Creator of, not part of

God is the creator of all things, but God is separate and apart from His creation.

 

God is, The creator of everything, but God is separate and apart from His creation; not part of it. The books of God tell us that the heavens cannot contain Him, so how can we believe this tiny structure, of a planet, can hold Him, let alone a mere physical human body; as some would have us believeJewish symbols star-8pix JUDAISM: Genesis: 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis: “1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” 1 Kings: 8:27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee (Him/God); how much less this house that I have builded?” 2 Chronicles: 6:18 “But will (He) God, in very deed, dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee (The One Creator); how much less this house which I have built!Psalms: 94:9 “He that planted (made) the ear, shall He not hear? (And) He that formed the eye, shall He not see?” 15:3 “The eyes of The LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good,” Jeremiah: 23:24 “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Saith The LORD. Do not I fill (the) heaven and earth? Saith The LORD.” Psalms: 139:7 “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” 139:8 “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” But, Job: 37:23 “The Almighty, we cannot find Him:” For: Psalms: 145:3 “Great is The LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchableJob: 9:10 “(God) Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.” Job: 9:11 “Lo, He goeth by me, and I see Him not: He passeth on also, but I perceive Him not.” Job: 23:8 “Behold, I go forward, but He is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive Him:” 23:9 “On the left hand, where He doth work, but I cannot behold Him: He hideth Himself on the right hand, that I cannot see Him:” 23:10 “But He knoweth the way that I take:” but Him I still cannot perceive; for He is beyond all that is. the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: Ephesians: 1:19 “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power,” Ephesians: 1:20 “Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised him from the dead, and set him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,” God is, Ephesians: 1:21 “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.” He, God, is far, far above, and so far beyond anything we may perceive and/or understand with our senses, in this life, that we cannot even conceive what He truly is, let alone constrain Him to our feeble reality. Ephesians: 4:4 “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;” 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,” 4:6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Acts: 4:24 “Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:” Acts: 14:15 “The living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:” Acts: 17:24 “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;” 17:25 “Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything seeing He giveth to all life and breath, and all things;” Colossians: 1:16 “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:” 1:17 “And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” But, God is far above this world, this universe, far above any power, might and dominion. He is far above His creation whether we think of this world, or the next world and God is far above and beyond everything, whatever we might think, or conceive, for God is far, far, infinitely far beyond it. Romans: 11:33 “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!” the greatest name 8 pixBAHA’I FAITH: “That which we imagine, is not the Reality of God; He, the Unknowable, the Unthinkable, is far beyond the highest conception of man.” (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 24) No comparison is there to God and His creation, so far above and beyond is He, and this is told to us by the many religions of GodJewish symbols star-8pix Ecclesiastes: 3:11 “……no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

the greatest name-12pixBAHA’I FAITH: “To every discerning and illuminated heart it is evident that God, the unknowable Essence, the Divine Being, is immensely exalted beyond every human attribute, such as corporeal existence, ascent and descent, egress and regress. Far be it from His glory that human tongue should adequately recount His praise, or that human heart comprehend His fathomless mystery. He is, and hath ever been, veiled in the ancient eternity of His Essence, and will remain in His Reality everlastingly hidden from the sight of men. ‘No vision taketh in Him, but He taketh in all vision; He is the Subtle, the All-Perceiving.”’

(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 46)

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION:God hath, out of sheer nothingness and through the potency of His command, created the heavens and the earth and whatever lieth between them. He is single and peerless in His eternal unity with none to join partner with His holy Essence, nor is there any soul, except His Own Self, who can befittingly comprehend Him…” “GOD hath, at all times and under all conditions, been wholly independent of His creatures.” “He is verily independent of the whole of creation.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 49, 61 and 86)

Islamic symbol-10 pix ISLAM: 103. “No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things.” 180. “Glory to thy Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power! (He is free) from what they ascribe (to Him)!

