Stopping terrorism through spiritual vision

Is God everywhere? People who believe in God would say that He is. The Bible implies many times that God is good and fills all space; that He is infinite. Some of the clearest, most easily understood images of divinity come through Biblical passages comparing the divine presence to light. The Psalmist declares, "Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee" (Ps. 139:12). And John writes of Christ Jesus' explanation of God to mankind, "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all" (I John 1:5).

The Bible also tells us that God is Love. Then, this divine, eternal Love must be everywhere, like the light. It must be present even when there seems to be darkness and hate, though this would not necessarily be apparent to the physical senses. Yet all of the works of Christ Jesus—from feeding multitudes, to healing the sick and sinner, to raising the dead—prove beyond a doubt that perfect Love is present, willing, and able to deliver from evil. Jesus told us that those who believed on him would do the works he did (see John 14:12). And wasn't Jesus' own resurrection resounding proof that the will of divine Love is deliverance from hatred and death? Truly, God's love is as much with us now, on earth, as it ever could be. This is the kingdom of heaven that Jesus said was within us.

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How we can break terrorism's grip
May 13, 1996

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