A Non-Creating God

My god definition does not depict god as a creator. Once god as creator has been eliminated, the tone of the discussion changes radically.

Positing a creator god automatically requires invention of a “theodicy” – a model which attempts to explain and excuse the existence and the persistence of evil in a creation supposedly spawned by a creator deity. If god is a creator then responsibility for the condition, state, and maintenance of the creation is solidly on that creator’s shoulders.

Eliminating the creator function from one’s god definition automatically eliminates the need for invention of a theodicy. A non-creating god is not responsible for the state of creation, and cannot be blamed for its bad or praised for its good.

Generally the Abrahamic faiths each posit a creator, and each has been forced to develop woefully inadequate theodicies. A non- “creatorist” view escapes this problem. There are some exceptions to this in the West. The Gnostic Christians, for example, posited an “Alien” god – a transcendent, transcosmic being who, though real, is not a creator. Instead, they claimed that the creator is not the true god, but rather an ignorant, arrogant, indifferent (but sometimes cruel) “Demiurge.” The Gnostics bemoaned the fact that so many falsely worship a creator who is not the real god. They came to the smart conclusion that belief in an Intelligent Designer is not necessarily good news: god exists – but he’s mean? He’s incompetent? Evil? Insane? Better to deny the creator and contemplate the True Alien God.

As I said, once the idea of a creating deity has been eliminated, the tone of the discussion changes radically. It moves beyond the necessity to derive, or to decline, evidence for an Intelligent Designer. It moves beyond the need to prove god’s existence by some purported behavior or element in or of the physical universe. It moves beyond the necessity to uphold or deny god’s omnipotence, since the transcosmic god after all is neither powerful or un-powerful. Like the Buddha Mind or the Tao, the real god is the smallest of the small, is subtle, and to the extent it is known and named, its essence remains elusive.

I am not a Gnostic, but I do deny the notion of a creator deity. I much prefer the notion – found in mysticism, Eastern spirituality, and some forms of panentheism – of a non-creating god, Which has more to do with the qualities of transcendence, no-thing-ness, non-being and paradox than with that all-too-familiar Sky Father whose incoherent image haunts the West.


6 thoughts on “A Non-Creating God

  1. smoore22

    Am I missing the point of a God that is not a creator… what does he do? Can he punish us for sins? Can he allow us into a “heaven” if we a good? If he does not interact with humans in any way in this life or a potential next life then there is really no point in addressing the issue at all and he can be ignored completely.

  2. rennyo01 Post author

    Thanks for your comments.

    I picture god-human interaction like swimming (human meditation/contemplation/opening”the Eye of Spirit”) in a boundless sea (god). My god definition excludes creatorship and kingship, so god does not punish sins or send us to heaven or hell. That is one primary way in which most creator god concepts differ from non-creator god concepts – no judgment, no punishment or reward. Instead, there may be a universal moral law of cause and effect – some functional equivalent of karma.

    God doesn’t “do” anything, since doing is action and action is energy exchange within a physical universe-system, and god is a transcosmic factor unfettered by physical universe deficits like doing or being powerful, etc. To use inadequate analogies, the sea or the sun or the atmosphere don’t “do” anything in terms of deliberate conscious relationship to humans, but humans do interact with sea and sun and atmosphere.

    It’s better conceptualized as an unfolding of a reality that is always here but usually invisible because of our limited perceptual apparatus and our egoic blindness. It’s like those visual puzzles that conceal hidden objects. Once you’ve found the objects you realize they weren’t hidden – they were there all along. The puzzle hasn’t changed, but your perception has. Similarly, the spiritually trained eye sees the god that wasn’t really hidden, which was there all the time unseen. Perception changes, not the world. This spiritual perception modification bears with it a moral transformation as well.

    So the issue isn’t being able to ignore god. It’s being able to awaken the spiritual eye, “the eye of spirit” or “the eye of contemplation,” as it is called. You can’t see god without the proper “eye,” just as you can’t see Jupiter’s moons without the proper lens. After your contemplative eye has seen god, then the question of ignoring – or further investigating – what is seen can be addressed.

  3. nazrudin

    Experiencing Reality as it is, is the extreme goal of Science. It’s also the goal of numerous metaphysical paradigms; Buddhism & Sufism being the largest in influence. God as Ether is unnecessary. Romantic though 🙂

  4. rennyo01 Post author

    Yeah, god as reality is the reason for awakening the eye of contemplation and for using the requisite lenses. The Ether god is really the creator, but creatorists don’t know it.

  5. rennyo01 Post author

    Thanks for your Comment, Free Spirit.

    I read your thought-provoking Insight blog post. I believe that ultimate reality is infinite compassion and infinte wisdom. But I do not believe that It is the source of existence – i.e., I don’t believe that god is a creator and/or intervener. As you say, love is relational, but it’s a case per the Gospel of Thomas that divine love is “spread over the earth” but most of us don’t see it, even though we are immersed in it.

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