Why Is So Much Wrong with The Creation?

Why is there so much around us that appears to be the exact antithesis of what one would expect God to create? If God is still creating His Creation through us as I said in my last blog, why is there disease, poverty, war, corruption, danger, and death? Philosophers ask how God can be omnibenevolent in the face of all these dreadful occurrences if He is also omniscient and omnipotent. The argument is that if God knows about Evil, as He is omniscient, and is powerful enough to destroy all Evil as he is omnipotent, how can He be omnibenevolent if He allows Evil to occur? This is the so-called Problem of Evil.

Let me say that while God is the creator, His creations are filtered through our physical being, including our Egos. If our Ego is so big that we want to interfere with the creation, or so big that we think we have greater skills than we really have, we are dumbing down the creation. Our Egos can even pervert the creative process so that what starts as a benign discovery (e.g. atomic power, motion pictures) is directed by Ego into being something we can view as being very evil (e.g. nuclear weapons, child pornography).

Over the next few blogs I am going to cover what I see as some of the filters that seem to affect and possibly minimise the on-going creation work of God-Consciousness. We will start by looking at you and me, and the other 6,999,998 people in the world, as most of the trouble starts here. The Ego has a lot to account for!

Despite these unhelpful filters, and despite the apparent “wrong” or evil that we see in the creation, in the universe around us, the reality is that you are looked after by God-Consciousness just by being a perfectly open channel for His creation. All you need will flow to you as well, including money as the current common exchange unit. You are constantly in the presence of creation. It is happening all around you.

So, is there much wrong with this creation? Could you have done a better job? I believe the next few blogs will clarify why things are as they are, and why the universe is in fact the best possible universe, and why everything is “right” just as it is.

I hope you will bow with me in awe to the whole of creation!

(Parts of this blog are quoted from Chapter 14 of my book, The God Franchise)

The Creation Continues …

I used to hold the idea that God had created only the natural world of Earth, the Sun, the Moon, and the stars. God had created the humans, the animals, the plants, and the minerals. God had created the atom, the 94 chemical elements that make up the physical world, and so on. I also believed that Man had created the invented world that we see around us: the buildings, the cars, the space shuttles, the computers, the CDs, DVDs, iPodsTM and iPadsTM, the clothes, the sculptured gardens, the genetic modifications, the hybrids, and essentially the whole modern world.

Of course, everything that Man has invented and created is made out of the materials that God has created: the minerals, the oil, the wood, the plants, and so on. It seemed to me that God gave us the ability to go out and create whatever we wanted to of our own right. I felt, and still feel, there is no limit to what can be invented, designed, and created. No limit whatsoever.

With my realisation of The God Franchise came a subtle shift. What if it is not Man who creates all these new things? What if it is God who creates them through us instead? What if God is the Creator of everything, from the natural world and wonderful modern creations we have around us, to the atom bomb, the gun, the porn movie, and junk food?

God uses you and me as channels for His further creation. In reality, not even as channels. As I have said, God is you and me continuing His Creation through our forms. You and I have this false idea of self, which is effectively just Ego showing up. Ego says I created that or I designed this. Ego says I wrote this wonderful song or I painted this fantastic picture. If we remove Ego, all that is left is God creating.

What if we painted a picture, wrote a poem, or designed a spaceship and just accepted that it was good? Not that I was good, but rather “Look at this wonderful creation that God has created through me.” Let’s use, appreciate, and enjoy the creation, not the Ego that created it. God is the Creator. When we see a great painting, we don’t need to say “Wow, what a brilliant artist!” No, let’s say, “Wow, what a brilliant picture!” Or rather than “aren’t you a great cook,” say “what a great meal!” Or rather than “what a talented musician,” say “what a great piece of music or beautiful song.” The Creator is God in every instance, so thank Him.

 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”  (Genesis 1:31)  Even God didn’t say, “Behold, I am very good — look how clever I am.”

Of course, many human creators have been humble enough to recognise that it is not themselves as individual Egos who should be credited with their creations. But what about you and me? How often do we think we have just done something marvellous? We don’t need to know about how to create — that is not our job. Our job is to be the best channel we can be for the creation. By learning practical skills (art, music, design, writing, cooking, carpentry, welding, you-name-it), and by leaving the Ego out of it, we are creating the best channel we can for God’s work. Our second job is to appreciate and enjoy what has been created for us, and through us.

