Jehovah: A God that Transcends the Limits of Science
Author : Tom Graneau
The attempt to categorize God by our way of thinking is natural. Since we live in a material world, things make sense to us when they contain substances such as flesh, bones, metal, wood, rock, and so forth. As they pass through our five senses, our brain gives them meaningful shapes and classifications based on the boundaries that we have placed on familiar objects in the world around us.
This also includes the probing eyes of science that attempt to quantify everything in the universe, much of which is built on observation or experimentation. Unfortunately, when things can’t be validated through these human filters, they’re dismissed as metaphysical nonsense, which is the category that God has been placed by many in the scientific community.
God’s unapologetic disposition
Despite our difficulty to encapsulate God in some type of physical framework, he remains unapologetic about his presence and makeup. Our inability to conceptualize him in any form is not his problem. Instead, the situation highlights our human limitations, which is inherently based on known physical deficiencies primarily in the areas of visual perception and spiritual experiences. In other words, God can’t be validated by any pre-defined framework, formula, or other man-made devices. If that was possible, he would not be GOD—the immaterial being who lives in a dimension uninhabited by man.
On the other hand, he has supplied us a simple technique by which we can see him without any problem. It’s called faith. Through faith, we can peer into the distance beyond any high-powered telescope, cosmic order, or astrological mapping sequence and bring him close to us, as close as a whisper. Then, what we see is a deity that human language can’t describe, a presence deserving nothing less than absolute admiration and reverence from mankind.
God’s limitless abilities
Both text and context of the Bible provide varied references about God’s attributes. His personal abilities are nothing short of superior qualities that are incomprehensible to mankind, placing him in a class by himself with no comparison to anything in the universe. For instance:
- God is infinite in presence. Since he occupies space, distance is not an issue for him. Everything in the universe is immediately accessible. Yet, this is not the same as the pantheistic doctrine that claims that God is in everything and, therefore, promotes the idea of worshiping all things. It simply means that wherever you go, God is immediately there as well (Psalm 139:7-10).
- God is infinite in wisdom. This condition signifies that he is comprehensively abounding in all things. For example, he does not depend on a step-by-step process, like people, to arrive at a conclusion. He eternally knows all things (past, present, and future), and his knowledge can neither increase nor decrease. The Bible further encourages those of us who lack wisdom to ask him for it because he provides it liberally, without reproach (James 1:5).
- God is infinite in holiness. The Bible portrays holiness as a state of being clean or pure. This attribute is part of his central character. As such, he demands holiness from those who commit to follow him (Leviticus 11:44-45).
- God is infinite in justice. In this case, justice refers to his administrative balance between reward and punishment for all creatures, and specifically mankind who is his prime creation (Isaiah 61:8).
- God is infinite in goodness. In this context, goodness is seen as his favorable conduct toward humanity—his unfading love and patience, his common grace to all, and his special grace for those who desire to know him as Lord and Savior (Exodus 33:19; Psalm 33:5).
- God is infinite in truth. This attribute establishes the basis for logic and rationality within the universe and among people. The axiom of logic, mathematics, and reasoning are all characteristics of truth which are integral components of his character. The Bible indicates that God can’t lie (Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2), which means that he can’t deceive anyone through bluffing, exaggeration, fabrication, or pretense.
- God is eternal. He had no birth; therefore, he won’t experience death. Since he has no beginning, he has no ending. This also means that time, the factor responsible for aging, is irrelevant to him. Hence, he is ageless (Revelation 1:8).
- God is unchangeable. Countless biblical references point to the self-consistency of God’s character. He is neither contradictory nor forgetful. He brings to pass (on time) all promises or events with regard to reward and punishment. An example of this is seen in his promise to Israel. All his promises made to Abraham eventually came to pass, even hundreds of years later (Joshua 21:43-45).
Considering our shortcomings, these features are nothing short of God-like qualities. Together, they shape a being that is literally out-of-this-world. Yet, they do little to describe his complete deity, which is impossible to accomplish in this world. When we think of him, it seems ironic to attempt to define someone or something that is undefinable. He said it himself, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). The tone is sobering, and the concept is almost unthinkable. Yet, the universe provides undeniable proof of his existence and commanding influence in our lives.
What is also thought provoking, is that mankind will never attain God-like status. No matter how smart or powerful we are, or become, God remains superior in all aspects of human aspirations. It is he who endows us with the capacity for knowledge, wisdom, and understanding (James 1:5); it is he who forges the opportunity for mankind to excel in places of influence; and it is he who permits the position of power and notoriety among people in our world (Psalm 75:6-7). Indeed, everything we see as blessings or “goodness” in this life comes from his unlimited power and resources.
What are your thoughts on the matter?
Have you always seen God from this viewpoint? Will this perspective help you to appreciate him more deeply? These attributes are by no means the extent of his capacity. Can you think of others?
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