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The Immanuel Project – Chapter 1 (Part 1)

Posted by undergroundchurch on June 12, 2009


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Chapter 1: Confining the Infinite (Part 1)

One of the greatest tragedies in reading the Bible, which proclaims to be the Word of God, lies in our human limitations.  A finite being struggles with understanding the unfathomable.  How can man understand God? Or how can we understand even remotely some of His basic characteristics.  We use simple terms like omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence and believe we have defined some aspect of God in a human delineated fashion; however, even though our limited vocabulary contains over two hundred thousand words it can’t even scratch the surface when it comes to describing an infinite God. 

Simply put, mankind cannot understand the eternal nature of God.  God exists in a realm that does not computer to the human brain.  He exists outside of our time dimension. He sees the past and the future in totality.  Nothing ever surprises Him, and no event ever happened that He forgets. God operates in infinite mode.  I like to challenge people with the following thought provoking illustration to demonstrate my point about conceptualizing the infinite.

Most Christians know John 3:16 –

“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life”

The last part of that verse reads, “… will not perish but have everlasting life”.  Most believers understand that the Christian’s destiny in Christ leads to eternal life… living forever.  What a concept!  Imagine for a moment that you will never cease to exist.  You will breath, live, talk, worship and exist FOREVER!  It sort of blows the mind. 

Now that you took that first step in understanding future aspects of infinity, let us delve a little deeper.  A problem exists in our understanding of a never ending future.  Though you can perhaps discern the notion of an unending future in some simple fashion, we have a limitation.  We use a beginning reference point to carry forward our understanding of eternal things.  You were born.  You started.  You can conceptualize endless things from the starting point.  But when you remove that reference point, what happens?

For just a moment, think about never being created – never having a beginning.  That concept rubs us wrong.  Everything began. This defies the law of cause and effect, which essentially states that every effect in the universe was caused by something else.  Even with Christian understanding, we hit roadblocks to grasping the concept of never beginning. 

Everything we see and know had a start.  The car I drive started as iron ore that someone refined into metal that someone else fashioned into parts that someone else put together.  If you believe in evolutionary theory, you believe that iron ore came from an explosion in space billions of years ago.  The strange part is, I never met an evolutionist yet that explained how matter came from nothing.  All matter in the universe started somewhere, so what existed before matter existed.

If you are a creationist, you can look at the Bible and read the story about Seth.  He had a beginning; the Bible says that he was born to Adam and Eve.  His mother and father’s act caused his existence, but what about Adam and Eve?  Where did they come from?

Adam and Eve were “caused” or created by God’s hand.  Adam was formed from dust and Eve was formed from Adam. Both had a source… a beginning.  For Adam, it was dust, for Eve, it was Adam.  But where did God come from?  Who caused him?

Even some Christians fall victim to the world’s evolutionary idea that it took 13.7 billion years for the universe to evolve into its present form.  But no matter how much time you add to the creation of the universe, you have an “infinite” problem – Where did anything come from?  According to the understanding of cause and effect, you get to a point where you no longer have a starting point.  You get to a point where what you exists with no cause because it always existed.  At this point, you reached God.

To rebel against that probability, some evolutionists state that the universe explodes, evolves, implodes and then starts all over again.  They call this the “Big Bounce” theory.  The previous universe collapsed in on itself and then blew up.[i]  But even it doesn’t explain where that universe’s matter came from.  This looping theory will keep going and going with no beginning in sight because everything exists because of something else causing it to come into being.

The well proven scientific law of cause and effect does not apply to God.  Nothing “caused” Him to exist; He has always been because He exists outside of our physical universe and time domain.  The Bible illustrates this in God’s introduction.  “In the beginning God…”[ii] Nothing existed before him because He existed before time began. 

 


[i] Study performed at Penn State University – http://www.science.psu.edu/alert/Ashtekar5-2006.htm

[ii] Genesis 1:1


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