The cause of Creation’s (all objects which physically exist; obviously including man ) ability to BE, which means, really, to do whatever it can do, must be Creation itself. It is rationally impossible to declare that God is the “first cause” of Creation in a certain metaphysically logical sense because in declaring this, one is forced to concede that the root ABILITY of Creation to actually be caused upon so that it can—is ABLE to– act in a manner which can be declared a “reaction” is God, Himself. Creation’s ability to be IS God’s ability to be. And therefore, the only thing we can conclude from this is that Creation IS merely God, for they share the same ability to exist. Creation is a direct function of God; thus, there is no logical separation between Creation and God. They are one and the same.
Or shall I say “One” and the same.
Thus, I submit that not even God can cause that which is inherently UNABLE on its own to be. If the ABILITY to be is from God, it cannot be from itself; and that makes Creation merely an extension of God, Himself. Which is to say that Creation IS God. As I said above.
You see, not only does God cause the thing to exist if He is considered the “direct” cause of it, but He must also be the direct cause of its ability to ACT, which includes BEING; and this means that it can have no ability or being of its own, because this would mean that its ability must only be a direct function of ITSELF. And this, of course, is uproariously denied in Christendom.
But the logical and practical extension of existence is the maintenance of that existence by BEING, and BEING equals, quite literally doing whatever it does. And a thing doing whatever it does is a direct function of existence which is a direct function of ability which can only logically be a direct function of the OBJECT. Thus, God can only, in a sense, Create an object out of something that is already there. And that something must have inherent in it the ABILITY to become whatever God creates, already. And that ability cannot come from God; it can only come from itself. This is a hard metaphysic to grasp, but it is the only one which does not concede that Creation is God and God is Creation. It is the only one that is rationally and metaphysically consistent.
If we do not concede that Creation’s ability to be (exist) and do is wholly a function of itself, then the problem is obvious: If God is the direct first cause, then not only is God the direct power behind Creation’s existence, He must also be the direct power behind ALL that Creation does; and of course, with man, this would include thinking, willing, choosing, knowing, and, of course, believing in Jesus. Which makes both Christ and God redundant.
And this is not considered orthodoxy in ANY school of Christian thought.