Some Problems With Panentheism

It is written:

“”For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.” (Malachi 3:6)

One of the growing religious beliefs of our day and age is known as panentheism.

Pantheism is the belief that the universe is God, while panentheism is the belief that God is somehow “in” the universe like a spirit is “in” a body.

While God is IN the Creation (Jeremiah 23:23-24), He is also distinct and apart from it (Acts 17:26-29).

Geisler and Brooks tell us about some of the problems with pantheism:

“A view that is halfway between pantheism and theism is panentheism, also known as process theology. It says that God is to the world as a soul is to a body. As in theism, the world needs God to exist but, like pantheism, God also needs the world to express Himself. So, while God is beyond the world in one sense, He also is the world in another sense. What is beyond the world actualizes itself (makes itself real) in the world. So God is always changing as the world changes. He is in the process of becoming all that He can be….Also, how can one know that everything is changing if there is not some unchanging standard by which to measure change? Because cause we are moving along with it, we don’t notice that the world is rotating on its axis or revolving around the sun. It feels like we arc standing still. The same thing happens if we toss a ball straight up in the air in an airplane. We don’t realize that the ball is really traveling at 500 miles per hour because we are moving at the same speed. We can only be sure that something is moving when we measure it by something that is not moving. So how can we know that everything is changing unless we can look at something that is not changing? Panentheism has no explanation for this because it holds that even God is constantly changing.” (Norman L. Geisler & Ronald M. Brooks, When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook On Christian Evidences, 47-51 (Kindle Edition); Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Books)

Panentheism maintains that God is in a constant state of change. Yet this also clearly shows us that panentheism cannot be true: for the only way to measure change is by an unchanging standard (i.e., God).

The God of Creation loves you and calls you to Him to be saved (Acts 2:37-47).

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