A Universe from Nothing? Has Lawrence M. Krauss Missed the Point?

To cut to the chase it is my view that Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss, eminent cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and author of A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing,[1] has missed the point of the argument. Yet, his book is fascinating, and the discoveries he discusses are very significant, perhaps in ways he has not yet considered.

Let me state quite plainly that I accept and respect all the scientific discoveries and theories that Krauss describes. I have neither the skill nor the training to counter them, and nor do I feel a need to do so. I have faith in the integrity and dedication of the scientists who are collecting and analysing the data, and proposing the theories based on mathematical calculation and/or study of the data. If they have it wrong, I know they will correct it, and slowly but surely, the physical scientific realities of the universe will be uncovered. So that is not my focus.

My concern is the philosophical and spiritual interpretation that is derived by scientists from their theories and data, even if it is purely to say that there is no need for God or that what philosophers or theologians might have to say is necessarily of little worth. Accordingly, my mission is to find the middle path reconciling both the scientific and philosophical/spiritual views in a way that is coherent and all-embracing. It is logical to me that there is a theory of everything being uncovered, and that this theory must incorporate science, philosophy, spirituality, religion, and every other body of work and view of the universe, each of course honed to its own accurate and “perfect” set of truths.

Krauss initially changes the question from why there is something rather than nothing, to how there is something rather than nothing. As he points out, using the word why implies purpose, and as a scientist he would rather describe the process of how it is possible for something to derive from nothing.

As with many scientists who see everything as being explained by science, Krauss sees no need for a God or a Creator. Krauss does not consider the possibility that God designed and implemented science’s physical laws in order to create the universe as it is. While I can understand that physical laws need to be coherent and obviously are, there is no reason in my mind why these could not have been designed by a superior Designer to work in just that way. It would appear to me that the how that Krauss insists on discovering is exactly the uncovering of the path that God took to achieve what He (She, It) achieved. In many ways the why question is far more challenging and momentous than the physical and cosmological discoveries under discussion.

Krauss explains three ways in which something can come from nothing. In brief they are (though I accept that my descriptions may not be perfect):

  •  In the first fraction of a second of the Big Bang a period of inflation occurred, where the universe expanded by a factor of more than 1028, and the resulting quantum fluctuations allowed matter to form out of nothing.
  •  A quantum gravity of zero allows, and even initiates, matter (and thus the universe) to be created from nothing. A state of nothing is ultimately unstable.
  • The concept of a multiverse shows that up to 10500 (that is 1 with 500 zeroes) unique universes may exist. Thus by chance our one happens to have the perfect set of physical laws to produce the universe we see.

 Krauss admits that in the first of these three possibilities, the nothing described is empty space storing energy, and allows for the existence of the Laws of Physics. In the second possibility, the need for pre-existing space has been removed. In the third and final way in which something can come from nothing, Krauss takes away the Laws of Physics, in that they become measurements and descriptions of what exists as opposed to needing to pre-exist in order to create the universe we know.

It does not take much to see that we are still not talking about creating a universe from nothing, or answering the question of why there is something rather than nothing. Krauss suspects that at the time of Plato (423-347BC), or even St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), they were defining nothing as empty space, as they considered why there was something rather than nothing. I suspect that this is very far from the truth.

Why is there something instead of nothing? My definition of nothing, and I would have thought, the definition of everybody else except scientists, is that nothing means absolutely and entirely nothing at all. Therefore no space, no time, no physics, no mathematics, no nothing! Krauss complains about people redefining nothing to suit their purposes, but frankly, I believe that is exactly what he has done. To me, nothing means absolutely nothing at all.

So on to my argument. Yes, there could have been nothing at all instead of a universe. There really is no reason why there should be anything. Why bother? And who would there be to bother? Yet clearly we have a universe, as so ably described by Krauss and his fellow scientists. Therefore there can never have been the state of nothing, because if there were nothing, absolutely nothing at all, how would anything ever have got started? There would be no virtual particles to pop in and out of existence as suggested by quantum mechanics, and there would be no space in which they could pop. There would be no source of a multiverse and there would be no conditions to initiate a Big Bang.

It follows that something did pre-exist the Big Bang, and Krauss confirms that today’s thinking is that the Big Bang was a certainty. Great, I am perfectly happy with that, and happy that it happened too, as I am sure you are. It would also seem sensible to suggest that, whatever pre-existed the Big Bang, it has existed eternally, whatever that term might be interpreted to mean. There could never be the time, place or situation where there was nothing at all, as even this pre-existing state could never have got started.

My suggestion is that the eternal, pre-existing state was Consciousness. It could also be called Life or Being. By many people, especially those with religious beliefs and affiliations, It is called God (or their alternative words for God). In my book, whatever Its nature or qualities, that eternal, pre-existing state that enabled there to be something rather than nothing, and got the universe started, is absolutely worthy of the name God, whatever that Ultimate Reality is.


[1] Krauss, L., A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing, Free Press, New York, 2012

Wanted! Some honest feedback on The God Franchise

Time for some honest feedback, please. I have been writing this blog about The God Franchise for over four months, and I would dearly love to know how you feel about the blog and about the ideas it contains. Does The God Franchise grab you at all?

The book, The God Franchise, is a work of discovery – I wrote what I was inspired to write, and then assessed it afterwards. I have found it fascinating, and have learnt a huge amount from it. It really became A Theory of Everything. The contents of the book can be found here or on the website http://publishing.lifemagic.co.nz.

To make it easy, here are the main points I have covered in this blog so far. I invite you to check out the original blogs, which you will find in the archives in the right hand column, if you wish.

  • Consciousness is the Uncaused Cause of everything – Man has called It God.
  • I have used the term God-Consciousness to clarify that God is Consciousness rather than a superhuman-like being sitting in a place called Heaven.
  • Consciousness is the fundamental element of the universe. The universe is made of the very fabric of God. You can say that we exist in the Mind of God.
  • You might agree that a God displaying the following qualities would definitely be worthy of the name, God:
    • God is conscious
    • God is eternal. God-Consciousness was all that existed prior to the start of the universe.
    • God is omnipotent (all-powerful). Since nothing can be conceived where God-Consciousness is not the one conceiving it, nothing more powerful can exist.
    • God is omnipresent  (present everywhere). There is no alternative when God-Consciousness is everything that is. Nothing else exists.
    • God is omniscient (all-knowing). Because God-Consciousness is everything, He must know everything.
    • God is the Creator of the universe. To be rational and truly scientific there is no alternative.
    • God has a purpose for His Creation: to add experience, expression, and enjoyment into His Life.
    • God is absolutely good (omnibenevolent). Since God-Consciousness has created the universe out of His own essence, why would He create anything that He did not see as good?
    • God is likely to be immutable (unchanging through time). The universe only works as it does because of immutable physical and mathematical laws. God is as immutable as His laws.
  • Accepting these qualities, extend that sense of God-Consciousness into the realms of the Unknowable, and get an unbiased, un-predetermined, unlimited, formless sense of God-Consciousness. This is a tiny pointer to the true essence of God, which we can best simply call God-Consciousness.
  • Of course we have free will. Why would God create a bunch of automatons?
  • You are a unique aspect of consciousness, coming from one particular perspective. You by some strange happenstance are you.
  • Your Higher Self is God-Consciousness. This is God expressing Himself in the form of a human being. God is everything in the universe (omnipresence) and is the only reality.
  • Your Lesser Self is an illusion. It hides your Higher Self and pretends to be you, and your Ego and mind, which are created through expressing free will.
  • This Lesser Self is not separate from God — as it cannot be — it just lives in the illusion that it is separate from God.
  • All the experience your Lesser Self and Higher Self have, is perfect. The Lesser Self (Ego) judges itself and others. From God’s perspective, the perspective of the Higher Self, what you do is experience.
  • Healing comes from God-Consciousness. Prayers to God are heard by the God-Consciousness of the Higher Self, and can be immediately answered if the Lesser Self is prepared to allow the healing in.
  • 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.
  • Any degree of impurity or evil in the Creation is purely due to the Ego acting as a filter.
  • By creating Mankind in His own image, God-Consciousness franchised His Creative Power to each and every man and woman on Earth. 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.
  • Whether we are a spiritual adept, a high-flying businessperson, or a beggar in the street, we have an equal stake as a God Franchisee. God is an equal-opportunity franchisor!