(This is an extract from Chapter 14 of my book, The God Franchise)

My First Copy of The God Franchise

I must interrupt my ruminations on God and the universe to say that today I received my first copy of The God Franchise from the printers. It looks brilliant and I am thrilled with how it has turned out. It is a proper book!

I have immediately put in an order for 250 copies so that I can supply my manuscript readers and supporters, and then have some to sell directly myself as well as supply a few selected New Zealand mind-body-spirit bookshops.

Most sales will be through online bookshops worldwide, and these will shortly be updated with the book. Then you can order your copy of The God Franchise :-). Don’t worry, I will keep you posted.

Did I say how lovely the book is? And how proud I am of it?

We all are God Franchisees

So far in my blogs, I have suggested that God created the universe so that He could have experience, and also that He created the universe out of His very essence: Consciousness. I have even hinted that God experiences Himself through you and me and AS you and me, along with 6,999,999,998 other people. He also experiences His universe through every animal, bird, fish and every other creature on this Earth. Also through every plant and every inanimate object, even down to every atom that makes up the universe.

The book, The God Franchise, states that God-Consciousness can be seen as a Franchisor, and that you and I and every other person on this Earth individually is a Franchisee. By creating Mankind in His own image (Genesis 1:27), God-Consciousness franchised His Creative Power to each and every man and woman on Earth. In addition, God-Consciousness gave us free will (as He naturally has), consciousness, and purpose. In fact, He gave us all His qualities to a greater or lesser extent. He franchised everything to each of us in what may be termed The God Franchise.

Now, before you get too carried away with this concept, let’s look at it more closely. It does not mean that you can rush off and create universes. We have many veils covering our Godhead (such as unconsciousness, Ego, self, separateness, and materialism), and there are some other constraints I will cover in my next few blogs. Firstly, though, let’s run through God’s qualities briefly and see how they apply to The God Franchise we have been given. 

We are conscious; however, we do cover our consciousness beneath many veils. We do much that is unconscious and we are unaware of our true selves. We have a Higher Self and a Lesser Self, and only the Higher Self could be seen as truly conscious, although, of course, our Lesser Self cannot see even that.

We, as individuals, are not eternal; however, it is entirely possible/probable that we maintain our individuality for longer than just our present stay on Earth for three score years and ten. Our God Essence is eternal, and if and when we lose our individuality, we merely drop back into the Ocean of God-Consciousness, which is eternal.

We are not omnipotent; however, we do have all the power we need. The Law of Manifestation attracts into our experience whatever it is that we want or need, either consciously or unconsciously, and without fail.

We are not omnipresent; however, we are able to move outside our present location in time and space through our minds, and using modern communication systems. In spiritual terms, we can attain God-Consciousness through meditation and similar practices if we are so inclined. We can also be present at all times in the Now. Any restrictions on where and when we are present are self-imposed.

We are not omniscient; however, we can find out whatever it is we wish to discover. These days this is assisted through the Internet. The main constraint is our own Ego that holds us in limitations and preconceptions. We have the ability to shake off these shackles if we so desire. Any restrictions on what we know or understand are self-imposed.

We cannot create a universe; however, we do create our own lives. We create our lives through the Law of Manifestation whether we do it consciously or unconsciously. You could say we create our own universe.

We each have a purpose: to use our free will and to experience. We can direct this purpose wherever we wish to direct it, and, by being ourselves, we fulfil God’s purpose of experience.

We are omnibenevolent in our Higher Self; however, our Lesser Self is caught up in the illusion of the Ego. It is from the Ego and the misuse of our free will that evil derives.

We are immutable in our essence (Higher Self) as we are a splash in the Ocean of God-Consciousness; however, in the environment of time and space, and in terms of our Lesser Self, we do change. 

(Parts of this blog are quoted from Chapter 11 of my book, The God Franchise)

So Who Am I Really?

