Jeremiah 23:23-24 - God is omnipresent or everywhere
in the sense that He can see everyone and everything
and no one can hide from Him.

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God is everywhere
(Jeremiah 23:23)

Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, June 2002, p.2

THE TEACHING THAT God is everywhere is against the Bible. If God were everywhere, He must also be in beer houses, prostitution dens, and crack houses.  In Matthew 6:9, Jesus said in His prayer that God is in heaven.

Isn't it that God is in heaven and not in places where there is immorality?

Jay Magunay
Sta Rosa, Laguna, Philippines

Editor's reply:

     The teaching that God is everywhere or that God is omnipresent is a biblical teaching. In fact, it was the Almighty God Himself who declared that He is everywhere:

     “I am God who is everywhere and not in one place only.” (Jer. 23:23, Today’s English Version)

     We do not oppose the Lord Jesus Christ’s prayer written in Matthew 6:9. What we are opposing is the erroneous conclusion about the verse. It is true that the Lord Jesus acknowledged in His prayer that the Father is in heaven. But, He did not say that the Father is in heaven only. To assume such is a violation of biblical teachings.

     We cannot confine God to any specific location. Apostle Paul, in fact, testifies that “He [God] is everywhere and in everything” (Eph. 1:4, Easy-to-Read Version).

     However, we should not think that the omnipresence of God is the same as pantheism-equating God with the combined forces and laws that are manifested in the existing universe. For example, we should not think that God is in the table in our living rooms and therefore, that table should be worshipped. God is omnipresent in the sense that He can see everyone and everything and no one can hide from Him. The Almighty proclaims:

     “No one can hide where I cannot see him. Do you not know that I am everywhere in heaven and on earth?” (Jer. 23:24, TEV)

     Even King David emphatically expressed in one of his psalms that there is no place he can go to escape from God.

     “Where could I go to escape from you? Where could I get away from your presence? If I went up to heaven, you would be there; if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there. If I flew away beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west, you would be there to lead me. You would be there to help me.” (Ps. 139:7-10, Ibid.)   



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