Imagine you’re in a philosophy class and your lecturer asks you to conceptualise an entity called “God.” What will be your parameters? There are seven capacities any entity called “God” must have. They are intellect, power, transcendence, technological capability, ubiquity, creative capacity and governmental authority. Without these seven qualities a “God” cannot be God.
Take intellect. God cannot be less intelligent than his creation. Or his creation becomes his God. The first capacity a “God” must have is intellect. If God is not more intelligent than his creation there’s going to be runaway creation. It’s akin to the concern scientists have about artificial intelligence. Folks like @ElonMusk are understandably worried about unregulated artificial intelligence development. What if the machines turn on us viciously? The non-regulation of development of artificial intelligence raises the spectre of machines taking over the earth. Machines pretty much run critical functions on earth already. They fly our planes, drive our cars, control our traffic, run our banking, perform surgeries, etc. And a robot has beaten a human champion at chess. The more these machines interact with our world the greater their odds because of machine learning capability. Can these machines acquire “consciousness”? What if the machines network themselves into a “brain” – a central intelligence? What if a malevolent virus takes over the network and the machines begin to malfunction? What will become of civilisation?
The day man becomes more intelligent than God, God has to relinquish the title of “God.” There will be loss of intellectual superiority. Paul alluded to this in one of his treatises on intelligence of divinity: “God’s nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25 GW. A “God” cannot be less intelligent than his creation. It’s a conceptual incongruity. Besides we will no longer need such a “God” for unique solutions to our problems. We will become a “God” unto ourselves – some sort of “God” collective made up of humans. We transit from “gods” to “God.” Without intellect the notion of God creating the physical sciences and the forces of nature becomes doubtful. According to science just six numbers regulate the universe. These are mathematical equations. A “God” must be intellectually capable.
The second quality a “God” must have is power, raw power. Nothing can be more powerful than God. A “God” has to have the power to overcome the forces of nature and overwrite the laws of nature. In other words, we should expect a “God” to be able to raise the dead, upturn the law of gravity, literally make water flow uphill, demolecurise humans for teleportation, generate the kind of energy released by the Large Hadron Collider as it breaks down atoms. If a “God” does not have power he will be overcome by humans. There is no basis for submission to such a being. There will be no political genuflection. Without power there can be no “God.” Without power the antithesis of “God” will take over and create a new synthesis on earth according to HIS power. “God” has to be power-defined. There can be no power vacuum. Political configuration on earth will change.
The third quality a “God” must have is transcendence. God has to be transcendent. And that on every level. “God” cannot be ordinary. He must exceed usual limits. His power must be surpassing. God cannot be a creature of space-time. He must necessarily be extradimensional. If he’s a creature of time he’s limited and must expire. The idea of a dead God or a limited God is contradictory of concept of God. The fact of God not being a creature of space-time generates logical dynamics that accord with his extradimensional qualities. For example the notion of faith is necessary for a God that exists outside space-time. Faith is not subject to time or limited by time. It’s an extradimensional app, the technology of the impossible. Faith radically alters the notion of “reality.” It insists reality is the faith itself not the manifestation in time. Manifestation is dependent on time. There can be delays. But the delay of manifestation does not abrogate the reality of the subject of faith – the thing not yet seen. The existence of faith is therefore the substance of a thing hoped for.
The fourth quality a “God” has to have is technological capability. Nature is a vast area network – VAN. It’s why nature responds to nature. It’s why nature communicates with nature. Creation has embedded Bluetooth technology. If God has no capacity to network ALL of nature there will be chaos. Earth will become unsustainable. The ecosystem will feature disruptive phenomena. Earth will be ungovernable. Nature is programmed. There are seasons, there’s a calendar. Nature runs on a vast coordinated calendar, it follows a definitive protocol. Nature is a vast database – yottabytes of information, all synchronised. A “God” must be able to assimilate and process all that information to regulate the protocol of nature.
A “God” must have unthinkable memory capacity. He must have a database architecture. Without a technology base a “God” cannot manage nature. Besides mankind is an engineering technology feat. The human body is complex engineering system. It even has its own energy system and a waste processing system to dispose of toxic waste. The human arm alone is a technological wonder. It is a haptic system. It’s like a Swiss Army knife – simulates pincers, screw drivers, is able to pivot… A “God” must be able to conceptualise engineering ideas and technological breakthroughs at every level. A “God” must also be able to handle a vast telecommunications system. He must be able to process appeals – what we call prayer, monitor responsiveness, and assign execution. There are literally hundreds of billions of prayers said daily. A “God” must be able to handle all those demands without shutting down from information overload.
Technologically speaking, “God” must necessarily be a distributed intelligence system. That’s the fifth capacity – ubiquity. A “God” must permeate all dimensions and spheres. He must also be able to access the data in man’s inner recesses. There are those unspoken prayers he must answer. A “God” must also be able to monitor the intentions and capacities of man. He must be able to sift through thoughts to discern true intention so his power is not applied indiscriminately to situations. He must make judicious use of his power.
