The Everywhere of God's Presence

The omnipresence of God as understood in Christian Science is not a physical, temporal everywhere, but the incorporeal, infinite all-presence of Spirit, eternal Mind. Man is never absent from God. Therefore he can never be separated from good, because God is good. Good never originates in persons—who may be separated from us—nor does more good reside in certain localities than in others. God's love is not distributed randomly throughout the universe or inequitably among His children.

In Genesis we read how a glimpse of the universality of spiritual good was revealed to the patriarch Jacob when he was fleeing from the wrath of his brother, Esau. See Gen., Chap. 28; Separated for the first time from his family and home, Jacob needed assurance that he had not also separated himself from God. This assurance came in the form of a dream or vision in which he beheld a ladder that reached to heaven, with "the angels of God ascending and descending on it."

Jacob understood by this vision that the God of his fathers was still with him even though he was now a fugitive and an exile. "And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not."

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Christian Science and Occultism
February 21, 1976

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