Review the chapters below:
Chapter 1. What is God – Nature of God
Chapter 2. Where is God?
Chapter 3. How to imagine God?
Who God is – Nature of God
If God is to be the First Cause, then he cannot be a person known from medieval paintings in the form of an older man with the appearance of Zeus. 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 Him somewhere in space also failed. Therefore, He cannot be a lost person in the universe, somewhere among the stars and galaxies.
If God exists, then He must be the absolute greatest of all that we can imagine, that is, absolutely unlimited in His existence. Of course, He must be powerful enough to allow the remaining power at his disposal to shape the universe.
Neither the space-time of the universe, nor any other structure, even as big as the universe, can limit Him! His direct presence concerns the state beyond time and space, and the intermediate - the spacetime of the universe.
Apart from time and space, I call the realm a sphere or reality, because I cannot call it a "place".
Having made these reservations, I present below the basic assumptions of this study.
Let me begin by saying that if God exists, he must be the Creator of All Things. Therefore, the universe should be the result of His activity.
God, as the perfect Causal Being, must be eternal and unchanging, and must exist independently of any limitations. At the same time, His Primary Energy, or the above-mentioned power, and His Laws and Principles are the source of the universe's existence with the changes occurring in it.
The personality of God determines His attributes, such as the Absolute, Perfection and Eternity. If the universe is the work of the Original Being, then His Personality should be reflected in the form of natural laws and principles present in the universe. They can testify to the existence of the basic qualities of the Original Being, that is, His Intellect, Will and Affection. These qualities form the Personality Center equated with the concept of the Spirit of God. This name has a religious character, therefore the notion of a Original Being is more appropriate for this study. Both of these names lead to the statement that God is a Person.
Hence the concluding statement that God is the First Cause existing beyond time and space, which is indirectly illustrated by the following scheme used on many websites.
Where is God?
(On the Internet a graphic model of the universe is presented from the Big Bang to the present day. You can see it in the previous chapter)
Such “an image” results not only from the Big Bang, which probably initiated it. Also because it is a so-called the spacetime, or three-dimensional space subject to progressive changes in time, in which there are various forms of energy and matter. They are also undergoing constant development. Space and time interact with each other, shaping and expanding the universe. For us, these changes are almost imperceptible, although time flows inexorably. Since the Big Bang, or the supposed origin of the universe, it has already been around 13.8 billion years and this fact can be used to draw many important conclusions. Some of them can be used to find an answer to the question about the existence of God and the place where He is.
These problems are raised by my system, which is based on the analysis of the origin of the universe. I called it the essenceism. In general, it is a set of tools, or rather methods, allowing at least partial acquisition of rational knowledge about God. One should seek Him in the sphere beyond the space-time of the universe. When learning about this sphere, science has previously encountered obstacles impossible to pass using classical methods. So with the use of the essenceism tools mentioned in a separate chapter, I am trying to investigate phenomena occurring in the sphere beyond time and space.
Where is God then?
We are looking for the First Cause, or God, hereinafter referred to as the Original Being. In no case can He fit in the space-time understood as the present universe examined by us. The theologians' thesis that God is everywhere should be rationally clarified. If it cannot be logically demonstrated, then it loses its meaning in our time, because most people today do not accept the dogmatically imposed act of faith.
In this case, such a statement from the point of view of science is wrong, and from the point of view of logic, deeply wrong.
In this situation, one could agree with the claims of the representatives of science that God cannot be located on our Earth. However, it opens the way to locating Him in the sphere beyond time and space.
According to the claims of most scientists, the universe was once created, that is, it has its origin. And what was before?
Before that there was something that was difficult to define with scientific concepts. The Bible calls it disorderly and desolate, and claims that before the creation of the world everything was covered by darkness.
When approaching this situation in the context of essenceism, one must call this unlimited and undefined "space" sphere beyond of time and space. This means that neither time nor space structures exist. There are also no reference points, no distances and there are no physical phenomena. This is the sphere of eternity and infinity. Essenceism places there God-Creator, or Original Being. This "place" harmonizes with His attributes because it is eternal, infinite and absolute. He is as if integrated in this sphere, because, according to essenceism, He penetrates it with His Personality. You can say that He is everywhere in it. In it lies His Energy of the First Cause and all His Laws and Principles. This means that the Creator - the Original Being completely occupies the realm beyond time and space. From Him, everything comes from this sphere. From this realm the universe was born, which in the figure below can be seen as emerging from the sphere beyond time and space, probably in the form of the Big Bang.
Noticing the limited lifetime of the universe by discovering its supposed starting point has created a new direction in understanding the correct position of the Original Being. It was noticed that the phenomenon of the expansion of the universe and the fact that it began with a certain moment. According to essenceism, this is the greatest discovery in the history of mankind. It was therefore determined that this moment could be the Big Bang mentioned above. As a result, the universe was bounded by boundary conditions, and the concept of space-time was assigned to it. Even its duration from the initial state to the current state was determined at about 13.8 billion years.
This situation entitles us to ask the first question: what was before the Big Bang and to the second: where is our universe? 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 space-time and which would house our universe, was created for the first time. It means the existence of the aforementioned source sphere from infinity to infinity, that is, being unlimited spatially and temporally in the past, in the present and in the future. The same is true of the existence of the Original Being. Because He, as the First Cause, existed before the creation of the universe known as space-time. It can therefore be emphasized again that the sphere beyond time and space is its eternal, natural and perfect "environment" of existence. This is His permanent "home" and there we can imagine Him as God who has always existed.
The above understanding of the simultaneous existence of two realities, i.e. time-space-time and a sphere 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 to stop the desire to think too much, let us stay for now with our one universe that emerged from this sphere.
