Posted by: cindybythesea | October 25, 2015

What Does The Bible Say? Part 2

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WHO IS GOD?

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world…” Psalm 19:1-4

Whether one is a firm believer in God, an agnostic, who questions the existence of God or an atheist who simply believes that there is no God. One thing is certain – God is a hot topic for conversation these days.

There was a time when God was an accepted part of the public arena. But, it seems now that God has been put on notice – he is no longer welcome.  And for those who deny or question his existence, it’s good riddance anyway, for God, at least the God of the Bible (in their opinion) is something of a spoil sport, a cosmic bully, and an egomaniac, who insists on having things done his way all of the time – or else!

And for those of us who profess a belief in God, the answer for who God is can be as varied as the person who is asked.  For some, he is an impersonal force; a cosmic consciousness that just is. For others, as some religions teach, he was once a man who after death has been exalted to godhood and is now ruling over his own personal planet with myriads of other Gods who also once were men.

Others see him as a kindly grandfather whose sole purpose for existing is to grant us all the good things in life that we want – a cosmic Santa Claus, you might say -and for others, he is an inept old man emotionally detached from his creation –   unable or unwilling to intervene in the plight of those he created – even in their darkest hour.

But, which is it?  They can’t all be true.  And most importantly of all – if our faith is sincere does it really matter what we believe? Isn’t the sincerity of our faith enough – even if found to be wrong?

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Establishing the existence of God

To establish the existence of God one need look no further than the heavens above, the creation beneath our feet or the “not so minor” miracle of our own bodies. To assume, the intricate mechanism by which any of these three operate originated from out of nothingness and without benefit of intelligent design is ( no, not the height of stupidity but, rather) a stubborn unwillingness to see.

For as the verse from Psalms (at beginning of this post) states, the existence of God has been made equally plain for all to see by the creation itself; no speech or language necessary. That’s how apparent it is! Therefore, those who deny the obvious are deliberately doing so just as it says in 2 Peter 3:5 –

“But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came in to being and the earth was formed out of water and by water”.

GOD – WHO HE IS

The Bible unequivocally states that there is one God and only one. No, there is not a plethora of Gods operating throughout the universe. That is the pagan idea of polytheism and is not Biblical in any way, shape or form. The Bible states in multiple verses that there is one God and one alone.

“For you alone are great and do marvelous deeds, you alone are God”.  Psalm 86:10

ETERNAL –

God has always existed without beginning or end. He has no mother, no father, no creator. He is the great “I am” of the universe; self-existent and eternal. He simply is.

“From everlasting to everlasting you are God” Deuteronomy 33:27

SPIRIT –

God is Spirit. He is not a created being and he was never a man.

“God is not a man that he should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent  … ” Numbers 23:19

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship  him in spirit and in truth”  John 4:24

OMNIPRESENT AND ALL KNOWING –

God is everywhere at all times and knows everything including the end from the beginning. But, he is not (as new age teaching would have us believe) present in created things. No, God is not present in a rock, the ocean, a tall tree or any other created thing. Rather God, the creator stands apart from his creation. And there is no where we can go that he is not.

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend in to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there; if I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me. If I say, ‘surely the darkness will hide me and the night around me’, even the darkness will not be dark to you, the night will shine like the day for darkness is as light to you”.  Psalm 139: 7-12

HOLY –

The Bible tells us that God is “holy” – divine, sacred, set apart from creation and full of glory.

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come” Revelation 4:8

LOVE –

The fact that we have the ability to love comes from God himself for God is love.

“Whoever does not love does not know God for God is love” 1 John 4:8

KING AND RIGHHTEOUS JUDGE –

As King over all creation and by virtue of his holiness, God, also serves as righteous judge.

“And the heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge.”  Psalm 50:6

*It is impossible to describe who God is in one short post; in fact, I have barely scratched the surface and I realize that.  I do hope though that it will have provided the catalyst for those who profess a faith in God to ensure that the God they have placed their faith in is the God of the Bible and not some other.

**For further study on the attributes of God, I suggest this short post.

***The tri-une nature of God to be discussed in a forthcoming post.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Waiting and watching with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. His word is faithful and true, God Bless you Cindy.


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