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs  6 and 37)

Islamic symbol-5pix 64. “To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: for verily Allah (God)– He is Free of all wants, Worthy of all praise.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 22)

Islamic symbol-5pix “To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and on earth, and to Him is duty due always: then will ye fear other than Allah? For Allah is free of all needs from all creation.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 16 and 29

Zoroastrian symbol-12pix ZOROASTRIANISM: “I am not contained in heaven or earth, yet I am contained in the heart of the devotee.” “Mazda (God) is incomprehensible.” “God (Ahura Mazda) is beyond conception.”

(ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 643 and 700)

Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix 14. “What is Your Kingdom, Your riches; how may I be Your own in my actions, to nourish Your poor, O Mazda? Beyond; yea, beyond all we declare You, far from.”

(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 27)

Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix Denkard. Zoroaster, “Be it known that The One God is the cause of the beginning (of creation) and is the cause of causes. Cause is not for Him (i.e. He is uncaused.) The great self-existing God who is a law unto Himself is one and alone.”

Hindu symbol-10pix HINDUISM: “Know! I am that womb: I make and I unmake this Universe: Than Me there is no other Master! No other Maker! All of these things hang on Me, as hangs a row of pearls upon its string. I am The Fresh Taste of the Water; I am The Silver of the Moon, The Gold of The Sun, The Word of Worship in The Vedas, The Thrill That passeth in The Ether. I am the Good Sweet Smell of The Moistened Earth, I am The Fire’s Red Light, The Vital Air moving in All That Which Moves, The holiness of hallowed souls, The Root Undying, Whence Hath Sprung Whatever That Is; The Wisdom of The Wise, The Intellect (Intelligence) of The Informed, The Greatness of The Great, The Splendor of The Splendid! These am I, yet free from passion and desire; yet am I the right desire in all who yearn. Which Nature frames, deduce from Me; but all are merged in Me- not I in them! The world- Deceived by those three qualities of being- Wotteth not Me Who am outside them all, above them all, Eternal! Hard it is to pierce that veil divine of various shows, which hideth Me; yet they who worship Me Pierce it and pass beyond.” “Yea! Knowing Me, The Source of All; by Me all creatures (all creation was) wrought, (created). The wise in spirit cleave (holdeth) onto Me, into My Being brought; Hearts fixed on Me; breaths breathed unto Me; (God, Brahma), praising Me, each to each. So have they happiness and peace, with pious thought and speech; and unto these, thus serving well, thus loving ceaselessly. I give a mind of perfect mood, whereby they draw to Me; and, all of this for love of them and within their darkened souls I dwell and with bright rays of wisdom’s lamp, their ignorance I dispel.” “Arjuna yes thou art Parabrahm! The High Abode! The Great Purification! Thou art Brahma (God), The Eternal, All-Creating, Holy First, Without beginning! Lord of Lords and (God of) Gods! Declared by all the Saints- by Narada, Vyasa Asita, and Devalas; and here Thyself, declaring all unto Me! What Thou hast said now know I to be truth, O Kesava! That neither gods nor men Nor demons comprehend, Thy mystery, made manifest, Divinest! Thou Thyself, Thyself alone dost know, Maker (Creator), Supreme! Master of all that is living! Lord of Gods! King of the Universe! To Thee and thee alone belongs all that is, or will be, to tell the heavenly excellence of all of Thy perfections, wherewith Thou dost fill these worlds of Thine; Pervading all, Immanent! Then how shall I learn (to know of thee), of Thy Supremest Mystery? To know Thee, (I know not how), though I muse continually? Under what form of Thine many Unnumbered Forms Mayest Thou be grasped? Ah! yet again recount clear and complete, of Thy great appearances, the secrets of Thy Majesty and Might, Thou Highest Delight of Men! Never enough can mine ears drink the Amrit of such words! Krishna, Hanta! So be it! Kuru Prince! I will to thee unfold some portions of My Majesty, whose powers are manifold! I am The Spirit seated deep in every creature’s heart; from Me they come; by Me they live and at My word they depart! Vishnu of the Adityas I am, those Lords of Light; Maritchi of the Maruts, the Kings of Storm and Bright by day I gleam, the golden Sun of burning cloudless Noon; By Night, amid the asterisms I glide, the dappled Moon! Of Vedas I am Sama-Ved, of gods in Indra’s Heaven, Vasava; of the faculties to living beings given The All-Knowing Mind which apprehends all and thinks of all; of Rudras Sankara; of Yakshas and of Rakshasas, Vittesh; and Pavaka of Vasus, and of mountain-peaks Meru Vrihaspati Know Me, mid all the planetary Powers that be; mid warriors heavenly Skanda; of all the water-floods, the Sea which drinketh each, and Bhrigu of the holy Saints, and OM of the sacred speech of the prayers, the prayer which ye whisper; of hills Himila’s snow, and Aswattha, the fig-tree, of all the trees that grow; of the Devarshis, Narada; and Chitrarath of them that sing in Heaven, and Kapila of Munis, and the gem of flying steeds, Uchchaisravas, and from Amritwave, which burst; of elephants Airavata; of males the Best and First; of weapons Heaven’s hot thunderbolt; of cows white Kamadhuk, from whose great milky udder-teats all hearts desires are struck; of Vasuki of the serpent-tribes, round Mandara entwined; and thousand-fanged Ananta, on whose broad coils reclined Leans Vishnu; and of water-things Varuna; Aryam of Pitris, and, of those that judge, Yama the Judge I am; of Daityas dread Prahlada; of what metes days and years, Time’s self I am; of woodland-beasts- buffaloes, deers, and bears- The lordly-painted tiger; of birds the vast Garud, The whirlwind mid the winds; mid chiefs Rama with blood imbrued, Maker mid fishes of the sea, and Ganges mid the streams; “Yea!  I am The First, and The Last and the Centre of all which is, or all that seems. I am The Wisdom Supreme, of what is wise (All the knowledge that is); the words on the uttering lips I am, and eyesight of the eyes, and The Endless Life, and Boundless Love; He Whose power sustaineth all, each and every one.” “Who wottest all and art Wisdom (knowledge) unto Thyself!

