Knowledge of the First Principles of Things – Spirits and Matter / Question #21

#21 Has matter existed from all eternity, like God, or has it been created at some definite period of time ?

#21 - Has matter existed from all eternity, like God, or has it been created at some definite period of time

“God only knows. There is, nevertheless, one point which your reason should suffice to show you, viz., that God, the prototype of love and beneficence, can never have been inactive. However far off in the past you may imagine the beginning of His action, can you suppose Him to have been for a single moment inactive?”

Spirits don’t really know, that is why they say that only God knows. Indeed, Spirits don’t know about some things just like humans don’t know about some things. All Spirits don’t have the pureness to be able to understand the Universe in its whole. We will come back to this later.

The Universe cannot be inactive since God is the Fist Cause and that It is cannot be inactive. So we might imagine, as humans, that the Universe was inactive until is got Itself active to create things.

But if matter existed form all eternity, it means that matter is the Universe, as God, the Universe is eternity as well. So either God = matter, and then it is both eternity; or god created matter for Spirits to get improved through human living experience; then matter is not eternity at all since it is not the First Cause like God is.

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