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Pantheism is any belief system where everything is thought to be a part of god.  It could be stated as "All is god." or "The Universe/Nature is the same thing as god.  Often, Pantheism will promote an idea of a god that is a mindless force or a force that doesn't interact on a personal basis with each person.  Alternately, Pantheism may promote the idea of a universe that has a mind and godlike abilities.  We are using the small "g" here, because the god of Pantheism is not the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible is the creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.

Pantheism does recognize the universal presence of God, which is correct, but then it goes on to create a definition of a god that is not the true God.  God created and controls nature, and He holds all of creation together. However, God is not part of the creation. Daniel 11:38 states, "But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things."  Compare this god of forces with the true God.  "He [Jesus Christ] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Colossians 1:17  Jesus is holding all things together.  For more Scripture on the nature of God, click here.

Sometimes, Pantheism is called, "monism," though monism is a more general term.  While Descartes put forward the dualist theory, which stated that the body and spirit are separate, Spinoza put forward a theory of Monism, which stated that the two are the same.  Through Scripture, God tells us that human beings are spirit, mind, and body, a trinity in unity.  In addition to his philosophy of Monism, Spinoza also twisted the word God to say that Scripture describes the unity of all substance, a philosophy that as now known as Pantheism.  However, the Bible does not describe Pantheism.  The central philosophical scriptures of Hinduism are pantheistic, though.  The concept of the Creator God Who created the heavens and the earth and rules over them is not part of Pantheism, but Scripture is very clear that God did create a universe that is separate from Himself.  He loves it, but it is not a part of Him.  Since the fall, it is further separated from Him, though the Scripture tells us that He will restore the creation.

The Scripture says:

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

Romans 1:20For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead

Hebrews 11:3  By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible

Acts 17:24  The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands

Colossians 1:16,17  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together

Romans 1:21-23  For even though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures

2 Peter 3:7  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly people.

Acts 3:21  He [Jesus] must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.

The World Pantheist Movement (WPM) makes the claim that spirituality should be centered on nature.  The WPM promotes the following nine points:

  •     Reverence, awe, wonder and a feeling of unity with Nature and the wider Universe.
  •     Respect and active care for the rights of all humans and other living beings.
  •     Celebration of our lives in our bodies on this beautiful earth as a joy and a privilege.
  •     Realism - acceptance that the external world exists independently of human consciousness or perception.
  •     Strong Naturalism - without belief in supernatural realms, afterlives, beings or forces.
  •     Respect for reason, evidence and the scientific method as our best ways of understanding nature and the Universe.
  •     Promotion of religious tolerance, freedom of religion and complete separation of state and religion.

 



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Last updated: Dec, 2012
 
 

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