Belinda wrote:1.Because suffering is experienced in either the central nervous system including the cerebral cortex, or via the peripheral nervous system with connections to the pain centre and cerebral cortex which conceptualises the suffering. Nervous systems are present in space-time and do not pertain to spirits,which are not usually considered to occupy space-time.
In humans, yes. In fact, our thoughts can be reduced to physical reactions also, and likewise anything that we create can be reduced to physical processes. (Thought --> Will --> Movement of Body --> manipulation of the physical world --> creation of things)
So, since spirits cannot suffer because they don't have the requirements you list, they would not be able to think or create like human because thinking and creating are also physical processes. Furthermore, God would not be able to create, since you group him as a spirit. Then we are left with no God, and this argument is moot.
I think your missing my point. Your limiting suffering to purely physical reactions. I am no philosopher of the mind, but I would argue that even though your suffering may be stimulated by physical reactions, your experience of it is not physical. Is our experience of the world purely physical? Is consciousness purely physical? I have thoughts on this, but I cannot defend them (I have not done enough research in this area).
2.I wonder if you have ever considered the possibility that God does not transcend the creation, but is the creation.
I've considered a lot of possibilities. In fact, I have made it one of my goals to continually refute my beliefs to make sure they hold strong.
Pertaining to your question, not exactly. However, I don't see how we can give attributes to a God that does not transcend our realm of space and time. Especially attributes like all knowing, all powerful, and all good (which are attributes that I outlined in my initial post). I think the problem of suffering rests on God possessing these attributes.
Would you care to expound on how God can be the creation but not transcend the creation?
(by the way thanks for the conversation, I'm sure I come of like a prick sometimes, but I really don't mean to. I don't have the time or energy to be cordial in forum posts!)