In confirmation of my personal theology, this is a keystone passage. Verses 1 to 5 speak of The "WORD" existing before the world was created. It also says 'The Word' was with God and The Word was God.'
It is now scientifically agreed the "universe" (' world ' in John's context) began with the 'Big Bang'. What triggered the Big Bang and, how was all that matter gathered together in the first place? Hmmm..... Have you ever considered a Spiritual Big Bang. Maybe it's time to reconsider St. Thomas Aquinas' concept of God as the Prime Mover.
"In the beginning was the Word (God)". John, by such assertion, would agree that the true beginning was prior to the Big Bang. I'll leave it to others to determine how God began....but maybe we'll come to recognize a relationship between spirituality and matter some day. For now, in John's context, it was the WORD that gave the word.
It is also agreed the Universe is in a state of continuous expansion and will never contract. Can we not, likewise consider an expanding God that will never contract? John's reading goes on to say " The Word became Light," ie, the expanding Spirit permeated the creation of the universe and all that was in it including the life that evolved. This might account for the contention we are all a part of God and God is within us, or that we are in the image of God. So, when we look upon one another and all living things, we are spiritually looking upon God. This is not to say that we are looking upon the whole of God, but we are looking upon a true aspect of God. Therefore we must honour the goodness of one another and life in nature as we would honour God.
As our relationship with God and one another continued to evolve, the need for behavioural guidelines was recognised, and so God gave us the Law through Moses, (verse 17). Nevertheless, people in their uncertainty and resultant preoccupation with the Law were missing something vital. God needed to get the essential connection of love and compassion into the spiritual swirl too, (verse 14).
Every person has control of their own good and evil spiritual mix.
While God is quite aware of evil, it is not a component of God's own evolution. However, the development of our individual soul is an important, however small, contributing part to God's evolvement. To the extent we are spiritually able to exclude evil, the presence of God can be more manifest with in us.
I believe that God, in order to secure the transition to a New Testament of love and compassion, intervened to the complete exclusion of evil and thus became fully manifest spiritually within the soul of Jesus.
I believe His soul thus fulfilled, continues within God; and as such, Jesus may be referred to as the son of God.
He is a part of God; as are we all, to the extent of our individual spiritual goodness which constitutes the immortal portion of our soul. It is the assimilation of this good portion of our souls and those throughout the universe that enhances God's continuing progression and constitutes our own eternal life.
This accounts for the Lord's vital interest in helping us nurture and grow the spiritual good within us.
Scientists further contend the universe will expand ever outward on into oblivion. Now what do you think God will do about that, hmm...? Could it be that, as it was in the beginning, the Lord will give the WORD ?
Help us all, dear Lord, to come to know and understand you in our own way as best we can, and so to be secure in our relationship with you as our caring companion for good. Amen.