What are the limits of god? As a deist, my beliefs may sound unconventional when compared to traditional religious beliefs. However, they are founded upon logic. These are my thoughts on the limits of the creator.
So, let’s talk about the limits of God. I want to talk about this, because this is something that people don’t want to say much. I am a Deist, so I believe in a very powerful intelligent facilitator of existence, that is my definition of God. A facilitator of all existence, but does that mean that this creator can see into the future, no I don’t think so.
You see, these characteristics that we hear from the Bible such as “all knowing, omniscient, omnipresent”. I think he could be omnipresent, but what does that mean?
Does that mean he is aware of everything, he is literally an eyeball in every second of existence?
I think he is omnipresent in that his material force is everywhere like gravity. Gravity permeates through this entire planet and the entire universe.
But where does it begin?
Where does it end?
How big is it?
How small is it?
What is it doing?
How does it move?
We don’t know, it’s invisible.
It’s like gravity is a material, right?
Energy, what is energy?
Energy is everywhere.
It is omnipresent, isn’t it?
Is it omnipotent?
Is it all knowing?
What is it?
Nobody knows what it is. But we use it every day, and we are happy to have it. And we see the laws of gravity in effect all the time, and we see the planes come and go on the runway; or if you drop a rock into a puddle. We see the laws of physics as they are. But does that mean the creator or the facilitator of all existence must be this all powerful being beyond our conception?
I do not think he should be. I don’t think so.
Again, I don’t think God can tell the future.
Why? Because the future does not exist.
An omnipotent being cannot predict something that does not exist, that is against logic.
And I think the creator God is extremely logical. In fact, he is logos; I think what happens is he emanates logic.
You know, the scientists say that this universe can be quantum in the sense that it is almost a computer program; and this is the virtual reality theory.
One scientist says that there is actual coding in the universe.
Computer code, you know, ones and zeroes, interesting stuff.
Now I think this is true, I think the creator is a mathematician and he programmed the universe as if he was typing on the computer. But I don’t think that he knows the future of his own program. I think he is the creator is real time.
And he might be omnipresent, meaning he might be everywhere at once; he is the “bowl” that holds all the cereal if you want to put it like that. That is what he is.
He is the “balloon” that holds all the air in it, but I don’t know what his limits are; he may not even have limits. But without him, the universe would not exist.
And he has always existed, but that does not mean he can know the future, but what does exist right now is now.
So, I think what people are mistaken as a omni-omniscient is that he knows everything including the future; but, the future does not exist.
He can know all the past though because the past is the past and already gone. He can know our memory, but the reason he knows everything is because he knows everything that is going on right now.
That, I believe is true. He can see all things. As the ultimate facilitator, he could probably monitor everything if he really wanted to. But can he focus on everything?
I want you to imagine focusing.
You only have one way of focusing.
He could multi-task, you know, like typing on the computer, while drinking coffee, and talking on the phone; but how much could you really focus your attention on something.
To be omnipresent and all knowing, someone would have to be able to focus on all things going on in all realities across all dimensions, if there are other universes as well, simultaneously.
I cannot imagine that, but maybe that is the case for this being, or maybe not.
Maybe he cannot do that.
Maybe he can only focus on one task at a time or multiple task
Or has the computational energy in his mind to do many things but not everything at once. And, as for the beginning of the universe, if he is the creator of the universe; if he focuses his attention on that, that action happened and as it went on he created all things and let it go.
Is he nice? I don’t know, I think that he is very loving in the sense that he decided to create everything.
He didn’t have to make everything, or did he?
Is his nature to create?
Did he have no choice? I don’t know
I don’t know if he has a mind like ours, I think it is more complicated than ours.
I think that he is caring for his creations, but so caring and loving that he lets them go on their own. Giving them the ultimate freedom choice and war. Some atheists would say, “why doesn’t God make us obey him”?
Because that is slavery.
But the Christian will say, God gives us free will so we can go to heaven where we can worship him forever; which is also slavery.
So, in both world views, the concepts do not fit with what I believe is true. I think God made us to be free and choose what we want and if there is an afterlife, it is not to worship him for eternity. He doesn’t need to be worshipped for eternity. This is a very silly idea if you ask me, that an ultimate being who facilitates all existence needs you to worship him.
Needs you to love him.
He doesn’t need anything.
In fact, I don’t think he needed to make anything, I think he chose to.
Maybe he was really lonely, I don’t know.
But I think it is in his nature to facilitate creation. He is a law maker, he made the laws of physics. Now, the laws of physics are not actual written laws.
These are forces, I think these are the forces that God himself allows to exist the matter and allows it to do something. It’s the motion of the universe, and the matter, and all the things in it, that is going somewhere.
