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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Monday, November 13, 2006

God Is

There are certain aspects of Christian belief that create problems for Christians as they attempt to explain the workings of God in the world. These aspects are those by which we as Christians define God, His attributes and how they seemingly govern His abilities, or maybe better stated how we are engaged in life as defined by God's attributes.
Omnipresence means, that God is free from the laws or limitations of space.
Omnipotence means, unlimited power, as George Carlin jokingly asked, If God is all-powerful can He make a rock so big that even He can't lift it?
Omniscience means, the capacity to know everything. There is nothing beyond the scope of God's understanding. His understanding embraces everything there is to know, past, present, future, all things possible and actual; the inner thoughts and intents of man, and the outward actions.
He is by His omnipotence able to do as He wills, He is by His omnipresence able to do as He wills instantaneously, and He is by omniscience able to do as He wills with full knowledge.
He is by nature God, God Himself, the IAM, and in that nature, His existence and all attributes are perfect.
The Question for Christians is, what about our will? It would seem that God by His attributes undermines human freedom.
A second Question is does God know the future? and if He does, does His knowledge determine its outcome? It could be understood that God's power and ability to be present in the here and now, everywhere, enables His control of the future. He is able to manipulate events to meet the future needs of his will. God's sovereignty in the acts of divine intervention circumvent the courses of nature and the daily circumstances of life as they unfold. The natural order of life need not be micro-managed by God, only the acts of God which by design glorify Him beyond the everyday are in need of His extra-special touch to serve His special purpose.
As I look at the sciences, everything from biology to astronomy, I see the hand of God having set in motion or determined by laws spoken by God governance of His creation.
I struggle with the intent of some proponents of God's 'omnis' which negate the obvious gift of will given to mankind. The God of providence rules and overrules, but He does not by His omnipotence overpower and override and destroy man's true freedom. Things that are do not reflect God's perfect providence, but rather His providence as affected by human free agency and as marred by man's sin. As a note it would seem obvious that God's original plan of provision did not include healing from disease or death.
This in no way refutes, repudiates or proves the truth of who God is in His attributes, I merely seek to resolve some difficulties in the understanding of God's attributes worked out in everyday life. Isa. 30:18 says...and therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of justice: blessed are all they that wait for Him.

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