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Sometimes to make the idea controversial, atheists depict God as a humanly being residing in the space and then compare him to other fairy tale creatures. To counter this, some sort of logical or may be philosophical answer is needed to the question, "Where is God?" What is the position of Christianity about this subject?

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While this isn't true for all branches of Christianity, the vast majority of Christianity believes God to be Omnipresent - that is, everywhere at once.

From http://www.parentcompany.com/awareness_of_god/aog11.htm

God is Omnipresent

The attribute of God by which He fills the universe in all its parts and is present everywhere at once. Not a part, but the whole of God is present in every place. This is true of all three members of the Trinity. They are so closely related that where one is the others can be said to be, also.

That page lists several verses from Scripture that support this attribute of God.

See also

This generally goes along with the idea that God is Spirit (John 4:24), and not a physical being of flesh and bone. Although some denominations, like the LDS, teach that God is a being of flesh and bone, and that omnipresence has a slightly different meaning.

For many Christians, God is also not limited to our universe. As the self-existing Creator of the universe, He us greater than it, and not limited to the universe.


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+1 for "Creator of the universe ... not limited to the universe." –  user1054 Dec 25 '12 at 23:32
is space bigger than universe? Does God need space to fit in? –  owari Dec 28 '12 at 23:17
@owari - I assume you're addressing the "For many Christians, God is not limited to our universe" portion. Note that I didn't say "All Christians". But those Christians that do hold that view (like me) God does not need to fit into space. Space was created by God. God existed before space, and before time. He created space and time. So the answer to the second part of your question, to those that believe this way, is "no, God doesn't need space to fit in." External support for this doctrinal position: christian-oneness.org/about-God/chapter1.html –  David Stratton Dec 28 '12 at 23:28
thanks for the clarification, but my problem still persists. According to the link you cited in your comment "He exists both outside His creation and at every point within it" but "outside the universe" has no meaning unless there is a background space out there. Am I missing a point? –  owari Dec 29 '12 at 0:37
Yes, but not an obvious one. The point is that God transcends creation, but in our finite understanding, we really don't know what that means, other than that He is greater then the universe. But that shouldn't be too hard to believe. Even atheistic physicists believe thare could be multiple universes - an infinite amount, so what we know as "the universe", space, and time, could be only part of the picture. The more we learn about our universe, the m,ore we realize we don't understand. All we know is that His word (Old Testament as well as new) teaches that He is self-existing and eternal –  David Stratton Dec 29 '12 at 0:40

God is outside the Universe in the third heaven Jesus is outside the universe in the third heaven The Holy Spirit dwells within believers

God's power and glory - his presence - fills the universe, the universe answers squarely to him. All non believers are filled with life (breath) that comes from God.

God is aware of everything that is happening, from the biggest events - star explosions etc to the littlest vibration of a subatomic particle.

It says alot about the universe, where is it in relation to God, rather than where we are. But yes, he resides in the third heaven, his presence is here though - hard to describe, essentially he is everywhere at once, he is after all outside of our space-time continuum, and in no way subject to our natural laws - he is after all the creator and ruler of them.

Anyway for reference

1st heaven-sky 2nd heaven - space 3rd heaven - God's domain - what we call Heaven

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What is the difference between 1st and 2nd heaven or sky and space? –  Gulshan Dec 30 '12 at 12:17

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