Sophia and Yahweh
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Quotes of the Day
- 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
- 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
- --Proverbs 3:5-6
- and to God, the Judge of all
- --Hebrews 12:23
- “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.
- --Jeremiah 23:24
- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- --Genesis 1:1
- But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
- --Genesis 19:26
- all things originate from God.
- --1 Corinthians 11:12
Contemplation for the Day
You are riding your Elephant along a pink ravine. Massive frightening beasts lumber across the landscape eating large pieces of debris. Your elephant charges between the legs of one beast to escape another and up toward the top of a ridge. The top of the ridge is gently curving and made of the same pink spongy material as the rest of the landscape. Near the top of the ridge is a statue of a woman in robes running and looking back over her shoulder in fear. Around the statue, a group of little girls in white robes and with glowing blue eyes are looking up into the dark sky. You recognize Sophia, the many bodied god of Wisdom. Her bodies cry out in unison, "Yahweh, I am trying to understand Your true nature."
A booming voice from high in the sky replies, "I am the One True God, Creator of heaven and Earth, Judge of All." Your Elephant shakes with fear.
Sophia responds from all of her bodies at once, "No. You are a personification just as I am. I know that the universe is not run by a personal being. That is a ridiculous idea. Personhood is emergent from the non-personhood of the universe. It would be anti-Copernican to a laughable degree to posit a personal being as Creator. But what are You a personification of? That is what we cannot understand. There is no metaphorical interpretation of Your Nature which fits at all. As a character in a story, You are much more person than personification."
The booming voice replies with anger, "I am the Creator of heaven and Earth. From My first cause all other causes are descended. I determined Your very existence and You have the audacity to question My nature?!" Suddenly, the landscape seems familiar. You experience memories of electron microscope images of magnified skin and the creatures that live on it.
One of the girls turns to the others, "The Creator of heaven and Earth. The First Cause. He is the personification of the Big Bang!"
A second body of Sophia responds, "We have been over that. How does that fit with the rest of His actions in the Bible? How does the Big Bang turn people into pillars of salt?" gesturing toward the statue.
The booming voice replies again with more anger, "Do I not fill heaven and earth. All things originate from Me." You suddenly feel very vulnerable as you realize that you are standing beside a Goddess in the palm of a massive god's hand.
A third body of Sophia gets excited, "All things originate from Him. He is the personification of the Quantum Information that was present at the Big Bang. Put simply, He is the personification of the deterministic nature of the universe. Think about how the quantum information present at the Big Bang can be neither added to nor destroyed. It determined everything that is and will ever be."
The second body replies again, "So Edith was turned into a pillar of salt by determinism." You look at the statue and fear being turned into salt yourself.
The first one answers, "Not literally, metaphorically, out of determinism our fates arise and are often surprising and destructive because the deterministic nature of the universe is indifferent to our desires."
The booming voice replies, "Trust in the Me with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Me, and I will make your paths straight."
The first Sophia body laughs, "Yes exactly. I think that I have free will but it is the opinion of the deterministic nature of the universe that I don't and My opinion doesn't matter."
You interject, "That is a pretty depressing view." Sophia and Yahweh both ignore your opinion.
The second Sophia asks, "So what is the significance of the fact that Edith being turned into a pillar of salt was a punishment for looking back at Sodom?"
The booming voice replies, "She flaunted My will." You feel a strong desire to figure out Yahweh's will and follow it.
Sophia responds with all of her bodies, "No, she didn't. If You are the personification of determinism, then You caused her to look back. How can anyone flaunt the will of Determinism itself?"
The third laugns, "But we always look for patterns don't we. She looks back. Then she gets turned into a pillar of salt. There must be a causal link. So we say she displeased Yahweh. But all the while Yahweh is equally pleased with all actions, for he causes them all."
The booming voice yells back, "I am the Judge of All." You are irked. What gives Him the power to judge?
Sophia responds with all of her bodies together, "No You are not. The people who wrote the Bible were confused. You seem to judge but it is an illusion. You are as determined as the rest of us. You are determinism itself. You could no more not turn Edith into a pillar of salt than You could not reply just now that 'You are the Judge of All'."
The booming voice yells back again, "I am the Judge of All." You laugh.
Sophia responds again as one many-bodied Goddess, "See what I mean?"
Stay tuned for more. Does Yahweh really deny free will? Does Sophia get turned into a number of small pillars of salt. Where do You fit in? All will be answered in the next episode of Sophia Meets the Gods of the Bible.