Individually we are like a splash of water from the Ocean of God-Consciousness that is briefly separated from the Ocean, and then falls back into the Ocean again. While rising above the Ocean as a splash, it is easy in that moment to think you are separated, but the reality is, you are still part of the Ocean; you are still a part of God. So, do you want to call that Divine Splash the Ocean (God) incarnate in a bubble or splash, or a son or daughter of the Ocean (God), or even an aspect of the Ocean (God)? It is just semantics. The reality is unchanged.

(A short extract from my book, The God Franchise)

Who Am I? – Part 2 of 2

As I have said in Part One, I see myself as a Higher Self who is God-Consciousness in form, and a Lesser Self who is Ego, and ultimately an illusion. I see every one of the seven billion people on Earth in exactly the same way. As well as the five points I made in Part One, I also see the following being true about myself:

    • All experience my Lesser Self and Higher Self have is perfect. That is one of the major purposes of life — God experiencing Himself. There is no true judgement from God — there is only the Lesser Self judging itself and judging others. It is the Ego that thinks it can judge. From God’s perspective, the perspective of my Higher Self, what I do is experience.
    • When I die, I may cease to exist as an individual and may be absorbed back into the Ocean of formless God-Consciousness. Alternatively, I might continue as a separate entity. Frankly, it does not matter. It is only the Ego (Lesser Self) that needs to think it is special enough to continue separately. I am not going to argue one way or the other as to whether I continue as a separate individual in the afterlife, or whether I become One with God-Consciousness, which I am anyway. It is irrelevant to the eternal Now, which is the only reality.
    • My body is an expression of consciousness. How things are with my body may influence the Lesser Self as to how it responds to that body. However, the greater influence is the other way around — my body will respond to what is in my mind and in the consciousness of my Lesser Self. If I am sick, it is my mind that is usually sick first, and the body is just reflecting that state of mind.
    • If I need to heal my mind or body, I need to allow my Higher Self to come through, and then allow my Lesser Self to withdraw from its fixed attitudes or stance. Healing comes from God-Consciousness. Prayers to God are heard by the God-Consciousness of my Higher Self, and can be immediately answered if my Lesser Self is prepared to allow the healing in. God does not interfere from outside His Creation (including me); He interferes from within. Thus, the Lesser Self and free will are not compromised. They are healed by acceptance and surrender. Healing is always readily available.
    • My purpose in life is to express myself and experience. I can choose to do a lot in each minute of my life or I can choose to do very little. I have free will. I cannot complain about my excess or lack of life experience as it is in my own hands. My Lesser Self has the say as it has usurped the free will that I have been given as a God Franchisee. My Higher Self accepts what is presented to it, and will help my Lesser Self whenever it is truly asked for that help. This is my hotline to God.

This gives you an idea of how I see my place in the universe. I also see you and every other person in the universe in the same way. The effect of viewing people in this way may lead you to become much more empathetic to others, much less swayed by trivia driven by ignorance and illusion (or delusion), and much more understanding of why people do what they do. There have been many occasions when I have read or seen in the news a story of someone who has committed a serious crime and is described as evil. Based on the perspective stated above, I have come to realise they are not evil, but have acted from a place of pain, ignorance, and Ego. Forgiveness and understanding arise much more easily.

So how do you feel about what I have said in Parts One and Two? The Comment box is below, just waiting to receive your thoughts!

(Parts of this blog are quoted from Chapter 12 of my book, The God Franchise)

Who Am I? – Part 1 of 2

I believe that each and every one of the seven billion people on Earth is formed in the same way, whether we are good, bad, or indifferent. I will describe how I view myself, and then you can assess how you feel in contrast or similarity.

