We Are All Inside God

We Are All Inside God January 17, 2019


There’s an old joke that goes like this:


One fish says to another fish, “How’s the water?” and the other fish says, “What the hell is water?”


The point is that, to the fish, “water” isn’t a thing. It’s just the world it was born into. So, it doesn’t know what being wet is, or understand the difference between air and water either.


Here’s another analogy: We are all in God. God is inescapable. God is our “water” and most of us have no idea that we are all surrounded by God.


This is odd, especially for Christians, since we have several verses in our Bibles that suggest exactly this; that wherever we go, God is there [see Psalms 139:7-16], and that God is “the one in whom we all live and move and have our being” [see Acts 17:28].


To add another voice to this mix, here’s what New Testament scholar David Bentley Hart has to say about this:


“Ladies and gentleman, we are inside of God. Always. There is nowhere we can go to escape God. Whether in “heaven” or in “hell” or any location or state of consciousness we can conceptualize. There is no “separation”. Ever. No reality can exist in and of itself, or be self-sustained or void of God’s presence. To find one’s self within the realm of being is to find one’s self in the mystery of God, the actualizer and energizer of being. For out of and through and into him are all things. All things. Which includes all things.


“God is not only the ultimate reality that the intellect and the will seek but is also the primordial reality with which all of us are always engaged in every moment of existence and consciousness, apart from which we have no experience of anything whatsoever. Or, to borrow the language of Augustine, God is not only ‘superior summon meo’—beyond my utmost heights—but also ‘interior intimo meo’—more inward to me than my inmost depths.”  – David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God

So, I think it’s important for us to try to meditate on this fact and to start to live our lives daily by the light of this idea that we are all immersed and surrounded by God.

Not only this, but if God is love, then we are all – always – surrounded by perfect love.

That’s good news.

If we are all in God, then there is no one who is ever outside of God, or far from God’s reach.

God is near to us. Closer than our own breath, nearer than our own heartbeat.

This is really good news.

Better yet, for those who are in Christ – and I do believe there is a slight distinction in this matter – God and Christ are both alive within us and have come to live and breathe in us and have made their home with us.

If Christ lives within us, and if we abide in Christ, then we also have the promise that Christ will never leave us, and will never forsake us.

So, we are all in God, and if Christ is in us, then we are filled inside and surrounded on the outside – night and day; 24/7 – with God and Christ, from now until the end of time and beyond.

I think we’d call that very, very, very good news.


Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. Today, He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.

His new book “Jesus Unbound: Liberating the Word of God from the Bible”, is available now on Amazon and features a Foreword by author Brian Zahnd.

He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb” with a Foreword by Greg Boyd.

Keith also co-hosts the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast on iTunes and Podbean. 

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  • smendler

    I came out of dental anesthesia once with this in my mind:

    god is that
    which we are

  • ashpenaz

    People define Hell as separation from God. Where is that? Where can you be separated from the source of your being? They say Hell is locked from the inside. God doesn’t send people there, they choose to be there because they reject God. How can I reject the atoms which form my body? How can I reject gravity or the Higgs Field or whatever forces are holding the world together? I don’t think it can be possible to reject God or choose separation from Him–I certainly don’t believe in Eternal Conscious Torment. I do, however, believe in Time-bound, Remedial Conscious Torment. (TRCT–and if that acronym catches on, remember I started it!) I believe that as we live and move and have our being in God, we are being purified and refined–which can be painful. And we will continue to be in this Lake of Purifying Fire until we emerge as what God created us to be, to live with Him forever.

  • Yeah I’ve come to believe this is so and I admire the way you said it. It’s hard work to believe I believe. I hit the wall everyday!! God Rescues Me when I am open-minded and willing to take good orderly direction from him … I guess this is the last bastard thing I have to do every day in order to stay alive!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec3729054f7d1e0423ecaeabbd3204c72578c38bd16ee5aea914b84ac595cc07.jpg

  • I felt led to review your post today and these scriptures came up for me.

    Philippians 2 
    13 For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.
    14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing,
    15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.
    Ephesians chapter 5:
    25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her
    26 to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word
    27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.

    Every spot and wrinkle. Ouch!!

  • Old me

    I believe this. I do wish I was smart enough to articulate it as such,

  • Dudley Gilmer

    I get the idea that it’s very important to you to articulate the correct English wording and have a “correct” statement of your belief on this subject. The Bible that we now have has been hand-copied and re-translated hundreds of times. It was written by ancient men who did their best, we assume, to express their sincere revelations about God and the teachings of Jesus. It’s okay if you choose to believe that God requires certain things before we are qualified to be “in.” You can prove either view with Bible texts of course. Glad you’re still open to finding out!