Transcendent means beyond this material world around us. Immanent is the opposite, within this world. This mysterious reality of a transcendent God is not a thing, but a being, a personal being, beyond all personality that is all-powerful and all gentle. This transcendent mystery may be sometimes contradictory, yet we try to live in harmony and in accord with this unknown. An encounter with mystery is an experience that we feel is a part of our lives. Thus, a personal encounter with a personal mystery is an attempt to explain our human relationship with God. How is reading the Bible an encounter with a transcendent God?
“‘Am I a God nearby?’
‘Am I not a God far off?
Who can hide
In secret places
So that I cannot see them?’
‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’
There seems to be 3 oracles of Yahweh about his power and presence. First God, Yahweh, is near, close, or immanent. Secondly, he is far away, distant or transcendent. People cannot hide in secret places from him, since he can see them wherever they are. Finally, he fills both heaven and earth, since God is both omnipresent and omniscient.