God Encompasses Physics

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for

“‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’e

(Acts 17:24-28) ESV

When confronted with an accusation on Twitter our impulse (that’s me and the Holy Spirit, except, usually grieving the Holy Spirit) is to be snarky about the poster’s cognitive dissonance (a way to call them stupid).

The existence of gods is routinely framed so as to be neither verifiable nor falsifiable, and therefore outwith science. The concrete claims of some religions can be tested, but gods that transcend physics transcend detection and relevance.

Vandermast – Doggerelist, grumbler, busy fellow getting nothing done.

The thing is, just because the poster doesn’t understand God in the way that we do doesn’t make them stupid. If we can dial back our impulses we can give a thoughtful response which will plant a seed in their mind, even if they reject it.

Another impulse is to get in the weeds about the value of falsifiability in science and the logical paradox that it produces. It’s philosophical construction makes it impossible to find the truth using the scientific method. It would probably lead to a long drawn out and contentious argument.

Instead we have to go all the way back to the beginning and give a context in which to understand God who encompasses, not transcends physics. This is somewhat similar to the strategy that the apostle Paul used when addressing the Aropagus in Athens.

God is physics. In our theory of first cause God the father is Hydrogen, the Holy Spirit is Oxygen. They conceive and beget the Son who is manifested as a body of water called the deep (Genesis 1:2). This is where nucleosynthesis took place when God said “let there be light.”

Matty – Carefully considered answer.

We haven’t heard anything back. Hopefully the seed is planted.

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