General Elements of the Universe – Knowledge of the First Principles of Things / Question 17

#17 It is given to mankind to know the first principle of things ?

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“No. There are things that cannot be understood by man in this world.”

Again, the mediums ask the Spirits if we will be able, one day, to understand something: the first principle of things this time. Last time was understanding God. and the answer is the same, humans cannot understand it all because he lacks of spirituality, of perfection.

How to get more perfect? by letting go off material life. But we will see this more deeply in the next question.

Meanwhile, we can conclude that human beings just can’t understand it all. Let’s remind ourselves that we are Spirits having a human body experience, and this in order to improve ourselves and find out more about the first principle of things later, when being more pure.

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God – Pantheism / Question #16

#16 Those who hold this theory profess to find in it the demonstration of some of the attributes of God. The worlds of the universe being infinitely numerous, God is thus seen to be infinite; vacuum, or nothingness, being nowhere, God is everywhere: God being everywhere, since everything is an integral part of God, He is thus seen to be intelligent cause of all the phenomena of the universe. What can we oppose to this argument ?

#16 - Those who hold this theory profess to find in it the demonstration of some of the attributes of God. The worlds of the universe being infinitely numerous, God is thus seen to be infinite; vacuum, or nothing

“The dictates of reason. Reflect on the assumption in question, and you will have no difficulty in detecting absurdity.”

Ok so let’s detect the absurdity in the question.

First, we should fully understand the question, or should we say, the argument. Argument which stipulates that God is everywhere because He is nowhere, that God is everyone and everything because he is the First Cause. According to this theory, the creator is the creatures, and the creator is nothing.

Firstly, God, the Creator, the Universe, call It the way you want, is not nothing, It is the First Cause and so, the Superior Intelligence. This can’t be nothing. Then, we saw in the previous question, the #15,  that the creature is not the creator, just like the children are not the parents even though children are made from parts of the parents.

There are then two absurdities in this question: the Universe is not “nothing” nor nowhere; the Universe is not everything and everyone.

Here is the comment of the author:
The Pantheistic theory makes of God a material being, who, though endowed with a supreme intelligence, would only be on a larger scale what we are on a smaller one. But, as matter is incessantly undergoing transformation, God, if this theory were true, would have no stability. He would be subject to all the vicissitudes, and even to all the needs, of humanity He would lack one of the essential attributes of the Divinity -viz., unchangeableness. The properties of matter cannot be attributed to God without degrading our idea of the Divinity and all the subtleties of sophistry fail to solve the problem of His essential nature We do not know what God is but we know that it is impossible that He should not be and the theory just stated is in contradiction with His most essential attributes. It confounds the Creator with the creation precisely as though we should consider an ingenious’ machine to be an integral portion of the mechanic-an who invented it.

The Intelligence of God is revealed in His works, as is that of a painter in his picture but the works of God are no more God Himself than the picture is the artist who conceived and painted it.

The author emphasis on the fact that God is not His creatures, “the properties of matter cannot be attributed to God” since the matter is far from being perfect and flawless. One of the work of the Universe is this matter which has been created for us to improve spiritually, it is then normal than this matter is not perfect and flawless since we are not neither. It is then absurd to think that God is this matter.

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God – Pantheism / Question #15

#15 What is to be thought of the opinion according to which all natural bodies, all the beings, all the globes of the universe are parts of the Divinity, and constitute in their totality the Divinity itself; in other words the Pantheistic theory ?

#15 - What is to be thought of the opinion according to which all natural bodies, all the beings, all the globes of the universe are parts of the Divinity, and constitute in their totality the Divinity itself; in

“Man, not being able to make himself God, would fain make himself out to be, at least, a part of God.”

Is the Universe actually us? all of us, living beings constituting the Universe in Its whole, God Himself? We are the creature of the Universe; so, somehow, we are a part of It. But the pantheistic theory seems to tend to tell us that the Universe depends on us and so, God is not God anymore without us. But the truth is, we, human beings, depend on God, on the Universe, not the contrary.

So that is why the answer of the Spirits here does not really answer the question by proving it is not true, but by pointing out the fact that humans do like to think themselves as, somehow, God. Not being able to be God, men see themselves as a part of God. But we do have this Energy within us, which is the same as in everyone, and in the Universe. We are made by this Universe, aren’t we somehow God just like children inherit their parents’ genes?

