Originally posted by arpgme
reply to post by Bob Sholtz
The universe is infinite, eternal... so it doesn't...
i have a friend (he is passed away) who explained God as something like a Principle. He was really brilliant.
Here is a little bit from his explanation. I think it adds to what you were pointing out here.
THE ARITHMETIC ILLUSTRATION
There is a remarkable and magnificent similarity between what is termed God (Fact, Reality, Truth) and the principle of mathematics. Entire
philosophic systems have been built around this likeness. Nearly 2,600 years ago the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras said that no
concept more nearly approached Divinity then the principle of arithmetic. He pointed out that nearly every quality attributed to God was clearly
expressed for all to see and understand in the simplest fact of arithmetic. Indeed, there is inherent in nature a revealed as well as a hidden harmony
that reflects itself under the image of simple mathematical laws.
This similarity aids in understanding more clearly who and what God actually is. It paints a picture considerably more accurate than humanity's
anthropomorphic concept. Reader, the arithmetic illustration will help you understand Absolute Reality in such a manner as to free you from all your
troubles which are the seeming consequence of ignorance concerning Reality, God.
Examine these parallels. God is spiritual and not material. The principle of arithmetic is not material either. It cannot be seen or weighed on a
scale. It cannot be felt or picked up by the hand.
God is omnipresent. You can understand the all-presence of God by contemplating the omnipresence of arithmetic. The principle of arithmetic is
everywhere, isn't it? Two plus two is four right where you are this minute. So is everything concerning the principle of arithmetic. It is all at the
top of Mount Everest and under the waters of the sea. If one were on the moon or at the bottom of a well, the principle of arithmetic would be there
too. There is no place in the universe one can go to escape the principle. It is everywhere, every bit, perfectly present; nowhere is it the least bit
I am sure you cannot imagine a place where addition is present but subtraction is absent or where everything is present except the number five or
where two plus two is four and a half. Just as one can easily understand that the entire principle of arithmetic is perfectly present everywhere, so
can one comprehend the omnipresent perfection of God.
Can you imagine a personal situation so frustrating that two plus two is four would not be present there? God, Reality, Fact, Principle is
present too, no matter where you are nor how terrible the seeming situation.
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or wither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell,
behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy
right hand shall hold me.” (Psalms 139:7-10).
The arithmetic illustration is a means by which one is able to comprehend the continuing presence of perfection everywhere.
Isn't that interesting? He has more analogies like this too. Anyway, its such an insightful and 'new' way of seeing or understanding the idea of
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