    • I am in essence a Higher Self and a Lesser Self that together make up what I call me. There is no one else in the universe who is the same as me and I am unique in my expression in the universe.
    • My Higher Self is God-Consciousness. This is God expressing Himself in the form of a human being on planet Earth. God is in everything and is everything in the universe (omnipresence) and is the only reality. Amongst all those things and creatures and plants and minerals, He is also in the form of Alan H. Dawe. In this, I am no better and no worse than any rock, plant, animal, or other person. I am “just” God-Consciousness in expression (or form).
    • My Lesser Self is an illusion, a very real illusion that I can’t see through at this stage, but an illusion nevertheless. It hides my Higher Self and pretends to be me. Here resides my Ego and my mind. This is what I have created through expressing my free will. In Christian terms, this is my fallen self, the original sinner born of Adam and Eve. However, this Lesser Self is not separate from God — as it cannot be — it just lives in the illusion that it is separate from God.
    • When I was born, I came into form as Alan H. Dawe. Whether I was a separate entity before that really does not matter. Maybe I am a separate spirit or soul who has incarnated many times before, or maybe this is the first (and only) time. Frankly, it does not matter, as I cannot remember the time before I was born, and I am happy with myself and understand why I am as I am with reference purely to this lifetime. I am not going to argue one way or the other on the question of whether I have lived before, because it is irrelevant to this life, and it is irrelevant to the eternal Now, which is the only reality.
    • During this lifetime, I express myself as I feel at the time. I do the best I can in every moment. Sometimes my best meets the standards I expect of myself and meets the expectations of others, and sometimes it doesn’t. Whatever happens and whatever I do, my Higher Self (God-Consciousness) is right there and is experiencing it without judgement.

These are the first five points in answer to the question, Who Am I? I will save the others for tomorrow. It is well-worthwhile considering how you see yourself in terms of the above description. I invite you to add your thoughts and comments on this very important subject.  What can be more important than, Who Am I?

(Parts of this blog are quoted from Chapter 12 of my book, The God Franchise)

Why Did God Create a Universe? – Part 2 of 2

So, we have realised that God without a universe would be rather lonely and bored – there would just be eternal nothingness and His eternal thoughts about nothing.

Now, I expect that an omniscient God would be smart enough to figure out that there would be some fun in experiencing more than this. He may have come up first with a black and white (or even sepia) photo. Boring. How about a colour photo? No, still boring. How about a moving picture? God could watch movies all day. Well, how about a live action world that He could sit up here and watch? No, this is all still very superficial. He needed to really experience what He was seeing.

Therefore, I submit that God-Consciousness did just that. He did not create a world that He could watch voyeuristically from Heaven. No, He created a world that He could take part in and experience first-hand.

God-Consciousness is eternal. This means that He had no beginning and will have no end. Does this mean that He experiences all time at once? That is beyond the knowable and understandable. It is in truth, incomprehensible. Whether that is true or not, one imagines He might be interested in seeing how things progress sequentially. To see everything at once might seem to be an unholy mess, to use a word. When you have all time (and beyond), why not see some of what you can experience sequentially. See it develop. See it change. See evolution.

God-Consciousness is omnipotent. This means that He can do anything, and there is nothing that is too big or too powerful for Him to achieve. Handling a Big Bang is not an issue.

God-Consciousness is omnipresent. This means He is everywhere: in every cell in your body, and in everything that you do, be it good or bad. He is in every square inch of the universe. He experiences the universe from within.

God-Consciousness is omniscient or all-knowing; therefore, if He needed to figure out the constants that govern the universe, that would not be a problem. If He had to figure out how evolution would work, that would not be a problem either. Neither would the Law of Gravity, the Laws of Mathematics, the Laws controlling the structure of matter, and so on. God can figure it out and set it all in motion ahead of time. Bearing in mind that He is outside time if He chooses to be, He can be sure that all the things that need to be in place for the future will be there when they are needed.

Therefore, God-Consciousness had the motivation and the ability to create the universe, and that is what He did. He also did not create something out of nothing, as that is impossible. What He did create was the universe out of His very essence. He created the universe out of Consciousness.

(Parts of this blog are quoted from Chapter 8 of my book, The God Franchise)

Why Did God Create a Universe? – Part 1 of 2

Before the universe was created, there was either absolutely nothing at all, or there was God-Consciousness. Since we have a complex universe around us, and you, I, and a few other people are here and alive, there could not have been nothing, since there would have been no motivation to get started and no raw material with which to start. Therefore, God-Consciousness had to exist prior to the start of the universe, prior to the Creation.

From my recent blogs you will have quite a good picture of God (or God-Consciousness), and perhaps an understanding of why I see Him as conscious, eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, Creator, having a purpose, omnibenevolent and immutable.

But why did God bother to create a universe?