But the children of remarkable people such as Mozart, Einstein or Gandhi and so, having very direct close genes of their parents in them, don’t make them their father and mother. They are made from them though.

In Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama was telling us that Buddha is within all of us, sleeping, being ready to wake up and hatch. Pointing out this theory is interesting in this context because people can understand Buddha as God; then they would think they are right, we are all God, a part of the Universe. But Buddha is not a God, but a state, a state of mind, the greatest one. And being at this high state will make you very close to God, and understand It. Not making you become God.

Because the Universe is the First Cause, we are created by It, we are not It. Just like you were made by your parents, but you are yourself, you are not them, nor a part of them, just made from a part of them.

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God – Pantheism / Question #14

#14 Is God a being distinct from the universe, or is He, according to the opinion of some, the result of all the forces and intelligences of the universe ?

#14 - Is God a being distinct from the universe, or is He, according to the opinion of some, the result of all the forces and intelligences of the universe

“If latter were the case, God would not be God, for He would be effect and not cause; He cannot be both cause and effect.”

“God exists. You cannot doubt His existence, and that is one essential point. Do not seek to go beyond it; do not lose yourselves in a labyrinth which, for you, is without an issue Such inquiries would not make you better; they would rather tend to add to your pride, by causing you to imagine that you knew something, while, in reality, you would know nothing. Put aside systems. You have things enough to think about that concern you much more nearly, beginning with yourselves. Study your own imperfections, that you may get rid of them; this will be far more useful to you than the vain attempt to penetrate the impenetrable.”

God is defined by the Spirits as the First Cause, so if the universe, forces and all were the cause of God, then He would be an effect, not a cause anymore. One cannot be cause and effect.

All the forces and intelligences in the Universe are then the effect of God, the First Cause. And the second Spirit answering here advises us to focus more on removing our imperfections instead of spending a lot of time and energy into understanding something we cannot fully understand yet.

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God – Attributes of the Divinity / Question #13

#13 When we say that God is eternal, infinite, unchangeable, immaterial, unique, all-powerful, sovereignty just and good, have we not a complete idea of His attributes ?

#13 When we say that God is eternal, infinite, unchangeable, immaterial, unique, all-powerful, sovereignty just and good, have we not a complete idea of His attributes

“Yes, judging from your point of view, because you think that you sum up everything in those terms; but you must understand that there are things which transcend the intelligence of the most intelligent man, and for which your language, limited to your ideas and sensations, has no expression. Your reason tells you that God must possess those perfections in the supreme degree; for, if one of them were lacking, or were not possessed by Him in an infinite degree, He would riot be superior to all, and consequently would not be God. In order to be above all things, God must undergo no vicissitudes, He must have none of the imperfections of which the imagination can conceive.”

We can only define and understand the mystery of God, the Universe through the vocabulary we have; and so, through the concepts that we know, as human beings. So the more intelligent and perfect we will become, the more new concept we will discover, humanity starts for example to know more and more about energy inside and outside living beings. People on Earth knew that for a very long time already and still do, but a bigger % of people realize it is true, and this part of people are the people of cities, who live in a system that highlights the material life. And this is a good news.

Here is the comment of the author:
God is eternal. If He had had a beginning, He must either have sprung from nothing, or have been created by some being anterior to Himself. It Is thus mat, step by step, we arrive at the idea of infinity and eternity.

God is unchangeable. If He were subject to change, the laws which rule the universe would have no stability.

God is immaterial, that is to say, that His nature differs from every-thing that we call matter, or otherwise. He would not be unchangeable, for He would be subject to the transformations of matter.

God is unique. If there were several Gods, there would be neither unity of plan nor unity of power in the ordaining of the universe.

God is all-powerful because He is unique. If He did not possess sovereign power, there would be something more powerful, or no less powerful, than Himself. He would not have created all things and those which He had not created would be the work of another God.

God is sovereignty just and good. The providential wisdom of the divine laws Is revealed as clearly In the smallest things as In the greatest and this wisdom renders it impossible to doubt either His justice or His goodness.

