If you were asked, “Who is God?”, what would your response be? The Ruler of everything … the Creator of everything … our Heavenly Father … the One who damns or blesses people … the Omnipotent One … the Man Upstairs … a Myth … ? All of these descriptions come from our individual paradigms and depend on how we view God personally. Leaving those paradigms behind, could there a scientific description of God that would be a common reality to all of us? I believe, if we pull some verses out of the Bible and pair them with scientific discoveries, we can give a physical description of God because He is a physical “being.”
Before we launch into the description of God, we should understand that scientists have mostly started their explanations of our universe with the appearance of darkness which they refer to as the Big Bang. They have mostly refused to theorize what was present before the Big Bang because those circumstances have not been quantifiable (yet). However, there have been some fairly recent discoveries that could contribute to the understanding of what was present before the appearance of darkness. (We will discuss one of those discoveries in greater detail in the next post.) Meanwhile, let’s look at who God is with the understanding that not only did He exist before the Big Bang, but that He has always existed (Psalm 90:1-2). We will call His place of existence by the name of Infinity.
Let’s start with the big picture of who God is as described in the Bible: in simple terms, He is a self-contained, self-fueled, self-sustained generator who produces a number of physical realities:
- Light—I John 1:5 tells us that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness. Logic tells us that, if God is light like our sun is light, He must produce light energy which invades and fills Infinity. Let’s call that light energy the Holy Spirit. (Note: I define light energy as the full electromagnetic spectrum; the sun emits the full spectrum.)
- Life—John 5:26 states that God has life in Himself. (He’s not dependent on anyone or anything for His life—He’s self-sustaining.) The great thing about God is that He’s not selfish with life; when Psalm 36:9 equates the fountain of life with God, we can infer that fountain is what gives us life. And, as we will discuss in a later post, life exists because of the elements in our universe. For right now, let’s say that God generates the nuclei of every element in our universe and that those nuclei are the foundation of the fountain of life. (We will also be talking later on about the different levels of cosmic rays which support this conclusion.)
- Love–Romans 8:38-39 makes the point that nothing can separate us from the love of God (and remember I John 4:8 blatantly says “God is love”). In other words, love is stable; so, if God is love and generates love, that love provides stability. What has been denoted as gravity and/or the string theory may well be God’s love in action. Just imagine everything in our universe being held in place with a maze of strings that begins with Him and ends with Him (one massive, multifaceted loop: the Alpha and the Omega).
- Good—Christ explicitly said that God alone is good (Mark 10:18)—He is the only One who generates benefits and advantages for everyone. Psalm 145:9 specifically tell us that God is good to all and that His mercies are over all His works. So, God generates “things” (Romans 8:28) to the benefit and the advantage of all His works, including us. Listen to James 1:17, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” God is the author and generator of good. (As we continue our investigations, we will find out just how evil was created and just how God has nothing to do with evil.)
- Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom—Proverbs 2:6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; out of His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” I have always believed that God knows everything about everything, but, as I have been considering His generating power, it has occurred to me that God is not done generating knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. As a result, we will never run out of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
- Sound–Genesis 1:3 starts with the words, “Then God said …” All the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in Infinity would be useless unless there was a way to communicate them. The power behind that communication is sound energy. God generates the sound energy which goes beyond just words (as we will talk about in upcoming posts).
So, from what the Bible relates and what science is beginning to verify, we can infer God is a physical being who is not reliant on anyone but Himself for His existence.
Although I believe everyone will soon individually know God, no one has yet had complete knowledge and understanding of who He is … not even the writers of the Bible. Even Paul recognized that he did not fully understand God—listen to what he said in I Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” Paul knew his knowledge, understanding, and wisdom were incomplete, but he also knew the time was coming when he would fully know God.
That time did not come before Paul’s death, and we are many years beyond the time he wrote those words. I believe we may be finally reaching that point of full knowledge of God. Many years ago, I connected with Hebrews 8:7-12 and began earnestly praying for the day when we will not have to tell each other to know God because we all will know Him. As I experience God explaining things to me, I know I am not the only one He’s talking to. The time is so close for all of us to have our questions answered and to fully know and understand God. As that happens, light will swallow up darkness, life will swallow up death, love will swallow up hate, and good will swallow up evil.
Before I end this post, I have to share another “I kid you not … ” experience that I had back in January, 2016. I was talking with God and asking Him how large is He comparatively speaking—is He a “small” compact generator or is He a larger, more spread-out generator? I was just curious. Within a few days, I came across this article which told of the discovery of a ball of hot gas 3.8 billion light years away from us. Here are a couple of excerpts from the article:
- “Right now, astronomers are viewing a ball of hot gas billions of light years away that is radiating the energy of hundreds of billions of suns. At its heart is an object a little larger than 10 miles across…”
- “It is 200 times more powerful than the average supernova, 570 billion times brighter than our sun, and 20 times brighter than all the stars in our Milky Way Galaxy combined…”
The diameter of the new discovery’s core is just over 10 miles while the diameter of our sun’s core is somewhere around 200,000 miles: the new discovery is 570 billion times brighter than our sun. I do believe God answered my question—I am not saying the new discovery is God (although some scientists believe they may have seen evidence of a “parallel universe” … more about that in the next post), but I now understand God may well be an extremely compact generator with unimaginable power. And, His power directs light, life, love, good, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and sound/words to us.
All scriptures in this post are from the NASB.