If we picture the scene before the Creation . . . well, there is not much of a scene to picture:

There is God-Consciousness and nothing else.

There is God-Consciousness and nothing else.

There is God-Consciousness and nothing else.

There is God-Consciousness and nothing else.

There is God-Consciousness and nothing else.

Great isn’t it?

So, there is God-Consciousness and nothing else. And God-Consciousness is eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. What is the point? You might ask. And no doubt God asked Himself the same question.

God needed to experience Himself; God-Consciousness needed to experience Itself. At this stage, God-Consciousness was no more than Potential, formless Potential. While we cannot even start to conceive of what that must be like, it would seem obvious there was not a lot for God to see or do. It would be a lonely existence. So, God needed to do something about it.

Being omnipotent and omniscient, He created a ball of His Energy and placed it in a space in His Mind/Being/Consciousness.

He then caused it to explode in a tremendous Big Bang…

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Before we continue too far through this story, let’s spend a few moments looking at the motivation God-Consciousness had at this time.

God’s situation can be the same as ours. If He were not aware or conscious of His own Being, He would cease to exist. Since Consciousness needs to exist or there would be absolutely nothing, we can take it that God is aware of God-Consciousness, always, eternally.

If we consider the time before the Creation, before the Big Bang, we can see there was nothing except God-Consciousness. Nothing at all. Do you not think, in our terms, that God would be bored? His experience would be of…. Well, not a lot anyway. It would be like looking at a blank photograph. A photo of the inside of the lens cap. Looking at that eternally, that is, forever.

The story continues in Part Two…

(Parts of this blog are quoted from Chapter 8 of my book, The God Franchise)

God is Immutable

Yes, God is immutable (unchanging through time). God-Consciousness is and always will be God-Consciousness. God Himself is unchanging in that He has no need to change in His formless state. With His presence in the Eternal Now, there is no need to change in essence. Nevertheless, from the viewpoint of His Creation, there is all that change, growth, evolution, experience, invention, and development offers. God-Consciousness experiences movement, change, life, joy, and excitement through our Higher Selves. This is within His overall immutability.

Experience does not change God-Consciousness in essence as He has no need to change. Experience is experience and that is all it is. God is beyond time and is already conscious of past, present and future without taking the experience of free will away from His Creation.

Taking mathematical laws as an analogy, we can say that 1 + 1 = 2 is an immutable law. In fact all mathematical and physical laws are unchanging, assuming of course that they have been correctly formulated in the first place. If they have been incorrectly stated, all we need to do is correct the error. It is not that the law was wrong in itself or that the law was not immutable, but merely that Man made an error in its expression.

So, God-Consciousness is like the immutable mathematical law 4 + 3 = 7, and His experience (in time) being the figuring out of the value of  a  in the equation,

Formula is 2 squared plus the square root of a equals 7

The mathematical law is immutable, but in time there is the experience of solving the equation. In other words, having fun and experience within time.

As we have said, we cannot break physical and mathematical laws. They are what they are as immutable facts, and we live within those constraints. In truth, we would not be alive unless those constraints were in place. The universe only works as it does because of those immutable physical and mathematical laws.

God, so far beyond His Creation that He is really beyond our comprehension and description, can nevertheless be accepted as being as immutable as His laws.

(Parts of this blog are quoted from my book, The God Franchise)

God is Omnibenevolent

Yes, God is omnibenevolent (absolutely good). Since God-Consciousness has created the universe out of His own essence, why would He create anything that He did not see as good? Having said that, in God’s terms, there is neither good nor bad, there is just experience. God can be seen as omnibenevolent because He has not gone out of His way to create evil, pain, suffering, catastrophes, and the other aspects of evil cited as part of the Problem of Evil.

The Problem of Evil asks, How can a God who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent allow the evil we see in the world? Epicurus (341-270BC) explained it in what became known as the Epicurean paradox:

  • If a perfectly good God exists, then evil does not
  • There is evil in the world
  • Therefore, a perfectly good God does not exist.

As I see it, before Man attained the knowledge of good and evil (as described in the story of Adam and Eve), there was neither. There was just whatever was, and that was not judged as being either good or bad. God does not judge things as good or bad, but rather as experience.

