The Unity of God and God as Creator

I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth

The Jews gave a specific and enlarged vision of God to humanity. That is, a God who is a unity that needs no other diversities, a God of absolute justice who is aware of our deepest needs and even what may appear to others as trivial ones. This God was the Creator, and they used the term “Father” (Abba) to describe the nature of this “God revealed in Being” (Yahweh) or “Intensity of Being” (Elohim).

Christianity inherited this vision of God. The first Christians had an acute need to link Jesus into God in a credible way because of the Jesus Movement’s original setting in Palestine. The unity of God (monotheism) was at first an impenetrable barrier of massive unity.

They gained access in several ways:
Jesus as the Son of the Father;
Jesus as the agent of Creation;
Jesus as the bearer and agent of the Spirit of God

We will explore the third of these points of access later. The term “father” is an archetype, an initial foundation model in the human psyche. It is not transferable, though it must be complemented by its indissoluble links with the archetypes of “mother” and “child”. The attempts to remove “father” from the language of the Church are as silly as rejecting the associated terms of “mother” and “child”. The

Church used the father-child relationship to draw Jesus into God in a binitarian or twofold form. This became a trinitarian one when the ‘circle’ of Divine Being was drawn into a triune picture by the graphic inclusion of the Holy Spirit.

Father-Son-Spirit is a threefold revelation that reflects a threefold development in the thinking of the early Church. The Gospel of John uses the term logos, “word” to frame the person of Jesus and to describe how Jesus became God’s speech to the world. This “speech” about God’s love of humanity and all of creation was in turn linked to Christ’s (the Word’s) role as the agent of creation: “All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being” (John 1:3).

This should signal how belief in God as Creator is crucial for us. The same God who breathed upon the waters at creation also “overshadowed” Mary at the conception of Jesus and transformed his body in the tomb to be an “indestructible life” to frame human eternity in God. This is an essence-of- faith statement, not historical data.

Paul Davies is a physicist who declares that “I have come to the point of view that mind – i.e., conscious awareness of the world – is not a meaningless and incidental quirk of nature, but an absolutely fundamental facet of reality…we human beings are built into the scheme of things in a very basic way.” [3] Davies concludes, “We are truly meant to be here”.[4]

Davies would not call himself a Christian, but his words are reflected in passionately- held beliefs in the Church. The traces of design in the universe that Davies has detected have led him to see traces of design in us, or vice versa. As Davies says, “We who are the children of the universe – animated stardust – can nevertheless reflect on the nature of that same universe….how we have become connected into this cosmic dimension is a mystery. Yet the linkage cannot be denied”.[5]

When I first explored theology, I was hesitant about “creator of heaven and earth” in the Creed. Today I would see it as a life-giving and life-sustaining statement. I can say with the Psalmist: “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork” (19:1).

Animated Stardust
Stellar vastness, farthest expansion undisclosed Mystery at the end of the cosmic rainbow, unearthed Endless depths of darkness, black holes of burial Beginnings of universal ancestry entering memory’s hall

Arthur Jones