The hymn I got baptised to is Abide With Me, a truly beautiful song with very emotive lyrics. I particularly like the phrase “Oh though who changest not” which we sing in the song in reference to God.
God’s attribute of aseity leads us to understand that God is eternal. Unfortunately, the word eternal has connotations of time, but really, it doesn’t make sense to attribute age to God, because time is God’s creation and He existed before time (I’m aware that language fails to capture this truth entirely).
Even if we were to say God is millions or billions of years old, this would not do God justice. To say God is the Alpha and the Omega is also somewhat problematic, because God is without beginning or end, though of course the phrase could be interpreted metaphorically — simply a way of respecting the fact that God existed before this creation and will continue after this creation.
I’m not particularly fond of the saying that God is outside of time (which you hear theologians say a lot), because God is also in time, and is unfolding time. Do you believe it’s possible that God has been manifesting different creations for billions of what we would call years? I think it’s logical that He has. This experience God has of manifesting creations means He is wonderful, powerful, masterful, and truly great, in ways we can barely begin to fathom.
I was speaking with a Christian friend today and he insisted to me that Jesus Christ created the universe. This is terribly confusing to me, and I see it as evidence of the confusion that arises when Christians hold fast to the doctrine of an eternal Trinity. I cannot help but believe God alone created our universe and any other creations He has ever brought forth.
Sometimes when we get immersed in devotion to our chosen religion, we can lose sight of the immensity of God. We hold fast to dogma, with the best of intentions, but sometimes forgetting that a few thousand years is but a moment, or less, to God.
Thanks be to God for His immeasurable vastness.
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I would just like to insert a little “apology” for the Trinity in light of your Christian friend’s comment. Sorry if I am just repeating things that you already know.
When Christians say that “Jesus Christ created the universe,” they don’t mean to say that the physical man born c. BC 5 created the universe. According to most Christian theology, after the incarnation, both the created man Jesus Christ, as well as the uncreated Logos, have the same personal pronouns, so to say. So, when Christians say that Jesus Christ created the universe, they mean that the “I” of Jesus Christ, which includes the eternal Logos, created the universe, not that the created human nature of Jesus Christ did. (Part of what’s confusing is that “Jesus Christ” seems to be able to refer to both the fullness of the person who is both divine and human, as well as to just the human aspect of the incarnate deity.)
I do promise though that at least most Christians hold to a simple, uncomposed deity. However, for Christians, the term “simple” should be read as not a positive term, describing what God essentially is, but a negative term, describing what God is not: he is not made of parts. (Here’s a little article on that if you’re interested: https://afkimel.wordpress.com/2021/04/26/divine-simplicity-as-negative-theology-2/).
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Thanks for your input Tyler! God bless you
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