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God as Almighty Creator

‘God’ by William Blake

The Apostle’s Creed begins: “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.”

What does the word ‘almighty’ bring to your mind in terms of:

  • Images/pictures?
  • Other adjectives?
  • Ideas?

And what about the word ‘creator‘?

?

Where do these images, ideas come from?

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What do you feel about the idea of God as “almighty creator”? Are there any problems with that description…?

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But a Christian view of God, says God is best known not in the abstract, but through the life, death and resurrection of Christ… so, if we substitute the word “Jesus” for the word “God”….

What kind of “might” did/does Jesus exercise in terms of:

  • Images/pictures?
  • Other adjectives?
  • Ideas?

And how did/does Jesus “create” (make things/bring things about)?

?

Much Eastern Orthodox art presents Christ as ‘pantocrator’ meaning ruler and sustainer of all.

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“What we say about God as maker of everything and what we say about God who meets us personally in forgiveness and renewal ought to be as closely allied as possible; it is one of the failings of some kinds of teaching, I think, that creation and salvation are treated as completely different topics, whereas the Bible seems again and again to hold them inseparably together”. – Rowan Williams, Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief, p. 14

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Comments on: "God as Almighty Creator" (1)

  1. I think that very few Christians indeed view God as almighty in the sense of exercising total control over the universe, micromanaging every last event as part of some secret plan. That would be very hard to reconcile with any kind of appreciation for science. But more importantly it would be un-Christian because it would deny both the fallen nature of this world and ourselves, and relatedly, the value which God places on freedom.

    With regard to God as sustainer/director of the universe, a necessary part of my coming to accept theism was the discovery that there are theories of divine action other than Classical Theism or Deism. To say that God is either an all-controlling ‘puppeteer’ or an indifferent ‘absentee parent’ is a false dichotomy. The available middle space is occupied by traditions such as Open Theism and Process Theism.

    My own view is that God is something of a minimalist, He only affects the universe when it is absolutely necessary for Him to do so. This is because: 1) He wants to maximise our freedom- including our freedom to respond to others who are in need. 2) The deeply interconnected system of nature means that any intervention is likely to have dramatic implications in other areas with the potential for many unintended harmful consequences. And which in turn leads to an exponential rise in the number of interventions (as the interventions to stave off those harmful consequences are themselves likely to have harmful consequences). And 3) the higher the rate of interventions the more obvious it would be that God was real, and our knowing with certainty that God was real would mean both that God was effectively coercing us into worshiping him, which conflicts with His nature, and that our response to God could not be one of freely given love, since our relationship with Him would be primarily motivated by self-interest. Cf. Keith Ward, ‘Divine Action’ (1990).

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