God Is Not on Earth
Despite hundreds of millions of people who believe otherwise, we know for a fact that God is in Heaven.
Jesus Told Us God Is in Heaven
None of these people have listened to Jesus. Jesus clearly says, several times, that the Father is in Heaven. The most known prayer starts out as,
Jesus incessantly tells us where our Father is: In Heaven.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 6:9 cf. Luke 11:2 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Matthew 16:17b Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
It is critical to understand this as it pins together the truth that Jesus spoke. You should desire to be by God's side. And he is not on Earth. God is in Heaven.
If you cannot understand this, then it is impossible for you to understand the will of God as Jesus uttered it:
Contradictions Occur if God is on Earth Back to Top ↑
Believing that God is on Earth causes so many contradictions with what Jesus has told us.
I can go on and on. The fact remains that God is in Heaven. We are on Earth. There is an inexplicably massive void between us that can only be covered when we take our cross and follow after Jesus.(Matthew 10:38.) Only by death can we be resurrected and thus fulfill God's will as Jesus gave it to us.(John 6:39-40.)
Jesus alludes to the gulf that separates us from God. In the parable of the Prodigal Son, the son goes to the "far country," while his father remains at his house. There is no communication between the father and son while the son is gone from the father's presence. Why? Because the father was not in the far country where the son resided. How could they talk?
God isn't the only one who isn't on Earth. Jesus isn't here either. Jesus also alluded to this in his parables, where he gave analogies such as,
Let me be clear: God is not on Earth. Jesus is not on Earth. The closest you'll get are the words that Jesus spoke in the gospels, followed by the people who have the Holy Spirit. Only by death can you cross the gulf between this horrid life to living with God.
If you still believe that God is on Earth, then let me ask you one final question. Do you truly believe that God would allow sin to occur in his presence?
Regarding Omnipotence Back to Top ↑
- For an in-depth look at God's Omniscience, see God's Omniscience and the Problem of Evil
There are a few more things to comment on. Several people will say that God must be on Earth because he can see everything that we are doing, and he knows everything that we have done. These people are correct, God does have those attributes. However, that does not mean that God is on Earth. I can sit on my chair and look out my window and see the trees and grass. That does not mean I am outside: I am very clearly inside. So too is God sitting in Heaven watching us: He is not here, merely watching us to ascertain who is doing his will, as Jesus defined it for us.
Some people get incredibly mad at this very obvious teaching that Jesus stated multiple times in multiple different contexts that logically corresponds with everything else Jesus said. These people clearly do not listen to Jesus, and thus they will come up with any non-biblical excuse possible to continue to believe in a lie.
The most heinous of them will claim that anyone who is just repeating what Jesus said is doubting the full abilities of God. These people say that God can be on Earth and in Heaven at the same time, and that because Jesus doesn't say, "God isn't on Earth," that we cannot assume that God is not on Earth. This is awful logic. Using this logic, we can assume nearly anything that isn't directly denied by the prophets and Jesus about God.
For instance, we could say that God has female organs. The Bible never says that God doesn't have female genitalia, therefore it must be true! Never mind the fact that God is always referred to as male with male pronouns and responsibilities,(e.g. being a father) simply because the Bible never said that God isn't a female we can believe it! After all, isn't God omnipotent? Doesn't he have the ability to be both male and female?
This is nonsense. Just as God isn't female, neither is there any valid argument from silence that says that God is on Earth. Jesus directly told us where God is at least 16 times. God is in Heaven.
Conclusion Back to Top ↑
Thus, it is quite simple. If you believe that God is on Earth, you do not listen to Jesus, and you are unable to understand God's will for us as Jesus gave it to us. This means that when you die you will not join God in Heaven because you are unable to do his will, and therefore unqualified to join him. Jesus said,