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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 06:09:46 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: CHRISTIAN EVIDENCES

God's Omnipresence
 by John Henson

   "Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and
   not a God far away? Can a man hide himself
   in secret places so that I cannot see him?
   declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and
   earth? declares the LORD." (Jeremiah 23:23-
   24).
God has the ability to be everywhere at the same time.

This attribute is called omnipresence and there is much
conjecture about it. Of course, the major problem is
the same problem with many of God's attributes: people
often look at the attributes of God from a human
perspective instead of remembering God is not human.

Jesus, in John 4:24, said, "God is spirit, and those
who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." So,
we cannot think of God as being a physical or corporeal
being and one who perceives things necessarily the same
way we do.

Therefore, it is possible for God to be with a person
in Paris, and with me in the United States.

The mistake many people make is that God is too often
away looking into other things and not present watching
them. God told Jeremiah, "Am I a God at hand, and not a
God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places
so that I cannot see him?"

Such an idea betrays man's thinking as simply too
human. God is not human. He fills heaven and earth, as
Jeremiah wrote.

This is proven in Jesus, the Son of God, and his
knowledge of Nathaniel in John 1:47-49. Jesus' ability
to have knowledge of Nathaniel showed this attribute of
omnipresence.

The psalmist wrote: 

   "You know when I sit down and when I rise
   up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You
   search out my path and my lying down and are
   acquainted with all my ways. Even before a
   word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you
   know it altogether," (Psalm 139:2-4, ESV).

When the psalmist wrote God had the ability to "search
out" David's path, he meant that God has the ability to
peer right into the very essence of David's thought and
character. And, so, he knows each of us on that very
same level.

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