God did come in the flesh one time, and there are various pre-incarnational appearances in the Old Testament. So the physical manifestation of God would have some characteristics that might be within the grasp of description, but what about the Father who remains spirit or the Holy Spirit? We know what few, broad characteristics the Bible tells us about the Father and the Holy Spirit, but there is so much that is hard to grasp about their essence. By comparison, you can pick any person or animal and probably answer the question of who they are to some satisfaction. To describe a person, you would relate what type creature they are, homo sapiens, then break the classification down into their race, ethnic group, body makeup, individual hair or eye color, skin shade. Then you might classify them by personality and specific interests or talents or geographic domicile or education, maybe even occupation. There are so many ways that you can describe any given person, or so many traits you can focus on when describing a particular plant, animal, or any object or creature in nature. You can come pretty close to capturing the full essence of what that being or object really is by all of its various qualities and traits. But try to describe God the Father. You can come up with a list of things that the Bible tells you about Him. He is spirit. He is love. He is light. He is truth. He is omniscient. He is omnipotent. But this is as far as you can get in knowing the full essence of what the Father is. You can only know broad characteristics about Him.
When you start trying to imagine Him, what He looks like, how big He is, words and imagination often fail. He is just too big, too great, too majestic, too glorious, too beautiful, etc., to really grasp the essence of what and who He really is. But some people don’t let that stop them. They try to put this gigantic, indescribable God in a box of their own making. I’ve heard God described in various ways such as “the man upstairs,” as if He is no more than just another version of us. I’m sure that the people who say things like this don’t mean disrespect. Maybe they are too frightened by the reality of how great God is and cannot have any correspondence with Him without putting Him in a box that they can then approach. But that is not the reality. God is a tremendously great, indescribably large being. He would have to be. I think the moment when I finally realized just how great God is was when I got so involved with reading the book Einstein’s Universe by Nigel Calder, published by Wings Books of New York, NY, in 1979. In this book, Mr. Calder brilliantly breaks down the various concepts of Einstein’s theories in an accessible way, giving the average reader a taste and grasp of these grand and beautiful ideas that Albert Einstein started giving to the world almost a hundred years ago.
One of the ideas that Einstein gave to us allowed us to harness the terrifying power bound up in the smallest particles of nature. Because of what Einstein taught us, we now have nuclear power plants and nuclear bombs. We got the understanding of the tremendous power bound up in matter from a relatively simple equation. Everyone has seen the iconic mathematical equation E=MC2 (the 2 should be read as a superscript 2 since the font here won't allow a superscript). However, I’ve found through various conversations over the years that not many people really understand what that equation means. So, I will endeavor to explain this relatively simple but profound idea now. The E stands for energy. The M stands for a given amount or mass of matter, however great or small. And the C stands for the speed of light with the superscript 2 simply denoting that this variable is squared or multiplied against itself (C x C). When you then contemplate the equation, you discover that, first, matter and energy are interchangeable. A certain amount of matter can be turned into energy by the right process, and a certain amount of energy can be turned into an amount of matter with the right process. Secondly, you discover by this equation that the amount of energy stored up in any tiny amount of matter is tremendously great. You know this because, to produce the E or energy on the left side of the equation, you must multiply that small or great amount of matter times the very large number that denotes the speed of light: 186,282 miles per second. Since this number is squared, you have a huge number multiplying by even a small amount of matter producing a gigantic amount of energy.
It took me months to work through the Calder book because there were so many complex revelations in the book, each concept so jaw-dropping and amazing that I just had to sit in awe for a few minutes to ponder it and try to apply it to other bodies of knowledge that I already had mastery of or familiarity with. But the very idea that there is tremendous energy in each small portion of matter can only lead to the conclusion that there is a Creator, someone so tremendously great and powerful that He can force that gigantic amount of energy into that small package of matter, and then to form it into the various elements, then molecules, then living cells and organisms, with a multitude of wondrous different species and types, and even a multitude of variety within each species. And He can do all this in the blink of an eye if He so chooses. This is why I have no problem with believing in the six days of creation. A God that is powerful enough to orchestrate the billions of life’s events and to answer possibly billions of prayers every day and to then have a personal relationship with each and every one of the masses of people on earth throughout history – THAT God can easily and effortlessly speak the entire universe into existence, ex nihilo (from nothing), in any space of time that He so chooses.
It is foolish to doubt God’s power and foolish to try to make Him conform to our flawed bodies of knowledge, and believe me, as a life-long scholar, I have studied several bodies of knowledge and am conversant on each of their intricacies, so I can tell you from experience and iwth authority that there are flaws, holes, or limits in all of our bodies of human knowledge. Those bodies of knowledge are just as flawed as the humans that developed them. So, trying to make God conform to one of these bodies of knowledge is a foolish exercise, in essence trying to put God into a man-made box. One such box that people try to put God in is the evolution box, an inherently flawed theory that is poorly formulated and unproven. It was not even a novel idea when Darwin published his On the Origin of Species in November 1859. The idea that life came up out of some primordial goop had been around since the days of ancient Greek philosophers. It had no validity or proof then, and it has no validity or proof now. The only reason that the book and the theory gained legs back in the 19th century is that people had grown too proud and too smart to believe in God.
Such dangerous and destructive godless theories weren't exclusive to England. Many of them came out of the swamp of 19th century German universities and think-tanks that then went on give us such corrupt ideas as communism, that evil philosophy that has resulted in the downfall of our current financial institutions in its supposedly watered down version, socialism. And that evil, godless philosophy spawned millions upon millions of deaths in the countries that embraced it during the 20th century. Moreover, other godless theories that came out of the 19th century German intellectual swamp encouraged evil people like Adolf Hitler. He subscribed to the theories of Darwin and Nietzsche and built an entire, depraved society on those evil foundations. Without God, that's where you end up. As scripture tells us, "There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Prov. 14:12). We can make philosophies and theories that exclude God, but they will always end in death because anything in our God-created universe must conform to the laws that God has stamped on all of His creation. So, it is, therefore, foolish to try to put God into a box of our own making. When we do, we end up with a small, weak, flawed god that has no correspondence with the real God. When we make up an idol of our own that we can control, then we also deny ourselves the benefit of a relationship with this amazing, all-powerful, and limitlessly loving God who wants to come into our lives and make order out of the chaos that is unavoidable in any life lived without God.