Review the chapters below:
Chapter 8. God's Perfection
Chapter 9. God - Absolute Goodness
Chapter 10. God - His terms and attributes
Chapter 11. The concept of essenceism
Chapter 12. The beginning of essenceism
Perfection means the maximum state, that is to say that in a given reality there cannot be something even more perfect than established perfection. It is because it is the final state. Similarly to this state, there cannot be something more infinite than infinity or something more absolute than absolute state.
Perfection is one of the main attributes of God. In His case, as He is An Absolute Original Being, we speak of absolute perfection. Of course, this also applies to all of His other attributes.
Therefore, the God-Creator is for us a perfect, eternal and complete Being, that is, independent of nothing and no one. It is to be simply an "unconditional" God. What He has done must be the same as He did. The same applies to His Laws and Principles. Once established, they become laws of nature and are not subject to change. They are simply perfect. He does not improve and does not perfect Himself. The same applies to His accomplishments. A work once recognized by Him as perfect, ends His activities in this area.
For example, everything was prepared for a human being, appropriate laws and development processes were shaped. Some, and among them I, call it God’s Providence. The Creator no longer needs to add, correct or change in the laws and principles of His creation, because He created a fully perfect concept of existence for all of creation, including for people. In the Garden of Eden He initiated the path to perfection for humanity, which is our way of life for all of infinity. His Providence is just for this. He cannot set new requirements and conditions for His children, because then He would become an imperfect God.
It is also worth to understand that if a perfect God accepts a state by His presence, it automatically gives it the status of perfection. Hence, he cannot directly engage in something that is just a started and still developing work, that is, one that has not yet reached the state of perfection. His laws are so perfect that they should bring each thing that He begins to a state of perfection. Only then, after this state is achieved, God can take the given thing into His consciousness. From that moment it will have the status of perfection.
In summary, God's goal is constant progress. Developing his work, as the perfect Creator does not return to the already accomplished and completed stage, to improve something in it. If He did, he would be an imperfect God. Therefore, He creates works that do not require correction. In a different reality than the divine definition of perfection is in a sense more difficult, because it depends on the scope of existence and operation of the one which the state of perfection concerns.
The Creator gave man a part of His work destined for further development. In this case, it is a development already carried out by another creator who, based on the inherited work creates a new reality. God's giving His work to man means the end of His role, even if this work is in a rough state. For the Creator it is a complete whole, that is, the state which He planned. Then the new "creator" takes over all responsibility. This means the existence of lower than divine levels of perfection for other beings and phenomena. Man in his development goes through various levels of perfection regarding physical presence in the environment he develops. Regardless of the situation, the law of God’s Providence is constantly present. However, this time a man should lead to perfection accompanying his beings. At the same time, the ultimate goal for him is God's perfection, which should be the result of his physical life on Earth.
In summary, God, after launching his perfect law, successively brings everything to perfection. The only exception to this rule is a man who, on the basis of this law, must come to God's perfection. I comment on this in a separate topic "Man towards God".
God - Absolute Goodness
If we take God seriously as the First Cause of All Things, then during the examination of everything that surrounds us, one should take into account His most important attributes. He should be the Absolute creating only goodness, beauty and love and be the source of perfect wisdom and omniscience. So Good is the primordial state of the Creator - the only one in which He exists.
The Bible emphasizes that after each day of creation the Creator stated that He created good. From this follows the logical conclusion that if God, created with the above attributes, created the universe, then there could be no room for evil in it. For the evil known to us cannot exist in His Personality and in His conception of the universe. Such a perfect Causal Original Being could not simply create it.
This assumption is necessary to prove my additional, working thesis that God does not know evil.
Starting from the basic qualities of the Original Being, it must be said that evil arose completely outside the law and principles existing in God. Therefore, it could not reach God as a recognizable phenomenon. God does not receive it and does not know it. Such a statement seriously changes the typical image of the Omniscient Creator. Meanwhile, thanks to the complete separation of evil from the First Cause, we obtain the "Pure" Creator, that is, absolutely good and perfect Heavenly Father.
Therefore, one should explain once again what evil is. Based on the attributes of God described in this study, the shortest possible definition of evil is what God does not know, what is not His reality and what should not be at all. In this case, the point is not to weaken the omniscience of God and His omnipresence. If God foresaw evil, then it would be known to Him, and thus would be part of His Consciousness. However, it cannot be. Evil is a special exception. This is not a mere quality or phenomenon, what are many in the universe. It is a kind of anti-reality, or a peculiarity that is absolutely beyond God, impossible to foresee by Him. It seems that such a statement may violate our centuries-old idea of God's omniscience and his qualities. This is not only the result of a traditional belief in God, but also a belief resulting from the subjective evaluation of a man for whom evil is part of his existence. Our imperfect personality "taught" us a picture of God, in which we are burdened with the knowledge of evil. In this way, we subconsciously accept a bad point of view that prevents us from correctly evaluating God.
