The Origin of God: The Master of the Universe
Author : Tom Graneau
How do you picture God? Do perceive him to be a being like you and me with flesh, bones, blood, etc.? Does he actually exist? Where is he now? Where did he originate?
From the beginning, the Bible provides no specific definition of the word “God.” Yet, the reality of his presence is unmistakably displayed on every page. Biblically, his personality is made up of various attributes that come together to form a complete image. Yet, he remains a mystery to many.
A timeless ghost
One way to heighten your awareness of God is to walk backward in time to the place where he began to create the universe, a time when nothing existed, except him. To do so, we must unravel the universe piece-by-piece, mentally eliminating the cosmic props that we now know to exist and go back to a time when there was nothing in space.
Let’s begin. Imagine for a moment that the stars in the heavens suddenly disappeared. Depending on where you live in the world, you may or may not notice the difference. City lights have almost obliterated the night skies in some places, making it impossible to enjoy viewing heavenly objects at night. In which case, all you would feel is a difference in mood fluctuation. Astrologers tell us that our moods are directly tied to astronomical influences although we may not always be aware of their influence, or know the causes associated with our physical disposition. To this end, the disappearing stars would be of no great consequence to many of us, except to say that the incident is part of a bigger universal transformation that will unravel in the future.
Noticeable or not, the drama in the cosmic world continues to unfold in ways that we can neither change nor stop, and this condition is worsening by the day. What is also true is that our lives remain marginally unchanged since we’re bound by self-imposed obligations to perform in ways that are essential for survival. Much of that, however, is about to change. The same phenomenon that caused the disappearance of the stars has also affected the moon. It simply vanished from the night sky. Apart from the immediate scare, in a matter of weeks, we begin to complain about the various changes that are taking place around the world, particularly in the areas of farming and similar life-supporting systems. Ancient cultures, for instance, have embraced the moon’s influence on matters pertaining to language, the calendar, and the arts. More significantly, we’re told there is a direct correlation between the moon’s gravitational pull and the ocean. High and low tides are interlinked with the rotational pull of the moon on the earth—events that have far greater consequences than most of us realize. In this case, it’s only a matter of time before we feel a much greater impact on the world as a result of our missing, friendly moon.
As calm as we can be under the circumstances, our behavior is remarkably different from the way we reacted when the stars disappeared. Though some people are making adjustments to accommodate the change, millions more around the globe are in a state of panic, based on radio and television broadcasts. The greatest fear of all is that we can’t explain what is taking place. “Oh my God, what’s going on?” is the common expression on the streets. Everyone is frightened, and they have reason to be. In addition to recent occurrences, the atmosphere remains unstable, suggesting that something else is about to take place.
In general, the uneasiness is justified. The absence of the moon and stars has caused huge cavities in space with unpredictable outcomes. The remaining planets are now attempting to sustain their orbits, but the entire cosmic system is unbalanced, causing pressure points in many places that we can neither see nor hear.
Meanwhile, life continues in a semi-normal sense. This means that we’re attempting to carry on with our normal responsibilities…come what may. Even so, things are visibly different, especially with regard to our moods and state of mind. We’re now experiencing more stress and anxiety, which are connected to fear aroused by unpredictability. More frustrating is the fact that we don’t understand what is taking place in spite of our superior intelligence and sophisticated equipment. Thus, we feel vulnerable and helpless.
In the midst of worldwide tension, something even worse has happened. The sun suddenly exploded without warning, leaving fragments in space that could crash into the earth with fatal consequences. The most immediate concern, however, is that the entire world is now in darkness, except for areas that are being lit by electrical or nuclear power plants.
Nonetheless, this situation will be short-lived because of excessive demand for light and power. This means that matters will eventually get worse for everyone on the planet.
As you can imagine, the struggle to survive has intensified. The absence of the sun has made it impossible to conduct business as usual. Since there is no daylight, people are now scrambling for help, and things are getting more chaotic by the second. Movements have been restricted in every corner of the globe; work has come to a halt; food has become harder to obtain and prepare; medical services have stopped, and human concerns have escalated to record levels.
Obviously, these conditions can’t persist indefinitely. We need help in a massive way, and now! But who can provide it since everyone appears to be in the same predicament? Then, when it seemed that nothing worse could possibly happen, earth unexpectedly exploded into fragments as the result of the cosmic turbulence. Nothing is left—no land, no water, and no life (humans or otherwise)—and darkness now saturates what is known as space. There is nothing in view—no point of reference—no up or down; no East nor West; and no North nor South. There is nothing, except emptiness. Life as we know it has come to an end.
In the midst of the thick impenetrable darkness, there is nothing, at least so it seems. However, this would not be entirely true because it is there—in the center of the dark void—that we find GOD. He is alone, quiet, invisible, and resourceful. He has no heaven, no throne, and no angels. From this point emerged what we have come to know as the “beginning,” as indicated in Genesis 1:1, but only in the sense of creation. God has always existed in the still darkness that occupied space, hence the phrase, timeless ghost.
The Alpha and the Omega
Where did God come from? How long has he been in the darkness? These and similar questions are conceptually inconclusive, meaning they’re irrelevant in God’s world. Since we are creatures of limits, we’re predisposed to frame him within our points of reference, precisely to a beginning and an ending. When he doesn’t fit into our logical framework, we’re quick to conclude that he doesn’t exist. It is, therefore, much simpler to accept the idea that he has always existed, which means that he has no beginning. He said it himself: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end,” says the Lord, “who is, who was, and who is to come, the almighty” (Revelation 1:8). The phrase “who is” undoubtedly refers to his current status in heaven—a place that did not always exist until he formed it; and “who was” signifies a time prior to creation, which places him in the original void of darkness where he existed before time; “who is to come” is a reminder of his return to earth to complete his affairs with humanity.
Moses, one of the few men who were privileged to talk with God directly, expressed his perception of him in this fashion: “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or before you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God” (Psalm 90:1-2). What a profound declaration! The phrase “from everlasting to everlasting” is an extraordinary expression. It is a prophetic insight, meaning that it transcends the realm of human intelligence to reveal a specific truth about God. The phrase conveys endlessness, a time reflecting no specific period in history or the future; and it also speaks of God as the only “being” who is worthy to be placed in this category. How else could Moses, a human being who was constrained by time and various restrictions, know this unless God had revealed it to him? The rest of us need to simply accept this phenomenon by faith—a concept that defies the limits of science and logic to bring us the truth about the spiritual dimension that can’t be explained any other way.
Nonetheless, questions pertaining to God’s original position in solitude are appropriately intriguing. We’re naturally curious about his personality—the totality of his behavior, including his state of mind; and we wonder about his shape, manner of dress, body temperature, diet, and other concerns. Here again, these issues are relevant only to people, but not to God. With regard to shape, he has none. First and foremost, he is essentially a spirit (a ghost), which is a formless, non-material being who is self-conscious and self-determining (John 4:24; 2 Corinthians 3:17). The term spirit came from the Latin word spiritus, meaning breath. From his original state, God was the breath of life, which means that his mere presence or consciousness was the seed of life itself. Another way to say this is that he was the pulse of life—the actual thump, thump—that’s known as the heartbeat or cardiac cycle of life.
To learn more about this amazing life form, consider reading The Devil in Modern Eden.
What are your thoughts on the matter?
Have you ever pictured God in this fashion? If this perspective is new, how will it change the way to see him now?
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