“What if ‘God’ is a metaphor for the universe?”
I no longer recall the first instance I had seen the question above. It is but a rhetoric statement.
Browsing through Pinterest one Sunday morning, I saw the statement again.
The user who uploaded the image puts forward a very interesting follow-up to the question. The caption read: “What if God is a metaphor for the universe and we really are created in its image?”
In his question, the user above referred to the Bible verse in the book of Genesis 1:27 which reads, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” (King James Version)
However, the user’s intention in asking the question seemed inclined to explaining how man came to believe in God, with the assumption that the latter is not so.
Merriam Webster Online defines “Metaphor” as a figure of speech. So, to say that God is merely a metaphor is to say that the existence of the Universe supersedes the existence of God, and wrests that God’s existence might be arguable.
Most atheists consider Him nonexistent. Others even, meaningless.
But in truth, that is not the case. The respectable television preacher Bro. Eli puts it that the law of nature does not exist on its own but has a Creator who ‘predetermines’ it. That said, the Creator who is the God Almighty, cannot be meaningless.
Photo taken from: universe-beauty.com
A Huge Misunderstanding
Bro. Eli Soriano, host of the longest-running religious program on Philippine Television and Overall Servant of Members Church of God International (MCGI), is a strong contester of atheism.
In his blog, Creation: The Most Misunderstood Portion of Genesis, he expounded on the many misinterpretations and mistaken theories of our origin and the universe itself.
“Real science believes in beginnings. Real science believes that there is an earth, a planet. Real science believes in the expanse that envelopes the earth and other heavenly bodies they call “space” which the Bible calls “heavens.”
– Bro. Eli Soriano, ‘Creation: Most Misunderstood Portion of Genesis‘
(Originally posted on Elisoriano.com/blog 22 November 2014)
The televangelist-blogger believes that the Bible and true science do not contradict, and that it is the interpreters of the Bible who make statements that contradict true science.
In this blog, he brought up Richard Dawkins, a British evolutionary biologist and atheist who believes in the theory of evolution and wrote that it is necessary for man to return to the sea as have ‘a good number of thorough-going land animals.’
But the account of creation in Genesis has a very scientific chronology proving that marine life came first before land life. How? “A day in creation is not a 24-hour day as other Bible apologist claim!” wrote Bro. Eli.
Even if human science is considered as true science by many people because of supporting empirical factual observations, while natural sciences are backed by rational theorizing, as according to Michael Dunn (The Human Sciences, 2013), Bro. Eli explained that they are still just theories!
“To qualify, not everything in the Bible is considered a mystery. The Bible contains information worded in simple words understandable even by the most illiterate of humans. Honor and obey a father and a mother can be understood even by a child.” quipped Bro. Eli.
Bro. Eli also put forth the biblical claim that man cannot know everything of God. How so? Over 95% of the ocean remains unexplored to date, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Bro. Eli did say that God reserves some knowledge to Himself, and this is both biblical and factual.
“Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.” Ecclesiastes 8:17 (KJV)
The Scientific and Biblical Existence
“I have found there is a wonderful harmony in the complementary truths of science and faith.”
– Collins: Why this scientist believes in God by Dr. Francis S. Collins, MD, PHD, author of “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief”
During one of our Thanksgiving Celebrations at Members Church of God International (MCGI), Bro. Eli featured this article written by Dr. Collins whose perception in life changed dramatically as he discovered the magnificence which is in God’s great and very scientific creation of the universe.
There are many scientists today who attest to atheism, but the claim that 99% of the world’s scientists are atheist is truly misleading.
Such was a statement of Jeremy Lucban, the atheist who defamed the televangelist largely on social media, a blind follower of Dawkins and the long-held atheistic theory that men come from apes.
There is much to disprove the atheistic claims and the theory of evolution itself! Even mitochondrial DNA is proven to have originated from a single mother – human, not ape.
Unlike Lucban, the more Collins learned in science and of the deep wonders in the world, the more it was likely to him that God exists.
This is the logical concept. As every action has an equal and opposite reaction, the universe cannot in itself exist. For what force was there to create the hypothetical friction in the hypothetical pea-sized dense matter from which the ‘Big Bang’ started?
Bro. Eli was appalled by the fact that people can believe such a theory and fallacy to be truth in order to support the notion that there is no God.
“It is possible to ignore the existence of a Creator but it is impossible to obliterate that existence, even if one believes in such non-existence. It is upon the existence of a Creator that we can even think of possibilities of how the world was created.”
– Bro. Eli Soriano, ‘More Possibilities than Impossibilities – God is in Control, not Atheist‘
Even theoretical physicist Michio Kaku was quoted to say, “I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence.”
Kaku, a professor who has published over 70 articles for physics journals rocked the world of science – or should I say the world of atheistic scientists – when he was quoted saying this by the Geophilosophical Association of Anthropological and Cultural Studies, adding, “To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.” (See video)
Truly there is need of a Creator to sustain this vast mathematical expanse.
And therefore, in entirety, the entity of God is not simply an idea created to explain the universe, but rather, it is the universe and all that God created which is proof of His existence, power and greatness.
As the international televangelist says, “Nothing in science tells us that there is no Creator.”
Nothing is lost in believing.
Take our universe as the metaphor.
This entry was created on the basis of the blogs and teachings of Bro. Eli Soriano, the televangelist blogger and host of the longest-running religious program on Philippine television, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path).
Blogging since the early 2000’s, he has received many recognitions for his works online. By April, he will also be celebrating 53 years in service to God. Visit his sites to learn more biblical facts:
Rewind 2016: 10 Most Popular Blog Articles of Mr. Controversy | The Official Website of Bro. Eli Soriano
The God of the Bible: Forcing out the Genocidal, Infanticidal and Filicidal | Controversy Extraordinary
More Possibilities and Impossibilities: God is in Control, not Atheist | Controversy Extraordinary
International Televangelist Belies Evolution Belief, Says ‘We Were Made by One God!’ | The Official Website of Bro. Eli Soriano
Collins: Why This Scientist Believes in God | CNN
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