These are examples of the definition we can have of the Universe. But as the Spirits answered for this question, we only can define it through the concept that we know such as the ones above.

This concludes the sub-chapter of the Attributes of the Divinity.

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God – Attributes of the Divinity / Question #12

#12 If we cannot comprehend the essential nature of God, can we have an idea of some of His perfection ?

#12 - If we cannot comprehend the essential nature of God, can we have an idea of some of His perfection

“Yes, of some of them. Man comprehends them better in proportion as he raises himself above matter; he obtains glimpses of them through the exercises of his intelligence.”

As we said while commenting the previous question, man can understand the complexity of the Universe to a certain point, which one? We cannot know since, firstly, we simply don’t know that certain point, but also because we don’t know how complex is the Universe. As Humanity is advancing in its intelligence, we understand better that complexity.

Again, man is supposed to let go off matter, focus on Spirituality and increasing his intelligence to glimpses of the perfection of God. Man sort of levels up his intelligence and get samples of God’s perfection proof by proof, little by little, step by step. Everything takes time and we do know that Life, Nature, the Universe do things slowly in our understanding of time, but surely.

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God – Attributes of the Divinity / Question 11

#11 Will man ever become able to comprehend the mystery of the Divinity ?

#11 - Will man ever become able to comprehend the mystery of the Divinity

“When his mind shall no longer be obscured by matter, and when by his perfection, he shall have brought himself nearer to God, he will see and comprehend him.”

In other words, is a human being able to understand the mystery of the Universe? Being made with matter, with organs, skins and all; can such a living being understand something real not made of any tangible matter?

A human being is made of matter and of a Spirit as well as some intangible matter like Energy, we will talk more about it at the right question. As there is a part in a human being being quite similar to the Universe, maybe he can understands the mystery of the Divinity, the Universe by letting go off the matter.

That is the Spirits’ answer, the human should make him mind less obscured by matter; it does not mean he should remove the matter out of him, otherwise he would die, it also does not mean he should live without matter, then how could he feed himself? He wold die as well. The Spirits mean that humans should live with values such as spirituality, meditation, empathy, compassion, family, friendship…

Living a life like it was a race to power, fame, money, acquisition of products or being at the top of whatever humankind hierarchy will not help you to comprehend the mystery of the Universe, which is not made of values such as the ones above.

We can highlight a part of the answer, “by his perfection”; they are indeed talking about humans, not God. So we can link that, according to Spirits, the fact that man live less through matter all the time are a cause of his perfection. “nobody is perfect” according to humans, but it seems that Spirits have a way for us to approach perfection. Live with more spiritual ethics, thoughts, speeches and actions. Once he starts to live in this way, a less material way, he will see and comprehend the Universe.

Here is the comment of the author:
The inferiority of the human faculties renders it impossible for man to comprehend the essential nature of God. In the infancy of the race, man often confounds the Creator with the creature, and attributes to the former the imperfections of the latter. But, in proportion, his moral sense becomes developed, man’s thought penetrates more deeply into the nature of things, and he is able to form to himself a juster and more rational idea of the Divine Being, although his idea of that Being must always be imperfect and incomplete.

As the author says, human faculties prevent him from understanding fully the essential nature of the Universe, God. That is why, living in matter or in spirituality, man will always have am imperfect and incomplete idea of the Divine Being.

But a man living a spiritual life will understand much more and much deeper than a man living a material life. But how far a human being can understand the mystery of the Universe?

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God – Attributes of the Divinity / Question #10

#10 Can man comprehend the essential nature of God ?

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“No; he lacks the sense required for comprehending it.”

Straightforwardly said.

Man, maybe then, should improve in some way to be able to require this sense.

But will man ever improve enough?

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God – Proofs of the Existence of God / Question #9

#9 What proof have we that the first cause of all things is a Supreme Intelligence, superior to all other intelligences ?

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“You have a proverb which says, ‘The workman is known by his work.’ Look around you, and, from the quality of the work, infer that of the workman.”

The mediums suppose here that the First Cause of things is a Supreme Intelligence, then they have the right to ask for a proof. Not the proofs that it exists, but the proof of its superiority to any other intelligence.

