The Omnipresence of God

"Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." How the Psalmist's words emphasize the omnipresence of God! And what a thought it is, this of God's omnipresence! There was a time far back in the world's history when men knew not God at all; then it began to dawn on them that a supreme power does exist, and that it probably exercises a potent influence on human destiny; next, the concept of God as the one Spirit developed, leading to the discovery of God as omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.

We who know something of Christian Science may not think much of the effort that was needed by the spiritually-minded among men in days gone by to attain to the understanding of God's allness; we may not dwell much on their long struggle against doubt and materiality; but we wholeheartedly rejoice in the accomplishment, and are grateful beyond words to express for the knowledge of God which is ours to-day. No longer do we question whether God really exists or not; no longer do we inquire as to where God dwells: we know that He is All-in-all,—all knowledge, all power, all presence,—and are satisfied.

God, Spirit, is omnipresent. What does this mean? It means that nothing real exists but Spirit. And the fact of the allness of God as Spirit necessitates the conclusion that what mortals call matter is unreal. That is what Christian Science teaches. Christian Science, faithful to the truth of the allness of God, faithful to the truth of Spirit's omnipresence, maintains that matter with all its phenomena is unreal. And notwithstanding the struggle Christian Scientists have at times with so-called matter, notwithstanding the fight they have at times to put up against its phenomena,—disease, sin, sorrow, and a host of other beliefs that are not good,—Christian Scientists cling in thought to the truth of God's allness, God's omnipresence; for they know that the realization of that truth can free them from these falsities.

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June 23, 1928

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