Depiction of God - Ex Nihilo, vs. Ex Materia, vs. Eternal Building Block

 

 

 

 

God is defined as incorporeal, and invisible from direct sight, and thus cannot be portrayed in a literal visual image.

 

The respective principles of religions may or may not permit them to use images (which are entirely symbolic) to represent God in art or in worship .

 

Islam

 

Muslims believe that God (Allah) is beyond all comprehension or equal and does not resemble any of His creations in any way. Thus, Muslims, are not expected to visualize God.

 

Judaism

 

At least some Jews do not use any image for God, since God is the un imageable Being who cannot be represented in material forms. In some samples of Jewish Art, however, sometimes God, or at least His Intervention, is indicated by a Hand Of God symbol, which represents the bath Kol (literally "daughter of a voice") or Voice of God;] this use of the Hand Of God is carried over to Christian Art.

 

Christianity

 

Early Christians believed that the words of the Gospel of John 1:18: "No man has seen God at any time" and numerous other statements were meant to apply not only to God, but to all attempts at the depiction of God.]

 

 

Agnosticism and atheism

 

Agnosticism is the view that, the truth values of certain claims – especially metaphysical and religious claims such as whether God, the divine or the supernatural exist – are unknown and perhaps unknowable.[60][61][62]

 

Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities, or a God.[63][64] In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.[65]

 

 

Creation and how God is depicted:

 

 

Ex Nihilo - Something from Nothing

 

 

 According to the Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, “God is Creator—the only being capable of making something from nothing. The Hebrew word for “create” always and only has God as its subject.” (p. 308) The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia explains, “The OT and the NT, their doctrine of creation, recognize no eternal matter before creation.” (1:801). “It was not a refashioning of previous materials (cf. Rom. 4:17; Heb. 11:3),”

 

 

If God created something from nothing as some believe, then why did God do it in six days?

 

Why was Adam created out of dust and not from Nothing?  Why was Eve created out of Adam's rib and not from Nothing?

 

 

Is God Ex Nihilo inconsistent?

 

 

Why is the creation story inconsistent, because some parts are Ex Nihilo and some parts are Ex Materia?

 

 

Why did God continue to create after the six day and not from Ex Nihilo as stated in

 

Genesis 3:21New International Version (NIV)

 

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

 

 

 

If God created Something from Nothing, then God must be composed of both Something and Nothing.  Thus no opposites exist in the Universe.  No absolute truth is possible.

 

 

Big Bang Trinity:  Something, Nothing, Emptiness

 

 

If God created Something from Nothing out of Emptiness, then God must be composed of all three.  Why?  The Big Bang is viewed as a singularity, thus the Universe now contains something and nothing that are not interchangeable unless under singularity conditions.  Emptiness is defined as the absence of both something and nothing and to make things that are defined requires a plan.  These three must be a part of God in this view.

 

 

For God to be able to create Something, Nothing, and Emptiness, then God must be composed of all three. Opposites do not exist, no absolute truth is possible, and Randomness Rules.

 

Ex Nihilo vs. Ex Materia

 

 

To the contrary, Mormonism teaches the eternal existence of matter, or Creation Ex Materia. The Encyclopedia of Mormonism explains, “Since Mormons believe that the elements are eternal, it follows that they deny the ex nihilo creation” (1:400). The Book of Mormon speaks about how God (2 Nephi 2:14; 11:7) and Jesus (Helaman 14:12) created the heavens and the earth. Early sections of the Doctrine and Covenants also refer to this issue (D&C 14:9; 45:1).

 

 

Ex Materia asserts that some substance was already in existence, albeit in a primordial state, prior to God arriving on the scene to begin His creative activity.  If one type of matter does not have a plan to create new substances and another type of matter does have a plan, then two different God’s would exist.  (Technical: one matter can’t bond unless being told by another different type of matter that holds the plan for bonding to form new substances)

 

 

Is there one True God?  Ex Materia promotes the idea that God organizes matter.  If there are two types of matter that are distinctly different, then there would be more than one true God.  Nothing is not a true God, because it can’t bond to form a new substance.

 

 

Ex Materia   vs,   Eternal Building Block

 

 

The mass, volume, and shape of the Eternal Building Block are unknown.

 

One building block of something that has defined movements, that can be recorded and replicated.  Bonding of substances concerns the movement of substances.  God uses these movements to build all that is observed in the Universe out of Nothing.  Something that follows a plan can produce data and promote truth.  Opposites exist, and absolute truth is possible.

 

One true God. Truth determines the possibilities as defined by the word.