How does God move? Where does God move? Where did God move, before there was physical matter?
Perhaps God lived as Spirit within limitless space – the same volume now occupied by galaxies full of stars – before there was physical matter. That is, perhaps God simply roamed, as immaterial Spirit, across empty Space, without having objects to bump into, pass through, or alight upon.
OR. Perhaps God – who is Spirit – lived solely within God’s own spiritual realm. Perhaps Space (the absence of physical matter) did not even exist before physical matter. We cannot know. But if God existed before matter, God may just as well have existed before Space.
From this point on, let’s try to imagine things in that context. Thus, to review:
God moves, and the Way of his Moving is deeply connected to Who and What God actually is. Also, God is Spirit, and so God moves in spiritual ways. (That is NOT metaphorical.) Thus, it may very well be that God was moving before there was Space. It may be that God spent all of Time, before Creation, as a mover with no physical space to move in. In other words, if God existed before Space, then all his movement was purely spiritual. God was moving before there was any place He could go!
All fair enough, if you follow that much. But now think about this. If God was All, in His spiritual realm, then we should probably think He filled All, as well. (Not that spirit necessarily fills spirit like matter fills space, but nevermind for the moment.) If God was All and filled All, before anything else, then how could God move? Even spiritually? If God was everywhere, in His own realm, then "where" else could He go?
In such questions, we can find only paradox. God is the Primary Mover. Yet, God had nowhere to go, and nothing to 'push off' against(*). Thus, God CANNOT have been moving. Or so Physics would have us believe. But who really thinks God is a physical Being?
*** So, now, here comes the rub. ***
Is this physical realm the only place where things move around, and thus by contrast true Godliness is merely, eternally static? Or can we grasp that there seems to be something Eternal (and thus, unchangeable) about God which is also dynamic, even in His Eternal realm? Is there something that truly Alive, that Provokes, that Enacts, that Sponds as much as it longs for Responding?
It would seem that there must be some kind of deep dynamism within God's own nature that helped motivate His Creation. Indeed, that God even Created shows that God has a drive to Initiate! Apparently, it must be a very deep drive. And apparently - right instep among all other aspects of his Eternal Purpose for Creation - it seems God desired to express this Dynamic Impulse within God'self as Movement.
But to move in this new way God envisioned, God required a physical realm.
To be continued…
(*) We've left off Newton's Laws of Motion, especially Inertia - that objects at rest or in motion tend to remain so unless interacting with other material substance. But Aristotle was the first one to point out the inertial paradox of movement itself (that is, of movement's ultimate origin) when he called God "the unmoved mover". How is it that something (GOD) could ever alter its own momentum without first being acted upon? In the physical realm, that's impossible. But in the spiritual realm? Well. Who's to say? ;-)