When thinking about God, how do we begin to describe the immensity of God? What analogy exists to help illustrate the infinity that God fills? For me, there are two synonyms for God that help me understand how God is infinite — Mind and Spirit. These two words, by their very definition, illustrate something that is deeper than anything material or atom-based.
What is more, to me it’s not just about the size of God. Rather, I’m interested in the practical and demonstrated theory of why God is infinite as explained by Christian Science. Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, does so succinctly. She shows that Diety is best defined as the all-inclusive God, or divine Mind. So, it has less to do with God being large or extra large in size. Rather, it’s that God is infinite and eternal. To me, in order for God to be God, God must have existed forever and must fill all space—even larger than what quantum physics is now conceptualizing about a multiverse or universes within universes.
God is individual, incorporeal. He is divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no other self-existence. He is all-inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else. He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind. Hence all is Spirit and spiritual.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p.331
Why the allness of God matters
So why should the infinitude and eternality of God hold some importance in our thought? Here are a few reasons that come to mind:
- It explains why God is our Creator.
- It shows that we’re surrounded by God, even inseparable from Spirit because we’re spiritually made.
- It proves God is not part of an exclusive club that only accepts those who consider themselves religious or righteous.
For me, these reasons help me better understand the beauty and goodness of God’s creativity. For if God fills all space and is infinite intelligence, then everything that exists is actually governed by God alone. I find this reassuring and inspiring.
The infinity of God also underlies Christian healing. God is not some person who existed at one point on earth, nor is God just a personal power that became visible in bodily form 2,000 years ago. God is an infinite and eternal source of goodness and is divine Love. Love therefore is an ever-present benevolent force that is ever keeping us safe and even heals illnesses and sins—physically, mentally, and morally— and also comforts us in our woes.
Understanding that God is infinite, and as the divine Principle which governs all things, also helps uplift thought out of a personal sense of God into the spiritual power which is God. Christ Jesus illustrated God’s love and power through his healing actions. But again, this healing power that was individualized in Jesus, is the Christ, and is God with us. This Christ is ever with us—it extends through all space and time. We just need to acknowledge this ever-present and eternal Christ-power and practice the Christianity Jesus demonstrated by proving his love for God through his love for man.
Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.