Part Four: A Very Short, Personal Dissertation on God's Goodness....
On God's Goodness
1. Is God supremely evil? From my "relative perspective", I do not believe so. Although, I have experienced pain in my life,
I have also experienced a lot of peace and health in my life too. From my "relative perspective" I believe God is not supremely evil.
For a supremely evil God would definitely give me (and including all other creatures) no rest from torture and pain.
Therefore, God is not supremely evil.
2. However, if God is not supremely evil, is God evil?
Although the first question was solved by my personal judgment, this second question I leave to the judgment
and opinion of others who have had more experience with evil and pain. There are young children and young ladies and
gentlemen who have had horrible things happen to them, e.g. the young lady, Nobel laureate Malala, and yet they still believe God to be good.
up to their professional experience with pain that I have come to the conclusion that God is not evil. My own experience
of pain pales in comparison with such people. Not to mention all of those amputees that haven't given up on God. Those people are true heroes. As long as they exist in the world, they are the light of the world.
3. However, if God is not supremely evil (and is also not evil), is God supremely good or not?
I mean God could just be good instead of supremely good. So is God just good or supremely good?
But what would be the criteria for God to be supremely good to each one of us? The answer is simple.
For God to be supremely good for me (or anyone else) at all times, he would have to give me everything I wished for whenever I wished it.
Now this would not be a problem if I were the only creature God created. But God said it was wrong for man to be alone.
From the very beginning of man we were meant to live in a community.
But as a community we each could not get everything we wished for without trespassing on our fellow neighbors wants and desires.
However, God thought it more good for each of us to live in a community than not to. As a community our wants and desires would come into conflict. This is why God inspired great men to give us laws. And an entirely new area of knowledge sprung from the Art of Lawgiving which we know as politics. Politics has been made the experiment of mankind up to the the present day: what is the best constitution and the best type of leader?
[So no matter how good it is for a man to get whatever he wants (whenever he wants), it is more good for him to live in a society.]
4. So what can we conclude from all of the above? It is that God is supremely good, but it doesn't seem
so because we cannot get everything we want whenever we want. Our omniscient Creator decided that we would have
to sacrifice our wants and desires for the sake of living in vast numbers of communities. God is also part of that community
so we must respect and love him as an individual and as the Creator. Plus, we must show great kindness to our suffering neighbors.
And that the final effects of both these actions (or inactions) are karma and the Day of Judgment.
How real is the universe?
1. Empiricist's viewpoint. Many trees on earth have been living for a long time. I know how old I am
and that many trees are older than myself. Therefore, the universe must be older than me. And therefore the universe
I live in must be real and not a figment of my imagination since the universe is older than me.
2. Sceptic's viewpoint. Everything I know is dependent on my mind. Trees and other things could be figments of my imagination.
I could be an insect thinking I am a human being typing away on this computer.
3. Monotheist's viewpoint. My thinking is finite, so I did not make myself to exist and to think. So God must exist,
and we have already proven that God is supremely good above. Therefore,
#2 is proven to be a false argument.
"For if there only exists one other person besides my mind,
He cannot be finite!
Since I am finite,
That other person must be God the kind."
4. Time's viewpoint. Everything in my reality exists in time's present. In fact, in both true-reality and false-reality, time exists.
Something must have created time since time has no infinite past. Time must have come from no-time. And the only
thing that can exist without time is the infinite mind of God. So falsehood has no total reality to it since time's present is not
false at all. Therefore, no matter how false our reality seems we will never experience a reality of total falsehood because time exists.
And where there is time there is hope and God's light and therefore God's goodness.
Why does God's reaction to our needs seem not as responsive at times?
1. We humans are only concerned with our own individual, physical universe we can touch and see. But God is aware not only
of our physical universe but everything that occurs inside our macro and micro universes as well.
2. When you realize that God's
infinite mind is aware of everything that happens in our physical, micro and macro universes, every second of the day,
you will realize that God is mentally the fastest of all minds. He must be since his infinite mind takes account of the place
of every atom every second: inside and outside of all of the galaxies in the universe known and unknown.
3. However, I believe the more pious you are the quicker God hears your prayers.
The Limits of Man’s Understanding
1. As a 4th dimensional being, man does not understand the reality
of what he is looking at in 4th dimensional time and space—but man may know just enough to figure
out how to manipulate his surroundings and environment. E.g. even though he doesn’t know what precisely gravity is, man may know how to use gravity in an advantageous way for himself.
2. For all mankind’s science is, is the process of inventing and recording labels for more and more minutia concerned with manipulating and controlling one’s environment and surroundings.
3. So the limit of man’s understanding of reality is how to control that reality. Man
cannot know the depths of reality. All he can do is assign labels to all things that will help him control his surroundings.
