Who is God?

“In the beginning God…” These are the most profound words in all of the Bible. The Bible never attempts to prove the existence of God it simply assumes His existence. Our understanding of Genesis 1-11 must begin with a firm belief in the existence of God. To say there is no God is foolish. As Proverbs says, “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God.” Think about it. When you look at the detailed design of everything in the universe from the greatest star to matter itself, to say that it all got here by some random chance or accident is foolish. It is obvious that God exists. However, the Bible teaches us that we are to be ready to give and answer at all times for what we believe (1 Peter 3:15). At the same time, we are not to answer a fool according to his folly. If someone insists that God does not exist, then there is no need to argue with them. They are fools and until they open themselves up to the existence of God then there is no reason for debate. However, at times there are some real, sincere, thoughtful, and educated questions that as believers we should be ready to answer.
The first question to consider has to do with science. Is there any scientific proof for the existence of God? There are many types of science; however there are two basic types that all other science fits into. There is observational science, which is based on what we can observe. There is also historical science, which deals with things in the past that cannot be observed; interpretations of the past. Problems arise when we mix observational science with historical science. However, is there proof for the existence of God that can be observed today? Just as in any field of study, there are certain laws that apply to science. These laws of been formulated by careful scientific observations. One of these laws is the law of logic. The naming of the laws of logic came from Aristotle. The laws of logic are basic rules that are understood before a person can reason. These laws are followed by everyone in the scientific community. One example of a law of logic is the law of non-contradiction. This law states that any contradiction is wrong. For example if you say, “My car is in the garage and it is not the case that my car is in the garage”, then this statement is false because of the law of non-contradiction. Every rational person would accept this law. But the question that is rarely raised is, why should we have such a law? The secular scientist has no answer for this. For the Christian, however, the laws of logic fit with what we are taught in the Bible. In his book, the ultimate proof, Jason Lisle writes, “Laws of logic are contingent upon God’s unchanging nature. And they are a prerequisite for logical reasoning. Thus, rational reasoning would be impossible without the Biblical God.” The very existence of the laws of logic give proof to the existence of God. Another law is the law of cause and effect. This law of science states that every cause has its effect and every effect has its cause. This law is the basis of all science. As such, this law bears a relationship to the origin of the heavens and the earth. In fact, scientists agree that the universe has not existed forever, that it had a beginning at some point in time. The theory of relativity which is almost universally accepted among scientists has certain implications for this Law of Cause and Effect. One is that the universe, defined as time, space, matter, and physical energy had a beginning, that it is not eternal. And it is through Einstein’s equations that scientists can trace the development of the universe back to its very origin, back to what is called the “singularity event” when it actually came into being. Science has proven that the universe really did have a beginning. This obviously means that if the universe had a starting point in history, then it obviously began to exist, and it must have a cause for its existence. Therefore, if the universe needs a cause for its coming into being, then that cause must be beyond the universe—which is time, space, matter, and physical energy. That cause must be something similar to what Christians call “God.” Even Richard Dawkins, probably the most prominent proponent for atheism of our modern times, admitted in a “Time” magazine article that “there could be something incredibly grand and incomprehensible and beyond our present understanding.” Yes, there is, and that is God! Another scientific proof for the existence of God is found in the law of teleology. This law is the study of design or purpose in natural phenomena. This law of science essentially means that when an object reflects a purpose, goal or design, it must have had a designer. Simply put, things do not design themselves. This holds true for the things in the universe which proves that it had to have a Designer.
For example, the earth in orbiting the sun departs from a straight line by only one-ninth of an inch every 18 miles—a very straight line in human terms. If the orbit changed by one-tenth of an inch every 18 miles, it would be vastly larger and we would all freeze to death. If it changed by one-eighth of an inch, we would be incinerated. The sun is burning at approximately 20 million degrees Celsius at its interior. If the earth was moved 10% further away, we would soon freeze to death. If it was moved 10% closer, we would be reduced to ashes. Are we to believe that such precision “just happened”? Think about it: the sun is poised at 93 million miles from earth, which happens to be just right. Did this happen by chance or by design? It’s no small wonder that the Psalmist alludes to God as the grand designer when he declared: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other” There are many more laws of science that can be used to prove God’s existence. So, to answer the question as to whether or not there is scientific proof to the existence of God, the answer is a resounding, YES! This is why the Proverbs says that, “the fool has said in his heart there is no God.” To say there is no God is to go against all logic and reason. This is why we cannot argue with those who claim there is no God, because they are fools.
A second question to consider is, what is the name of God? The Hebrew word for God in Genesis 1:1 is the word, ‘elohiym’. He is the supreme God, creator and ruler of all things. There are many names that are attributed to God but one name sums it all up. This name is found in the account of God’s call to Moses found in Exodus 3:13-14. In this passage, Moses asks God what His name is. God simply replies, “I AM”. What a powerful statement! “I AM” ; God is! There is really no name to describe God, He simply is. Nothing compares to the greatness of God. In our finite minds, we cannot comprehend who God is, so God just simply says, I AM.
A third and final question to consider is that since God does exist, what is He like, what are the attributes of God? God is infinite, meaning, that He is unlimited. The fact that God is infinite can be described in His attributes. The first attribute of God is that He is eternal. God always has been and He always will be. God is the beginning and He is the end. This is a truth that is beyond human comprehension and must be accepted by faith. A second attribute of God is the fact that He is immutable. This means that He is unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 says that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God is consistent in all His ways. He is consistent in His justice, righteousness, forgiveness, grace, etc. We serve a God who never changes! A third attribute is that God is omnipresent. This means that He is everywhere at all times. If you study Psalms 139, you will find that you cannot hide from the presence of God, He is everywhere. Beyond being everywhere at the same time, He is everywhere at all times. God is beyond time. He is in the past, He is in the present, and He is in the future. He exceeds time. God is also omniscient. This means that He is all-knowing. He knows all things. He knows more about you than you know about yourself. To get to know yourself, you must know God. A final attribute of God is the fact that He is omnipotent. God is all-powerful. He is above all things. He creates things with His very words. He is the great star breather.
This all-powerful God loves you and He loves me. He loves us so much that He became one of us so that we can relate to Him and know Him in a personal way. He loves us so much that He gives us grace and He gives us eternal life with Him for all those who will believe in Him. Do you believe? “In the beginning God….”


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