reply to post by eleven44
You are asking a question that you basically know the answer to. Or, at least, you know about as close as an answer as you're going to get.
It's a matter of accepting that answer.
You must understand that this universe is a subset of reality - reality is not a part of this universe - this universe is a part of reality.
Reality is existence.
There is only One who exists. That is God. All other things exist because of God.
God is the infinite dimension within which this universe is created. Remember, Jesus Christ said that the Father is in Him and He is in us, and yet
also that we are in Him, the Father.
If we are in Him, and the universe is a part of creation and not the Father Himself, therefore, the universe is within the Father.
For this universe to reside within the Father and to be above it and around it and outside of it, knowing all the qualities of this universe, we have
but one conclusion:
This universe is a subset of the Father. It is focused thought, if you will. God is so great and powerful... it is nothing for Him to have created
all things with an instant thought if He wanted.
But as we read, we understand that God manifested Himself into spiritual and physical forms so as to interact within the universe which He created.
He performed many of His acts of creation by interacting with the universe in whatever form He chose.
He has chosen the Spirit of God form, the Word, which part of God became Christ Jesus in the flesh, marrying us little humans, us pieces of clay, into
His family - and then He died in the flesh, only to be resurrected in the flesh, killing the bonds of death, the opposite of creation, on the human
flesh. Then He changed, transformed, into a Living Spirit Himself - the form which He will grant all of us at our resurrection of the living (or,
that form which He will not grant to those at the resurrection of the dead).
It is simple.
If you fancy yourself a mathematician, it can be said like this:
God = Infinite Consciousness = Infinite space + eternal time + Everlasting life
This universe = finite consciousness = finite space + temporal limitation + temporary life
(One must realize that without an observer, all of this universe would not exist. The observer helps to define the observed. This is apparent in
that if there were no intelligent life forms to observe this universe, the discernment of it would be pointless and impossible. Let me say this more
simply and clearly then: this universe could not have been observed had God not observed the creation of it because the observation of it is what led
to its become a part of reality. God MUST pre-exist the universe in order for it to exist. It is impossible any other way.)
So because this universe is finite in every way (although it would appear that this universe is infinite, it is not yet - however infinity can and
will pervade this universe soon, when it is time - so the only thing that is not finite about this universe is its POTENTIAL - but all physically
measurable things regarding this universe all, regardless of how large the numbers might become, are still finite) - then this universe is only a
subset, or a thought, of God, if you will.
But God's thoughts are much more interesting than ours. Being as great as He is, His thoughts present to us as reality - because He IS reality.
His thoughts are so great that He has created us with the ability to move around freely in His thought, if you will.
But also not so in a way. Because we must understand, like it is written in Job, that if God were to take back His breath that all flesh would
immediately fall without life. So therefore we have the ability to move around freely, but rather we are only able to move because of Him.
He is in control of all things. The sooner we realize this, the better. When people start to think that they are living in their own reality or that
they are in control of themselves, they have become, if you will, rogue images, rouge thoughts within Him. These will be destroyed.
You see, He made this universe real. He made this universe to exist because it is a part of Existence Himself. He manifested it all.
It is also written that He put eternity into our hearts.
Eternity is what you are experiencing now. Everlasting life is what you experience He has pervaded this universe with His Being, which He has to a
small degree, but He has not yet completed it. It will only be made full when He casts out evil which speaks against Him and His glory.
So, when you try to imagine infinity, do not try to imagine nothingness as many suppose and attempt. That is not true. Pay attention to what you are
seeing and hearing. Become aware of your present state; for this is eternity.
But we only perceive it for we ourselves are yet mortal until He changes us.
There will be no memory of the former time