Understanding A Non-Finite, Non-Contingent, Non-Material, Eternal, Spirit-Being

When we say that God created the heavens and the earth, the Being we are describing is unlike any of the definitions that people make for God in the world. This Being is impossible to know due to His transcendence from our natural world.

The Essence we are describing is non-finite, non-contingent, existing as a non-material, Eternal Spirit-Being. Laws such as causality are meaningless since this Entity does not exist contingent upon any other cause.

The only possibility of knowing such a Being is if He should determine that He would reveal Himself to us. In order for mankind to have an understanding for the kind of Being who could create the universe we observe, He would have to communicate with us by words or ideas that we are already familiar with. It is logical that most of the qualities of this Being and how He operates outside time, space, and matter, will be impossible for us to comprehend by human wisdom.

In listening to the descriptions of people in the world who have not made any attempt at communication with this extreme extra-terrestrial, we hear earthly descriptions which could not possibly define such a Being.

As a Spirit-Being who has always existed, we will find this very idea impossible to understand. This is because we have nothing in our world which is comparable to an eternal, unlimited, Being. All that we know of the world is that things and creatures have a cause for their existence. In matters concerning a non-material, eternal Being, our means of measurement and comprehension are useless.

One of the barriers for many people in understanding God is that He is not a material Being. Existing eternally as Spirit, all of the laws which govern our universe do not apply to Him. What we don’t realize is that science does not know all there is about the physical laws which govern the universe.

God And Quantum Physics

In our present world, we live within four dimensions of length, height, width, and time. In string theory within quantum physics, scientists tell us that up to eleven dimensions may exist.

John records that after Jesus was resurrected, He appeared to them suddenly within a room with a locked door. Some commentators have stated that Jesus was able to move through the physical structure of the walls without harm to His physical body. In order to confirm that He was not a ghost or other spirit entity, Jesus instructed His disciples to touch Him and see that He did have flesh and bones.

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. ~John 20:19-20

And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”  ~John 20:26-28

We notice the text does not state that Jesus walked through the walls. John writes that Jesus suddenly appeared before the disciples in the room which they occupied. Quantum Physicists who have examined this text state that in order for Jesus to appear suddenly in this room without going through a physical structure, this would require access to a sixth dimension.

When you or I move from the dimension of length to width, we are able to freely move without encountering a physical barrier. In the same way, when Jesus moved from a sixth dimension to our three-dimensional world, He did not need to pass through a closed door or a wall. Jesus suddenly appeared from an unseen dimension.

What was it that enabled Jesus to accomplish this supernatural event?

It is apparent that the process of death for our physical body removes the limits of four dimensions, and allows our non-material soul and spirit that remains to access the other dimensions that might exist. This ability may appear as a supernatural event when, in fact, it is simply a facet of the physical laws that already exist.

The idea that anything which appears as miraculous is contrary to the physical laws of the universe is incorrect. It is certain that there are aspects of physics, which are currently not understood, that could explain the supernatural events described by the four gospels as properties within the laws of physics.

Some critics have stated that if Jesus is really God and the author of the physical laws of the universe, He violated His own laws by the miracles that are descried by the four gospel writers.

“A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined.”  —David Hume

What is often misunderstood regarding the miracles that Jesus exhibited is that they really did not violate any law. The physical laws of the universe do not define the outcome of events, only they manner in which they must occur. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he still died later. Jesus did not violate the laws of physics He simply displayed His ability to suspend these laws for a moment in time.

What we find when we really study the text of the Bible is that sickness, suffering, and death were not a part of the original creation of God. Sin interrupted this perfection and caused our physical world to take an unnatural course. All that Jesus did in healing and raising the dead was to suspend the present laws of sin and death for a time in order to demonstrate His credentials as the Creator of all that exists.

It is sickness and death which violate the original intent of the laws that govern the universe. Jesus simply showed us what this world will be like once He has permanently eliminated the law of death. This was the entire point of Jesus’ arrival on earth: to stop the curse which came as a result of sin, which is itself a fracture in the laws of the universe.

Prior to sin entering the world, everything worked perfectly and there was no sickness or death on the earth. We all seem to understand that sickness and death are unnatural, and it’s a mystery why we must die. Death interrupts and tarnishes the perfect life that would otherwise be possible if it did not exist in our world.

The evil that we see present was also not a part of the perfect work that God originally created. These are also fractures in the laws of the universe. The problem is that we have become accustomed to these things and have assumed evil, suffering, sickness, and death are natural parts of our world. They are not.

What Jesus did in displaying His power over the physical laws was no violation but a restoration of what these laws looked like before sin entered the world.

It is also certain that heaven exists as a physical place of residence in a dimension that we presently are unaware. Those who are no longer limited by their physical bodies may inhabit this place if they choose. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth and informed them that one of the reasons that our present bodies must die is that flesh and blood in its current configuration cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.  —1 Corinthians 15:50

It is possible that upon the death of our body, our soul and spirit have access to these other dimensions. In theory, a person who has been freed from their body may be able to see into these dimensions. This would explain why many people who have died have described other beings and physical properties of other worlds that we cannot perceive while alive.

