as misers do in gold, and kings in scepters, you can never enjoy the world.

Till you spirit filleth the whole world, and the stars are your jewels; till you are as familiar with the ways of God in all ages as with your walk and table; till you are intimately acquainted with that shady nothing out of which the world was made; till you love men as to desire their happiness with a thirst equal to the zeal of your own; till you delight in God for being good to all; you never enjoy the world. Till more feel it than your private estate, and are more present in the hemisphere, considering the glories and beauties there, than in your own house; till you remember how lately you were made, and how wonderful it was you came into it; and more rejoice in the palace of your glory than if it had been made today morning.

Yet further, you never enjoyed the world aright, till you so love the beauty of enjoying it, that you are covetous and earnest to persuade others to enjoy it. And so perfectly hate abominable corruption of men in despising it you would rather suffer the flames of hell than willingly be guilty of their error.

The world is a mirror of Infinite Beauty, yet no man sees it. It is the Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is the region of light and Peace, did not men disquiet it. It is the Paradise of God. It is more to man since he is fallen than it was before. It is the place of Angels and the Gate of Heaven. When Jacob waked out of his dream he said, God is here, and I wist it not. How dreadful is this place! This is none other than the House of God and the Gate of Heaven.”

Thomas Traherne from The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley