Originally Posted by jayh
Can't help but jump into this discussion... Isn't it an assumption that god/source is "infinite" in the first place (not infinite in terms of our concept of time, but infinite in terms of "all encompassing"). In other words, why does an infinite source have to mean that all that could possibly exist already exists in this source? I like to think of source/the universe as something that is continually expanding - or as Abraham/Hicks would say - "on the leading edge"...
I like to believe that we are here incarnated in order to expand this source to more than it was before.
The Source has to be infinite. It doesn't mean that all that exists is within that being. It means that the being is the source and cause of all of that which exists, and gives them their being and essence.
It is philosophically impossible for such a being to expand. If it is properly God, and created and sustains all things, and is the first cause, the unmoved mover, so to speak, it cannot expand. For it to expand would imply firstly that it is not infinite, which I claim to be impossible, and secondly that it has a cause before itself, which would effectively strip it of being God.
If it learns, then who is the cause and source of the things it is learning?
Further, a changing being is contingent. Any being that changes is contingent, which means that it depends on another for its power, and that it is possible that at one time, it did not or will not exist.