Creation is a dirty word. Is it anti-evolution or a religious object created by God? Why is it so hard to think of all Creation as life, filled with consciousness, as God is Himself? Is God really invisible?
Creation is a scary word.
It simply means life. Life is conscious. So is spirit. How few make the connection? We have split our perception of reality between God, humans and inert matter, that its a brain twister.
The Church proclaims the 'Word' of God, the 'Logos.' And 'word' is also an African American vernacular that seeps into caricature in popular culture. 'Word to your mother.'
It is quite bizarre that the Church hasn't figured out that 'Word' and 'Logos' don't communicate anything. Well, actually it does. It is a static thing in our anti-authority culture. A 'word' from God. It is the inflexible authority that you must obey. It means rules to the regular churchgoer. Bend to the authority of God. It is solid. There it is in black-and-white in the Bible. It's sacred.
No wonder the Church is so confused between wisdom and knowledge. The 'word' of God in prose is knowledge of God. But God only speaks with wisdom. Knowledge is what we have be stricken with because of Adam's choice. But the distinction is rarely made, because that would make parishoners think, thus undermining the traditional authority of Church fathers and theologians in their scholarly minutiae.
And within theology, concepts are bartered about like playthings, playing-off with each other, logic, experience, keeping it all from settling into hardcore 'Word' that the mind can't argue with. What does God mean when He says this or that?
If there were any bright lights in theology, they would be replacing 'Word' of God with the 'Consciousness' of God. That's what it is. And the Consciousness of God is wisdom, not knowledge. Wisdom is poetry, a few phrases that have infinite meaning. We must choose the meaning because we are stuck with our dominant, civilized minds that converts poetry into fact, logic, laws, prose to guide our thoughts to Salvation and a pain-free existence.
Human awareness is consciousness, in essence, just 'thought.' It demands structure, and that structure is meaning. From meaning we perceive our reality and act from it. Our thought exists in relationship with the material world. It defines who we are, our borders, our reference points to guide us in this life. How we perceive this relationship determines who we believe we are and the nature of our existence.
Consciousness is invisible, despite what some scientists might say. Human thought is invisible, but it contains our meaning, structure, will, and emotions.
Consciousness is also God. We can't see Him either. Only see the 'effect' of Him. We perceive that He created the inert matter that we live in. Reality is split between the consciousness of God 'out there,' human beings here, and everything else. There might be life in plants that grow, and consciousness in our family dog, but they do not possess the special qualities of human conscious, thus subjecting them to our domination. Much like God dominates us.
So what is 'Creation?' We have inherited the Christian version of this. God created inert matter for us to lord over. True life is human life, the incredible mind and the eternal soul. We can't perceive any greater consciousness outside of ourselves. God is defined by the services He provides humans.
Promoting this worldview reveals a real ignorance of the nature of the Consciousness of God. He has limits. The Creator cannot create inert matter. It is impossible, because everything exists because it is a part of Him. So everything is imbued with consciousness.
But civilized humans cannot perceive this in any practical way. It is just inert matter for us to use, with little regard. We have to create a whole new thought structure right now, just to convince the civilized that Nature has 'value' as 'the environment,' that we must percieve, manage and protect as habitat for the human species. Quite a lot of concept and convincing is needed.
Climate change deny-ers want to stick by the old paradigm that we are at war with the forces of the Earth. It is so big and powerful and we must contain it. Humans cannot be causing global warming because we are still small, like pioneers on the prairie fearing a tornado. They cater to the hidden assumptions about nature and the wilderness that we have inherited, and has allowed us to ignore the effects of industrialization on the planet for 200 years.
The other side is that we do control the world, and with a few technological fixes, we can manage the weather. We are in control.
Nowhere in the debate is there any talk about the 'life' of the Earth. That would mean we would have to respect it. 'Life' is only humans. 'Lesser life' exists for our purposes. It is classed with inert matter. True life is only humans. The Church, science and business agree, as well as the sleeping population. God created this rock for us to use. Reality is only God, humans and inert matter. There are only four spiritual entities: God, Jesus, souls and the devil. That is all reality is.
So when the word 'Creation' is used, it twists the gut of theologians. How do we come up with a theology that treats the world with reverence and respect when, deep down, we still just treat it like a rock? We have to conjure up new imaginative powers that we have not had to use since the Romantic movement 200 years ago, and ground it in Biblical certainty.
