God’s Word or Man’s Words and Experience: Part 1 Pantheism, Panentheism, Immanence, Transcend

Updated March 2009
Introduction

God’s WORD

    “Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

    It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.”—Isaiah 40:21–23

    “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; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

    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; 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…

    “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 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.”—Acts 17:24–30

Unbiblical, but spiritual terms and concepts
One of the difficulties of defining “spiritual” terms and phrases that are not from the Bible is that in actuality one is trying to understand a foreign language. Since the words and concepts are not found in the kingdom of light, the full meanings and implications are not obvious and even obscured.

It would seem that the real problem is the underlying belief of other “spiritual” systems that say “we are divine,” part of “the All,” the “Ultimate Reality,” “the Absolute”, “the One,” etc., which is of course, part of the very first lie:
“…ye shall be as gods…”—Genesis 3:5

To those following the Kingdom of Darkness’ worldly wisdom which teaches that “we are divine,” the Bible is a “foreign language,” so there is no concept or comprehension that each person has a desperately wicked heart and that all people are in a terrible predicament, needing to be rescued from the god of this world, Satan. There is no understanding of a need for a Saviour. Why would you need a Saviour if you are divine?

As I mentioned in the last post, I will be discussing some word and concept definitions, as well as some people in the next few posts, to give some background information to the research I have been doing. Today’s post will
be some word definitions and some Bible verses. There is more research if you click on more at what seems to be the end of this post.

pantheism, panentheism, immanence, transcendence
These words are not in the Bible, but are concepts from a different belief system. These terms do not describe the God of the Bible, or His children, so whose kingdom are they really from?

pantheism and panentheism
Pantheism: God is not the creator of the universe. He is the universe. God is everything and everything is God—everything is part of the Universal ALL of God; the Universe, or nature, and God are equivalent.

In pantheism, “God is in the whole”; in panentheism, “The whole is in God.”

    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
    —Genesis 1:1

    “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”—Psalm 33:6

    “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”—John 1:3

    “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”—Psalm 102:25–27 and Hebrews 1:10-12

    “For I am the LORD, I change not…”—Malachi 3:6

    “… before me there was no God formed, neither shall there
    be after me…”—Colossians 2:9

    “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
    —Hebrews 13:8

ancient panentheism
Most native Americans (except the Cherokee) were and still are largely panentheistic; thinking of God as both immanent in Creation and transcendent from it. Most South American peoples were largely panentheistic as well, as were ancient South East Asian cultures…”

Neoplatonism
Neoplatonism is polytheistic and panentheistic. Plotinus taught that there was an indescribable, transcendent God (The One) from which emanated the rest of the universe…In Neoplatonism the world itself is a God. Neoplatonists believed human perfection and happiness were attainable in this world, and could be achieved through philosophical contemplation.

immanence
Immanence, is from Latin, “to remain within” and refers to philosophical and metaphysical theories that the divine exists and acts within the mind or the world.

The immanence of God in the world is the basic feature of pantheism. Among the most important philosophies using the concept of immanence are Stoicism and the systems of Giordano Bruno and Spinoza (who I will discuss at a later time).

Recap of Panentheism, Pantheism, Immanence
These belief systems boil down to believing that you are God. The Bible does not teach this. Only Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”—John 1:1

    “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
    —John 1:18

    “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;”—Colossians 1:19

    “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
    —Colossians 2:9

Transcend/Transcendental
Transcend: from the Latin transcendere, to climb over or to exist above and independent of; to rise above, surpass exceed.

Transcendental: Rising above common thought or ideas; mystical.
—American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language c 1973

Albert Einstein Quote
The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.—Albert Einstein

What the Bible says About God

    “…O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

    “Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment:

    “who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

    “Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters:

    “who maketh the clouds his chariot:

    “who walketh upon the wings of the wind…

    “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever…”—Psalm 104:1–9

    “…The LORD our God is one LORD:”—Deuteronomy 6:4

    “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said,
    Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath
    sent me unto you.”—Exodus 3:14

    “The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth…”—Joshua 22:22

    “God is not a man…”—Numbers 23:19

    “God is a Spirit…”—John 4:23, 24

    “For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords,
    a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:”—Deuteronomy 10:17

    “But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”—Psalm 115:3

God is Eternal and Wise

    “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…”—Deuteronomy 33:27

    “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever…”—Psalm 45:6

    “Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.”
    —Psalm 93:2

    “…the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”—Isaiah 40:28

    “…King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God…”
    —1 Timothy 1:17

God is Holy

    “Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.”—Psalm 99:9

    “…God, that cannot lie…”—Titus 1:2

    “For our God is a consuming fire.”—Hebrews 12:29

God is Love

    “… God is love…”—1 John 4:16

    “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”—Psalm 86:15

    “The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all…”
    —Psalm 145:8, 9

    “Now the God of hope…”—Romans 15:13

Jesus is God

    “God…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also
    he made the worlds;

    “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image
    of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”—Hebrews 1:1–3

    “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour…therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.”
    —Isaiah 43:10–12

    “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,”—Titus 3:4

    “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”—Revelation 22:13

Judge of the Universe

    “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”—Psalm 7:11

    “But ye are come…unto the city of the living God…to God the Judge of all…”—Hebrews 12:22, 23

    “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.”—Revelation 20:11

How People react when they see God

    “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

    “Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

    “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

    “And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

    “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
    —Isaiah 6:1–5

What the Bible says about Worshipping God

    “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”—John 4:24

    “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
    —John 14:17

    “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

    “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”—1 Corinthians 8:5, 6

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past
finding out!

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been
his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”—Romans 11:33–36

Part 2 inner eye, inward eye, all seeing eye, eyes of God

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