The Omnipresent God

Omnipresent God

The Omnipresent God

Omnipresent God – Webster defines Omnipresent as – Present in all places at all time.

According to the Bible, God can be everywhere at one time. Omnipresence is a theological term that refers to the unlimited nature of God or His ability to be everywhere at all times.

Psalm 33:13-14 says that God exists outside of our created world: “The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth.” Yet God is also everywhere within our world. Psalm 139:7-10 says, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”

I guess being Omnipresent should not be looked at as anything unbelievable, after all, he is also Omniscient and Omnipotent as well. So God knows everything with unlimited understanding and knowledge, He can be everywhere at the same time and He has complete and unlimited power. God also existed before time, where or how exactly no one knows of course.

To be continued…

The Omnipresent God

The Omniscient God

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Omniscient God

Omniscient – knowing everything : having unlimited understanding or knowledge.

According to the Bible, God is an Omniscient God. God, being the all perfect and knowing being that He is according to the Bible has foretold the future many times in the past. Through His omniscience, He knew in advance that Eve would disobey Him and eat the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. He also knew that there would be the need to destroy the world He created with a great flood and start all over again. He knew in advance that all of mankind would disobey Him and there would be a need for Him to send His son (himself) to die for everyone’s sins (that He knew in advance of) before creating us. If this is the case, why would he go to all the trouble to do all these things in the first place if he knew it was going to be a failure? By doing this, did he not almost set mankind up for failure?

Omniscient God

If this is true, then He knew from the beginning every person who would believe in Him and deserve to go to heaven and which ones would not.
If God was aware in advance of our every thought and action from the time we were born up until the time of our death, and He knew all this for every person that had ever been born or would ever be born, while at the same time knowing in advance we would never be able to live up to the standards for which he placed upon us, would this not be an act of futility?

Why put us on Earth in the first place knowing in advance that we would fail and fall short of his plans for us? Would a Father who loves his children condemn them in advance to an eternal agony in hell? Would this be someone deserving of our love and respect?

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The Omnipotent God

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The Omnipotent God

Theists will agree that God is all powerful, all loving and all knowing. In other words, he is an omnipotent, omniscient and perfect creature incapable of evil. But is this possible? If he created everything did he not also create evil?

If he can do anything, can he create a rock even he cannot move, or a mountain too high for him to climb? This, of course, creates a problem either way someone answers it. If God can do these things, then he has created something he cannot do, as in moving the rock or climbing the mountain. If he is not able to create these things, then he also faced with an impossibility and something he cannot do.

Jeremiah 32:27 and Matthew 19:26 says that God is omnipotent (all-powerful). But Judges 1:19 says that the Lord was unable to help the men of Judah drive out the people from the plains because they had iron chariots. But, in Joshua 10:12, God makes the sun stand still in the sky so that Joshua can get all his killing done before dark. One would have to ask themselves if God can make the sun stand still for Joshua to attain a military victory, why did he not do something as simple as destroying a few iron chariots?

It would seem that iron to God is akin to Kryptonite for Superman.

If he is all good and he is all knowing, then he would know when something bad was going to happen, if he allows it, he cannot be all good.

The premise of the believer is “Don’t think, don’t question, just believe.” Most people of faith have never given any rational thought to the things they believe, they believe it because their Bible tells them it’s so, or because they read it somewhere else or their priest or their preacher told them to believe it. They then simply repeat what they were told or what they read and assume it to be true. After hearing and repeating this dogma over time, it leaves little room for doubt in their mind that it’s not true or at least open for discussion and critique.

 

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The Unknowable God

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The Unknowable God

 

Most theists will say that the true nature of God is unknowable, that we can never really know what or who God is. This is actually one of the only things that I would agree with. Only things that exist can be known, if something is unknowable, it means that it does not exist.

Let’s use the example of a “___”.  What is a “___” you will probably ask? Good question, because I have actually said nothing, which would be the only thing that could possibly be unknowable. Once you name something or give it characteristics it becomes knowable. The fact that a theist gives this mystical creature a name “God” and then tries to describe it automatically makes it knowable because if something can be described it can be known.

So in reality, if ‘God’ is unknowable it means he does not exist, so when someone moves their lips and utters this strange sound known as ‘God’ it is as if they have said nothing at all, much like “___” would be … I have said nothing.

So either God is knowable, or God does not exist. So, is this God really The God Who Wasn’t There?

 

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The Unknown God

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The Unknown God

 

Theists say that anyone that accepts God will be forever saved from a life of torture and misery. The problem with this is most of the world never heard of God.

There have been billions of people that have died in the years leading up to the story of Jesus and the formation of Christianity. Those people would have never heard a word about the Christian God’s existence or Jesus. Would all these people be burning in hell for simply having the misfortune of being born somewhere else or in a time before Jesus? Are they all condemned to eternal suffering only because they were born in an area, where the Christian story was not known and they were never familiar with the Jesus story, nor had they ever heard about this Christian God? Are they doomed because they never had a chance to become Christians, as these continents were not “discovered” until many centuries later?

What about all the people that were born and then died hundreds and thousands of years before Christ? Are they doomed simply by chance of being born before Christ? What about babies that died before being old enough to understand the requirements for eternal salvation? What about animals that are not capable of the comprehension of a God? What about societies such as Aborigines and other people who were never given the opportunity to know the Christian God? Are all these people simply doomed by chance?

