Why do you think God couldn’t create matter?
QUESTION: Why does Mary Baker Eddy say God couldn’t create matter? How is that possible if He created everything?
Eric Oyama says: Whenever I have a question about God, I like to go back to the basics. The Bible talks about God as Spirit, Love, perfect, unchanging, eternal and good. And if God is Spirit, how could He create matter? I don’t think He could, but then where did matter come from?
I had an experience that answered that for me. While in college I was at a hardware store with my parents. I wasn’t feeling very well and sat near the door to a storage room. At that moment a cart passed by filled with panes of glass for windows. As I looked through the glass I could see an unidentifiable pink smudge in the glass. As the employee lifted each pane of glass off the cart and onto a shelf, the pink smudge started to take shape. Soon I could see that the pink smudge wasn’t a smudge at all, but actually a rose bush on the other side of the glass.
I thought of my own situation. I had been praying to make myself not be sick anymore and I wasn’t getting anywhere. I realized it would be like looking at the pink smudge and praying that the flower come into focus. The flower, of course, was always just the way it was meant to be. It never had to recover from being out of focus.
With this new thought my prayer changed from kind of a “God, please fix my body” to “God, what do you see? What do you know to be true about me?” And with that, an answer came…that I was made in the image and likeness of God. That because God is Spirit, Spirit could only make me spiritual. I suddenly “got it.” This is what had always been true about me. And I was immediately well and I got up and joined my parents.
To me, matter is just a mistaken or distorted view of what is real. It seems real, but it’s not. And prayer helps us see what God knows to be true.
Eric is a Christian Science practitioner based in Los Angeles, California.
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Topics: Christian Science, God | Tags: materiality, matter, physicality, reality