In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.(Genesis 1:1-2) KJV
We (that’s me and the Holy spirit) deduce the true nature of water. It’s safe to say, which is to say it’s Biblically accurate, that water existed before God began the work of creation.
The more we picked away at it, though, the more convinced we became that the water referred to as the deep, which pre-existed creation, met all of the contextual requirements to be a synonym for God the Son.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.(John 1:1-5) KJV
Given this conclusion, what if the Word is water? What are we really saying here? In the beginning was the Word and the Word was water? Or are we saying that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was the physical manifestation of God’s character, and this is water? We can take this idea as a hypothesis and test it against the scripture. It’s Hypothesis 18.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.(John 1:14) KJV
We remember years ago saying to a Pastor of ours that the phrase the Word became flesh, must mean that God, or part of him, became creation. We were met with scorn as the Pastor pointed to a wooden pew in front of us and said, “That is not God.” We didn’t respond, we just felt sad that he couldn’t understand our vision of the relationship between God and His creation.
Several years after that we were part of a different church at a Saturday morning men’s prayer event. We had been pondering gravity as the force which was created on the second day to order creation, and how this could relate to gravity as the seat of the human soul. We wondered, out loud:
What if God created all souls at once in the beginning, and the Earth will continue until the last soul has been given a body to live a life on Earth and witness God’s glory in creation?– Matty
- Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
- believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
- confess your sin.
The senior elder who heard us reacted with abject horror and told us that we shouldn’t even think things like that, let alone talk about them. Christians are deeply suspicious of attempts to deduce a natural theology of the Bible because to them it somehow lessens God. It’s not reverential enough. It results in two approaches to how we handle the science vs. faith debate. Either one is fine, that’s how robust the gospel is.
- God physically manifested as the universe,
- Jesus gives us the symbolism we need to understand it,
- the power to survive its transformation into a new form,
- science and the Bible are in perfect harmony.
- God and the universe are distinct and separate,
- Jesus manifested in it,
- and shows us the way out of it,
- science is irrelevant.
Science has developed a thorough working knowledge of Physics to the extent that we can produce technological marvels like the iPhone and yet, to many, God isn’t part of this world, he’s merely an observer. This is somewhat nuanced but God the observer is the God that secular humanism is prepared to tolerate. Popular science (SciPop) is a rationalization of the premise that the universe, and thereby the existence of humanity, has no supernatural cause. However, you can believe in God if you want to, it doesn’t make any difference.
God the scientist, who through understanding his own nature went against it to manifest himself as a system of physics, chemistry and biology in which sentient beings have free will to choose their outcome, is a big problem.
This gets us by a rather roundabout means to an answer of the question that we had once thought may be unanswerable: What IS water? Water is the Word of God, part of the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Water is the physical essence of God.