It is this spirit realm that we will concern ourselves with in this article is seeking to understand how God was able to communicate the specific messages He wanted the people of earth to know.

The Inspired Word Of God

When we say that men wrote the Bible but God inspired the words they wrote, what does this mean?

First, it is only the original autographs which are guaranteed as infalible. The translations and copies that resulted afterwards are not infallible. In fact, there are no original autographs for any ancient works of literature today. Every text that has survived time and decay, comes to us as a copy of an original. These copies are called manuscripts and they often have errors.

In the case of the New Testament, we find that 99.5 percent of all errors are in spelling, punctuation, grammar, or omitted words. In the entire text that has survived 2,000 years, not one of these variants changes any event of Jesus’ life, death, or resurrection. The New Testament we have today is exactly what the original writers penned concerning the events and words of Jesus Christ.

If someone tells you that we don’t really know what Jesus said, they are lying. We know exactly what Jesus said and did, because the text we have today in our New Testament is essentially the same text the men wrote about Jesus after the events took place. We have extensive writings from early Christian Apologist, Origen, where he quotes every one of the 27 New Testament books we have today, in 250 A.D. Even the names of the four Gospel writers was already a settled matter by the time that Origen wrote his commentaries on the entire Bible. 1,750 years ago.

Second, 1 Corinthians 2:9-14 tells us exactly what the process was where the concepts God wanted to communicate with mankind, were transmitted from the mind of God to the minds of men who wrote what He wanted preserved.

9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  ~1 Corinthians 2:9-14

  • Verse 9: the eyes, ears, and heart of man are not capable of understanding the things God has prepared for those who love Him. We will learn later that is is because God communicates by His Spirit, to the spirit of men, not by conventional methods that earthly men use or understand.
  • Verse 10: It is through the realm of the Spirit, which is simply how communication is made in other dimensions that we are, as yet, unaware of. These things which God communicates to certain men, are deep and unobtainable by conventional wisdom or learning that we are familiar with on earth.
  • Verse 11: is a clarification of the method, whereby God communicates, by His Spirit. This will later be understood as the single reason that people sho seek to understand God by their intellect alone, cannot understand Him or perceive His existence. No man can know the things of God, unless God, as Spirit, reveals them to us in our spirit. Because the spirit of all people are dead and unable to receive any communication with God, the spirit of human beings must be made alive. This happens by the process that Jesus described to Nicodemus in John chapter 3, where we are “born again,” by the Spirit of God.
  • Verse 12: here we see that the vehicle of communication whereby God transmits what He wants mankind to know about Him, is give to us by His spirit, communicating with the spirit of certain unique men, who recorded what God wanted to say.
  • Verse 13: further clarification of this communication method; they are not man’s words, which men can understand by normal education or knowledge, but by what God’s Spirit teaches us. This process is accomplished by comparing verses of scripture with other verses of scripture. God does not write chapters about subjects, but intersperses concepts throughout various places all over the 66 books of the bible. Understanding any one subject requires a complete reading of all the Bible, dividing similar scriptures, in order to understand the subject where knowledge is desired.
  • Verse 14: gives us all that we need to know in order to understand why many intelligent persons find no evidence for God, nor can they understand how He could exist: “The Natural Man,” does not understand the things of God’s Spirit since they are Spirit and not natural.

The Bible describes the natural man, the person who has yet to be Born Again by the Spirit of God, as unable to receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to Him.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ~1 Corinthians 2:14

The person who has come into a new relationship with God through Jesus Christ, as able to understand the things of the Spirit of God. This person will be looking for the seemingly insignificant parts of the word of God to discover what the Lord might reveal. The intellectual who does not have the Spirit of the Living God residing within them, cannot understand any of these things because they are spiritually discerned.

I am not surprised that highly intelligent men and woman think that Jesus, and the Bible, are foolishness. This is what the Lord said would happen when those who think-themselves-wise, are confronted with spiritual truth; they will not understand it. God engineered the method whereby He can be known as not by human intellect, but my humility, eagerness to know God, and diligent searching.

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  ~1 Corinthians 1:21

The New Testament Describes Three Terms Which Define All Human Beings:

  1. Natural – Gr. “Psuchikos” meaning senses, or sensual. This is a person who is naturally born into the world and is guided primarily by their feelings. (James 3:15 and Jude 19)
  2. Carnal – Gr. “Sarkikos” meaning fleshly. This person is “born again” by the Spirit of God but lives and walks to please their flesh. They are described as “Babes in Christ” who have not yet grown into spiritual maturity. (Romans 8:4 1 Corinthians 3:1-4)
  3. Spiritual – Gr. “Pneumatikos” meaning spiritual. This is the person who has been “born again” by the Spirit of God and is directed by and controlled by the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18-20)

The natural man may be highly educated, possesses great ability, and be endowed with considerable knowledge. He may be personable, well spoken, and possess the ability to captivate those who listen to his lectures, read his books, or see his programs by visual media. Though wise, the natural man is not able to discern spiritual principles—they are foreign to him. The meaning of the scriptures are hidden from those who have not yet been born again.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ~1 Corinthians 2:14

The Being we are seeking to understand has existed forever. There is nothing that He does not know. He is perfect in every regard and it is impossible that He could ever do anything that is less than perfect, otherwise He would not longer be God. This Being has chosen to make Himself know to us, but He has chosen a method that is foreign to human knowledge.

