God is truly huge. In fact, God is infinite. Before anything was created and time began God existed at all points simultaneously. One essense, three persons in all locations – assuming you can have absolute location in infinity. When the universe was created and matter existed it existed within the infinity of God. God did not become the matter, limited in some way, but God continued cutting through the matter at all points maintaining his infinity and not becoming something less than infinity. i.e. infinity – m (where m=matter). It would have then been possible to conceive of a greater being who filled the space around the matter and the matter itself, and since ‘God is that than which a greater can not exist’ the existence of God precludes a God-m existence.
Some of the matter would be called by us ‘The Earth’. This matter existed within the immensity of God. God cut through this matter at all points. Some of the dust of the earth was made into humans. God cuts through them at all points. Some humans made tables, God cuts through them at all points.
The doctrine of the immensity of God means that there is no point that God is not present, whether that point be in a solid, liquid, or gas. This is quite distinct from Pantheism which places God within a thing and limits him there. To see God, who is Spirit, in all the places he exists, does not mean to literally ‘see’ him in the physical sense. It is to understand that he exists in all things at all times. There is not a place where his existence, his being, is limited. If mankind works with the materials God has created and makes a building or a table, God does not vacate that space. If a gas cools to a liquid or a solid, God is not pushed out. God exists at all points simultaneously, but He is also a person.
Some of my students think that this is a guise for New Age thinking. Some think that God is present wherever they are, but God’s existence is somehow contingent on human presence.
What do you think? If I am not orthodox, I wish to be so.