Supernatural theism is like a well designed fish tank. It runs pretty much on its own, but needs a top up from me every so often to keep things in balance. The external God intervenes when necessary to keep things working. God is not, perhaps, deus ex machina, but God is a long way away and not always here when we need "him."
Panentheism speaks of the God " in whom we live and move and have our being." We are like an unborn child in her mother's womb. She is everything to us- without her we would die- cease to exist. And yet beyond her is a "world" of which we can barely conceive. Apparently babies perceive bright light and loud noise. Just so we half glimpse, half imagine "things" beyond the wall of our womb world. Like the unborn child, however, we have no idea what lies beyond our space-time continuum. It is a realm we cannot (yet) enter. So perhaps our enormous cosmos of space and time is one floating amniotic sac in the womb of God.
I like this imagining of God. Here is a God who is everything to me. Who nurtures my every heartbeat. Like every child in the womb, I am me, with my own personality and being, yet corded into God. God is no distant enigmatic being,
Posted Feb 22 2004
Direct Biblical quotations in this page are taken from The New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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