To examine the existence of evil, I analyzed not only the Bible, but also the Koran, read the study of the books of the Vedas, looked through Tipitaka and a number of other recognized religious books, including even the Uranti Book. I realized that in these books evil is usually treated as foreignness, like something unwanted in the existing world.
All the above arguments lead to the conclusion that God does not exist in our present reality on Earth. This statement is very similar to the one that atheists proclaim. However, in my study it is only about the absence of God in the evil environment of our Earth, not in the entire universe or outside it. Many believers of various religions when asked where God is, say He is everywhere. However, when you ask them if He is also in hell, we get the answer that He cannot be there. This is because these followers treat hell as something outside of God. In their view, hell is the place where Satan prevails. However, when you combine this belief with the claims of Jesus Christ that Satan is the "master of this world", we will get a less popular conclusion that our Earth is hell. This religious argument suggests then that there is no God on our Earth, which is quite likely and consistent with our daily experiences.
In a world full of evil, in which billions of people suffer because of injustice, disease, wrongs, wars and other misfortunes, somebody as God who is absolutely good cannot be present among us. In the world of "Halters", "Stalins" and similar criminals, whose presence indicates the prevalence of Evil (written in large and small letters), there cannot be a Creator of the future Kingdom of Heaven, that is, a perfect world. The condition of our reality indicates rather the presence of an anti-God, or being completely opposed to Him, called Satan. More specifically, I discuss this topic on my website www.istota.org.
So I definitely think that in our world there is no place for an absolutely good God. Of course, it is only His indirect presence in the form of His Laws and Principles, which should be named God’s Providence.
God: His terms and attributes
Those that are necessary to treat God as the object of knowledge.
At the beginning of this study I gave the basic features of God needed for a later understanding of His main attributes. These terms are:
He should be the Original Being,
He should be the Causative First Cause,
He should be the Initial Necessity,
He should be the Original Source of Everything,
He should be the Absolute,
He should be Perfection,
He should be the Absolute Good,
He should be Infinity and Eternity.
Those that are needed to analyze the existence of God.
Attributes of God's Spiritual Side, or His Personality, are as follows:
It is His Intelligence, Will and Emotionality, perceived by people as His Omniscience, Goodness and Love. From them arise His Laws and Principles, perceived by people as laws of nature.
The attribute of the Physical Side of God is the Energy of the First Cause, in other words Primary Energy, perceived by people as different states of energy and matter.
What people endow God or what they think about Him.
He is omnipotent,
He is ubiquitous,
He is all knowing,
He is just
He is merciful,
and so on…
These and many other possibilities were given to Him by people, creating religions. These are actually human traits on a macro scale transferred from people to God. All these terms require a separate explanation. Unfortunately, each of the major religions explains them in their own way, creating their own separate theology and dogmatology.
Due to the universal approach to the question of the existence of God as the Original Being, I am not referring in this elaboration to skills given to Him by religions. Those are an act of faith of every particular denomination.
The concept of essenceism
At the beginning I want to point out that I am a researcher looking for answers to the most important questions about all humanity. I need some help, but above all, friendly cooperation. I would like to broaden myself in the global exchange of scientific views. In my case, these are the views that theology has dealt with so far, and now science should finally be addressed. I think so.
For many years I have been listening to the statements of scientists that science cannot study the existence of God because it has no appropriate tools. I accepted this fact with understanding, until I decided to create such tools myself. As I realized, long ago people thought that knowing the cosmos, staying in it and traveling interplanetary are impossible. However, the subsequent development of civilization resulted in the creation of appropriate tools for getting to know and acquire the cosmos. Optical telescopes, telescopes, probes, ships and space ferries appeared, as well as many systems allowing to investigate the origins of the universe and its current state. Aware of the possibilities of the human mind and an example of the courage of scientists, I created a logical system of "tools" adapted to exploring the possibility of God's existence - the First Cause and the sphere beyond time and space, or the spiritual world. This system is essenceism.
Many years ago, scientists from various universities and institutes created the Internet to share knowledge at the global level. It has greatly improved the development of science. It also led to the spread of knowledge and information on an unprecedented scale. Now it is possible to share knowledge about God, about the spiritual world, about the spirituality existing in man, regardless of different religious doctrines.
The world's major religions resemble ancient mythology to some extent, because they are full of old beliefs, legends and traditions. Their content is determined by various revelations, visions and, most importantly, imposed dogmas. Most often all these phenomena are contrary to the achievements of science. This means that they are guided by faith alone, without a logical analysis of what has been presented for belief. Often the rules of conduct imposed on the faithful contradict common sense and even reject evident scientific evidence. It is good that less and less supporters of this type of practice gain. Thanks to the development of theoretical astrophysics, quantum physics, molecular biology, supramolecular chemistry and other new branches of science, we can renew our views on the most important phenomena regarding the origin of the universe, the emergence of life in nature and the existence of man. Also, thanks to the developed tolerance towards the views of other people, today you can be an unbeliever or express independent opinions on topics that have hitherto been the domain of religious denominations. Today, views contrary to the doctrines and dogmas of recognized religions or the so-called revealed truths are rarely fought off.