4. For just as they say that most of the past recorded history is basically centered around war,
so most of science is based on learning to control one’s surroundings and the recording of labels for
that purpose. In this sense, man is designed by God to be a pragmatic animal.
For only an infinite mind (or God) knows total truth. Mankind must use pragmatism to reach the degree of truth that
he was designed for.
5. The Koran 2:33
‘He said, “O Adam, inform them of their names.” And when he had informed them of their names, He said, “Did I not say to you that I know the hidden things of the heavens and the earth, and that I know what ye bring to light, and what you hide?”’
Translation of the Koran by John Rodwell: Public Domain.
Why there cannot be an infinite number of gods but only a finite number, and
how the idea of a finite number of gods (and the reality of time itself) proves there exists only one supreme God.
1. An infinite number of gods are impossible to exist in reality just as there cannot be an infinite number of kings. For kings rule over subjects just as gods would rule over worlds or objects of creation.
2. Now if there exists an infinite number of gods there would exist an infinite number of objects that each god would rule over. However, there would exist more objects of creation than gods if that were true.
3. But the infinite is the greatest number of all. The infinite is that number which there
exists no greater number. But that wouldn't be true if there would be an infinite number of gods since
there would exist more of an infinite number of objects made by those same gods than gods themselves.
This is proven true for all instances since there exists many objects in our universe already.
Some, however, will use the argument that there is one universe and an infinite number of gods.
But, remember, gods are objects as well. There are many objects as well in the universe. So
how could there exist more than an infinite number of objects since an infinite number of objects
would be that number of objects with no greater amount of objects? This, of course, is impossible.
4. However, some may think that even if there exists not an infinite number of gods that there could still exist a vast (but not infinite) number of gods or supreme gods in reality.
5. But if there cannot be an infinite amount of gods in reality, we have also proven elsewhere that there cannot be an infinite amount of time. Therefore, there must only be one First Cause (or first origin) of all creation, and that First Cause is the one and only creator of all things.
My Deductive Argument on God
We all know that time is finite and that our universe had a beginning. Therefore, either the finite originally created the finite; the finite originally created the infinite; the infinite originally created the infinite; or the infinite originally created the finite.
1. I think it is impossible for the finite to originally create the infinite. For how could a physical creation create a physical creator of all? That's like putting the cart before the horse.
2. Some may say that the finite originally created the finite. But how could the finite be an original creation if the finite already existed? This same logic can apply to the infinite originally creating the infinite--it is an argument that is impossible to logically defend.
3. In conclusion, if the finite cannot originally create the finite, and if the finite cannot originally create the infinite, and if the infinite cannot originally create the infinite, then only the last option is possible, or, that the infinite originally created the finite. And that the infinite always exited outside and inside of time, while the finite was originally created. If this were not true, nothing would be living right now.
Some may ask: does God have an infinite or an omniscient mind?
1. I mean how could God's thoughts be infinite when a succession of God's thoughts adds to God's thoughts?
For an infinite amount of thoughts would be those thoughts with no greater amount of thoughts. Perhaps, since
God can count to an infinite number, God also has an infinite amount of thoughts? But there must be some difference
between the two.
2. But perhaps God does not have an infinite amount of thoughts, but rather is still all
knowing (or omniscient), since he knows all past, present, and future thoughts in all finite time and reality?
3. For one does not need an infinite number of thoughts to be omniscient in finite time.
And counting to the number the infinite is not the same thing as having an infinite amount of thoughts.
The former has a singular distance (or is one dimensional), while the latter, would encompass all existence:
both physical and abstract in all dimensions. So God still has an infinite mind. For he can count to the one dimensional number the infinite, and he also has an omniscient mind in all finite dimensional reality.
4. And since all other infinite thoughts are impossible, the definition of an infinite mind just means being
able to count to the one dimensional number: the infinite.
[But didn't I say before that for God to count to the number the infinite, that number would achieve higher
dimensions? But what I mean as one dimensional I mean going from left to right or from beginning to the end.]
[In not being able to add to the infinite,
the following logic makes more sense.
That in counting to the number the infinite,
before the infinite is reached, a category (called 'non-pure numbers')
of all things in the universe is counted, including all things in
the universe besides the 'pure numbers', that have been already
counted, or need to be counted: in the present and future.]
What does all of this logic finally prove?
Even if God does not have infinite thought, he still is all knowing
(or omniscient) because the universe is finite in space and matter.
