I just encountered a statement that I had to think through to understand fully.
Consider this quote from Dr. Sweet:
Quantum spirituality bonds us to all creation as well as to other members of the human family. . . . This entails a radical doctrine of embodiment
of God in the very substance of creation. . . . But a spirituality that
is not in some way entheistic (whether pan- or trans-), that does not extend to the spirit-matter of the cosmos, is not Christian.
For a theology refresher, he is saying that God is IN creation, in the earth & in humanity (all of it). Not simply by the Spirit of God within
, but everyone and everything.
Panentheism--The belief that the universe is contained within God. The universe is a part of God, but not all of God.
Transtheim--Belief in one or more deities which transcend the universe and yet are also immanent; belief in a panentheistic God.
Psalm 95 says that the sea & the mountains are in His hand & that His hand made the land & the sea. This clearly communicates that He is transcendent over all Creation. Furthermore, the bible proclaims that God is the same yesterday, today & forever, that He is unchanging. Panentheists maintain that God has potential to become or change & that the earth is God's body.
"Penentheism is unbiblical since it denies God’s transcendent nature, says that God is changing, confuses creation with God, denies miracles,
and denies the incarnation of Christ along with the atoning sacrifice." (www.carm.org/panentheism
I wonder how Sweet handles the Scripture that says, "Creation groans...."