What Is God?

Infinite PossibilityGod as the “Father,” the Source of All Things

From ~ SPIRIT AND TRUTH, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers by Samuel Mann

One of the people who experienced higher realms of consciousness and then wrote several books to explain them was Jacob Boehme. Born in Germany in 1575, he was a humble shoemaker who had visions that left him with knowledge beyond his natural abilities. From what was revealed to him, Boehme described God as a “Nothing” because, prior to creation, God possesses no attributes.

Logically we can understand that nothing existed (at least nothing that our minds can comprehend) before creation began. Only God existed until God created all “things.” Since God is not a created “thing” the Creator can be considered a no-thing or a “Nothing” compared to all the things that were created. As a “Nothing,” God has no parts or attributes or place that can be used to define Him. That is to say, there is no length, breadth, depth, no thickness or thinness, no darkness or light, no positive or negative, nor any other kind of description we can think of, that can define God as the Father and source of all that exists.

Similar definitions of God as a “Nothing” have been given by various other sources. Johannes Tauler, a Dominican mystic and preacher born around 1300, expressed this same idea. Additionally, a “dark cloud of unknowing” was described by an unknown author of the fourteenth century as the place where one will encounter God. But the Theologia Deutsch, author unknown, gives us a better insight into this “Nothing” by explaining that it is beyond the recognition of creatures as it is “not of their kind.” This seems to indicate that this “Nothing” is not like anything previously understood by mind to which a “connection” might be made. Even recent authors as Paramahansa Yogananda expressed the same idea that God is unknowable, being without attributes. Like Dale Pond, they all confirm the concept of a God that is beyond comprehension because there is no thing to comprehend.

In his discourse on Boehme’s works, Rufus Jones explained this concept of the nothingness of God as opposed to the created things that become apparent from this nothingness. This “Nothing” is not emptiness but fullness, a pregnant possibility containing all that is, before it manifests. This “Nothing” also can be thought of as everything that is to be, but still without form or properties. Within the Father there is only stillness and sameness without form or substance. God, as the Father, simply IS.PotentialEnergy

See also: The Significance of the Man Called Jesus  and  Is There A God?