Who Is God?

The Bible tells us that the universe was created by a Divine Being, who is commonly referred to as “God” (Gen. 1:1). Therefore, everything that exists is ultimately God’s responsibility, since it is God’s creation.

The historical man, Jesus of Nazareth, assured us that God is personally interested in us, reaches out to us in love, and that we should seek to know and love God (Mark 12:30). If we wish to know about God, we can look at Jesus as the human manifestation of God’s nature and character (John 14:10, Col. 1:15). God is not a remote, unapproachable deity who resides beyond and apart from the universe, letting it run like clockwork. In the person of Jesus, we find God’s nature manifested as love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, holiness, righteousness, and with a desire for justice, peace, and the healing of all. We see that God is willing to go to great lengths to reach people on earth — even endure the torture of death on a cross — to show God’s love for us, and to redeem all of humankind from the power of sin and death (Rom. 5:8, 6:15-23, Gal. 1:3-4, 2:19-20a, Phil. 2:5-11, 1 Tim. 2:3-6, 1 Pet. 2:24).

Jesus’ teachings about God emphasize God’s nature as a loving parent. Jesus taught us to pray to God as “our Father” (Mat. 6:9), encouraging us to be receptive to God, develop a personal relationship with God and to understand that God has our best interests at heart, in the way that a good father would protect and raise up his children (Luke 11:11-13).

The Bible tells us that God is Spirit (John 4:24), transcending such physical attributes as gender, race, and any other categories of this world. God is pure Light, and in God there is no darkness, no evil (1 John 1:5). God is perfect Love (1 John 4:8, 16), full of kindness and patience, never failing. God is the Truth, meaning that God determines what is real and what is imaginary (John 3:33). Our own fantasies and ideologies may seem real to us, but there is such a thing as Absolute Truth — and that is God and that which emanates from the mind of God.

Knowing that there is a God and what God is like, we can be confident that we live in a universe with true meaning and benevolent purpose. We can know that our own existence is for a good reason, and that we are God’s beloved children. We can be open to God’s transforming love and thus engage in the process of growing closer to God and deepening our love for the Spiritual Source who created us.

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