They are not just going randomly all over the place; it is going somewhere. There is a progressive evolution of the universe since its beginning.
From the gases and the planets, there is obviously a direction.
It is going that way.
It is not going in reverse.
Life is going that way.
If you press play on the VCR or DVD player, that is all life is doing. There is no fast forwarding and there is no backwards; it’s on play.
And God is right there with us.
Do I mean right next to us? No.
But I mean within us. I think the logic and spirit of the creator is living within us and all living matter, and people, and things across the universe. Because, if he is the ultimate facilitator of all things, then he is indeed all things everywhere.
There are Christian teachings that say that God is opposite or away from creation.
If he is all that has existed for eternity, he must have literally taken parts of himself to do so.
And that could be something.
That might violate Deistic views, but not for me.
And therefore, we might have this running thing where God sacrificed himself for us.
I don’t think he did that.
There is a deistic view called pandeism, where God blew himself up and made everything. So it was him, and he exploded, and he was the big bang, and he gave his life for us; and eventually we are all going to come back together and be him again.
That is the end of the universe going back to the singularity.
Sounds interesting to me.
But why would God have to blow himself up?
Why would he kill himself for us?
Was he so bored, that he exploded to find himself again? Could be.
But, I think God is extremely powerful, he must be more powerful than his creations.
And I don’t think he really cares about our affairs, about the things we do in our day to day lives.
But I think he is guiding the processes.
Not literally like “okay, I am going to tweak the universe.”
But I think he probably made the universe how it is today, he facilitates and allows things to be.
So, if you look at a science experiment, with a scientist looking down at the rat maze; he built the maze, he let the rat go in, and he is just watching.
And he doesn’t want any harm to come to the rat, he wants to learn something from the rat.
Maybe God is trying to learn something.
Maybe the only way God can be all knowing is if he allows all things to exist so he can observe all things and know all of them. Maybe that’s what it is and it is going to take a long time.
But we know the universe is not eternal and it will end eventually.
Meaning that the experiment he created, which I think is the universe and life itself will eventually go away, but I don’t think it is the end.
I don’t know if there is an afterlife.
If there is, I have no reason to believe that it is like this.
I think a lot of people think an afterlife, is like having their body and you can resurrect yourself and walk around the cloudy pearly gates. I don’t think it is like that
It might be another way of existence, we have no way of knowing. That could be eternal like, because if we are made of matter, which is energy, and energy cannot be created or destroyed. Eventually we will be transformed into another form of energy.
Will we be conscious still? I don’t know.
But there is evidence to say that there is an afterlife. People have talked about experiences like this, but were they fully dead? I don’t know.
But my grandfather said that he saw his mother on his way out, and he had no reason to fake it, and he died. But I never heard from my grandfather again.
I don’t know
But all I know is I didn’t make myself, you didn’t make yourself, the universe could not have made itself, there must be an all-powerful force of some sort prior to the universes existence that put it into existence.
That put everything into motion.
And I believe that the ultimate facilitator is what God is.
Again, these human characteristics that we try to give an all-knowing, all-powerful, omnipotent, can see the future, we don’t know if any of these things are true.
But we must know that he must be more powerful that the universe.
He must have the contained universe.
He must have the ability to move the universe; and this takes an enormous amount of energy, he has to be more intelligent to design the universe, to “fine tune it” if he did so.
This takes a lot of intelligence that we have never seen.
He must be the most brilliant mathematician in existence; of all existence. Clearly, he must be; because, the world is intelligible mathematically and I know nothing of mathematics.
I should start learning them, but this is a being that must know these things.
If he programmed the universe in that way, he must be the most brilliant of all.
Clearly, he must be because he created it.
But, I think we should not shy away from this saying that there are limits to this being.
And Christians are saying he is limitless, because that is impossible. Because he cannot contradict himself. If he cannot create a stone bigger than himself that he cannot lift, then he is not omnipotent.
Of course, he cannot do it, because it is the stupidest thing to think about doing because it is impossible and our God is not one of impossibilities.
He is the God of all the possibilities.
And it is not possible for him to make a thing that big and for him not to lift it.
So, it is impossible. He is not going to do something that is impossible.
So, that does limit him in that regard.
But that does not make him any less omnipotent than us.
It makes him very powerful, that he could even create a rock at all.
Because you and I cannot just create rocks out of anything or out of nowhere.
So, that is my view on that and I will have more videos like this later.
But I just wanted to share these thoughts of mine and I don’t know where they will go, I don’t know if you care, but honestly, it is something to think of because I have seen enough debates and frankly I do not take any side because they are not that convincing.
But I do enjoy the arguments, and I do think that mine stand somewhere in between, and that is pretty much it.