How does the BIBLE present God?
He is Creator. The first verse of the first chapter of the first book in the Bible makes a simple yet profound statement:
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1
This statement can be easily proven... by simply looking around! And since we can clearly see that creation has taken place, the Bible says there is no excuse for doubting the existence of its CREATOR, because:
"The heavens declare...his handywork." Psalms 19:1
"...the invisible things of him [God] from the creation of the world are clearly seen..." Romans 1:20
Creation reveals there is a God, but not what He is like, why are we here, or what happens when this life is over. So it would stand to reason that our Creator would not leave His creation without any hope of answering these questions. That is why He provided us with an "owner's manual" on life, a very unique book known as the Bible. It is God's gift to His creation, and was...
"...written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4
This life is truly a dressing room for eternity. Our Creator has provided within the Bible, everything we need to know this side of heaven. It is a book that has been read by more people, has been published in more languages, and has affected the world more than all other books ever written combined.
Since when does God exist?
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Psalms 90:2
He always existed. So now we should ask ourselves these questions:
1. Does God really care about me?
This is what He says: "Thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee." Isaiah 43:4. "Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love." Jeremiah 31:3.
Answer: God's never-ending love for you and me is far beyond our understanding. He loves you as though you were the only lost soul in the universe. He would have given His life for you or me even if there had been no other sinner to redeem. Try never to forget this fact. You are precious in His sight. He loves you.
2. How has God demonstrated His love for us?
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:9, 10.
Answer: Because He loved us so deeply, He was willing to see His only Son suffer and die rather than be separated from you and me for eternity. We will not be able to understand it, but He did it--just for you, just for me!
3. How could He love someone like me?
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8.
Answer: Certainly not because I earned it or deserved it. Not one of us has earned anything except the wages of sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). But God's love is unconditional. He loves the thieves, adulterers, and murderers. He also loves the selfish, the hypocritical, and the profane blasphemer. But, greatest of all, He loves me! And because He knows that my sins can lead only to misery and death, He wants to save me from my sins. That's why He died.
How can we summarize all this?
“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” I John 4:8