By Corey L. Brown
Is the G-d that Western Christians worship not omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent? I know this is going to ruffle a lot of feathers, but I just want to talk about something I believe needs to be considered. Let’s think about this question and reflect on what this means in today’s society.
God is not omnipotent. Christians may refer to the Bible to dispute this claim: And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26) or Then Job answered the LORD and said, “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:1-2). There are several more that refer to the Almighty and the acts of the Almighty. But I am going to look at and use the first chapter of the first book of the Bible as my counter. Throughout the chapter, G-d created or G-d spoke and G-d saw or said that it was good. So if G-d can not even be in the presence of evil or sin (Isa 59:2), how would G-d be able to create evil? Evil goes against everything in G-d’s nature. We claim that there is “nemesis” or “arch-rival” to G-d’s goodness and we call him “the Devil” or “Satan.” G-d could never have an opposite because G-d can never be opposed or defeated.
G-d is not omniscient. We know that G-d knows all things but I will not spend a lot of time refuting this one because again, looking at Isa 59:2, which says that we are separated from G-d because of our sin, how can a good G-d know evil or wrong? G-d knows all that is good and is incapable of evil or evil thoughts.
G-d is not omnipresent.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. (Psalm 139: 7-12)
I like to look at the reference of light. Light can be physical light or the light of knowledge or wisdom. Once G-d enters the presence of darkness, darkness no longer exists. I know it may sound like a play on words or a game of semantics, but all things considered, where there is evil or lack of good, G-d can not be.
I just wanted to prick our psyches and cause us to think about our theologies and not just using cliches about G-d and our relationship with G-d. Literalism is what keeps us from taking our relationship with G-d and humanity to that next level. As a Christian, I believe Jesus came to help us to understand that literalism is the enemy to loving G-d and loving our neighbor, the enemy to G-d’s Will for our lives.
So what do you think?