The Spirits simply answer by a human proverb which indicates that a workman is known by his work. A shoe maker can design and produce the best shoe in the World, he will be the number one and known for this; what a great shoe! Same for furniture, sodas, housing etc…

Now what about nature, animals, human beings? What kind of workman can create the immune system, nerves system, the cardiovascular system with all these veins? What kind of workman can create all these races of animals with a perfect and sustainable chain of reigns in animal world? What kind of workman can create nature to feed animated beings and turn the sun and other material into oxygen and all other kinds of tricks like this to allow Life? So what about a workman who create all this material matter without showing any sign of material?

Now what kind of workman can allow his work to live and evolve on its own?

Here is the comment of the author:
We judge of the power of an intelligence by its work as no human being could create that which is produced by nature, it is evident that the first cause must be an Intelligence superior to man.

The author emphasizes on the fact that humans cannot simply create what the nature does. However, this comment was made about 150 years ago; now scientist can indeed create organs for example, modify genes etc… but even though it is more modification than creation, even about the creation of organs, it is always made from some cells, not created out of nowhere.

But still, this scientist work can be considered close to the Supreme Intelligence’s work, they do create things nature normally creates. But as Humanity is progressing, isn’t it normal for humans to be able to do greater things and so get closer to the Universe’s work? After all, isn’t our goal as humans, or as Spirits to improve ourselves and elevate ourselves as Superior too, whether it is in our work, spirituality or behavior?

Here is the comment of the author to conclude this sub-chapter, Proofs of the Existence of God:
Whatever may be the prodigies accomplished by human intelligence, that intelligence itself must have a cause and the greater the results achieved by it, the greater must be the cause of which it is the effect. It is this Supreme Intelligence that is the first cause of all things, whatever the name by which mankind may designate it.

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God – Proofs of the Existence of God / Question #8

#8 What is to be thought of the opinion that attributes the first formation of things to a fortuitous combination of matter, in other words, to chance ?

#8 - What is to be thought of the opinion that attributes the first formation of things to a fortuitous combination of matter, in other words, to chance

“Another absurdity! Who that is possessed of common sense can regard chance as an intelligent agent? And, besides, what is chance? Nothing.”

According to Spirits, it is a common sense that the First Cause is an intelligent agent, there is a willingness behind it, a logical sense and smartness. From this fact, it is indeed absurd to imagine chance is the First Cause since for us, chance is usually what we use to explain an event we cannot explain or think that skills and smartness have nothing to do with.

It means that chance is the cause to events that occur without explanation, it would mean that God, the Universe, are not the First Cause here, chance is. Because we do think that the events, so, the effects, are not logical and don’t show any smartness behind it.

Here is the comment of the author about it:
The harmony which regulates the mechanism of the universe can only result from combinations adopted in view of predetermined ends, and thus, by its very nature, reveals the existence of an Intelligent Power. To attribute the first formation of things to chance is nonsense for chance cannot produce the results of intelligence. If chance could be intelligent, it would cease to be chance.

The author indeed validate the Spirits’ remark, chance is opposed to intelligence, logical sense and smartness.

But we can wonder one thing; here, mediums, Spirits and the author talk about chance as the First Cause of first formation of things. We can understand that chance is not the First Cause of such event; but what about chance as the direct cause of everyday events? For example, you barely avoid a car accident because you were earlier than usual; and normally you would have been in the place and the time of the accident if you did not leave earlier than usual. Is chance the first direct cause?

If no, it means there is a logical and intelligent cause behind it; why did you wake up, prepare and left earlier today? Because you felt tired and slept earlier the day before. Why did you feel more tired than usual? Because you went out to so late the night before etc… We can actually find a logical reason behind all events. What about the people in the accident, weren’t they lucky? Why wouldn’t they be lucky why you were lucky? What is the cause to get lucky and the cause not to get lucky? Should have they slept earlier as well?

We must precise that chance might have a different meaning now, people indeed use this word even though everyone knows chance has nothing to do with the event. For example you get to enter Harvard, and your friend says “oh wow you’re so lucky!”. Not really…

Finally, Spirits conclude this question well with another question: “What is chance? Nothing.”
Isn’t finally just a word humans created and used to explain things they cannot explain? But in the Natural Laws of the Universe, chance is nothing, it does not exist.

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