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Is God Omni-Present

If God is omni-present, then why did he come down to learn for himself whether the outcries against Sodom and Gomorah were true?

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 ---mike4879 on 2/9/17
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I believe GOD often has his prophets use words to help humans understand.
---Samuelbb7 on 3/17/17


Mike, Another incident where God had to see what man was up to was during the time of Noah, and another here with SG. Also look too in Acts when an angel reported to God about Cornelius. I believe a picture of the things in Heaven are laid out in the Tabernacle in the wilderness. We have the Holy of Holies...a place no one could enter except the High Priest only once a year, showing God could not look at sin or fellowship with sinners, but did through a representative ..the High Priest. This is why Jesus came to earth, to reconcile man back to God. So before Jesus, God simply could not look at sin or sinners, and why Jesus our High priest entered once and for all, and why too, no one can come to the father except through the Son.
---kathr4453 on 3/17/17


mike, I believe in order for you to understand the Bible you are going to have to learn what words are literal, what are allegories, matters of fact, parables and so on. When the Bible speaks about God, many times in order for us to understand what He is saying, the Bible will quote God as a person who speaks, feels, in other words emotions, and so on.
God is Sovereign, Omnipotent, Omniscience, Omnipresent, and so on. First, we know He is Spirit, no one can see Him. He has no physical body. Yet the Bible speaks of God's eyes and His arms and so on. You have to know when to make the distinction. Hope that helps you.
---Luke on 3/16/17


I love my family.
If my family is put in danger, I would consider the destruction of what is putting my family in danger.
An old tree.
A snake.
A violent intruder.
Etc.
God, being all-knowing, knows best for his children.
Not too mention, what He created, He can also destroy.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make [it].
---micha9344 on 3/7/17


First of all, God is omnipresent:
Prov 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. (KJV)

Jer 23:24 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. (KJV)

Second, I am not omnipresent even with the internet.

Last of all, God is love. He is also a God that hates sin. This is why he sent his son to conquer death, hell, and the grave.
---Trey on 2/26/17




I consider that each Person of God can specialize in what each One knows. The "LORD" who came down was Jesus, I consider.
---Bill on 2/13/17


Of destroying the evil, have you read Matthew 11:23??? For if the miracles that had been performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.
---mike4879 on 2/13/17


Yes Mike, it is indeed LOVE to destroy the evil ones to preserve the good. That's why we defeated the Nazis and Japan in WWII. Do you think we should have just allowed them to overrun us?

BTW, God preserved 8 people on the Ark - not 6.



---Jerry6593 on 2/13/17


So jerry6953, you call this LOVE that God DESTROYED all Sodom and Gomorrah. You call that love. The same love God showed when he destroyed all the earth by flood only sparing 6 people. So this is love.
---mike4879 on 2/11/17


God is Omni-present but the Bible also tell us that he is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity... which means he's not quite directly watching what is going on despite being keenly aware and fully omniscient.

Could this be why angels are referred to as "watchers" in the book of Enoch?
---Pharisee on 2/11/17




Possibly He appeared on the scene for the benefit of Moses and the people, like it might make a bigger impact to show up in person.

Kind of like a parent saying to the child "Don't make me come down there!" Rather gets the point across more succinctly if mom or dad actually shows up.
---Press_On on 2/10/17


Mike: A better question is why did He want to be Emmanuel - God with us (Isa 7:14)?

Psa 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

The answer is:

LOVE!

1Jn 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love.



---Jerry6593 on 2/11/17


Mike: God "asked" Adam (G3:9), "Where are you?" One might think, didn't God know where Adam was? The answer is yes, OF COURSE! But, it's never about OMNISCIENT God not knowing. God simply wanted Adam & Eve to know where (what position/condition they were in) after sinning against Him. It was about their & OUR "learning" the consequences of disobeying God.

G18:20 is like G3. It's is the Lord's way of "teaching" man by "COMING DOWN" & being with us, TO ASK QUESTIONS OF US & ANSWER QUESTIONS FOR US.. G18 is Abraham's "learning" experience & yet another "teaching" moment for US the readers of the Sodom & Gomorah story.
---Leon on 2/11/17


why did he come down to learn for himself . . . ---mike4879 on 2/9/17

Gen 18:21 I will go down now, and see

Seems He wanted to verify the accounts He heard.


Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see
Ex 19:20 And the LORD came down . . . called Moses up
Num 11:25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake
Num 12:5 And the LORD came down . . . stood . . . and called

Seems like He wanted some to see that He is a "hands-on" God.

The internet allows us to be omni-present. We can access many pages in the world. Yet, we have to visit a page (be present with that page's info) to better focus on that info. Seems to be the same with God.
---aservant on 2/10/17


why did he come down to learn for himself . . . ---mike4879 on 2/9/17

Gen 18:21 I will go down now, and see

Seems He wanted to verify the accounts He heard.


Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see
Ex 19:20 And the LORD came down . . . called Moses up
Num 11:25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake
Num 12:5 And the LORD came down . . . stood . . . and called

Seems like He wanted some to see that He is a "hands-on" God.


The internet allows us to be omni-present. We can access many pages in the world. Yet, we have to visit a page (be present with that page's info) to better focus on that info. Seems to be the same with God.
---aservant on 2/10/17


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