A “God” must have humongous capacity to process and handle all that information while still regulating the universe. He must yet maintain the arrow of time, moving things along a prophetic trajectory. With his technological capacity a “God” must be able to predict future events. His algorithms must have predictive capacity. Nothing must catch him off guard. Some call that omniscience. A “God” must be omniscient. With technological savviness a “God” must be able to imbue even inanimate objects with communicative capacity. A lamp post banner for example must be able to speak to a human if God can’t get through. The individual must feel the banner is talking to him specifically. A “God” must have amplification technology. He must be able to communicate his wishes using all of creation. Creation must be gadgetry to him, after all it’s all engineering wonder.
The sixth capacity a “God” has to have is creative capability. And by creation we’re not just talking about nature – earth, sky, trees, space, mankind, etc. A “God” with a capital “G” must be able to fashion unique solutions to human problems, or why is he God? Going by the Christian faith the most fundamental of human problems is sin. It’s why there’s so much wickedness, even at the local level. The virus has a genetic component. “Salvation” was complex legal engineering. It incorporated constitutional resolution as well. How do you solve the problem of an irresponsible man binding his innocent descendants through criminal negligence? How do you free those descendants from criminal recrimination? Going by the Bible narrative Adam was reckless. And how do you create a constitutional guarantee for the “saved”? The solution entailed integrating the descendants of Adam into the “godhead” without diluting divinity. A “God” must be able to come up with stuff like that.
The resolution of the Garden of Eden crisis entailed a bioengineering feat called incarnation. The second feat was resurrection. What we call “salvation” is a very complex and ingenious resolution of a difficult issue. It required creativity. How can God become man yet retain divinity for example. Then there’s wider creativity. A “God” has to be excessively creative to create wildly creative humans. Think Michael Jackson. Human creativity is wide. There’s art, music, fashion, cuisine, democracy, science, commerce, finance, architecture… A non-creative God cannot create a creative human. If he somehow did he wouldn’t know what creativity is. Mankind will be out of his control. Man will run circles around him. God’s creative capacity must extend to technology. Take memory technology. Mankind can’t function without memory. Neither can a “God.” If the nature around us was created by a “God” then that God must be an obsessive compulsive designer. There are intricate designs at even the nano scale. The God who designs like that either has a mental condition or is inherently creative.
Look at the intricate nature of DNA. This is stuff 99.9999% of humanity will never see, yet it’s designed as if it’s a universal billboard. Not that anyone will question him for inelegant design, yet God chose an intricate approach. And he didn’t sacrifice art. Take the brain. Man is bewildered by it – the concept and the design. There are the metaphysical dimensions as well – the notion of the soul and consciousness. Whoever “God” is, he must necessarily be an exceptionally complex being. A simplistic “God” cannot give birth to the complexity we see around. Anymore can your dog accidentally create a super computer or Cray machine. The irony of the brain is that we need it to grapple with the concept of us. That’s like a dog chasing its tail. What will tell us what we’re doing and who we are is the very thing we need to decode. Consciousness is a very complex notion. The brain is difficult to understand.
The seventh capacity a “God” must have is governmental capacity. He must be government, or he can’t regulate nature, extra dimensional dynamics and beings. A “God” must have regulatory clout across all dimensions. This kind of power is unimaginable. Since God is the highest authority he must be able to structure himself into legislative, executive and judicial functions. He must be all arms of government rolled into one. As legislator he’s law giver. As judiciary he judges mankind. As executive he executives judgment and runs the universe. And he has the prerogative of mercy. And so this “God” has to be able to appeal from himself to himself in order to dispense both judgement and mercy in equal measure. A “God” must also be able to regulate other governments. Every authority must come under his authority or he cannot be “God.” He must be the ultimate authority.
And so the “God” in our exercise must have those seven capacities – intellect, power, transcendence, technological capability, ubiquity, creative capability and governmental authority. Without these he cannot be “God.” But here’s where it gets interesting. The Bible claims Jesus has all of these seven capacities, and that creation was the work of Jesus. Which gives him intellectual rights over creation. Colossians 1:15-16 summarises it all: “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He – Jesus, made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:15-16 NLT.
Then Colossians 2:3 tells us he possesses the intelligence to pull off creation: “In whom – Jesus, are hidden ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3 NET. Be it Physics or Chemistry or Biology. It’s why he’s called the Logos. As to his permeation of nature, his ubiquity, as well as his governmental authority, the Bible says he fills all things through the church: “The church is Christ’s body and completes him as he fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:23 GW. Further on his governmental authority, the Bible says he’s the anointed heir – “The Christ.” That’s a political title. He is also the Sheblimini – he who sits on the right hand of Majesty. He’s the “Otunba,” to borrow an African chieftaincy title of the same expression. In other words, the Bible is very unequivocal Jesus is God. Now, that’s something to think about.
If you’ll like to receive Jesus into your life please pray this prayer: “Father I acknowledge that I am a sinner, that Jesus died for me, that you raised him from the dead. Father please forgive me. I accept Jesus today as my Lord and my Saviour. Amen.”
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