Plants and animals do not judge things as good or bad. If a tree gets its leaves eaten by a passing giraffe, this is not bad. Even if an elephant uproots the whole tree, this is not evil. Likewise, if a lion is able to bring down a zebra or baby wildebeest, this is not evil; it is the law of the wild. Plants and animals live in the Now and face whatever the conditions, experiences, and situations are now, and the fittest survive.

So, God too is as He is, and that is it. Nothing He is or has created is either good or bad. It is just what it is. It is all in keeping with how things should be and how they are, as created by God, and as experienced by God-Consciousness through us. Therefore, we can say that God-Consciousness is omnibenevolent because He has not created anything for an evil purpose — everything is created for a positive purpose as discussed in my last blog. He has not set out to torture, to destroy, to goad, to cause pain, or to cause sorrow. God’s Creation is perfect, and He is perfectly omnibenevolent.

It is Man and his Ego, abusing free will, this gift from God, that has created the notion of good and evil. All the crime, wars, rape, pillage, and torture that men and women have imposed on others have come from Ego. If a true understanding of God and His universe were realised by everyone, then all evil would cease.

Even natural disasters — floods, earthquakes, drought, eruptions, tsunamis, plagues — are merely part of the way things are. They are not intrinsically evil. We judge them so, particularly when we are caught in the midst of them. However, great good can come from these things too. In the end, it is all experience. The very worst thing that can happen is that we die and the earthly experience ends. From the perspective of God-Consciousness, who is our very being, this is acceptable and perfect in the moment.

God-Consciousness is absolutely good (omnibenevolent) in reality, which is God’s perspective of things. Any view to the contrary comes from the Ego and is maya (illusion).

(Parts of this blog are quoted from my book, The God Franchise)

God Has a Purpose for His Creation

Yes, God has a purpose for His Creation. First, we can be sure that God-Consciousness is not going to go to the trouble of creating a universe without a reason. Second, His main purpose appears to be to have experiences. Without a Creation of some description, God-Consciousness would be like a very bored dreamer who had nothing to dream about. Experience and interest require something to experience and be interested in.

Without His Creation, God-Consciousness would be nothing but eternal nothing and some idle musings about nothing. So, God’s first purpose in creating the universe was to add experience, expression, and enjoyment into His Life. God-Consciousness experiences what it is to be a grain of sand on the beach, to be the Sun that warms it, and the wave that cools it. He is the child who puts it into a bucket and He is the bucket. How much experience, expression, and enjoyment can He take?

Another purpose is to experience His Creation learning to see through the futility of Ego and evil. From God’s perspective, it is all experience, and at the same time it is all illusion (maya); it would be very rewarding to see His Creation, and humanity in particular, realise the Truth and then to voluntarily relinquish Ego and duality. A key mechanism towards this realisation is relationship. In forming a deep intimate or spiritual relationship with other people, we experience a deeper relationship with ourselves, and so a deeper relationship with God, to the point where we can realise our Oneness with God, and so come to the self-realisation of our own true Being.

Since God-Consciousness is all there is, the idea of the Creation being there specifically to praise God is nonsense. God-Consciousness does not need to praise Himself to be fulfilled. Nevertheless, praise that is heartfelt appreciation of our lives and our experience (God-Consciousness’ life and experience) does not go amiss. It is just appreciation and recognition. However, it is not the purpose of God’s Creation. The purpose of God’s Creation is to experience.

(Parts of this blog are quoted from my book, The God Franchise)

God is Creator of the Universe

Yes, God is Creator of the Universe. God is the Prime Cause of everything, He is the only thing that is eternal, and therefore, He must be the ultimate Creator. Also, everything is made out of the essence of God-Consciousness. There was/is no other raw material available. As you know, we always use raw materials to “create” anything. There is always a transformation of one physical thing (or energy) into another – a change of form. God too needed a raw material for the Creation, and the only one available was consciousness – His God-Consciousness.

Creationists believe that God created the universe about 6,000 years ago, over a period of 6 days. They believe that God created every plant species, animal species and the human race from scratch, and that the theory of evolution is incorrect. To be honest, I cannot accept this scenario, but believe the scientists who tell us there was a Big Bang that started the universe about 14 billion years ago, and that evolution has happened since then, and that Man evolved about 150,000 years ago. Why should this be wrong? Isn’t this just as feasible as a baby growing from the fertilisation of an egg by a sperm and developing over a period of 9 months, and then growing into an adult human being over a period of about 20 years? This is also true of animals, birds and fish in their own way and their own timeframes.