And even if God does not have infinite power, he still is all powerful (or omnipotent)
since the universe is finite in space and matter. Plus, even if God cannot understand the infinite
number and infinite time, he still can see and understand all of time and all numbers that are in existence,
since existence is finite. And since he is the creator of all things (and the only beginning and the only end),
he still is Lord and God. It is not inconceivable that God is infinite in wisdom and power--just not according
to my definition of infinite wisdom and power. What is my definition of infinite wisdom and power? That wisdom
and power with no greater amount of wisdom and power imaginable in the abstract. What is the original
understanding of infinite wisdom and power? No greater wisdom and power in the universe and throughout all
existence. For God still is the greatest power, and the wisest thing ever, in the universe and throughout all
existence, even if he does not contain infinite power and wisdom
according to my definition of the infinite.
[Some may wonder that if my logic is sound: Why is God called the God of Gods in the Bible? Now God is either the greatest of all Gods imaginable in all possible existences, or he is the greatest of all Gods imaginable in all of the universe. Both definitions are proven true concerning God, since in the latter case: there is no greater power in the universe than God; and in the former case: the definition is proven true by the very fact that God is the only God alive out of all such possibilities.]
[For God to have infinite thought or infinite power (according to my definition of the infinite), none of us would exist--including all of our finite universe. So we should be thankful to God that he gave up the infinite, for the sake of us finite beings, and the rest of the finite universe, before finite time was created by him.]
Why was God the greatest and is still the greatest?
Before God became (or created) the First Cause, he was infinite in power and wisdom. So he was the greatest in reality and even in abstract imagination. During and after the First Cause he became (and embraced) finitude--even though he was still the greatest thing in existence. Meaning, he was no longer the greatest in abstract imagination although he is still the greatest physically. However, since he is the only supreme God to exist physically, he is the greatest God ever to exist in abstract imagination since he is alive and all other possible Gods are dead or nonexistent. This nonexistence of Gods also includes his former infinite self that no longer exists because of the event of the First Cause.
I do not think tzimtzum occurred. For God to be an infinite light that contracted
for creation (staying infinite in power and thought), I understand, to be false. My idea is much simpler.
Before the First Cause occurred, God was infinite in thought and infinite in power.
Once God began creation and finite time, God was no longer infinite in any way.
(My definition of the infinite is: that thing which can have no greater imagined amount
of that thing.) God therefore became finite through initially creating creation. So he gave up infinite properties for the sake of finite creation. Now God, in our finite universe, is still all powerful and all knowing--which is easy for God since all existence (or the universe) is finite in thought, power, content, and size. He is just not infinite in power or thought anymore. See what God has given up for the sake of creation? He has given up infinite perfection! He is still supreme over all things and he is also still perfect, just not infinitely so anymore. Of course, this is just theory and speculation on my part. However, God may have coded certain truths of himself down through our understanding of logic, which is why I can even speculate this belief of mine. For Exodus, Job, Isaiah, and the New Testament all point to a finite but all powerful (and all knowing) God.
[However, it could just be an erratum, in the design of human logic, that makes a person think that it
is impossible for an infinite being to create the finite and remain infinite. But the question now is:
'Why would God (or even false-evolution) want to put such false reasoning like that into our minds?']
[In addition, since God is no longer infinite in thought and power, because of creation, it is now possible
for the triune God to exist: meaning, the holy trinity. For because of the First and Second Causes,
God can now be three persons in one God.]
(All of the above and below logic is ridiculous, however, when you consider the fact that the infinite
cannot be comprehended by our finite minds.)
On the Triune
This may be speculation but how does one interpret the Holy Trinity with the above ideas?
Before the start of creation, there existed just God the Father or the infinite in power and thought.
Traditionally the very first two acts of creation were the First Cause and the Second Cause. The First
Cause is God the Father transforming from an all powerful infinite God into an all powerful finite God.
And the Second Cause is the Way (or the first born of creation), meaning: the Word of God or Jesus Christ.
Once the Second Cause was created, the spirit of God (or what is also known as the Holy Spirit) proceeded from
the Father and became one with Jesus or the Word. And because God the Father was no longer infinite anymore,
he could share his Godhead with Jesus. Thus the Holy Trinity was made a fact before the non-divine creation of
the universe occurred. Whether the non-divine creation was the 3rd Cause or 4th Cause of existence is unclear.
What is clear is that no non-divine creation was created without the Word (Jesus) or traditionally (according to Eusebius) the Second Cause. --see The Gospel of John 1:1-5.
Equations Against TZIMTZUM
1. The infinite + the finite = everything finite.
2. The infinite being + the finite creation = all things finite.
3. However, God can be all powerful and infinite, or God can be all powerful and finite.
Therefore, God is still the almighty God even if he is finite.
(I explain at the end of Appendix 1 why the logic that God is finite is ridiculous.
For the act of Tzimtzum could have truly occurred.)
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