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How Can God Be Everywhere All the Time? Can You Explain His Omnipresence?







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How can God be everywhere all the time? Can you explain His omnipresence?


UK Apologetics Reply:

No human being can explain it. Nevertheless it is a biblical teaching. We are human flesh and blood, physical and temporary beings with a life expectancy of something like 70 years, but God is not like that: He is eternal, omnipotent and omnipresent. He made this whole world and universe and every thing we see upon this Earth.

In His transcendence, God is wholly independent of the material universe - beyond and independent of the physical laws of His creation. He rises above and surpasses time and space. Though He upholds all things, He will never need anyone to uphold Him! Being transcendent, God is so beyond us we would not know Him if He did not choose to reveal Himself to us. Our human thoughts and ways are so beneath His. See Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 11:33-36. The Bible says His presence is so great, He cannot be “contained” even in any number of holy places, for His glory is above the heavens. (Psalm 113:4-6).

What of the Angelic Realm?

God has created angels and He allows them to assist Him in working out His plan of salvation; they assist His people upon Earth in various hazardous and dangerous situations, also apparently certain higher angels assist God as He works out His purposes in certain wars and battles which occur upon Earth - and also in Heaven; see Revelation 12:7. He also uses these higher angels to give messages to certain people whom He uses in His grand plan; Gabriel was sent to both Zecharias (the husband of Elizabeth), and to Mary (the mother of Jesus). He has granted eternity to all these angels with - it seems - just a measure of omnipotence but seemingly not omnipresence (there are no indications that they can appear in several places at the same time) Normally invisible to humans, they have sometimes manifested themselves in a male form or female form (less so), or as powerful warriors. However, men and women formed in God's own likeness have a higher final spiritual destination than the angels: to be God's own sons and daughters in His own eternal family (yet - presumably - not to be 'God beings') See Psalm 8 and 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18.

Robin A. Brace. April 26th, 2020.

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