Who is God? That is a question that has been asked by mankind since the dawn of Creation. It is a question that no one can fully answer. Throughout the Bible’s sixty-six books, the character and attributes of God revealed in part. Yet, despite of this revelation, there are things we don’t know and cannot understand about Him. God knows this and tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Even though God’s thoughts, actions, and His very existence are far beyond our complete understanding, the Bible gives us enough understanding for us to know Him.
- God is the Creator of All Things. (Genesis 1:1)
- God is the Lord and God of All (Jeremiah 32:27)
- God alone is Holy . (Leviticus 11:44)
- God is the Provider (Philippians 4:19)
- God is the Healer (Exodus 15:26)
- God is Triune (Multiple Verses)
Christians believe in One, Almighty God. Isaiah 44:6-8 tells us that God is the first and the last and there is no other god besides Him. The idea of one God (monotheism) was a new concept for the people in the Old and New Testament alike. Many civilizations had many gods (polytheism), each one with varying responsibilities for the cosmos. All of which, however, were merely manifestations of the mankind’s imagination. In 1st Kings 18:27, the prophet Elijah even mocked the followers of Baal because he understood that no matter how much they cried out for a response, Baal didn’t even exist and so no response was forthcoming.
Today, the major disputes are not between monotheism and polytheism, they are “Who is the true god?” and “Is there a god?” While proving the Bible is true is a discussion for apologetics, the Bible has never been disproven through science, archeology, or history. H.L. Hastings once said, “Sire, the Church of God is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.’ So the hammers of infidels have been pecking away at this Book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still endures. If this Book had not been the Book of God, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and popes, kings and priests, princes and rulers have all tried their hand at it; they die and the Book still lives.” (Evidence that Demands A Verdict p. 21) The Bible is very clear that God is God and there is no other God besides Him. As such, the Bible answers the question of the existence and identity of the true God.
The Bible describes the above truths in exhaustive detail. When the Bible speaks authoritatively on an issue, it is referenced time and again. Many of the false beliefs, ideas, and doctrines of the past would have never been developed had people not taken passages out of context, but sought to reinforce their stances through multiple, confirmations from Scripture.
We will spend some time looking through the Scriptures and letting God reveal Himself to us. While I understand that this set of blog entries will by no means cover the entirety of what the Bible says on the above issues, I hope that it will be enough to demonstrate that the above statements are true. In the words of a song by the Christian artist, Carman, “He told us He was God. He proved that He was God. He taught us He was GOD, GOD, GOD. And that’s just the way it is!”