humphreys wrote:Halfabo wrote:
God may exist outside of our space and time, but he cannot possibly not exist within some form of time. If he truly exists outside of all time, creation itself is impossible. To say God created the Universe is to say he caused it to come into existence, which means there must have been a time when there was no Universe, and then, due to an action on God's part, it began to exist.
All of the above is only possible within time, and infinite regress is then a genuine problem.
That is like saying an artist cannot paint a landscape without being part of the painting. God could exist in some form of time. But, that form of time could be so foreign to our understanding of time that it becomes irrelevant. It is also possible for time not to exist before there are objects that mark the passage of time. Space, matter and time must exist together. Without space and matter, time is meaningless.
If God is pure consciousness and space, time and matter are merely ideas within that consciousness, then he can exist separate from those ideas. We experience them as physical but, that is only from our limited ability to comprehend the fullness of reality. All that we experience as real, while being quite real to us, may be no more than an idea to God. All of the universe and the life in it may be only an idea. What we see as an after life, may be the reality that all things will inhabit once that idea becomes a reality.