Most people get their ideas of God from other people, yet it is the Bible that has been preserved by God to teach us about Him, and the only inspired record we can rely on. How biblical are your ideas of God?
In the words of one theologian, “Modern men often search for God in vain.” So, how do we go about discovering the things of God?
First of all, it is important to acknowledge the Bible as the one overriding key to knowing and understanding God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). Becoming better acquainted with the marvels of creation and our awesome universe itself is another way to expand our understanding of God.“The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvellous craftsmanship,” declared King David (Psalms 19:1, New Living Translation).
We must also acknowledge God has revealed these things to us through His Spirit. "For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
So now let’s briefly look at some of the major attributes and qualities of God from His Word.
Over the last century and a half the theory of evolution has become a big barrier to belief in God as Creator. Much of modern higher education is based on an irrational belief in a series of lucky accidents—mindless evolution.
The Bible tells us God the Father accomplished the creation by and through His Son Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul tells us: “God … created all things through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:9).
One of the greatest gifts God has given mankind is His spiritual law. James, an apostle and the brother of Christ refers to it as “the perfect law of liberty” (verse 25). He also calls it “the royal law” (James 2:8).
Jesus Christ summed up the Ten Commandments in two broad principles: love of God, “the first and great commandment,” and love of neighbour (Matthew 22:36-39). The Ten Commandments constitute a law of love. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).
Why, then, do so many religionists believe and teach that God’s law is a yoke of bondage? How they have distorted God’s Word!
Love is so often confused with lust in the TV and movie world. Real, godly love is the first and foremost expression of God’s Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). It is the gift of God every Christian should seek.
The Bible tells us of the ultimate, perfect expression of God the Father’s love for human beings trapped in their sins. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God is the eternal, ultimate planner who loves and cares for His creation.
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