So, please tell! What do you think of all this? I must admit I was blown away by the implications of The God Franchise. Likewise, all the feedback I have had from people who have read the book, has been equally positive.

Now I would like to know what you think, both of The God Franchise and of this blog. What else would it be good to know before you decide that this is one book you need to read? (Availability)

If you are at all interested in the reality and deeper aspects of life, I believe you will find this book, The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything, extremely interesting and thought-provoking. Not only that, it will stir you at a deeper level, far beyond thought and interest.

What more can I say? Over to you now …

I Know the Title, but What is The God Franchise?

When I realised the tremendous implications of The God Franchise, I was astounded. Initially I thought it just meant that while God had “created” the natural aspects of the universe, He had given Man a franchise to create technology and all the manufactured and developed things in the world today. No! It is so much more than that.

In the book I start by describing a franchise as developed in the business world. A franchise agreement between a franchisor (the originator) and a franchisee (you) allows you to create and run a business under the franchise name, and market and sell the franchised product or service.

For the privilege of being able to do this, you pay the franchisor a franchise fee, plus a percentage of the sales of your business. In return, the franchisor provides the systems you will need to run the business, as well as some marketing support, including group advertising. 

The God Franchise takes this concept to the ultimate. It states that God-Consciousness (God) 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, God-Consciousness franchised His Creative Power to each and every man and woman on Earth. This is a key concept of The God Franchise. 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 other constraints, some of which I have covered in recent blogs.

You and I are franchisees in the ability to create and to live our lives from a divine perspective. The qualities we have discussed in earlier blogs as being God’s qualities, are available to each of us to a greater or lesser extent, whether we use them consciously or unconsciously. Remember that God’s use of these qualities is way beyond what we need to use, and our personal application of them is really as much as we can handle, and for practical purposes is unlimited.

God is conscious, eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, creator, purposeful, omnibenevolent and immutable. So I am saying that we have access to these very qualities at some level. To be more specific than that would take more space than is available to me in this current blog. I do go into all the details of both this and the franchise comparison in Chapter 11 of The God Franchise.

This is all very well, you say, but does that make me God? No, not quite. Just because God is you, does not make you God. Just because you are a McDonald’s franchise holder does not mean you are McDonald’s! It means you have the right to run a store according to some very strict rules, and you are compensated for your efforts. However, you also need to pay dues to McDonald’s Corporation, and you cannot claim to be the McDonald’s Corporation.

As spiritual adepts know, it is possible to get close to God-Consciousness. In doing that, they usually, if not always, leave behind the trappings of the earthly experience. Nevertheless, all the powers and qualities of God-Consciousness are represented in each of us in a more manageable potency. We have all the powers and qualities we need and, frankly, all we can handle.

Whether we are a spiritual adept, a high-flying businessperson, or a beggar in the street, we have an equal stake as a God Franchisee. God is an equal-opportunity franchisor!

So isn’t this great? Does this not change your view of life? What do you think? I would very much appreciate your comments.

(This is largely an extract from Chapter 11 of my book, The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything, which is now available to you in paperback from over a dozen major online bookshops)

God’s Decision to Create the Universe

In my last post I listed a series of different experiences that God-Consciousness might choose to experience. Of course there are billions of others. So what happened next?

With these sorts of experiences and goals in mind, God-Consciousness set about creating the universe exactly as it needed to be to fulfil these ideals. While God-Consciousness would be able to interfere if He needed to, there was no challenge in constantly tweaking this universe when something went wrong. As He could see ahead in time how things would pan out, He could create the universe with a set of rules or Laws that would see it through.

I am certainly not able to list what is needed to create a universe; however, our scientists have figured out some of the requirements, for instance:

  • A stable set of rules or laws
  • Oxygen, water, and carbon to sustain life
  • A particular range of temperatures to support life
  • A particular set of universal constants
  • A supply of energy to make the universe dynamic
  • And so on …

And so it was that God-Consciousness created a universe that met His requirements. While complicated in its details, mind-boggling in fact, it is very simple in its concept. We, as humans, overcomplicate things as far as I can see. The real Truths are essentially very simple.

