I feel a bit playful tonight, and I am burning out with all this thinking. So lets do something fun for a change! Tonight we will start our first Theology For Dummies class — complete with badly drawn graphics.
We had one of those “why do bad things happen to good people” talks and “if God is God then why does evil exist” lessons the other week. A professor told everyone there that God and Evil co-exist only because Evil exists outside of God.
This by the way is poor theology, and the reason why we are covering this lesson here today.
Start off by picturing God. Hard to do? Here is God (pictured above):
Got it now? Great! Now picture everything. Yes everything. Almost there? Life, the universe… everything. Got it? Everything exists inside of God. This is a pretty basic concept; most people seem to get this one quite easily.
So if everything exists inside of God then what exists outside of God? Nothing exists outside of God. Nothing.
Now that is not to say that outside of God there is a lot of nothing; like there is just a bunch of boring black space or something.
It’s not like if you could get in a ship and drive it to the edge of God and then break-through him, you would then be driving in the nothing.
Not only would it be boring — it would be heretical.
That would probably hurt God.
Oh, where was I? Right, Nothing.
We are also not implying that there is some-thing called The Nothing (like in The Neverending Story) which exists outside of God that is waiting to eat you when you drive your ship outside of God.
Although that was an awesome movie! That wolf thingy gave me the creeps for like weeks. Um…
No, when we say that there is nothing outside of God we are stating that there is no outside of God.
Everything is inside of God, and there just is no outside of God.
In order for there to be an outside of God that would mean that God would have to be inside of something; meaning that something would be containing God.
Not to get all “deep” or anything, but you need to realize that a lesser can not contain a greater. So basically 3 could never contain 5, but there are 3 in a 5. Better put — something of a smaller size or value could not hold something of a greater size or value within itself.
So if God was contained within something, this something would have to be another God who is greater than our God, and that would just be silly! Pfft! Two Gods. Ha.
Now for the statement that evil exists outside of God to be true there would have to be a few factors in play. One of these would have to obviously be that there is an outside of God; which we already think is crazy-talk. The other factors are even more disturbing though.
If there is an evil that is outside of God then it is independent of God. Also, we can all agree that this evil acts in direct opposition to God. Finally, not being within God this evil could have not possibly been created by God.
This would leave us with a Being that would be a God unto himself; able to bring himself into his own existence, sustain himself without God, being totally independent of God, and be on a level or direct and equal opposition of God.
In closing, Evil exists inside of God, since there is no outside of God. Um, or if there is an outside then God is not really the final God, and he is just a god inside of the God who is the final God. Oh, and Evil would be a god as well.
Everything all clear now?
This concludes lesson one.
This will be on the final exam.
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