MAN-MADE DANGERS TO AVOID IN THE STUDY OF GOD'S OMNIPRESENCE CONTINUED!

MAN-MADE DANGERS TO AVOID IN THE STUDY OF GOD’S OMNIPRESENCE CONTINUED! The second greatest fallacy of human reasoning regarding the reflection on God’s Omnipresence as found in Psalm 139:7-12 is what is called Deism or Unitarianism. Part of an article from the website Religioustolerence.org gives this information on “Deism”. “The word "Deism" is derived from the Latin word for God: "Deus." Deism is a natural religion. Deists believe in the existence of God, on purely rational grounds, without any reliance on revealed religion or religious authority. Many Deists reason that since everything that exists has had a creator, then the universe itself must have been created by God… Most Deists bel

MAN-MADE DANGERS TO AVOID IN THE STUDY OF GOD'S OMNIPRESENCE!

MAN-MADE DANGERS TO AVOID IN THE STUDY OF GOD’S OMNIPRESENCE! There are three basic dangerous fallacies of human reasoning we need to be alert to as we reflect on God’s Omnipresence in Psalm 139:7-12. The first of these is Pantheism. What is “pantheism?” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy describes Pantheism this way: “Pantheism is a metaphysical and religious position. Broadly defined it is the view that… ‘God is everything and everything is God … the world is either identical with God or in some way a self-expression of his nature’ … A slightly more specific definition is … ‘Pantheism’ … signifies the belief that every existing entity is, only one Being; and that all other forms of re

THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD!

The Omnipresence of God: What do we mean by the “Omnipresence” of God? Our reflections on this topic will be based on Psalm 139:7-12 so be sure and read this passage of Scripture today or at least before tomorrow. It would be good to read the entire Psalm. The word “omnipresence” comes from two Latin words: “omnis” meaning “all” and “praesen” meaning “to be at hand or present.” So the “omnipresence of God” means that He is always at hand or present. Charles Ryrie in his book on “Basic Theology” says, “Omnipresence means that God is everywhere present with His whole being at all times.” When we view heaven and earth, the great universe we see and beyond, God is there. There is no place where

THE OMNISCIENCE OF GOD: GOD KNOWS THINGS BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION!

The Omniscience of God: God knows things beyond our comprehension. As David reflected on the greatness of God he said, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain,” (Psalm 139:6 NIV). God’s knowledge is beyond our comprehension. How can we even begin to comprehend the knowledge of God? In the book of Job there is an ongoing conversation between Job and some of his friends. They ramble on for 37 chapters telling each other how much they know about God and how great their comprehension of God is. Then in Chapters 38-41 God speaks. And in reply Job speaks to God and says, “You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did n

THE OMNISCIENCE OF GOD: GOD KNOWS ALL OUR NEEDS!

The Omniscience of God: God knows all our needs. David said, “You (God) hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me,” (Psalm 139:5 NIV). “You hem me in” is translated in the NASB as “you enclose me.” The KJV says, “You beset me behind and before.” All these translations really bring out the thought of being surrounded by God or protected by God. As we will see later in in our reflection of this Psalm God knows our end from the beginning. God has a great plan for our life. And so God in His infinite knowledge of us now and into the future protects us. We do not know what tomorrow will bring. Jesus and the Apostles also told us that. But God knows what tomorrow will bring. He kn

THE OMNISCIENCE OF GOD: GOD KNOWS OUR WORDS!

The Omniscience of God: God Knows Our Words. “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely;” (Psalm139:4 NIV). God knows what we say and He knows it before we say it. The old adage is good, “Think before you speak.” Why? God is listening. The bible has a lot to say about the use of our words. Words can kill or words can save. Words can build up or tear down. Words can be honest or deceitful. Words can salve a wound or open a wound. Words can quench a fire or start a raging inferno. Words can sway a nation politically for good or bad. Words can start wars or end wars. Words can bring blessings or curses. And in the middle of all those words stands God who knows all our words. I

THE OMNISCIENCE OF GOD: GOD KNOWS ALL OUR ACTIVITIES!

The Omniscience of God: God Knows All Our Activities. “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways,” (Psalm 139:2-3 NIV). David knew that God knows all our movements through life. God knows what we do and God knows where we go. God knows every activity we are involved in whether good or bad. People think God is not aware of their activities. But God knows all about our activities. God knows every moment what we do and where we go. You cannot fool God. God knows. I am glad I am not omniscient. I would not want to know what everyone around me does every moment of every day because I am su

THE OMNISCIENCE OF GOD: GOD KNOWS OUR HEART AND OUR THOUGHTS!

The Omniscience of God: God Knows Our Heart and Our Thoughts. “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar” (Psalm 139:1-2 NIV). The first thing David reveals to us is that God examines us. God knows our heart and He knows our thoughts. The word “searched” here means to “pierce through” or “to search as for treasure.” The NASB note on this says that it is “Used of the careful scrutiny involved in mining operations (cf. Job28:3) and in exploring a country (cf. Judges 18:2).” God knows everything about us. When God gets through searching us He has done a thorough job. There is nothing in our heart that has not been revea

WHAT DOES GOD KNOW AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?

WHAT DOES GOD KNOW AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT? Psalm 139 is a wonderful and powerful Psalm. The Wycliffe Bible Commentary has this to say about Psalm 139, “Here an individual who has had an intimate knowledge of and experience with God offers his personal prayer. From the standpoint of OT theology, this is the climax of thought in the Psalter on God’s personal relationship to the individual. The psalmist does not engage in abstract philosophy or speculative meditation; he merely describes his humble walk with God and shares his experiential knowledge of the Lord.” David is the writer of this Psalm and as he shares his personal experience with God he speaks of four topics in this relationship. I

HE IS RISEN! THE CELEBRATION OF HOPE IS BASED ON PURPOSE NOT AIMLESSNESS!

HE IS RISEN! THE CELEBRATION OF HOPE IS BASED ON PURPOSE NOT AIMLESSNESS. This is the last of my reflections on The Celebration of Hope as shared in the March reflections. Most people in the world today are just drifting through life. They have no sense of the ultimate outcome of life or their purpose in life. God is a God of purpose. His whole universe illustrates that. Our hope and our celebration of Hope in Jesus Christ are based on the fact that God is a God of purpose and that God has a purpose for our lives. So you would expect that when God’s Son came into the world He would have a purpose to His life. Let’s take a moment and notice the purpose of Jesus’ life. In Luke 24:44-47 we see

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