What is God Like? 

According to scientists, the creation of the universe happened about 13.5 billion years ago. We know this, in part, because of the expansion of the universe. As if rolling back a film strip, we can determine the age of the universe. Everything remains consistent up until a split second after the Big Bang.  This is called Planck time—named after Max Planck. Planck time is where scientists have difficulty explaining the initial conditions because the laws of physics, as we know them, break down. For example, instead of having three dimensions, in Planck time, there are between eight and thirteen dimensions. Can you imagine the universe if these dimensions continued past Planck time? What would it be like to live in these extra dimensions?

To answer such a question, consider that we, living in three dimensions, encountered a world with only two- dimensional beings. Like paper dolls lying flat on the table, living in this world, there would be no up or down and no understanding of cubes or spheres. Three-dimensional objects would only be concepts. In two-dimensional world you could only move right or left. You would never really know what another person or object looked like. You would only encounter their perimeter if you walked around another person.  

If I intersected their world with a cube, they could see it in three ways: I could intersect a corner point of the cube, a line on one of the edges, or a plane using one of the sides. They would never really realize that this is a cube. If I intersected their world with my finger or fingers, they would observe oblong oblate circles. 

God is like this. He can see inside of us, into our home, our every movement—even when we are hiding. God also has the ability to intersect the world.  

When it comes to God, it could be that He is in realms that we cannot fully access. Can we know anything about God? Some religions claim that God is one, some religions hold that God is many. It reminds one of the Indian parable of the blind men touching parts of the elephant. Each could describe the parts but not the whole. One touched the head of the elephant and said, “It is like a large pot.” Another touched the ear and said, “It is like a basket.” Another touched the trunk and said, “It is like a snake.” Another touched its leg and said, “It is like a pillar.”  

Much like the story of the two-dimensional flat people, the parable of the elephant is supposed to illustrate that we don’t really know what God is like.  If the parable points to anything, it points to the blindness of those trying to describe God.  The Christian religion, however, makes the claim that God not only intersected the plane of our existence, it makes the claim that God lived among us and cured blindness.  In the doctrine of the Trinity, the Christian religion also solves the problem of whether God is one or whether God is many.  God is both. There is one God in three persons or consciousnesses. Creation tells us a lot about the Creator. 

Photo credit: Copyright 2014 Burke Magee and Glenna Cox

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