CA friend told me about someone I know who was confronted in the work place by a fellow co-worker who is a pantheist.
Pantheists believe that all things are God. This idea has crept up all over the place in many forms and various ways. To quote the end of Stairway to Heaven, "The truth will come to you at last, when all are one, and one is all." Or from the Eat, Pray, Love movie, "God is in you, and God is you. God is in me, and God is me." Or maybe the Force in Star Wars - we're all connected by the energy of the universe, which is divine. Pantheists generally believe that God is eternal and created the universe out of himself, which is how they come to the conclusion that all things are then divine and the universe, eternal. Most forms of pantheism spring from Hinduism, but not all pantheist are Hindus. Anyways...
The pantheist approached the Christian and said in front of other co-workers, "So you believe that God created the world out of nothing." The Christian responded, "Yes." The pantheist then responded, "Wouldn't it make more sense that created the universe out of something," as he motioned with his hands from his chest outward, clearly indicating that wouldn't it make more sense that God created the universe out of himself.
It's interesting that the pantheist took this approach with the Christian, because Christians usually approach atheists who believe in evolution in this manner, by going all the way back to the beginning and asking where the primordial soup of the Big Bang came from - nothing? Everyone knows that nothing comes from nothing. Therefore, before the Bang, there must have been a God to create the stuff and send it into motion. So the pantheist was taking the same approach and saying this same approach with the Christian - "Something out of nothing?" or "Something out of something?"
The Christian responded, "Yea, I guess that makes more sense."
I'm curious - how would you respond if you are a Christian and a pantheist approached you with this question in front of co-workers? What are the different responses that we as Christians might provide?