God-Consciousness created the universe in a Big Bang. He created the Laws that were needed and the building blocks of matter – namely the 94 natural elements in a very simple system we can see today in the Periodic Table of the Elements. He watched through time as 14 billion years passed, developing the rich and bountiful world we have around us today.

Finally, the time came for Man to appear on the scene. Bearing in mind that God-Consciousness is within each person on this Earth – in fact, within each cell of the bodies of each person on this Earth, and is them – He played His trump card.

He introduced The God Franchise.

(This is largely an extract from Chapter 10 of my book, The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything, which is now available to you in paperback from over a dozen major online bookshops)

The Filters from the Scriptures

There are many scriptures and holy books in the world, written at different times and from different perspectives. These include the Holy Bible (Old Testament and New Testament), the Koran, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads, and the Tao Te Ching. I am not a scholar of these books and am only familiar with the Bible to a certain extent, so I will limit my comments.

The books of the Old Testament were originally transmitted by word of mouth and were written down between 1200 BC and 100 BC, while the New Testament books were written down between 50 AD and 150 AD. As Bible scholars will tell you, there were many authors of these books and there is still considerable controversy about much of the detail and circumstance of the Bible. Of course, now is not the time to debate this, nor am I equipped to do so.

What I can say is that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I can say this because God-Consciousness is the being of every one of us, and of course every one of the authors of the Bible. Just as we have filters come into play in everything we do and say, as discussed in earlier blogs, so is this true of the authors of the Bible. The Bible was written to the level of understanding and the terminology of the people of those times.

Likewise, every other scripture, and for that matter every other book ever written on spiritual or other matters, is to some greater or lesser extent the work of God-Consciousness. However, and I accept this is a big however, the filters of the author’s own Ego make a huge difference to the importance and trustworthiness of the final work. Thus, one cannot equate the Holy Scriptures listed above with say a formulaic Mills & Boon romantic novel, or the work of a biased, egocentric, down-on-his-luck-and-skills pseudo-scientist or pseudo-spiritual teacher.

Each one of us, individually, comes from our own place. This is part God-Consciousness and part Ego. The mix differs for each person, and this is what makes it interesting. This is what makes each individual’s contribution to evolution and continuing creation interesting, and it is from this that wars, corruption, and poverty spring. They do not come from a Satan lurking in the background, from Original Sin, or from a dystheistic (possibly evil) God — they come from free will and the Ego, nothing else.

St John chapters 13 to 17 are very interesting chapters in the Bible. These are the words of Jesus at the Last Supper, just before he was betrayed by Judas. They are worth reading and studying. Christians take the words to mean we need to be Christians and follow Jesus in order to know God. I believe the meaning of the words is much broader, so please do take some time to read these five chapters of St John with an open mind.

These passages point to God-Consciousness being in Jesus, and that there was still a differentiation. It is not that God and Jesus are identical entities. Jesus was not speaking from a point of Ego here, so when he speaks of I or me, he is speaking of the Christhood or God-Consciousness in him. And so, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” (John 14:12) This refers to anyone who recognises the God-Consciousness in themselves. We all, without Ego, can do greater works than Jesus did. This is not a competition. This is reality, and it is evolution in all things.

So the Scriptures are very important in that they are the way most of us get to hear about, and start to think about, God. However, the Scriptures cannot be taken as literal in their entirety. Firstly, they were worded for an audience different from today’s audience, and secondly, while they may be the inspired Word of God, there is also the human element of Ego filtering the work, either intentionally or unintentionally. This does not invalidate the Scriptures — it just means you need to use them as a source of inspiration and of pointers, not of literal facts. Having said that, this current book, my humble offering to the spiritual literature, is also not a book of literal facts — it is offered as a source of inspiration and pointers to the Truth, whatever that really is.

The Truth is within you, within the God-Consciousness that you are.

(This is largely an extract from Chapter 14 of my book, The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything, which is now available to you in paperback from over a dozen major online bookshops)

The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything is published!

For two weeks I have been quiet on the blog front. However, on the book front I have been very, very busy! Now I can announce to the world that The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything is well and truly published. It is available for purchase on over a dozen international websites, and it is available for viewing on both Amazon.com and on Google Books.

It is also available in a number of brick and mortar bookshops in Auckland. For a full list of stockists, please see http://publishing.lifemagic.co.nz/stockists.htm.

