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God is the eternal, omnipresent, all-powerful, supreme
Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe. God is one, composed of spirit and
comprising a family revealed as presently consistingof God the Father and Jesus
Christ the Son. God is a loving, kind, merciful being who wants to share His magnificent
existence by reproducing Himself through man.
The most fundamental need facing mankind is to recognize the
existence of God and to understand His character, personality and master plan. Man will
continue to flounder without real knowledge of the purpose of life until he gains an
accurate and clear picture of his Creator.
The question of whether God's existence can be proved is one that has
troubled mankind throughout millennia, stirring heated debate with arguments on both
sides. Unfortunately, the form most of these debates have taken is for one person to try
to forcibly "prove" God's existence to another by attempting to formulate
arguments or logic so airtight as to exclude any other possibility. This approach does not
work. No argument, no matter how carefully thought out or logically constructed, can
absolutely "prove" God's existence to one who will grasp at virtually any
other unlikely explanation or remote possibility. No person can make another
person believe in God!
Nevertheless, God's existence can be totally proved to oneself. One
who has individually and personally experienced the biblical miracle of conversion, or who
has received miraculous answers to his prayers, has truly and irrefutably proved God's
existence to himself and cannot be shaken from this proof by any argument, whether
theological or philosophical, as long as he stays in this contact with God.
God's existence is also powerfully demonstrated by the creation. The
reality of the material universe, the existence of life and the interdependence and
sustenance of the laws governing this matter respectively require a Creator, a Life-Giver
and a Sustainer. Thus David said: "The heavens declare the glory of God: and the
firmament showeth his handiwork" (Ps. 19:1). Likewise, Paul records that "the
invisible things of Him [God] from [looking up at] the creation ... are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead; so that
they are without excuse" (Rom. 1:20).
The Bible reveals that the one God is a family composed of two
membersthe Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. John's gospel states that these two
have dwelt together from eternity and that they share power, glory and majesty, although
Christ is second in authority. From the biblical revelation we infer that God resembles
man in certain aspects but is composed of spirit instead of flesh (Jn. 4:24), radiating
spiritual energy and power. The few references to God's "appearance" emphasize
His incredible brilliance. Rev. 1:14-16; Dan. 7:9-10).
God is the total embodiment of love; He is the originator of law and
the giver of every good and perfect gift. His many titles and names (Creator, Counselor,
Healer, Self-Existent One, Father, Almighty, etc.) reveal His special qualities of
character and personality. Yet it is God's mercy and compassion that are paramount in
giving full hope and confidence to fallible human beings who are sinners all.
Perhaps the most outstanding single characteristic of God is His total,
unselfish love. This one quality is so much a part of God's entire makeup that He
is in actuality its total personification and hence "is love" (I Jn.
4:8). God has demonstrated His love for us in many ways: through the sacrifice of His son
(Jn. 3:16), by forgiving our sins, by strengthening our will and determination in the face
of trials. and in countless other ways. But perhaps the single greatest expression of
God's love is that He has devised a plan to share Himself by reproducing Himself through
This master plan is indeed the greatest imaginable truth and the very
reason why the entire universe was created. All human beings from all times shall have a
full opportunity to become members of God's family. Mankind has been created in God's
image (Gen. 1:26) and put on earth to reject evil and thereby to build character so that
each human being can be spiritually born into God's kingdom and family. Thus God's family
of two revealed persons shall grow to billions, and God's greatness shall be multiplied by
as many times as the incredible number of sons God shall add to His family.
The God of the Bible is both cosmic and personal. He is the Creator of
the universe and at the same time is concerned for each human being. He sustains galaxies
and controls the full scope of human history at the same time as He focuses His intense
concern on each man, woman and child who seeks Him. God is involved with the whole of
mankind: in the rise and fall of governments, in the sweep of generations, in the ultimate
direction of human society. Yet this same being is intimately involved in the personal
lives of human beings of every social stratum, race and intellect. God is merciful to
sinners; He is compassionate and deeply desires that we attain the greatest possible
happiness and success.
For now, God rules the spiritual and material universe from His throne
in heaven, although His mind and Spirit reach everywhere. Beside Him sits His Son, Jesus
Christ, and the two of them, surrounded and aided by myriads of angels of differing ranks
and authority, direct the working out of their master plan. Eventually, God's throne will
be moved to the "new earth" of Revelation 21 from where He and His billions of
sons will rule His Kingdom and the unfathomable vastness of the infinite universe for all
This publication is intended to be
used as a personal study tool. Please know it is not wise to take any man's word
for anything, so prove all things for yourself from the pages of your own Bible.
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