God-Consciousness used the mechanism of the Big Bang, evolution and DNA to achieve what we have today. As scientists have uncovered it and explained it to us, it is a wonderful and inspiring journey that the universe has taken, and is taking into the future. This is even more of an achievement by an omnipotent and omniscient God than the biblical-style creation. Why do we try to limit God’s ability to have achieved what He has achieved, through the mechanisms described by science?

Nevertheless, no scientist has uncovered what existed before the Big Bang, how life started, where consciousness came from, or many other fundamental initial sources of what is here today. The reason? Because God-Consciousness is the ultimate explanation of the universe, and most scientists refuse to look at God as being a solution. This is a lot more than declaring God “the God of the gaps.” It is the only rational answer.

I find the solution, that there is God and God created the universe, to be the simplest solution of all. Some scientific theories postulate multiverses (multiple universes in different spaces and/or times), an eternal universe expanding and contracting in cycles, life springing spontaneously from inert matter, and so on. To me, these solutions are so complex as to be ludicrous. They do not explain anything, but rather add an extra layer of difficulty to an already complex question. Applying Occam’s razor, that a simple, succinct solution is usually the correct one, it is easy to accept that God exists and that He created the universe.

To be rational and truly scientific there is no alternative but that God-Consciousness is the Creator of the universe.

(Parts of this blog are quoted from The God Franchise)

Do We Have Free Will?

Happy New Year, everyone. This is a good time to look at whether we have the free will to make New Year’s Resolutions and succeed with them – or is it a lost cause and, ultimately, we have no free will.

The following question was raised by Thirdobservation in Q & A: “I read your three omni-posts and have a question about free will. In your last one you say we have free will but how can that be if God knows everything and is all powerful? If I personally decide something with “free” will then I have that power to decide, so I have that specific power and not God.

“You might say he could override me (but he doesn’t, or it isn’t free) or he had the power to give me free will but at the point of making the decision it is my power to decide (so he can’t be all powerful) and presumably because it is my choice then God doesn’t know the outcome of my decision until I declare it so then he isn’t all knowing.

“How do we have free will?”

The answer, in short, is Yes – we have total and absolute free will. This is part of The God Franchise that we have individually been given. If we go back to the very start, with the allegory of Adam and Eve, God gave them (and us) free will, and although they were warned not to, they had the free will to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. I discuss the implications of this in great depth in the book. But for now, about free will …

Let’s assume we have total free will and there is no God. Today, we decide with total free will to do number 82 of 100 options. If we look back at that tomorrow, we can say with certainty we freely chose option 82 of 100 options. Now, if we add a God who can see the past, the present, and the future, and if He were to focus on tomorrow, He would merely see that we had chosen option 82 out of 100 options with our free will. It is that simple. This does not compromise either His omniscience or our free will.

If God is omnipotent, does that mean that He has the power and I don’t? There are two major reasons God is omnipotent: First is that He was/is the prime cause of everything and He could not make anything more powerful than Himself.

Second, He, God-Consciousness, is the substance or essence of everything. There is nothing that exists that is not made up of the fabric of God-Consciousness. If it was meaningful to say this, you could say that God is the sum total of all His various expressions or forms, and therefore however powerful any one of those forms might be, it is still a subset of God-Consciousness, and there are gazillions of other expressions or subsets that make up the totality of God-Consciousness. Logically, the totality must always be greater than any individual subset.

The first concept to get our heads around is that our being, that you and me, are not separate from God-Consciousness. From God’s perspective, He is the totality of everything that exists, and through that is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. From our individual perspective we are merely a splash of water in His Ocean.

Of course we have free will. Why would God create a bunch of automatons? What’s the fun in that?

So make those New Year’s Resolutions freely, and you have the power to decide personally and freely whether to carry them out or not. You have total freedom and responsibility in doing that. Thank God!

(Parts of this blog are quoted from The God Franchise)