It would seem logical that God would inform them of His existence if he didn’t want them to go to hell. Could this be an all loving God?

 

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Who or What Created God?

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Who or What Created God?

Theists will say that everything needs a creator, but then who or what created God? Theists will try to make the claim that God has always existed or that He created himself even after also making the claim that everything must have a creator. If God existed before the creation of time, space, and matter…how did He exist? How could something exist before there was something to exist in? Theists seem to be the one’s making the claim that nothing created something, not atheists.

This same claim would not be accepted if a theist were to ask an atheist who or what created the Universe and the atheist were to answer that it just created itself. Then why is it that this same claim is acceptable to them when it comes to explaining how their God came to be?

Theists like to make the claim that atheists believe that there was a Big Bang and then everything was just created. This, of course, is not true and nothing more than an attempt by theists to discredit Evolution. The Universe was created through millions and millions of years of evolution, not all at once. Anyone that is really interested in learning the truth about Evolution should read The Blind Watch Maker by Richard Dawkins.

So, why is the same argument good enough to a theist when trying to explain the existence of God to an atheist, but not good enough when an atheist using that same argument is trying to explain the existence of universe, matter, and energy to a theist?

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God on Trial

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God on Trial

 

Should we question the things we have been told to believe or should we just believe them without evidence out of fear of punishment from some cosmic cloud deity? In the legal world evidence is required to support all claims, why do we give religion a free pass?

What evidence could be presented to validate this claim? Many would say the Bible, but the Bible is not proof of anything.  A book that was written by a few men based on the writings of a handful of people from thousands of years ago that was translated hundreds of times into many different languages should not be considered as anything more than a book of fables. Do you know anyone that actually witnessed God or Jesus? As far as we know there are four main people that can testify on behalf of these stories, but they are nothing more than anonymous fictional characters with no last names. The entire story relies upon four men who all we know are named Matthew, Luke, John, and Mark. I say they are anonymous because nothing else is known about them.

Imagine a police officer filing a police report about a crime and naming four people named Matthew, Luke, John, and Mark … no last names, no addresses, no phone numbers … nothing more than just first names.  Then to make it worse, these 4 anonymous people cannot be called upon to even testify because no one knows where or who they are. Would this case hold up in court? Would this case even be charged by a competent district attorney?

If this case were brought to trial, who would we call as witnesses? What evidence could be presented other than the written testimony of 4 anonymous men that no one knows anything about or how to locate them? Could God Himself be called to testify on His own behalf?

If we were to examine and treat this as we would any standard judicial proceeding this would be thrown out of court, so why is this any different? All other things in life we require evidence for except in this one area where we are expected to accept it on mere faith alone.

If we were to treat faith and religion in the same manner as we do with matters of the legal world and our justice system, what would happen if using those same rules of evidence that we do in any other judicial matter we put God On Trial?

Imagine if you will a court setting with a judge, jury, prosecutor, and defense attorney. To get in the right frame of mind, imagine this as a Monty Python skit.

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Judge: Mr. Prosecutor you may call your first witness.

Prosecutor: Your Honor, the State would like to enter the testimony of Mathew into the record.

Judge: Is Mathew in the courtroom?

Prosecutor: No Your Honor, Mathew could not be here today.

Judge: Then how will he testify if he is not present?

Prosecutor: Your Honor, I have his testimony written down.

Judge: Is this a sworn testimony?

Prosecutor: Well, not exactly Your Honor we were not able to get his testimony directly from him.

Judge: Well why not?

Prosecutor: Because he has been dead for many hundreds of years Your Honor.

Defense Attorney: Your Honor I object! The State can’t use the testimony of a non-sworn witness that has been dead for hundreds of years.

Judge: Objection sustained. Mr. Prosecutor do you have any other witnesses?

Prosecutor: Well, yes Your Honor I do. I would like to enter the testimony of Luke into the record.

Judge: Luke, please take the stand.

Prosecutor: Your Honor, Luke also could not be here today.

Judge: So how is he going to testify?

Prosecutor: I have his testimony written down Your Honor.

Judge: Is this Luke of the living Mr. Prosecutor?

Prosecutor: No, Your Honor, he is deceased as well.

Defense Attorney: Your Honor, once again I object on the same grounds!

Judge: Objection sustained! Mr. Prosecutor, do you have any actual witnesses that are alive and here today that can take the stand?

Prosecutor: Your Honor, I do have two other witnesses, but unfortunately they are also deceased and all I have is their testimony written down on paper from hundreds of years ago. May I enter into the record the testimony of John and Mark Your Honor?

Defense Attorney: Your Honor this is an outrage and I object!

Judge: OBJECTION SUSTAINED! Mr. Prosecutor, do you have any evidence at all to support your case other than the writings of 4 anonymous men from hundreds of years ago that no one knows anything about other than their first names?

Prosecutor: Yes Your Honor I do, as luck would have it all four of these men happen to have their testimony entered into this book called the Bible. I also have great faith that all of this is true.

Defense Attorney: Your Honor, I call for an immediate dismissal of this case with prejudice!

Judge: Case dismissed with prejudice, and I will be drafting a formal complaint to the Bar for wasting my time with this matter Mr. Prosecutor!

In the legal world, this would end something like this. In the faith world, we are supposed to ignore all of the rules of evidence and blindly accept and promote this nonsense.

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