If God is ominpresence and His presence destroys sinners then how is it that we are not dead?

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God’s presence is everywhere at all times (Psalm 33:13,14). But there are some paradoxes due to the limitations of the human mind. One of these paradoxes is:

We know that God is separated from His children because of sin (Isaiah 52:9), and He is far from the wicked (Proverbs 15:29). Then, can a Holy pure God be present where evil abounds like in Hell for example? Many say that hell is a place of utter separation from God (Matthew 25:41), then can God exist there?

This paradox can be cleared by the fact that God can be present—because He fills all things with His presence (Colossians 1:17) and upholds everything by His word (Hebrews 1:3), but He is not everywhere to always bless and sustain. Sometimes God’s presence is to judge and destroy (Revelation 21:8).

And then, if God is everywhere could His presence destroy all people because they are sinful by nature? The answer is no because God shields His glory to protect us and give us a chance to get to know Him. God in His mercy covers His glory to keep us alive (Exodus 33:18-23). Jesus had to cover His divinity with a garb of humanity so that people can see Him and not die “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

In His service,

The proofDirectory Team

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