Hugh Ross declares that there are 9 kinds of ………. nothing.
Well then, what are they?
For that you have to open the door.
9 KINDS OF NOTHING…
No simple dictionary definition will do here.
Scientists, philosophers, and theologians use different definitions of nothing depending on the context. Nothing can mean the complete absence of:
(2) matter and energy;
(3) matter, energy, and the 3 large cosmic space dimensions (length, width, and height);
(4) matter, energy, and all the cosmic space dimensions (including the 6 extremely tiny space dimensions implied by particle creation models);
(5) matter, energy, and all the cosmic space and time dimensions;
(6) matter, energy, cosmic space and time dimensions, and created nonphysical entities.
(7) matter, energy, cosmic space and time dimensions, created nonphysical entities, and other dimensions of space and time.
(8) matter, energy, cosmic space and time dimensions, created nonphysical entities, and other dimensions or realms–spatial, temporal, or otherwise; or
(9) anything and everything real, created, and uncreated.
Because God is an eternal Being, without beginning or ending, only the first 8 kinds of nothing in the list above are possible. As for the universe, it came from nothing as in definitions 5, 6, or 7, above.
[All of the above, except for a tiny bit of tinkering, came from Hugh Ross, Navigating Genesis: A Scientist’s Journey through Genesis 1-11 (RTB Press, 2014, p.27).]