A Question I Was Asked:

What is Pantheism?

What is Pantheism? Can you explain?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, Pantheism is the view that God is everything and everyone and that everyone and everything is God. So everything you see around you becomes part of God, yet not in a loose or 'poetic' way, but actually so. So your dog is part of God as is my cat. Trees and shrubs are God, a rock is God, the sky is God, the sun is God, oh yes, and you too are God. Pantheism is the supposition behind many religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism (at least to some extent), it also became very pervasive in the New Age and "mother nature" type new religions here in the West.

The Bible certainly does not teach pantheism. Yet - without question - a few have confused pantheism with the doctrine of God's omnipresence. Yes, there is a real sense in which God is everywhere but this is very definitely not in the pantheistic sense. God is everywhere, but He is not everything, neither is everything part of God. A person or a tree or a car or any object never becomes God within Christianity. Psalm 139:7-8 declares, "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there." God's omnipresence means He is present everywhere. There is no place in the universe where God is not present, however this is nothing like pantheism in which everything becomes part of God, so the doctrine of God's omnipresence is not the same thing as pantheism. God is a spirit being of perfection, no physical object (themselves created by God), can add to His greatness or power.

All we need to remember is that the Bible forbids the worship of idols, as well as angels, celestial objects, items in nature and so on. If pantheism were indeed true, it presumably would not be wrong to worship such an object, because that object would, in fact, be some form or part of God. God is an invisible and spiritual being. The Bible's clear and consistent rejection of idolatry is a pretty conclusive argument against pantheism.

Robin A. Brace. June 27th, 2015.