Why I Am Not a Panentheist by James Anderson
2 responses to “Why I Am Not a Panentheist by James Anderson”
If you believe in a god that made a devil to persecute people for eternity for ridiculous sins such as not going to church or sex before marriage your god must also be evil and if your god didn’t
know that Lucifer would become evil he must not be all knowing. For you to believe you are somehow separate from god, god there and I am here shows that you exist outside of god and therefor if god doesn’t exist you still would make you a god which is blasphemy. Panentheists believe we are all part of god, god is everything god is the self creating all that is seen and unseen physical reality is just one small level of the true GOD, the physical world may seem corrupt but the spiritual world which is also part of GOD is not. This level of reality may be a test to weed out the spirits who go against nature. If everyone believed God was in each of us and in everything maybe we would have a greater appreciation and respect for one another and the world we live in. I am proud to be a Panentheist.
How does it follow that if God created Lucifer, then God must be evil? Do you have some Bible passage in mind that condemns the creation of angels that turn evil? There is no such condemnation in the Bible, so your argument falls flat.
Also, from where do you get your conception of Panentheistic belief, and how do you know you’ve understood it correctly? Where do you get your conception that there is a difference between physical and spiritual reality? While you fault the Christian God for being “evil” for creating Lucifer, I do not see how you can possibly distinguish “good” from “evil” if everything is god and in god. You cannot simultaneously hold that everything and everyone is in god, and then distinguish meaningfully between “good” and “evil” or “against nature,” which you attempted to do. You have contradicted yourself.
“This level of reality may be a test to weed out the spirits who go against nature.”
If everything is part of god, then so are these spirits, however they are acting. There is no “against” unless there is something that is *not* god, which you would deny.
“If everyone believed God was in each of us and in everything maybe we would have a greater appreciation and respect for one another and the world we live in.”
Maybe. The Bible is part of this world, and you do not respect it. What is this supposed to mean?