Today, reply is made to the idea that GOD may be described as “nothingness”. Rather than empty themselves to become free from covetousness, desire, carnal reason, and thought, sinners are to fill themselves with the life essence (i.e., breath, spirit, word) of GOD shared through Jesus Christ. One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Canada)” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:
Is God Nothingness?
Nothingness, like God, is eternal and changless
- Nothingness, like God, is entirely beyond understanding and predication
- Everthing that is came from nothingness, and unto nothingness will return (like God). Nothingness is "the Father of All", and eventually everything is re-absorbed into the arms of Nothingness.
- Nothingness, like God, is paradoxically both absent and present, transcendent and immanent. It is outside of time and space, yet all around us.
- Nothingness is entirely invincible and impassible.
- Nothingness (the Void) holds all thing in 'Being', is everywhere and nowhere.
- Through nothingess, paradoxes like "The First will be Last, and the Last will be First" make sense, because eventually everything becomes nothing, poverty, riches, honour and humility are all levelled.
- God, like Nothingess, communicates with us most truly through Silence.
THE GOLDEN ARROW: Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2: 8-15, King James Version, KJV)
THE DOUBLE DAGGER: That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); To Express the Fullness of GOD? (07/09/2015); Divinity Has Person? (05/19/2015); The Fullness of GODhead? (01/09/2014); World Without End? (01/10/2014); Prayer on Behalf of Others? (11/25/2013)
“Anonymous”, there are many belief systems that teach mankind must “empty” himself to escape from the flesh and from desire and to arrive at true balance or peace within the universe (enlightenment, nirvana, satori, etc.). For mature Christian believers, GOD is the single aggregation of all spirit who is manifest as divinity (we say, the GODhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and displays peculiar attributes that include character, direction, duration, existence, jealousy, majesty, nature, oneness without sameness, perfection, person, preeminence, presence, eternal purpose, and sovereign will. Immortal, invisible GOD communicates with created beings and living creatures on the basis of imparted spirit substance and revelation. To correctly discern, recognize, and respond to GOD, those who have been endowed with consciousness, sentience and self-will also must receive inseparable spirit matter from the makeup of Deity such as faith, gratitude, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. GOD uses multiple sacred devices (e.g., forgiveness, divine law, miracles, judgment, prophecy, rebirth, signs) and operations within the carnal, material, and social world that make divinity knowable, known, and “visible”. Consider again the following:
(1.) Acts 17: 24-31, King James Version (KJV): 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
(2.) John 3: 5-7, KJV: 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
(3.) Colossians 1: 16-20, KJV: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
(4.) John 4: 23-24, KJV: 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) Romans 15: 13, KJV: 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.
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