So Where Is God?
Summer vacationing is a most wonderful experience. Many of you will be taking time off from work during July and August. Everyone needs to get away from it all.
Even God rested on the Sabbath. After six workdays of building the Universe, He took a vacation. Or did He! Who is running things now? Where is God? And how involved is He in His Creation? There exists a wide range of beliefs within Christendom. Let's explore some of them.
Deism claims that God is transcendent, living outside the events of time and space. After creating the world and setting it into motion, He abandoned the earth, without providing any further control over it, nor providing any directions to run it. I suppose that on the seventh day, God entered retirement and moved to His lakeside cottage in heaven ... never to enter the job market again.
Such a portrait of God is conveyed by George Burns in the movie "Oh God!". When John Denver complains about all the injustice in the world, God says that he did the best that he could, but it is now out of his hands.
Thank God, there are other movies about God. Consider "The Ten Commandments". In this portrayal, God is on a sabbatical leave for a period of renewal and rest. Yet while on His well-deserved vacation, God was sought by Moses to intervene in the events of history. So God took on odd jobs here and there, becoming miraculously involved at times in the workings of his Universe. The belief that God occasionally intervenes in the course of natural laws is called Supernaturalism.
Well, here's another viewpoint. The original Jewish followers of Jesus believed that God had come out of retirement to take on a special assignment. Putting on an anthropomorphic form, he traveled first-class to earth to serve on a special task force. Living as a human being, he was on the job day and night for a stretch of 30 odd years until the work was finished.
"The Greatest Story Ever Told" brilliantly presents God as such a mystical engineer sent to earth to save its people from disaster. He's a contractual worker, specifically trained for the salvation of a world in crisis. Theism believes in such a personal God -- a hands-on Savior.
Now, let's look further. The early Christian disciples experienced the Spirit of God miraculously at work within and through them. The Holy Spirit appeared as a loving presence for these Charismatics and is particularly exemplified in "Godspell".
From our Unity vantage-point, God shall never retire and can not even spell vacation. Unity perceives God as immanent in and throughout the entirety of His Universe and intimately at work with it 24/7. The love of God perpetually abides within each and every soul and is discerned in those whose hearts are open and receptive (even while they are on vacation). Now let's go find a movie!
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
July 1, 2003