What do you believe about God? We will be exploring what the Bible teaches about many different subjects. I welcome your questions and comments. If I don’t know the answer to something, I will do my best to help you find it.
Romans 1:19-20 affirms that God has been revealing Himself to humankind from the beginning. Here are some of the things the Bible tells us about Him.
God is —
People have an innate sense that there is a God, even when they don’t know much else about Him. No one knows His beginning because He has always been. Genesis 1:1 begins at humanity’s birth, and God was already there. He is the beginning and the end (Rev 21:6).
A Person —
God is not “the universe” or an ethereal mass floating around. The Bible makes it clear how we receive the privilege and responsibility of God living inside us (Acts 2:38, Galatians 3:2, John 7:39).
To me, the Old Testament points primarily to God’s holiness (Isaiah 6:1 Leviticus 11:44-5; 19:2, Exodus 3:1-6). There are too many references to list here, but God was setting the standard, and one doesn’t have to read far in the Old Testament before coming face to face with His awesome Holiness.
With the coming of Jesus, the New Testament has a lot to say about love and forgiveness. This is probably why many prefer reading it, to the Old Testament. How we love reading and seeing in the videos the record of His unfathomable love for us! It’s a gift, and meant to be enjoyed. But we have an incomplete picture of God without the Old Testament. It is rich. The Old and New Testaments are His word, and “useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching how to live right” (2 Tim. 3:16). They do not contradict, but rather support each other; God does not contradict Himself. What is true about Him in the Old is true in the New (1 Peter 1:16).
One of the best things about God (and of course there are many “best things” about Him!) is that He does not change (Malachi 3:6, Psalm 102:27, Psalm 33:11). That is why we can stake our lives and futures on His word, knowing it is true and will not change. (See Isaiah 46:10, Matthew 25)