In Good Faith

A lot of spiritual and religious people have told me that God is everywhere and in everything. That got me to thinking: Is there anything that is not God? If so, can you tell me what it is?

Nori Rost - Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Dr. Nori Rost is the minister at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church downtown and has been a community activist in Colorado Springs for 20 years.

I don’t believe there is anything in nature that is not “god,” meaning that we are all one in nature. We are all made of stardust; the same elements that are cause for our existence also comprise the moon and stars and other planets. However, we humans, with our ability to be self-aware and self-reflective, have created a lot that is not holy (whole) or divine: racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, destruction of our planet for corporate greed. These elements don’t exist in nature and aren’t “godly.” It appears the rest of creation continues to evolve while humanity is devolving. If we ignore our natural condition and continue to strive for power, soon there won’t be much godlike in humankind at all.

Jim Daly - Christian

Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, an organization dedicated to helping families thrive. He and his wife are raising two boys. Visit focusonthefamily.com.

From the Christian perspective, God alone is God and everything else is not God.  Pantheists and animists, of course, insist that everything is God in some sense or another, but this is not a biblical concept.  As theologian Rudolf Otto once expressed it, God is “Wholly Other” — entirely distinct and different from the universe He has created. Herein lies a tremendously significant truth. According to orthodox Christian teaching, God has succeeded in making something completely separate from Himself.  This is a miracle that only He could have achieved. As a distinct being or entity, the creature really does have a will of its own — a will entirely “other” than the will of God. That’s what makes genuine relationship between God and man a real possibility.

Dawud Salaam - Muslim

Dawud Salaam hails from Macon, Georgia. He is a school social worker, graduate of the University of Denver and a poet and spoken-word artist. He regularly delivers sermons at the mosque in Colorado Springs.

In Islamic theology, nothing is God but God. Our declaration of faith is La ilaha illallah, there is no God except Allah (God). Our belief is God is everywhere in His knowledge. Our text teaches Allah has named Himself the most beautiful names, of them is al Khaaliq, the Creator and the giver of life al Muhyee.

Ahriana Platten - New Thought/ Unity

Dr. Ahriana Platten is founder-executive director of In Good Faith, leads Unity Spiritual Center and speaks around the country on the topics of interfaith and intercultural understanding.

The latest scientific discoveries point to a fundamental primary energy that works throughout the entire universe and connects everything to everything else. In my imaginings of something we can call “God,” I can see how we could emerge from such a Source intelligence. In the Unity Movement, we teach that we are “the great idea that emerges from the Divine Mind.” 

We do not see anything existing outside of Divine Consciousness — so everything is one with “God,” in our way of understanding. This does not preclude the forces of free will that allow us to act as if we are not of God, however. Understanding our connection to Divine Consciousness allows us to seek ways of accessing a greater wisdom than our own. 

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