Since God’s action is infinite and eternal, what happened to make this activity create a finite and physical world? I ask this because most physicists believe that there was a situation where time equaled zero. The Big Bang theory (with its singularity) is based on such an assumption.
We cannot assume that God was inactive before the creation of spacetime. So if God created the manifest universe that we can observe, what changed within God’s fundamental infinite activity to make it happen?
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg offers a clue, but it takes a lot of special mental preparation to notice it. It has to do with two kinds of influx (the flow and functioning of forces). Swedenborg claims that God’s influx is both immediate and mediate. In other words, God’s creative action comes from within and from without. This adds an interesting organic twist to the theistic notion of causal sequences.
If God is only operating from “within” and “immediately,” then only potential propensities and non-measureable states result from all this generative activity. (George Gurdjieff called this the Autoegocrat system.) But when God modified this system to include influences from the outside (mediate functioning of forces) then the physical world was created based on principles of relationship and ontological sharing—that is, on the reciprocal exchange of forces. (Gurdjieff called this new system Trogoautoegocrat.)
This allowed the finite physical universe to emerge based on mirroring (corresponding to) the unifying patterns of God’s dynamical love. This also adds an interesting and organic dynamism to the theistic notion of causal sequences.
When mediate influx is added to the system, outside help is provided at mathematically precise intervals along the way to sustain coherent progress.
In the human organism, the mathematically precise intervals just mentioned are filled by discrete inputs from the outside, such as “food,” “air,” and “information.” This design for the sharing of discrete forces and substances in a universe that is in process is why Swedenborg states that humans represent a microcosm of the larger physical cosmos. More important, he also stated that when humans choose to seek more noble and spiritual information from God, they could become a microcosm of heaven.
My book Proving God provides a mathematical model of this unique universal patterning system that embraces both immediate and mediate functioning of holistic causal sequences. This model represents the mental perception of reality enjoyed by God’s angels and transcends worldly intelligence!