Note To Self – Summa Theological

Omni-presence of God

Presence is a necessary quality of sustaining power.

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One comment

  1. Thanks for your comment. I don’t actually post comments on my blog, but I do read them. The problem I have with this concept is that it logically requires one of the following beliefs:
    1) God is present in hell through his sustaining power, and thus hell is not complete separation from God or the denial of his presence.
    2) God is not present in hell and thus hell is a self-sustaining entity in the same way that God is a self-sustaining entity.
    I cannot agree with either of these conclusions and so I have to question the initial premise: that presence is a necessary quality of sustaining power. I am not arguing that God is not omni-present (or at least generally present as the question of God’s presence in hell also touches on the issue of omni-presence). However, I am not convinced that God’s presence is a necessary quality of his application of power to sustain creation. I am also not convinced that belief in God’s sustaining power is necessary for belief in God’s authority or judgment. I don’t see the correlation that you tried to draw in your comment between God’s presence, his sustaining power, and man’s belief in his existence or authority.
    Certainly God’s sustaining power is necessary for man’s belief in God, in that it is necessary for man’s existence and ability to form any belief. But how does this equate to God’s presence being a necessary quality of his sustaining power?

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