(Hinduism, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapters 7, 10 and 11)

Hindu symbol 5-pix 1. “He (Brahma/Vishnu/God) is inconceivable, without form, deep, covered, Blameless, Unfathomable, without (physical) qualities (or form); The Pure One, The Brilliant (All Intelligent) One, He Who is not caused, A Master-Magician, The Omniscient: (The All Knowing and The All Wise One), The Mighty One, The Immeasurable One, One Who is without beginning or end; The Blissful, Unborn (Uncreated One), The All Wise, Indescribable, Creator of all things (The Creator of the universe), The Self found within All things, The Enjoyer of All Things, The Ruler of All Things, The Center of the Center of All Things.”

(Hinduism, Upanishads vol. 2, Maitrayana-Brahmaya-Upanishad)

Hindu symbol 5-pix “Brahma, who is One, The Only, All-pervading;” “Of Thy perfections! Space Star-sprinkled, and void place From pole to pole of the Blue, from bound to bound, Hath Thee in every spot, Thee, Thee!- Where Thou art not, O Holy, Marvelous Form! is nowhere found!” “Which Nature frames, deduce from Me; but All are merged in me- not I in them! The world- Deceived by those three qualities of being- Wotteth not Me Who am outside of them all, Above them all, Eternal! Hard it is To pierce that veil divine of various shows Which hideth Me; yet they who worship Me Pierce it and pass beyond.”

(Hinduism, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapters 3, 7 and 11)

Hindu symbol 5-pix “By Me the whole vast Universe of things Is spread abroad; by Me, the Unmanifest! In Me are all existences contained; Not I in them!…… My Being- Creating all, sustaining all- still dwells Outside of all!” “See! as the shoreless airs Move in the measureless space, but are not space, [And space were space without the moving airs]; So all things are in Me, but are not I.”