You have had a taste of the book on this blog over the past 3 months so I don’t need to describe it any more. However, I would like to say that all the people who have read it so far and have come back to me, have been extremely complimentary about it. Likewise, every bookshop I took it to in Auckland commented on the quality of the book’s appearance both inside and out.

I am very pleased (and excited) by the result. I would like to acknowledge my two professional assistants in achieving the high quality: Judith Sansweet of Proofread NZ Ltd did a tremendous job of ensuring the grammar, spelling and language of the book was perfect. Likewise, I am deeply indebted to Justine Elliott for her design of the cover and the book interior. The book has turned out absolutely beautiful.

If you should need the services of a proofreader/copyeditor, email judith@proofreadnz.co.nz and if you need a book designer, email mondo@orcon.net.nz (Justine). I didn’t meet them but worked with them using email (and phone a couple of times with Judith), so wherever you are in the world, you can work with these stars. (By the way, Judith is from the US so is fully familiar with US expectations, while happy to work with my NZ/UK requirements).

The God Franchise has been a labour of love, and I have gained a tremendous amount as the truths revealed themselves to me. This is not a book of recording information I already knew, but a journey of discovery which I am able to share with you.

The ball is in your court. In the US the price is $16.95 or less, in the UK £11.99 or less, in Australia $24.95 or less and in New Zealand $37.99 or less. This is a reasonable price in each of those markets.

The value that you get for your money is incalculable. You have been warned!

(If you would like to drop a review into Amazon, Google Books, or your favourite online bookshop, I would greatly appreciate it. As you know, online bookshops are driven by readers’ reviews).

Thank you and bless you. And enjoy the read!

alan

How the Ego Filters Creation

If God-Consciousness (God) continues to create through you and me and the other 6,999,998 people in the world, why is there so much wrong with that creation? Why are things not perfect?

The Ego acts as a filter on creation – that is what it is! Instead of creation flowing through us in a perfect way, it is coloured by our Ego, our Mind, and all the fears, pain, and beliefs that we carry. Of course it is not just our own stuff that is in the mix, but all the stuff that has come down the centuries from our ancestors. One could say, all the stuff right back to when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. That is when the Ego came into existence – when the gift of free will was first abused.

You and I are perfect aspects of God. We are God incarnate, if you like. It is not that you are God. No, it is that God is you. Many Christians believe that not only was Jesus the Son of God, but that He was God incarnate. The truth is that we are all God incarnate. Jesus, of course, was a shining portrayal of what it is to be God incarnate, and we can certainly acknowledge him for that, as Christians do. Nevertheless, Jesus the Christ was not the only Son of God; we are all sons and daughters of God, and He is “well pleased” (Matthew 3:17) with every one of us. We just have greater Egos than Jesus did!

When God differentiates into an individual, He gives that human being, that incarnate spirit, free will. He does this so He can experience a unique expression of His Life. This free will has been misinterpreted to mean Man can do things of his own volition, so he becomes a creator and can be powerful without any need for God to exist at all. He has even stretched God’s permission or directive to “have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28) to include his fellow human beings. Over the thousands of years that Mankind has existed, this belief has been extended and developed as free will has gone further and further to our heads.

The Ego, personality, and human beliefs act as filters on everything that God creates through a particular human channel. So, if you are a perfectly egoless channel, the individual creation will be perfect, be it a work of art, a piece of music, the design or prototype of a new machine or device, or a piece of writing. As the Ego gets in the way, this acts as a filter to change the pure creation and produce something that contains traces of the individual’s free will. One could say that the creation is God’s, while the filter is the Ego’s. The creation is the Higher Self’s, while the filter is the Lesser Self’s.

If you watch any performer or artist at work, you will see they are completely open and egoless when they are in the midst of a peak performance. There is pure God-Consciousness in evidence in that moment, and the Ego is set aside. Creation is not limited to works of art, music, engineering, or writing either. Everything we do in our day-to-day lives is a part of the continuing creation process. Everything we are and stand for is a part of creation and a resulting development of that creation. And all the way through the creation is God’s — or to put it another way, the Creator is God-Consciousness operating through the Higher Self. Any degree of impurity or evil in that Creation is purely due to the Ego acting as a filter.

(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)

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)

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)