Greatest Possible Worlds

I’ve made the argument that this is the greatest possible free world. I may get into that later. But the greatest possible world would not be the same as the greatest possible free world. 

If there is an afterlife, it must be better or worse than this world. 

If there is no afterlife, this would be the best [and worst] possible world by default. But you see, an atheist is correct either way. If there is an afterlife, this life is better than hell. And if there is no afterlife, this life is, by necessity, better than nothing.

If God exists, he exists in the greatest possible world. If there is an alternative worst possible world, God does not exist there.  Because if he did,  it could be worse. If God didn’t exist there.

But if you don’t believe God exists, he can’t exist in your ideal greatest possible world. So that, your greatest possible world is one where God does not exist. This is independent of the fact that God may or may not exist.

If there is a maximally great being, and the end game of humanity is to have them enter a maximally great world, it would make no sense to admit those who don’t believe in any such being or world. Because admitting people into that world who don’t think it’s the best possible world would make it less than the greatest possible world.

Proving a personal God

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  1. The mind exists apart from matter.
  2. A God that exists in the mind is greater than one that does not.
  3. A God that exists in the mind is a personal God.
  4. God can exist in the mind.
  5. A personal God exists.

Consider the immaterial mind, the fact that God can exist as an idea in the mind does more than just suggest the possibility of his existence. If God can exist in my mind, he is greater than a God that cannot exist in my mind. And if he can exist in my mind, and yours, that would be greater than the former. So the more minds that God exists in, the greater God is.

But also, the mind exists in the dimension of time. So that God’s existence in the mind is greater the more realities he exists in. 

What does this say about Deism? A God that simply winds the clock is a lesser God than one that exists with us. And died for us on the cross. 

What about Islam? If we are measuring the potential greatness of God, God would simply be greater if more people believed in him. So that the God of Christianity’s greatness and love would be greater because of the call for mercy and grace instead of murder. 

Too Young to Believe

I’ve seen this posted several times on different forums. I think it’s a very important answer to a moral dilemma. The question is simple: what happens to the unborn and children who die before they have the capacity to believe? 

John Piper wrote about this, and I think his conclusion was a good one. But I think Jesus gave us a more direct answer to the question. 

For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy.  – I Corinthians 7:14

This passage is mostly about staying true to your marriage, even if your spouse does not believe. But this verse is an interesting one. Essentially, the righteousness of one parent makes the children righteous. Seemingly, children are protected by their parents until they are old enough to believe themselves.

So if you’re holding out for a deathbed conversion: think again. The fate of your children may depend on it. 

 

 

 

Rethinking the Trinity

I find the trinity to be one of the most difficult facets of the Bible to come to terms with. Not because I don’t believe it exists. Because I think there has to be a better explanation. I’ve done some research on it, and would like your thoughts on this.

He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

This sounds like four parts: mind, body, soul, and heart. But one has to represent the person as a whole. Repeatedly in the Bible, people are referred to as souls. [Exodus 31:14; Proverbs 11:30] So we will use the term ‘soul’ to define the person as whole.

If we were made in God’s image, shouldn’t this parallel Him? If our soul consists of three parts: mind, body, and heart. Could it be that the these systems mirror the divine parts of the trinity? If that was true, God the father would be the mind. Jesus would be the body. And the Holy Spirit would be the heart.

trinity spacetime.pngNot to mention, the space/time/matter implications. If this view were true, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit would exist inside and outside spacetime at the same time. God would be both material and immaterial at the same time. So how can you be not be at the same time? 

god jesus parts.pngLastly, Jesus to be fully God had to have the heart and mind of God. To be sinless, he had to begin with the heart and mind of God. If he didn’t start that way, he would have sinned, and he wouldn’t have been Jesus. 

Christ Eternal

I was just reading a blog post on Saint Nicholas, saying that the council of Nicea once met to discuss the idea of Christ’s eternity. Warning: I did no research on their findings prior to writing this. I just think that it’s an interesting idea to explore. Because Christ was born, we assume that his life began. So did he exist in heaven prior to being born on earth? Are there references to the son in the Old Testament? 
I think that if the word was with God in the beginning. And the word became flesh. Something changed. 
The way that I look at it, God always knew that he may need Jesus to save the world. I’m not sure if he definitely knew this or not. Regardless, lets just say in his endless foresight, he knew that this need was possible. Therefore, the idea of Jesus existed then. And if the will of God is to have the maximal amount of free creatures to be joined in the body of Christ, this was at very least a necessary back-up plan. Because if Adam and Eve sinned, then there would have to be a redemption. And for there to be a redemption, there would have to be a redeemer.
The word became flesh. The promise became reality. The thought became real. If it was God’s will to redeem all the free creatures that chose to believe in him, Jesus had to be a part of God’s original plan. So his existence in God’s foreknowledge means that at very least he existed always in some fashion.
The question becomes: did he know that Adam and Eve would sin? Because if he did, Jesus was not just a possibility, he was a certainty. But if Adam and Eve’s outcome was not known by God, the idea of Jesus was part of a foolproof redemptive plan. But his necessity was ultimately unknown. There would exist possible futures where presumably generations of humans had the same choice that Adam and Eve had.
But let’s just say that Adam and Eve didn’t eat from the tree of knowledge. Or their children. But their grandchildren did. So Eden would presumably still exist, along with access to the tree of life.  There would be another tribe of humans outside the garden and outside of the grace of God. They would need to be able to make the same decision that Adam and Eve made. Those in the garden could choose knowledge of good and evil and to exit the garden, but those outside the garden would need a path to redemption. 
Christ would be needed to save them. As long as at least one human chose to eat from the tree, Jesus was needed. And since humans were free creatures, not perfect creatures, some would choose to eat the fruit.
Therefore, all scenarios of imperfect humans with free will lead to sin and need a savior. And Christ was not a possibility. He was always needed. 
And if Jesus was certainly needed, and existed as an idea prior to his birth and prior to Adam and Eve, he first existed as an idea, then as a prophesy, then as a person. But always in the will of God. So he was always going to be.