God Not Bound by Space and Time

If there is a God, why don't we see, hear or touch Him? It's a simple and fair question. But the answer defies human logic, reasoning and experience.

We experience things through our physical senses. Our eyes capture the light reflected from physical objects. Our ears pick up the vibrations from sound waves. Our fingertips gauge the texture and hardness of the things we touch.

We live in a physical world with Its four known space-time dimensions of length, width, height (or depth) and time. The God of the Bible, however, dwells In a different dimension—the spirit realm—beyond the natural perception of our physical senses. It's not that God Isn't real; It's a matter of Him not being limited by the physical laws and dimensions that govern our world (Isaiah 57:15). He Is spirit (John 4:24).

Notice what the Scriptures reveal about this God who is not bound by space and time.

Jesus Christ as a human being had a physical body. Like ours, His was subject to injury, pain and death. The four Gospels record that He was scourged and crucified. Several of His followers took His brutalized body, wrapped It in strips of linen and sealed it In a tomb. There was no doubt Jesus was dead. His body lay in the tomb for three days and three nights, watched over by a detachment of guards.

But it was not to remain so. A minor uproar ensued at the end of the three days when some of His followers came to the tomb—only to find It empty. They would be In for an even greater surprise!

That evening His disciples gathered in a room, with the doors firmly shut because they feared for their lives, when "Jesus came and stood In the midst, and said to them, 'Peace be with you'" (John 20:19). Their beloved teacher, whom they had seen killed and entombed, suddenly materialized Inside a locked room and greeted them! Lest they think He was an impostor, He showed them the nail punctures from His crucifixion and the spear wound In His side.

The resurrected Jesus was no longer bound by physical factors. He effortlessly entered a closed

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"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the [peoples] of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Matthew 24:29-30). "

For those who view the world from a godless perspective, the scene leading up to that time will be contradictory and confusing. They will see man wanting to be considered good, but still struggling with a nature that finds it all too easy to oppress and inflict suffering on fellow human beings. They will see frightening natural disasters taking the lives of untold thousands of people and bringing immeasurable pain and loss to countless others, all the while failing to perceive God's concern.

If one problem is solved, several more will spring up to take its place. People will cry out to God, wondering where He is. But the simple truth of the matter is that humanity will reap the tragic results of removing God from the picture. They will have to learn the lesson that there are no answers without turning to God, seeking His instruction on how to live and how to fulfill His purpose for living.

room and revealed Himself to His disciples. They recognized the physical Impossibility of a fleshly body passing through walls. Eight days later He repeated the miracle for the benefit of the disciple Thomas, who hadn't witnessed the earlier appearance (John 20:26). Days later, In another miracle, He defied gravity, ascending Into the sky In the sight of all His disciples (Acts 1:9).

Scripture reveals that God lives outside the bounds of time as we know It (Isaiah 57:15). We read that our awesome destiny was planned "before time began"{2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2) and "before the creation of the world" (Epheslans 1:4; 1 Peter 1:20, NIV).

"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what Is seen was not made out of what was visible" (Hebrews 11:3, NIV). In other words, the physical universe we see, hear, feel and experience was created not from existing matter, but from a source Independent of the physical dimensions we can perceive.

This does not mean God the Father and Jesus Christ never reveal Themselves to people. The Scriptures are a chronicle of God's Interaction with—and care and concern for—men, women and children through the centuries.

Many people reject the Bible, the Gospels In particular, because It describes many miraculous occurrences—dramatic healings, resurrections, fire from heaven and spectacular visions, to name a few. They believe these things are Impossible because they defy human experience and the laws that govern our physical existence. They thus conclude that biblical accounts of such things cannot be true.

Regrettably, they fall to consider that God the Father and Jesus Christ can operate beyond the bounds of the physical laws that govern the universe. A God who can bring the universe Into existence can certainly perform miracles such as those found In the Scriptures!

Where does this leave us? Will we believe the many witnesses God has provided, or will we Insist on some kind of proof He provides us personally before we believe? Jesus' words to Thomas In John 20:29 are also clearly Intended for us: "Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed"!

God is now giving some the opportunity to fulfill their destiny. If you have the courage to reject the philosophy of meaninglessness and turn to your Creator to seek His will in your life, you can become part of those who overcome this present evil world and share in Christ's reign after He returns to establish His Kingdom over the earth (Revelation 3:21; 20:4,6).

The good news is that God will powerfully answer the question of whether He exists. The whole world will know the true God, worshipping Him and learning His holy and righteous laws. "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them" (Hebrews 8:11; Jeremiah 31:34). Mankind will at last find the peace and contentment we have sought for so long.

A relationship with the Creator

Can you really know God? The first step is to be willing to recognize the evidence He provides of His existence. As we have shown in this publication, God provides plenty of evidence if we are willing to see and acknowledge it. We can draw many conclusions about Him from what we see in the universe and the world around us. We can then take the next step, to search for a relationship with the Creator.

King David reasoned correctly when he observed the marvels of God's creation. He came to at least two important conclusions in his observations. First, he concluded that a being who created the universe and gave us life must have a great purpose for us: "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit [care for] him?" (Psalm 8:3-4).

Second, he concluded that a being who presided over such a creation would be right in everything He does, and that He is One who can be trusted. Psalm 19 shows that David understood this: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world" (verses 1-4, NIV).

David understood that when we look into the heavens, we can perceive this self-evident truth speaking to us as surely as though another person were speaking to us face to face. That message is available to every person everywhere and is understandable by anyone regardless of language: There is a great Creator, and He is infinitely greater than anything we can imagine. We are without excuse if we refuse to believe it (Romans 1:20).

David speaks of God's greatness, proclaiming that "the law of the Lord is perfect ... The testimony of the Lord is sure ... The statutes of the Lord are right ... The commandment of the Lord is pure... The fear of the Lord is clean... The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether" (Psalm 19:7-9).

On many occasions David marveled at the vast array of the Milky Way galaxy

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sparkling in the night sky. During his years as a young shepherd he had time to study and wonder about the intricacies of nature. He drew on his early experiences to reach profound conclusions about his Creator.

You can ponder the same questions, look at the same evidence and reach the same logical conclusions. Does God exist? Of course He does. And He cares about you! You can be moved by what you see with your own eyes and make a decision to accept God's offer to establish a personal relationship with you. If you do, you will be taking the first step toward inhabiting eternity with Him in unending blessing and joy!

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