Creation and the Mysteries of Godliness
A bird's eye view of the earth from the air helps us see how small we really are. Moving to the view from space we see the earth and can't see the people. Moving to an even greater distance if only in our mind, we can go so far that the earth disappears in a fog of white light.
Powerful telescopes now show us images of what can only be an infinite cosmos. Looking into the heavens we gain a some perspective of where we are in the vast expanse of the heavens, a cosmological speck of planetary insignificance.
To the reasoning soul this contemplation often prompts the questions of where we came from and where we will go after death. Our present life, this reality of today is what philosophers have contended with for millennia. Why are we here?
Sources of religious knowledge in classical theism have been fixed and the canonization of the known scriptural documents have been closed without really answering these questions. Contemporary Christian philosophers have not arrived at a consensus as to God's central and eternal purposes in this vast array of creation. Their conclusion is that he did it for his own will and pleasure and such was the creation of man, a random and unknown purpose except to worship their creator.
The state of modern mainstream Christendom is such that there is no central authority or prophet to guide the church. The Bible because of its acceptance as scripture is a valid source of knowledge and guidance yet it has not brought unity to the believers.
Mainstream Christian apologists and scholars have stated that they believe in an inerrant Bible and that it is the only source of divine guidance. This determination was necessary for them to maintain some sense of credibility. However it is simple an opinion based conclusion.
The theology that has existed for thousands of years, since Constantine and the Nicene Creed, before we had the ability to look into deep space and the view the infinite cosmos is still held by these apologists. It is that God has only created one world of any concern. Now we can see how limited their understanding was and is. Because science has proposed a theory of a "Big Bang" or a singularity of creation beginning they point to this as confirmation of their doctrine. However it is still only a theory.
The known words of God's ancient prophets and apostles have been a fount of much wisdom and understanding. The Bible has successfully carried forward the message of Jesus Christ. There are however fallacies and contradictions in the doctrines of traditional theism as they exist today as men have changed the original teachings of the apostles and prophets to suit their purposes.
Christian philosophers as well as their critics have often been the ones to point out the various shortcomings in doctrine that fail to explain the contradictions that exist in the body of religious theology. As an example-Why would a loving creator create people knowing that they now faced the potential of condemnation?
Another example of a contradictory nature in these philosophies of men is that if God was already perfect, and has self-existed as an incomprehensible triune deity for aeons of eternity without creation of other creations; Why did he now need to be worshipped by creating inferior creatures and an imperfect world? Correcting flawed theology and reasoning such as this has been done by revelation to God's true and living prophets.
The teachings regarding God and creation have been touted as mysteries never to be known in this lifetime. Inquiring minds however have sought to make sense of this mortality both in light of scriptural content and logical reasoning.
Our desire to know why God does what he does is is placed in us as his offspring. We as children of God, created in the image of our creator should seek understanding by faith. It is stated in Genesis. "The man has become as one of us". This statement was made after partaking of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The event, often referred to as the "fall of Adam", is not understood in its entirety by traditional theist scholars. It would seem obvious that it was and is essential for God's eternal plan for mankind or it would not have happened.
Our path back to God should not be in darkness or with a lack of understanding of spiritual purposes. How would denying his children of understanding manifest the love of a Father for his children. To say that we are so far below God that we are not capable of learning the purpose for being on earth is to say that darkness rules over light and that truth is beyond our comprehension.
Since at least the early third century of Christianity, God's identity has remained a mystery. Men used religion to control people as subjects. As the doctrine of three beings in one deity became the prevailing teaching of the ages it has been held by most all Christian theologians since then. It is based on an ecumenical council that was held by politicians and theologians and not under divine authority.
The concept of a trinity or three beings in one God is the foundational doctrine of the Nicene creed that was established by a political leader allowing church bishops to grow their churches. It became a foundational doctrine for Christianity to follow. Jesus and his apostles had been rejected and killed. The authority they held to preside in the church was lost and men of their own self appointments took control of the churches.
The Nicene creed has been one of the few agreements of classical theism continuing to our day in modern mainstream and orthodox Christianity. It is not a Biblical teaching. It is interpretative philosophy brought about by debate and misunderstanding of the scripture documents.
Even though the scriptural accounts in the Bible tell us who God is, the disagreements led to discussions and debates that allowed a non-biblical creed to govern establishment of Christian doctrine.
These doctrines prevail in the original universal church founded at the time of Constantine as well as the protestant churches of the reformation and today's vastly expanded christian divisions in the so called evangelical churches. They all proclaim self appointments by root authority from the Bible.
There is much evidence for each of us to discover about the purpose of life and eternal principles. God does exist and that is a good foundation for pondering his purposes. If traditional theology can't describe him, how can faith be developed?
Many people want to make sense of this existence and God's purposes for creating the earth. The concept that he creates out of nothing by simply speaking things into existence presents many contradictions and fallacies. It is like case law in the legal sense. A wrong foundational case will lead to many flaws in the decisions that are based on it.
The wonder of creation isn't that a being could speak and by so doing cause things to come into existence from no source simply by willing it. This is the essence of a myth. The wonder is that He can control all elements, that they obey him when he speaks.
It isn't that human souls could be created in some mysterious fashion out of nothing, but that he could engender billions upon billions of eternal souls, eternal intelligence with spirit creation. His creations never end. His increase never ends. Time is not really a factor in the pre-mortal existence and he knows each one of us very intimately.