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Is the Natural World Part of God?

Post Author: Bill Pratt 

Sometimes Christians say things like, “When I see a beautiful flower, I see God.”  It is a common experience, when witnessing a thing of great beauty, to comment that it reminds one of God.  In fact, this sense of God’s presence is part of the blessing of being a Christian.

However, Christians need to be careful about what we mean when we wax eloquently about God and nature.  The Bible teaches that God created the world and is distinct from the world.  God is not identified with the world.

Pantheists (e.g., Hindus and New Age believers) believe that God and the world are actually one and the same.  God is the world.  The world is God.  The whole world is composed of God, so God is not distinct from the world.

Christians reject this idea of God being identified with the world, because we believe he transcends the world.  He is above, beyond, other than, and more than the world.  If God is identical to the world, then he cannot be infinite in being because he would be limited by space, time, and matter – the things that constitute the world.

Although we believe that God is intimately related to the world and present to all parts of the world equally, we reject the idea that God is the world.  This idea is completely foreign to Scripture.


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  • http://www.ismail.com.my mae

    “The Bible teaches that God created the world and is distinct from the world. God is not identified with the world.”

    “Christians reject this idea of God being identified with the world, because we believe he transcends the world. He is above, beyond, other than, and more than the world. If God is identical to the world, then he cannot be infinite in being because he would be limited by space, time, and matter – the things that constitute the world.”

    EXCEPTION ? or ERROR :

    When God Jesus turned himself into human, and mix himself with the worldly events.

  • http://Grumpfish.wordpress.com Anna

    I agree with “Mae”
    I do believe that you can see God’s handiwork in the world because we are his handiwork. However, your flower metaphor seems iffy.

  • jim l

    I think it’s curious that many believers who think God transcends physical creation -that He made a tree but He is not the tree- will in the very next breath say that if that tree fell on somebody and killed them, it would be an act of God.

  • Antonio

    I agree with Jim I, seems to me to say that God is not of this world and yet He created it and sustains it and is omni present. That would mean by definition that he is also the life within and outside of the world. Religions try so hard to put God in one little box, one little definition that is easy to call up at their own convenience and image, When the most obvious is most likely to be true, God is so far outside of our ability to see and he is and alway has been the Alpha and the infinitite. from the tips of your two fingers to the visual theatre in your eyes an outward toward every direction to beyond the never ending universe and as our vision of the universe and it’s enormity expands our Loving God is as much part of it as he created it . Antonio ultihair@yahoo.com

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