(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 9)

 Hindu symbol 5-pix “Neither gods, nor men Nor demons comprehend Thy (Brahma’s) mystery Made manifest, Divinest! Thou Thyself, Thyself alone dost know, Maker Supreme! Master of all the living! Lord of Gods!

(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 10)

Buddhist wheel symbol-10 pix BUDDHISM: “There are two factors of causation by reason of which all things (everything) came into seeming existence, external and internal factors. To become effective (for this to happen) there must be a principle vested with supreme authority, present asserting itself, independent from all attachments, (a Creator, a Supreme Authority whom some refer to as God, Brahma, etc… external to creation).”

(Buddha, The Lankavatara Sutra)

Dharma wheel Buddhist symbols-5pix “There is an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed.” (How can the created understand the nature of one who is uncreated, unformed and not born into existence? It’s not possible!) “To beings subject to birth there comes the desire: ‘O that we were not subject to birth! O that no new birth was before us!’ Subject to decay, disease, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and despair, the desire comes to them: ‘O that we were not subject to these things! O that these things were not before us!’ But this cannot be got by mere desiring; and not to get what one desires, is suffering.”

((The Eightfold Path), Buddha, the Word (The Eightfold Path))

Dharma wheel Buddhist symbols-5pix “Those who see Thee thus, serene and beyond conception, will be emancipated from attachment, will be cleansed of all defilement, both in this world and in the spiritual world beyond.” (Buddha, Lankavatara Sutra)

Mandaean symbol-15pix SABEANISM: “In the name of The Life (Haiyi/God)! I worship The First Life and praise my lord Manda-d-Hiia. Thou art immeasurable, infinite and everlasting;” Immeasurable, beyond this existence and beyond our comprehension. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 75)

Mandaean symbol1 “Thou art enduring, First Life (Haiyi, Qadmaiyi, God) before Whom no being had existence, Unearthly One from worlds of light, Supreme Being, Who art above all works, above the Ancient Radiance and above the First Light; above the life which emanated from Life (You, Creator of All) and above the Truth (kushta), which was of old in the Beginning! Thou, Manda-d-Hiia, (Savior God) hast established for thy chosen that which thou hast revealed to us from the book Nhur (Be light) release from their bodies was made possible to them.” Found everywhere and yet invisible to the naked eye. “Good is the Good and for the good, and Love of His nature is set upon those who love His name. We will seek and find, speak and be heard. We have sought and found, have spoken and been heard in Thy presence, my lord, Manda-d-Hiia!” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba – chapters 48 and 72)

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “Out of utter nothingness, O great and omnipotent Master, Thou hast, through the celestial potency of Thy might, brought me forth and raised me up to proclaim this Revelation. I have made none other but Thee my trust; I have clung to no will but Thy Will. Thou art, in truth, the All-Sufficing.” “We are but the embodiments of poverty, of nothingness, of helplessness and of perdition, while Thy whole Being betokeneth wealth, independence, glory, majesty and boundless grace.” “God is immeasurably sanctified above the praise of all men. He is verily independent of the whole of creation.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 47, 58 and 179)

the greatest name-12pixBAHA’I FAITH: “Divinity is actual Truth and real existence, and not any representation of it. Divinity itself contains All, and is not contained.”

(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 22)

the greatest name 8 pixRegard thou the one true God as One Who is apart from, and immeasurably exalted above, all created things. The whole universe reflecteth His glory, while He is Himself independent of, and transcendeth His creatures. This is the true meaning of Divine unity. He Who is the Eternal Truth is the one Power Who exerciseth undisputed sovereignty over the world of being, Whose image is reflected in the mirror of the entire creation. All existence is dependent upon Him, and from Him is derived the source of the sustenance of all things. This is what is meant by Divine unity; this is its fundamental principle.” “Some, deluded by their idle fancies, have conceived all created things as associates and partners of God, and imagined themselves to be the exponents of His unity. By Him Who is the one true God! Such men have been, and will continue to remain, the victims of blind imitation, and are to be numbered with them that have restricted and limited the conception of God.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 165)