The universe and God cannot be the same thing because God must be outside of the universe in order for the universe to come into existence.
In your book you point out we have a God who’s outside of the universe. And the Bible says “In the beginning God…” and then if we know God created the heavens, how does science prove that?
For the past 50 years, astronomers have been looking at general relativity, the universe and they’ve been developing space-time theorems which basically prove that not only does the universe have a beginning, even space and time have a beginning, which implies there must be an agent outside of space and time that created our universe of matter and energy, space and time, a causal agent that matches a definition of the God of the Bible.
You know that way back in the Middle Ages, we used to talk about the uncaused cause and it really didn’t prove anything but this is what the scientists are saying.
The Bible may these statements thousands of years ago and what happens is now we have the science to prove that the Bible got it right as space and time actually have a beginning, they are created by a God.
Time, space and matter is what we call a continuum. All of them have to come into existence at the same instance. Because if there were matter but no space, where would you put it? If there were matter and space but no time, when would you put it? You cannot have time, space or matter independently. They have to come into existence simultaneously. The bible answers that in ten words: In the beginning (time), God created the heaven (space) and the earth (matter). So you have time, space and matter created – a trinity of trinities there. Just you know, time is past, present, future. Space has depth, width, height. Matter has solid, liquid, gas. You have a trinity of trinities created instantaneously and the God who created them has to be outside of them. If he’s limited by time, he is not God. The guy who created this computer is not in the computer. He’s not running around in there changing the numbers on the screen. The God who created this universe is outside of the universe. He’s above it, beyond it, in it, through it. He’s unaffected by it.