In the beginning [before all time] was the Word ( Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
JOHN 1:1 AMP
Happy Friday! It’s a great day to spread God’s love.
Yesterday I received the following questions and comments from Nationofnope. “You seem to know something on the subject so will you please tell me what a god is? Bare with me here and be descriptive enough that a ten year old would understand. just a direct response to the question. It does seem like a simple question but you’d be surprised at how people tend to jump all around. Thanks.”
Let me start my response by saying that I’m a student of Theology. I stress the word student and pray that some of my followers will assist with this response.
What is a god? Well, I guess “a god” could be most anything, any person, or any being that people look to for answers, fortune or origin. Throughout time people have worshipped and made sacrifices to all kinds of things. Recently, a man was in my office and told me that he believed alcohol or food could be considered a god. That really put my diet into perspective.
A more important question to me is who is “God”. God, or Yahweh, is the most sovereign and supreme of all gods. Yahweh, which means “I Am who I Am” and “He who Exists,” often has other names attached, all of which have different meanings. By reading and studying the Bible, we learn that God is the creator of everything. He is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient, which means He is everywhere, all powerful and all knowing. God is not a person. However, the Bible tells us that we were made in His image. God is a righteous judge (Psalm 7:11). God is loving, kind and faithful, but He has rules for living (Deuteronomy 7:9). The American justice system is based on God’s laws. I believe from conducting a thorough study of the Book of Jeremiah that God has feelings. He loves us, but can also feel frustration and anger towards us. He is also very forgiving. His miracles are around us every day. All you have to do is pay attention.
Studying the Bible I have seen that no matter how many times God performed miracles in the Old Testament, the people kept making the same mistakes, worshipping idols, sacrificing babies and conforming to the ways of the world. When I’m reading the Bible, I’m sometimes amazed at how the people slipped backward so many times after huge miracles. So, God sent his son, Jesus, who was born of a virgin and came from the line of David. When you study the Bible you can see references that go back and forth through time. Jesus’s ministry lasted about three years. Jesus was crucified, died, was buried and arose from the grave. The grave was more of a tomb, but that is just a matter of semantics. Through Jesus’s sacrifices we can be forgiven from our own wrongful acts. All we have to do is believe, ask Jesus to be our Savior and repent of our sins. Once we become Christians, we should strive to love God and our neighbors (other people) by helping others, and living a virtuous life. I pray to God in Jesus’s name, because he is an advocate with God on our behalf. While God is Jesus’s father, I refer to him as my Heavenly Father.
We know God by studying our Bibles, praying, having faith, attending Church, going to Bible study classes, and enjoying fellowship with other Christians. I have never seen God like we would see another person, but I see evidence of Him around me every day. A big part of being a Christian is having faith, which is believing with your heart what your eyes can’t see. I like the way TobyMac says it “you can’t see the wind, but it moves the leaves from the bottom to the top of the tallest trees”. Knowing God is about feeling his love.
This is an overly simplified description of God. I hope everyone will jump into the discussion. God bless you.