The Nine Muses The Philosophy of the GOOD


Determinism from Indeterminism

We have said in the essay on Cosmology that God (or the perceptual Universe) is a multidimensional object that contains all the individual Egos that comprise humanity. We have also given time within this object (God or the Universe), a complex multidimensional nature. The time line (perception of time by God or the Universe) is absolute, in that there is no more encompassing way to view time than through the Universe itself. As such the Divine rationality knows the ultimate outcome of all the individual Egos which exist in Him. For the Divine Rationality there is no indeterminism; there is only absolute determinism. Yet we have said that the individual Egos play out this future through the indeterminate interplay of their own free wills, with the fate of the mortal world. If we look at the deterministic view of the Divine Rationality we see that it is the History of humanity. At the highest resolution it is determined by all the individual free wills of the Egos; yet at the lowest resolution it is the progressive march of human societies through the absolute time of the Universe. How can the indeterminate lives of all the Egos create the determinate Universe which is God?

The divine rationality determines its purpose through the many purposes of the individual Egos. It can influence these Egos through the GOOD but it cannot directly determine their course. Yet it has already determined the final outcome Ė manís final unification in the unity of the Universe, God. This seems to us to be a mystery, and this is how religion has played this out. But this is not a mystery but a rational process played out in the seeming unlimited yet really limited aspect of time, as God knows it.

God has determined the final end for human history as we have said above. But it is to be achieved through the indeterminate history of each and every human life and the end (or purpose) of that life. Let us look at the purpose of a single human life. It can either end having achieved the purpose God has given it or not. If it ends having achieved this purpose then it is pulled into the divine unity and merged into God (it achieves Heaven). If it has not achieved the divine purpose, then it is recycled by being reborn into a new Ego and given a chance to once again achieve the end God set out for it (this is Limbo, Purgatory or even Hell); this cycle continues until the end God has given it is achieved 1 . Likewise societies are regenerated again and again until they achieve the purpose of unity that God ordained according to the GOOD. So we see that the indeterminacy of individual life can achieve the determined end God has ordained because of the unlimited time God has given it to finally achieve this end; so all things are finally determinate in the unlimited expanse of time and the prodigality of human existence.




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1 Does God have a motive for this action? Godís motive, from what the Bible tells us, can only be to make us learn to listen to the promptings of the GOOD, and ensure our eventual unity in Him. God is all encompassing love, and his goal for mankind is its eventual unity both in itself and God.
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Originally Published:

April 10, 2008


June 26, 2014