Sunday, September 28, 2008

Where God is

Among the singular claims made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that God dwells within our universe, not beyond it.

Perhaps that is hard doctrine for some. But, as Jesus once asked his disciples when some grumbled about His hard doctrine and left, "Wilt thou also go away?"

To believe that heaven exists within our universe does not change the omnipotence or the omniscience of God.

I have begun to read a little book entitled the Kolob Theorom, by LDS author Dr. Lynn Hilton. He goes so far as to assert - and is careful to note that he alone is responsible for his opinion -- that the dwelling place of God, Elohim, is in the center of our galaxy, a region of blazing stars that our probing technology has not been able to penetrate.

Perhaps.

The concept of space, with its billions of stars and its unfathomable distances between them, and even the possibility of infinite worlds, is very exciting to me.

4 comments:

Doug Towers said...

The book of Abraham explains that Kolob controls all the planets in the area of our solar system. It gives the impression that they all rotate around it. Therefore I don't see this idea as a guess.

I would wish to point out, though, that the Scriptures don't state that Heavenly Father resides on Kolob, but that Jesus Christ resides nigh (near) Kolob.

While we accept some connection between the two they are reigning separately. To get to the Father we must go through Jesus Christ. We don't actually know where Heavenly Father resides. He has Saviors, such as Jesus, administering large areas - as Joseph Smith mentioned that Jesus Christ is the savior of many worlds.

Clifford said...

Doug:

Technically, whatever celestial body controls the orbit of our sun, therefore controls the orbit of the planets in our solar system as well, along with a score of other suns and planets. If Kolob only controlled the planets in our own solar system, then it would have to be identified as the sun.

Thanks for your clarifications.

I think my next post will explore the development of the idea of God's supposed "transcendence."

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Here I thought there were so many stars at the center of the galaxies because a huge black hole there was sucking them in....

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