Goody. More Church theory to be imposed on our minds. There's got to be a Biblical revelation about environmentalism in the there somewhere? We have to do it on our own. No one's going to save us. We have to create the meaning from the 'Word' of God in the Bible.
Christianity is facing what is called one of its 'unpaid bills.' Since Moses, it has destroyed looking at the Earth as a spiritual entity. It thought it was disposable. It needed to wipe out the competition of Earth religions to gain total power and save souls. Only one God is allowed, that means only one spirit is allowed, outside of souls and Jesus. The Church is now incapable of seeing Creation as either conscious, spirit, or as part of God. God is 'other,' not Creation. God cannot be an empty carton of milk. Such is the depth on the subject in most quarters. God is a dominator and a manager of inert matter, just like we are.
The only thing sacred is human life. So how do we get inert matter up to that level of sacredness without making it equal to our own lofty status? It doesn't have spirit or 'consciousness' as we perceive and define it. We see no intellect, no will, no mind at work. Only amorphous natural laws ticking like a watch piece. Only our imagination using the Bible and God's 'Word' can raise it up a few notches to give the Church some authority on this secular debate. It is getting behind, because all it has ever worried about are humans, alone in inert matter.
It has no experience with consciousness outside of God and humans. It actively works against even trying to develop this. The Ten Commandments said there is only one God. So that must mean there is no spirit world, outside of heaven-for-humans. We are separate from heaven and that spiritual existence.
The mind of the Church really dropped the ball on that one. God didn't say the spirit world didn't exist. He only said there was there was only one God. Why didn't the Church figure this out? This shortcoming undermines the Church's authority on the nature of reality. It really can't admit it to save face on the matter.
It is ironic that 'Creation' is a bad word now. It is code for Creationism, anti-evolution. God created static life 10,000 years ago. Nothing evolves. That would mean humans are less than special. They are just animals. God wouldn't write Genesis and lie. We are special. And God became man in Christ, not a rock.
At least evolutionist see that lower forms of life do have a greater life story as a species. Fundamentalist Christians believe life is static, the only goal is to be perfect and get into heaven. Life does not breathe, just like the granite authority of the 'Word' of God. It is static. Just do it. Be perfect. Get to heaven. Be Saved.
But neither side is willing to see the actual life of Creation. Both begin with the Church's view that reality is only God, humans and inert matter. Science just perceives inert matter doing interesting things as its components interact. The two core institutions of Western civilization has nothing to offer to shift society out of its dead weight.
God cannot create inert matter. Everything is conscious. God created more consciousness, life, than just human beings. It is bizarre that modern humans still cling to a traditional human-centered belief. Reality is still two-dimensional for us. And we have so many reasons to resist exploring this truth. Amazing how science and religion join forces against the truth.
Humans are only invisible thought, consciousness structured by meaning created from it relation to what is outside of it. Consciousness is fluid, not static. God cannot make static things. God is conscious and can only create consciousness. What we create immediately begins to deteriorate, transform, return to its original form. We change the meaning of a rock into steel, and then the metal begins to rust and return to dust. Meaning changing all on its own. We had our input, for a short time. We created meaning, and then that meaning disintegrated, changed, became something else. The nature of reality. The nature of meaning. The nature of God as consciousness, not static 'Word.'
It is funny that this static nature of 'Word' that is still clung to by so many, actually fell apart because of the Renaissance revelation, that meaning changes over time. Petrarch discovered several identical ancient texts, each one re-written, copied, over the centuries. The language changed, the meaning changed, but men thought it was unchanged meaning from the original pen.
Now Biblical scholars struggle to find that original document so they have solid 'Word' from which to debate theology. The need for authority. The authority of Jesus time. The father time of our modern psyche. Unlock it, and we are free, or we are imprisoned in the security of the static ink put to paper by an anonymous writer in the dusty Middle East in the first century. Relics for the mind's idolatry. As if the Consciousness of God can be pinned down to what He told ancient humans.
What is Creation? Can the Bible tell us? Locked in the civilized reverence for the unchanging, eternal, concrete 'Word,' the gates will never be opened. God is not civilized or human. He is Creation.
No wonder God is invisible. We think He's inert matter, static, just like the 'Word.' A possession. How many meanings can we get from that word?