God - as the First Cause or Creator of the universe - must have a Personality that is the source of all laws and principles, including Intellect, Will and Emotionality - Its basic qualities. They should create a Personality Center identified with the colloquially used concept of the Spirit of God.
The sphere beyond time and space is the only sensible "terrain" of the immediate existence of the First Cause, or the Original Being of unlimited Personality and unlimited Primordial Energy. I say that because the universe has come from somewhere. Before, "nothing was" from the point of view of a physical observer embracing only the space-time space of the universe. There was, however, "something" that gave rise to what the observer now sees. This "something" had to be a certain existence impossible to observe. It means that we are dealing with "something invisible", means with the existence of a sphere that we must call existence beyond time and space. At the source of this existence there must have been some source energy, because everything originated from it. There also had to be source rights, according to which this source energy transformed into various forms of energy and matter. It is hard to insist, therefore, that the universe was created out of nothing or by accident.
This is my conclusion resulting from the necessary existence of a causal sphere beyond time and space in which primeval laws and principles are coded. They cannot be "nowhere else" except in this realm. Because of its uniqueness and peculiarities, nothing can happen in it by accident. In addition, all of the fundamental rights and their impact have a huge level of intelligence, as well as specific purpose and perfect harmony. We can therefore conclude that the sphere beyond time and space is permeated by the source of intelligence, will and emotionality, which can be identified with the attributes of the Personality of the First Cause, that is, His Intelligence, Will and Emotionality.
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 in the form of laws and principles permeate this Energy, I call the Spirit of God. The existence of God is thus connected with the sphere beyond time and space.
How to imagine God?
In the above diagram, a human model composed of a physical and spiritual person was placed on the left. This is, in my opinion, the best description of the structure of a man living in the physical world. I use the term spiritual person in it, because it clearly defines who a person is. Such a human structure has been described in more detail under the theme: "Spiritual Beings" in the "Analysis of Reality" menu. This description can also be found in the "Philosophy" menu under the theme "Anthropology of Essenceism" on my website www.essenceism.com and on the website www.istota.org.
Let us now transfer the above model of man to the whole state of the universe, to better understand who God is. The entire physical structure of the universe, that is, the entire cosmos with all its material aspects and various forms of energy, observed and studied scientifically, is like the "visible physical side" of our Creator. In contrast to this, His "invisible physical side" is the Energy of the First Cause that fills the entire sphere beyond time and space. To put it even more precisely, everything that is around us in the entire cosmos extending into the infinity is the actual presence of the transformed Energy of the First Cause, or the "Physical Side" of the Creator. Apart from the cosmos, as if outside it, it means in the sphere beyond time and space, there is only the unprocessed Energy of the First Cause - the fundamental attribute of the Original Being, popularly called the Power of God.
God's Spiritual Side fills the entire sphere beyond time and space. Christianity calls It the Spirit of God. Of course, it is invisible. Therefore, the presence of the Spirit of God can be imagined in a similar way as the existence of the spiritual person of man. Of course, this is on an infinitely larger scale than space. The Spiritual Person of God resides "everywhere," just as a human spiritual person exists "everywhere" in our physical body. The presence of the Spirit of God in the universe is realized practically through the universally existing laws of nature. I am talking here about the primeval laws and principles that are permeated by His Intellect, Will and Emotionality. Their presence can be understood as an indirect fulfillment of the physical cosmos by the Personality of God. In a similar way, our spiritual person fills our body, although it has a direct character. The divine presence in the universe cannot be direct, because He, as the Perfect Being, cannot directly exist in an imperfect environment. This is because the cosmos is in continuous development and is unstable, and what God is directly present in becomes perfect. The real and immediate sphere of His presence is the reality existing beyond time and space, called the spiritual world.
At my present level of understanding of God, I assume that His Personality is emerging from His Heart, which is the Center, the Source and the Cause of God's activity. In the "orbit" of this Heart, I imagine the existence of the fundamental attributes of the Creator. It includes the Absolute Intelligence, from which originates the Omniscience, the Absolute Will, from which originates the Goodness and the Absolute Emotionality from which Love originates. In the Divine Personality we are following, they reveal themselves through the action of Omniscience leading to Development, the action of Good leading to Perfection and the action of Love leading to Unity and Beauty. According to the hypothesis contained in essenceism presented by me, these fundamental qualities have contributed to the emergence of all principles and laws that we know in the entire universe. It must be understood, however, that all these qualities are harmonious unity in God. They are not separate and independent from each other inherent in the Personality of the Original Being. Such a distinction is needed only for our analytical way of thinking leading to a better understanding of the First Cause.
I will summarize all this for a fuller understanding of my description of God.
The Physical Side of God is actually different states of transformed primary energy, which has always existed, that is, from infinity, because that's how God exists. Then it transformed, according to the laws inherent in the Creator Personality, into specific forms of energy and matter, up to the present form of the universe with its galaxies, stars and other forms appearing in the space-time universe. The universe, therefore, arose from God Himself, from the primary energy (the Energy of the First Cause) contained in Himself and from the laws ever existing in His Personality. Hence the rightness of claiming that God created the universe from Himself, and the inaccuracy of the dogma that He created it from nothing. Thus, the act of creating the universe accomplished by God is an act of calling into existence of time and space.
The Spiritual Side of God is directly connected only with the sphere beyond time and space. At the same time, it indirectly permeates the entire space-time in the form of laws and principles.
Christians and followers of some other religions claim that God is everywhere. This is an obvious truth, although it is good to understand the meaning and content of this statement.
See the next chapters on the next page:
Chapter 4. The First Cause <<< common link to chapters: 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Chapter 5. The Creator - The Original Being <<< common link to chapters: 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Chapter 6. The Omnipotence - Energy of the First Cause < common link to ch: 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Chapter 7. The Universe reside in Original Being << common link to chapters: 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
"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