In this study I am dealing with the logical and objective analysis of the concepts that theology has dealt with so far. That's why I wrote about the need for friendly cooperation with other researchers on similar topics. I have noticed that many people have certain experiences and experiences about spiritual phenomena, while I am often at the theoretical level. Religion, and sometimes even science, make many mistakes from the point of view of sound logic and rational thinking. That is why I conduct my own research and carry out logical analyzes of concepts that go beyond the phenomena of the space-time universe. This is what this text and my website has in essenceizm.
It is also worth to look at my other websites: www.essenceism.com and www.istota.org, where there is a wider study of topics treated here only briefly.
I also deal with this subject in the form of a scientific book - "The Touch of Eternity" available on the Internet as an eBook.
The beginning of essenceism
The beginning of essenceism and the basis for all further steps is to define God as the Original Being, the supreme Absolute, the beyond the time and space First Cause and the perfect Creator of All Things.
Such a God, hereinafter referred to as the Original Being, cannot "fit" in the space-time understood as the present universe examined by us. The time has passed for God to be placed on the golden throne above the clouds, who reigns among the angels who play him with trumpets. After this medieval vision, the views that placed God somewhere in space, among the stars, also failed. Furthermore the more modern explanation that God is everywhere loses sense in our time, because most people do not accept the dogmatic imposed act of faith.
Only noticing the limited time of the universe's existence by discovering its supposed starting point has created a new direction in understanding the correct position of the Original Being. This means that the universe had its source of insurrection, which became the beginning of its current state. The logical consequence of this fact is the confirmation of the phenomenon of its constant expansion. It was even established that this initial moment could have been the so-called Big Bang. As a result of this discovery, the universe was bound by boundary conditions and its duration was determined from the initial state to the present state at about 13.8 billion years. This situation entitles us to ask the first question: what was before the Big Bang and the second: to what state is the expanding universe heading? Against the backdrop of this situation, for the first time, the possibility of a logical imagination of the sphere beyond time and space, which could be a source sphere to the existing universe, arose for the first time. It means its existence from infinity, as well as being in its existence as unlimited and infinite in the perspective of the future, in other words, as in the case of the Original Being.
The above understanding of the simultaneous existence of two spheres: time-space limited in time (so far unilaterally) and unlimited by time and space leads to the conclusion that our universe emerged from the sphere beyond time and space. In addition, it entitles you to state that even an infinite number of universes could have emerged from such a sphere. However, in order not to "boil" our brains from overly extended thinking, let us stay for now with our one universe that emerged from this sphere.
All this leads to the conclusion that the Creator needs to be associated with this sphere, because it is like He is spatially unlimited and infinite from backward infinity to infinity in the uncertain future. So we're talking about the First Cause as Original Being a Mind-identified personally with this realm. He must have a Personality that is the source of all laws and principles, containing Intellect, Will and Emotionality - His basic qualities. Its should create a Personality Center identified with the colloquially used concept of the Spirit of God. If such a Original Being, which I described above, really exists, then of course it must be more powerful than our universe, more original than it is and the first source of its origin. At the same time, this Original Being should be "integrated" with the creative material, that is, with the Energy of the First Cause, which is also its necessary attribute. We can say that if we came to the conclusion that everything comes from energy. The Energy of the First Cause functions in both the spiritual and physical world, but in the latter it transforms into concrete forms of energy or matter that is knowable and measurable with scientific methods. We no longer have to believe that there was an inexplicable miracle of creating the world out of nothing. It's very close to imagining who God is, how and where to imagine His existence and how our universe was created. Together, it allows us to make progress in a fuller understanding of God as the Eternal Source of all things, our Creator. In further parts of this study I will use more "religious" concepts. For example, I will call the universe the physical world and the realm beyond the time and space of the spiritual world.
Summing up the above, I repeat the fundamental thesis of this study that the entire universe with all its material forms and various forms of energy is a creative transformation of the God's Primordial Energy. At the same time, His Personality, whose attributes permeate this Energy, I call the Spirit of God.
The assumptions of my essenceism concern the possibility of the coexistence of the physical universe with the spiritual universe penetrating this physical one. I present them in a separate menu.
See the next chapters on the next page:
Chapter 13. What is essenceism << common link to chapters: 13 , 14 , 15
Chapter 14. Principles of the system << common link to chapters: 13 , 14 , 15
Chapter 15. Tools of essenceism << common link to chapters: 13 , 14 , 15
"Essenceism 1 - God is not from this world" (scientific understanding of God)
"Essenceism 2 - We are from this world" (understanding of man towards God)
"Essenceism 3 - Evil is from this world" (understaning of evil)
"Essenceism 4 – Vision not from this world" (understanding of salvation)
"Essenceism 5 – Eternity is not from this world"(understanding of eternity)
analytical system of understanding the existence of God, the spiritual world and man's eternity
Author - Janusz Mazur