Summary: My hope in this series is that we can come to a good understanding of who the God of the Bible is so that we can share this truth with others, and help those who doubt or wonder. But here’s what we can’t do. We can’t just tell people this is who God is b
Billions of people in our world are asking, is there a God, and if so who is he or what is he. Is there one or are there many? If you have grown up in the church, you probably haven’t been exposed to these questions very often, probably never had to wrestle with the thoughts, but the majority of the world still does. If we want to reach a lost world and be relevant, we need to know how to answer these kinds of questions with an argument that makes sense to unbelievers.
My hope in this series is that we can come to a good understanding of who the God of the Bible is so that we can share this truth with others, and help those who doubt or wonder. But here’s what we can’t do. We can’t just tell people this is who God is because the Bible says so. That works if you believe the Bible to be true, and the actual word of God. But for the general population this is like saying Sasquatch is real because I read it in the National Enquirer. The Bible is only sacred to those who believe it.
So as we explore who God is, obviously we will be using the Bible as our guide, but we will also look at how science and philosophy also lead us to the conclusions in the Bible.
Now the first thing we see if we are looking at the Bible is that God is the creator of all things. That is a very bold statement in itself and there are even Christians who are having trouble taking this all literally. Our culture, and science specifically refutes this claim saying it isn’t possible based on the scientific evidence. But the scientific evidence is no more valid than the Biblical evidence.
Here’s what it says in the very first sentence of the Bible, in Genesis, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Literally before anything was known, or existed, God made firmness (all physical matter) and a container for it - space. This isn’t just planet earth, and a place we like to call heaven. It basically means there was nothing but the consciousness of God. He created the nothingness that we call space (the invisible container) for all things physical. One cannot exist without the other.
Now the next thing he had to do so that any of the living things he created could survive and perceive this matter, was light. Notice what it says in verse 2, this firmness of matter was without form and empty. There was darkness in the abyss. Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of the things that are visible. I think this could be a good argument for the description of invisible atoms that make up all matter. Let me explain.
In this passage it says that the Spirit of God was essentially vibrating over the face of the waters. Scholars are quite sure this refers to water vapour which at the right temperature is also invisible. You can see the water vapours in your breath when it’s cold out, but not as you breathe them out right now. The word face means presence as in “In the face of danger”.