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BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

Topic(s): Doctrine and Theology: God and Godhead
What do Latter-day Saints believe about the power, knowledge, and presence of God?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses the familiar terms "omnipotent," "omnipresent," and "omniscient" to describe members of the Godhead. The Church affirms the biblical view of divine omnipotence, that God is supreme, having power over all things. However, the Church does not understand this term in the traditional sense of absoluteness, and, on the authority of modern revelation, rejects the classical doctrine of creation out of nothing. It affirms, rather, that there are actualities that are coeternal with the persons of the Godhead. Because Latter-day Saints believe that God the Father and God the Son are gloriously embodied persons, they do not believe them to be bodily omnipresent. But by the knowledge and the power of the Father and the Son, and through the influence of the Holy Ghost, the Godhead is omnipresent. Finally, God is omniscient. No event occurs that he has not anticipated or has not taken into account. God's foreknowledge, however, does not causally determine human choices.
Written By:
David L. Paulsen -
David L. Paulsen has been Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University.
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