"Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
(Isaiah 55:6-9 KJV)
Let's begin by stating that transcendence is the aspect of God's nature and power that is completely independent of the material universe and beyond all of its physical laws. We often contrast it with the immanence that says God is completely present in the physical world which makes Him accessible to man in various ways. Both are characteristics of Our Awesome God. Having both characteristics, God is able to communicate through prayer, "dreams" and "visions," and even make Balaam's donkey to "talk".
By now you should realize that Our Awesome God is completely free of creation. Our finite minds and experiences make it very hard to define and grasp who He is and what He can do because God is in all things around us but cannot be equated with all things.
Our Awesome God is a spirit because He is not made up of matter nor does He possess a physical nature as we do and the things around us do. He is free to do whatever He wants. He is only restricted by His perfection and His laws of judgment. He is our example of perfection and true judgment.
How can our perfect God co-exist with evil? God has allowed evil because without it there can be no recognition of God's perfect holiness and God's perfect love. He has allowed it to show more of His character for mankind. He loves His creations and wants them to love Him.
When we say God is transcendent, we mean that He is separate from His creation and not dependent on the created order in any way. Our Awesome God made the universe and He is therefore its sovereign ruler (Gen. 1:1). He has given us certain characteristics and knowledge, and has allowed us to use them for good or evil. So, depending on the choices we make, we can live forever, in heaven with Him - or in hell if we reject His salvation.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children, which goes until 7:30 PM. There is more during the week. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill