Wikipedia defines Pandeism (or Pan-Deism) as:
“a theological doctrine which combines aspects of pantheism and deism. It holds that the creator of the universe actually became the universe, and so ceased to exist as a separate and conscious entity.”
In other words, God blew himself up into pieces; becoming matter and all other things, and ceased to exist as one, but now is all. This makes us literally all parts of God, but prevents us from being god-like, as our divided state limits us.
This belief on the surface seems to make sense; it helps explain why God does not stop evil or respond to prayers, and it also seems to fit nicely with the texts that claim God became man or “the word became flesh.” But as a Deist who believes that God is not part of the universe, I must reject this belief system for several reasons:
Firstly, if God did create the universe, then he must be a timeless, immaterial, being that transcends the universe and its laws; thus no natural law could act upon him.
Secondly, because of his nature, it would impossible for him to blow himself up totally without maintaining his original state of existence in some way shape or form. In other words, I do not think God can cease to exist, or even split himself from himself for that matter, as he is indivisible.
Thirdly, if we are to maintain that God is the creator of the universe and transcends it, then he cannot be the universe. Therefore, he must have created the universe and other parts of it, ex nihilo that are not actually part of the whole of himself, but could reflect parts of his consciousness. As a painter leaves his mark on his work, so God left us with the ability to reason, imagine, and become co-creators ourselves.
Fourthly, if God were to cease to exist, then nothing could exist. And if he is infinite and immaterial, he could not blow himself up because the explosion would never end and there would be nothing to blow up in the first place. And just as the explosion could never end, it neither could begin, because something that is infinite will never come to a singular event as it will always remain the same.
For these reasons, I reject Pandeisem, although I do find this it rather interesting; however, it simply goes against the nature of a being that is eternal, immaterial, and transcendent. I believe that God is the ultimate facilitator of all existence, who created everything but gave it its own life to evolve and exist on its own in the material reality.
As to why he does not intervene: I believe that he doesn’t because it would violate free will, and negate the purpose of creating beings such as ourselves that could learn on their own. To explain suffering, evil, and prayers not being answered: negatives must exist in a duality which also has positives so they can show us what the opposite of good is. Furthermore, in a material world that is finite, decay and chaos must happen to all systems, as they are subject to the laws of physics. Thus nothing is “good” or “bad” but rather, birth or death, chaos or order, positive or negative, creation or destruction, all of which are part of the cyclical nature of this material world.
In conclusion, a god who could destroy himself because he was a material, finite being, would then not be the most superior god, but rather, some finite intelligence that would still only be able exist contingent on the supreme one God, who would facilitate the existence of this lower being in the first place. Thus the god of Pandeism cannot be the ultimate true God.