Monday, June 16, 2008

Who is God?

Who is God? How would you introduce Him to someone who has never met Him? You need to know. There are many who say they don’t believe in God or in the Christian God, but the God they don’t believe in isn’t God at all. It’s this idea of God they think Christians believe in that they are wholeheartedly against, and for good reason. Some Christians even have an idea of God that is less than God. First of all our very lives should be a living testimony of who God is. We should be expressing the heart of the Father to our fellow Christians and to unbelievers with how we live our lives and how we love people.

However, we must also be prepared to tell people who God really is for we claim to know Him, thus making it our responsibility to illustrate Him to the world as best as our finiteness can permit. Alister McGrath a renowned Oxford theologian was once an atheist. He says that in his atheism he was against this idea of God that wasn’t truly God at all. It wasn’t until he met some real Christians and he listened to their caricature of the living God that he saw that his worldview didn’t work like he thought it did. He saw that the Christian worldview had merit and through that understanding his heart was opened to accept Christ as his Savior.

Jesus asked his disciples who do you say that I am? His disciples said some say you are a prophet and some say . . . Jesus inquired further, “but who do YOU say I am?” What a loaded question using the words “I am.” When Moses was sent forth to Pharaoh, God told him to say he was being sent by “I AM”. Jesus wanted to know that they knew in their heart who He was for it is out of that knowing that they can share the truth of the kingdom of God.

God is. He is infinite, boundless, and limitless. He is immeasurable. All things are in Him. There is no reality outside of Him. That is why a skeptic or an atheist has to borrow from the Christian worldview in order to substantiate their questions for there is no other reality.

God never changes. A.W. Tozer writes, “What God was, God is. What God is and was, God will be. There will never be any change in God.” Moreover, “what God is, He is perfectly.” He can never be any less than what He is. Nor can He be any more than what He is because He is immeasurable. I love it when Tozer writes, “God acts justly from within, not in obedience to some imaginary law; He is the Author of all laws, and acts like Himself all of the time.”

God is Just and He is Merciful. His Mercy does not battle His Justice.

To quote Tozer again because he says it so beautifully, “When God looks at a sinner who still loves his sin and rejects the mystery of the atonement, justice condemns him to die. When God looks at a sinner who has accepted the blood of the everlasting covenant, justice sentences him to live. And God is just in doing both things.”

He goes on to say, “It was the mercy of God that gave us Calvary, not Calvary that gave us mercy.”

God is so amazing. When you think on the awesomeness of God we have no other option but to rejoice. It just wells up within us to know God is awesome. God is good. God is love. He is merciful. He is just. He is Holy. And He is infinitely, equally, and perfectly all of these attributes.

We must not only think on these things, but we must discover them in our relationship with Him. We must know them in our hearts to be so because we know God. It’s like you can see all the actions of your spouse’s love, but there is more than knowing those actions equate to love. You know your spouse’s love because you know it within your heart and it is sure, steadfast and known despite any actions or lack of action. We need to know God’s love in such a way as this and from that knowing we must share it to the watching world.


Godless Woman said...

"There is no reality outside of Him. That is why a skeptic or an atheist has to borrow from the Christian worldview in order to substantiate their questions for there is no other reality."

Would you please explain what you mean by that statement, thanks.

Karla said...

I believe that there is one foundational worldview that is truth, namely Biblical Christianity. Truth being that which corresponds to reality. All other worldviews borrow from the truth of Christianity to validate their positions. For instance, if someone claims that the existence of evil means that there is no God. For evil to exist there must be good as well. And for a person to know that there is good and evil there must be a way to distinguish between the two objectively. That way is a moral law which is inherently known by all people on a basic level (we may disagree with specifics but the basics we all maintain). If there is a moral law then there is a Moral Law Giver. So the skeptic or atheist borrows the concept of evil from Christainity to disprove the existence of God and only really finds he can't use that concept at all without first accepting God's existence. That's just one of the many examples of where one must borrow from Christianity to make sense of their questions.

Godless Woman said...
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Godless Woman said...

In my last comment the link that I wanted to include didn't copy properly. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I wrote my reply to your comment here over at my blog since it was too lengthy. I hope that we have many more interesting discussions like this one.