:: God Does Not Exist? ::
“God does not exist,” highly charged words. In order to answer the question of whether God exists or not, you must answer the question of what it means “to be.” For Paul Tillich, a famous philosophical theologian, the answer lied in the fact that to define what it means “to be,” you must first answer what it means “to not be.” He called this the “shock of nonbeing.” It is only when you define what it means “to not be” that you can identify what it means “to be.”
To put another way, anything that you use to define what it means to be alive has its polar opposite:
- warm – cold
- breathing – not breathing
- moving – still
- animate – inanimate
- expressive – motionless
- alive – dead
The more that we identify the edge of what it means to not exist, the more we understand what it means to exist. The very fact that our life is limited gives us the definition of what it means to live. Therefore, both being and non-being are bound in what it means to exist.
Now enter a God Who is limitless, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, transcendent. There is nothing that binds Him, nothing to constrain Him. God is. He is not a being. He is being. To say that God exists is to say that He is within the confines of death. What a laughable statement. He shattered death like a chain made of dollar store tin foil. He is untamable and unquenchable. God does not exist – He is Existence.
So to the atheistic statement I confidently agree, “God does not exist.” But that concession should also make your heart drop. Because the God that does not exist also means that He is existence. He is the “Alpha and Omega,” “the Beginning and the End.” “He is before all things” and “by Him all things hold together.” We might only be able to use our finite language to describe Him, but He is not bound by them.
God does not “exist.” God is. He is being itself. God was not just having a play on words when He said, “I AM.” And that same God that transcends every understanding that we have, also invites us to His Heaven. What a great God, to be immeasurably above us yet invites us to spend eternity getting lost and found in His limitlessness.
(Paul Tillich, famously made the point that “God does not exist” because He is existence. He strove to build a bridge between Existentialism and Christianity. I encourage you to explore his work and wrestle with some of his concepts. While I do not agree with some of his work, he has a great mind none-the-less)