The Beginning Of Wisdom Is To Acknowledge God

Man always seeks to know things by his intellect, but God is known by a different method. Not that intellect cannot help us to know God, after we enter the search by humility, but that God has hidden Himself from people who seek to understand Him strictly by intelligence. The reason is that intelligence is often gained by pride. People believe themselves superior to others because of their education. God rejects this approach as it brings these persons to him by their own prowess. If anyone will know God, they must approach Him with humility and acknowledge that all their abilities came by God who made all things.

I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another.  ~ Isaiah 42:8

The only Being in the universe that is entitled to glory is God. Since everything came from Him, all things owe their existence to God. For this reason, man should begin with the basic premise that God alone deserves praise and glory for all He has created and done. When a person tries to take credit for anything they do, without first acknowledging that none of the things they have accomplished would have been possible without God, He is offended.

If you take the time, skill, and hard work to create something, and discover later that other people have taken credit for your work, how would you feel?

God created everything that exists. At best, when we make something, it came from elements which were first created by God. Nothing we do in our life originated with us. God wants us to experience pleasure and pride in doing something well. As long as we give Him credit for the wisdom, skill, and hard work we were able to do, He is pleased with what we accomplish. The problem arises when we insinuate that our intelligence, hard work, or skill came as a result of our own abilities or power.

None of us created the things which exist in the universe. We did not create ourselves. We did not endow our minds or bodies with skills; all these things originate with God. We should always give Him glory for anything we do or accomplish.

The Unknown Dimensions Of Human Existence

Many people are not aware that we were created as spirit, soul, and body. Most people assume that we have a soul from where our emotions originate, mind functions, and abilities flow out from. We are unaware of the spirit because it is dead within us to the things of God.

God created the spirit within us as a method whereby we might communicate with Him and know Him. Because of sin, the defect of imperfection, our spirit is dead to God. Until a person comes into a personal relationship with God, by Jesus Christ, their spirit remains dead to God and cannot understand the things of God.

At the precise moment that a person trust Jesus, by faith, with their salvation, and believes that He died and rose again for them, God regenerates the spirit of this person. It is at this moment that all sins are taken away, and this person becomes perfect in the view of God, and fully ready for heaven. Until this regeneration takes place, this person is isolated from God and they cannot inhabit heaven while in the imperfection of their sins.

Jesus answered and said to Nicodemus, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water (Natural birth) and the Spirit (spiritual birth), he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  ~John 3:3-8

Why Only Jesus Was Capable Of Our Redemption

It was only by the power of Jesus’ limitless life as God, and His sinless life as a man, that He was qualified as the only one who could die for the sins of the world and make it possible for our salvation. All other “saviors” of the world are themselves, sinners, and do not have the power of an infinite life, necessary to pay for all human lives.

Although Jesus has paid for all our sins, this salvation is only appropriated to our life when we ask God for it. God will not force His salvation upon anyone. We must hear about what Jesus has done, believe it, and receive His salvation personally, in order to be saved.

Those who have refused to believe and take Jesus offer of a new life, cannot see or understand the things of the Eternal, Infinite God. He remains hidden until we trust in Jesus and are saved.

Before any person can believe upon Jesus for their salvation, they must understand their present state as a sinner. It is because we are imperfect by our sins that our salvation is presently impossible. Each one of us must feel a sincere sense of regret for our sins and agree with God that we are hopelessly lost as a sinner. We must understand and agree that only Jesus has the power to remove our sins and only He can give us a new, eternal life.

Understanding How Communication From God Is Transmitted To Us

If we can comprehend the power, intelligence, and prowess that was necessary to create the universe, then we can understand how God could accurately communicate with special men, the precise messages He wanted to give the world.

We can understand that it was this same power that made the universe that God also used to ensure that His exact words were preserved for every generation so that every person on the earth would have a chance to hear the truth.

If we cannot accept that God was capable of giving these men exactly what He wanted to communicate with us and guard His words for thousands of years so that every generation of people on earth could read it, we don’t understand the great power of God.

Those who assert that we cannot trust the Bible because men corrupted it and changed the original words, do not understand that God would never let this happen.

If we can believe the first line of the first chapter of the Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” we can easily believe that this same all-powerful God has the ability to communicate precisely what He wanted us to know and preserve it throughout all time so that we could trust in His word today.

 


The preceding article contains excerpts from Rob’s new book, “Why Jesus Is God, And Others Are Not.” See it now at Amazon.

 

 



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