The only way that an unseen, inaudible, “spiritual” god entity can interact with a human is ultimately by physical means. There has to be some mechanism for the “spiritual” to connect with the physical – to assert otherwise is simply a resort to special pleading. Either the spiritual entity appears in front of a person and takes on physical attributes (and is therefore detectable), or it somehow communicates with her. Now, since the person will react physically to the “manifestation”, by screaming or being filled with the emotion of love, the god entity must at some point engage with the person’s mind, which is a faculty of the brain based on neural and chemical functions. That means that the god entity has to cause a physical stimulus of some sort, however small. This in turn demonstrates (if believers’ claims are true) that the physical is a realm occupiable by the god entity.
Now. Christians love to proclaim the omnipresence of God. This causes all manner of problems. If hell is a place, then God is there – because he’s everywhere. If hell isn’t actually a place, but simply the absence of God, as many more liberal and “rational” believers like to say, then God cannot be omnipresent.
But what does omnipresence actually mean? Surely it must mean that God exists everywhere that can be occupied? Furthermore, it must also mean that he exists within everything that occupies a space – at the very least because all matter, at the subatomic level, is empty space. But we must go a step further – if he is truly omnipresent, he must also infuse to one hundred percent capacity, all matter. And if he occupies all matter and space, every electron and quark, there can only be one conclusion – he actually is matter, he is space, he is each atom, he is the stars, he is the galaxies and planets, the earth, the mountains and oceans, the plants, the animals and the insects. He is us. He is you.
Stunning, eh? What if we were all able to see things this way? We are God. There is no God in heaven waiting for us to accept him, there is no God to mete out justice, there can be no God that created the earth. Because that God would be separate and differentiated. You, me, the universe – we are God. All because God is omnipresent – it’s the logical and natural conclusion from that assertion, because if he’s omnipresent, then there can be no place that doesn’t contain him. It means that he cannot reside in a “spiritual realm” that only interpenetrates with the physical, because that would mean that he doesn’t exist fully in the physical realm and is therefore not truly omnipresent. Of course, it means that Christians are actually pantheists in disguise and/or denial, and it totally contradicts the narratives of the bible where God is a separate and distinct agent that interacts as an external entity with humans. If Yahweh were omnipresent, why did he have to search for Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden – why were they able to hide from him? Why would Moses have had to go up a mountain to communicate with him? Why would he have to manifest as a burning bush? Why is there even a notion of specific “divine presence” if he is in fact omnipresent?
Hence, based on what we know from scripture, God cannot coexist with and be every atom, plant, rock and person, planet or galaxy. He cannot be occupying every space and substance, and he therefore cannot be omnipresent.
So when a believer talks about God’s omnipresence, think a little, ask a few basic questions, and realize that you’re being spun a marketing line that sounds good, has little substance, and also contradicts the basic narrative of the bible.
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