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Old 02-09-2003, 01:04 AM   #1
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Question for everyone

Tonight at dinner my family and I were dicussing how God is "supposedly everywhere". I use supposedly bc my mom raised the question if God is everywhere then wouldnt he be in Hell?

So my question is this is God everywhere or is he just in Heaven and on earth watching us??


I honestly dont know what to think or what my opinion is on this subject.
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Old 02-09-2003, 04:30 AM   #2
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IMO...it's however you want to look at...if you want to believe that God is in everything, she is. If you want to believe that God watches over us from heaven that is true too.

Personally, I find little bits of her in everything.
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Old 02-09-2003, 07:26 AM   #3
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Maybe another question that should be asked is "is there truly a hell as we have been led to believe?" Ie. is it possible that God would choose to simply let those persons who choose not to accept his offer of "eternal life" have their human life and then pass into oblivion? I have been doing a study on this topic and am finding that there is good reason to believe that this is what the Bible seems to indicate if you do more than just pull out random verses out of context.
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God is Omnipresent

The attribute of God by which He fills the universe in all its parts and is present everywhere at once. Not a part, but the whole of God is present in every place. This is true of all three members of the Trinity. They are so closely related that where one is the others can be said to be, also.

Therefore, when man is sinning God is there. If a child is doing something a parent has told him not to do, God is there. There is no place man can go to hide from God.

Psalm 139:8
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Jeremiah 23:23,24
Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

Ephesians 2:22
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Psalm 113:5
Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high.

Psalm 123:1
Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

I Kings 8:27
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

Matthew 6:9
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Hebrews 1:3
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

I Corinthians 1:27
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.

Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Romans 10:6,7
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? Or, Who shall descend into the deep?

Romans 8:9
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

There is no place to go where God is not already there.

Oh, and sis, I'd like to hear more about your studies on hell as well...sounds very interesting.

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Old 02-09-2003, 11:27 AM   #5
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Re: Question for everyone

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Tonight at dinner my family and I were dicussing how God is "supposedly everywhere". I use supposedly bc my mom raised the question if God is everywhere then wouldnt he be in Hell?
I've always been taught that "hell" is eternal separation from God... which would mean that he isn't there.

BUT I've been thinking a lot (thanks to my Philosophy class) about the mind v. the body. And I'm not sure if, when people say "eternal separation from God" they are talking about the mind or the body. Because I think that a mind can be separated from God (i.e. in hell) but a physical body cannot because God is manifestly there.

It's a sticky question

And sula, I can't wait for you to write a book about your studies
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like Hippy said this is a sticky question and one that is hard to really find the answer to. I agree with what Sula has to say too.


I thought it was interesting that my mom brought that up but as soon as she did my gramma instantly said NO that God is only in Heaven and on Earth watching us. So my gramma believes that God is everywhere BUT hell and so I asked why wouldnt God be in hell and she replied that Hell is no place for him.


Its really weird for me bc I have all these questions concerning faith and I wanna see both sides of the story before I believe something. Yet if the Catholic Church comes out with a new "rule" my gramma instantly follows it without questions asked.


sidenote: I would love to hear about you studies too Sula.
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There was actually significant debate in the early church over weather those who reject God cease to exist upon death or are eternal and are separted from God. I've heard that Paul was of the cease to exist camp. It all depends on how you interpret Christ's staements. To me it seems like there is ome sort of hell where those who have rejected God are sperated from Him. Other than that God is present everywhere.

Spanish Eyes the translation of the bible you are using isn't quite correct. Psalm 139:8 should read as She'ol not Hell. The Istraelites dindn't have a concept of Hell as such. All souls upon deal passed into She'ol which more or less means the grave. It was usually seen as a grey sleeplike state witha heaven condition represented by nearness to God while a hellish condition was to be distant from God.
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Re: Question for everyone

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Tonight at dinner my family and I were dicussing how God is "supposedly everywhere". I use supposedly bc my mom raised the question if God is everywhere then wouldnt he be in Hell?
The question mixes two concepts of "everywhere". As Chris points out with the many references, one of the atributes of God is that He is Omnipresent. Nothing is out of the reach of God and He can be in all places at once.

As for Hell, again this is not out of God's reach, but that doesn't mean He is "part" of hell.

I understand Hell as both eternal separation from God and eternal punishment. I realize that this runs contrary to our human desire to limit punishment - that a loving God would do such a thing.

Sula - I too would like to see more of your study.

Blacksword - it appears that Chris was using the KJV. There are some denominations which insist that this is the only authentic translation. The NIV uses the term "depths" with a footnote to the Hebrew term She'ol.
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The KJV and the NIV are both terribly flawed. I wouldn't use either for serious scholarship.

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Melon, which is your preferred translation?

We have many different translations at home.
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Melon...I should have used the translation I was most comfortable using, and that is the New American Standard Version which is as close to the original manuscripts as possible. I should point out that my above post wasn't any of my writing, but taken from a site on the omnipresence of God, and the translation they used was the King James Version which wouldn't have been my translation of choice.

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Adamswildhoney:
imho God is above us, but he's working in everyone of us if we let him.


Melon: i never read the NIV but i heared good things about that translation - can you give me examples about flaws?
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Klaus,

Translations differ based on source material, translation method, and other considerations. I can post more on this later today.

NIV is generally a good translation for readability. For scholarship, translations should be compared and original hebrew and greek examined.
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The problem with the NIV is that it takes traditional (conservative) interpretations of passages and exaggerates them.

Take "yadha" in Sodom and Gomorrah. It goes from "to know" in its most literal translation to homosexual activity in the NIV, despite the fact that such a translation is disputed by most independent scholars and several OT passages also translate it otherwise. IMO, the word should be translated as "to know," due to its reasonable ambiguity.

The NIV does that a lot, and it is not reliable.

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Melon...I should have used the translation I was most comfortable using, and that is the New American Standard Version which is as close to the original manuscripts as possible. I should point out that my above post wasn't any of my writing, but taken from a site on the omnipresence of God, and the translation they used was the King James Version which wouldn't have been my translation of choice.

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I am generally displeased with all translations, although I will give some credit to the Catholic editions for not only putting in contextual footnotes, but also not shying away from independent scholarship and criticism. However, I have some issues with some of their translations as well.

In the ideal sense, I would like a Dead Sea Scrolls translation done by scholars independent of any specific religious affiliation or ideology. Too many religions have too many agendas and traditions to uphold to do it correctly.

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Lately, I have been digging the NRSV. I am not all that enamoured of the NIV these days.
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I've been sticking to NRSV as well. It's been coming into use a lot in the Presbyterian church her in Canada (or atleast where I am). I've been told it si a decent scholarly translation. And though it took a while to get used to I much prefer it to the more popular NIV. NIV is nice to read but I find it rather vague and wordy now.

Speaking of mistranslations I have heard that the verse that is usually translated as something like if you divorce your spouse and marry another person you commit adultry, should be translated as you will be stigmatized as comminiting adultry.
If I recall correctly it has something to do with the fact that the greek verb is in the passive tense and was translated in the active sense or something like that.
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In the ideal sense, I would like a Dead Sea Scrolls translation done by scholars independent of any specific religious affiliation or ideology. Too many religions have too many agendas and traditions to uphold to do it correctly.
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