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All questions in this life fundamentally boil down to this essential one does God exist? Close to it are these What is God? and Who is God? What are His attributes? Among countless others on this topic we range across endless discussion but here I want to simply treat the basic matter and questions establishing the existence of God and His basic attributes along side the identification of God perhaps also delving somewhat into matter deeper matters. We begin here with God for what else may be the root of all other matters if not the Lord and Fountain of Existence.

To begin with we must ask what is God? To answer this is simple God is the Supreme Being the Entity which is is insurpassable. If you can imagine something beyond God you haven’t reached God yet. The word supreme denotes beyond all others. So if now we have place to begin what next? Well we might ask what is meant by entity? The word entity in this case would mean existent personality. An intelligent person who has the quality of existing. After this we would ask what do we mean by “supreme” if it means insurpassable? The essence of God as the supreme is in the context of His being in His attributes as All Powerful. God is supreme in that there is no other power however defined beyond Him. This I think gives a basic summation of what is God? The answer simply lies in His attributes which we shall move on to thusly clarifying in the process of what God is and who is God.

If God is thereby an existent intelligent personality who is insurpassable in terms of power in what ways does the power manifest in His attributes? To begin with the most important they Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnibenevolence.

To begin with Omnipotence we mean All Power with power being the ability to effect your will and as such God may do anything that is not nonsensical as such due to that being a contradiction and a contradiction in this matter would be a negation of any effectual meaning.

Next would be Omniscience which is All Knowledge that is God knows all things that are, were, will be, or could be. He would know whether something will happen though without causing it likewise whether something without His divine help could even happen at all. Certainly all present actions and past being in His dominion of knowledge. In light of this we may ask does God think? Why would one need to in any recognizable manner if you knew all things? The answer I believe of course but not in any manner we would understand how do you describe thinking of all things at once?

Thirdly Omnipresence what we would call All Presence the attribute of God whereby He is present at all places at all times without diffusion of essence. Being a Spirit and not a physical entity this can be a simple matter as He is not enclosed in any limited material form at any particular point in time or space though He may make temporal specialized manifestations in certain places all the while maintaining His All Presence.

Lastly we come to His Omnibenevolence which would be His All Goodness. That all that is truly Good and Righteous originate in and flow from Him in diverse manners. How then is there evil in this world made by The Lord? Very simply there is evil due to other peoples choice it being a Good that such could make choices on Good or Evil thus authenticating the act and the one doing act as to both it and their actual Goodness.

To add to the prior attributes we could speak of Omniregence the All Ruling of God commonly called Providence the ability of God to have Mastery of All Circumstance. Was perhaps rock set there ages ago and remained unmoved only that an evil man may trip and fall to his well earned death because God had set the rock there? Was that treasure you found hidden and untouched so that you might find it and provide for your family because God had so hid the area from others allowing no reason to form in them to search the area? This is providence.

Having so listed but a few of God’s more major characteristics we must ask the question of Who is God?
To this I would reply YHWH the God of Israel revealed to Moses the Prophet on Mount Sinai and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. A very frank statement indeed. So why would we assume such? We begin with History which is truly His Story.

Without extending into another topic of one or many gods we may say the simple fact being that One Almighty God would be more rational and superior to a plethora of others regardless of whether they exist they would be beneath the One Almighty. So returning to the question we would say why then is YHWH The One True God? Among other possibilities I will list three. First the testimony of history. Second the fulfillment of prophecy unlike other religions with greater directness and depth. Finally and Thirdly the witness of those who believe in contradistinction to the believers of other religions.

Beginning with the testimony of History we may say that throughout History the Lord God has begun a work with a man named Abraham which has affected the world more than any other religion or belief system. Where is the loudmouth fanaticism of the communists? Gone. They failed and humiliated themselves after numerous arrogant claims and predictions that failed. Not before they took millions to the grave with their foolish ideas. Where is Islam? As always murdering and stealing and don’t forget repressing. The religion of the desert remains there never able to thoroughly attach itself to better places or peoples. The Faith given to Abraham carried on to his descendants both physical and spiritual as promised by God has affected more of our human history than any other belief. So what you say? Couldn’t a false belief do so and haven’t many? Yes indeed however, we see this issue in conjuction with the rest of the issues to which I will now refer.

The fulfillment of prophecy unlike the vagaries of Nostradamus and other mystics and false prophets God has given in His writen Word a multitude of either exact or very direct prophecies relating to people, nations and events well established as written far ahead of time often centuries if not thousands of years.

In light of these matters we may finally ask how do we know God exists? To begin we see throughout nature and the universe a clear intent of function and design this being one of the most potent arguments among others. We look upon the complex human biological systems such as the circulatory and neurological and see deep complex functioning implying design through the interwoven fabric of the system. We can look to the stars as scriptures says the heavens declare God’s glory and see the billions of beautiful lights and the physical laws governing these.

In like manner we look to the most important validation of God and that is Revelation for while our Faith in Him may be in accordance with rationality and science the human epistemic means are not all encompassing as newer ideas and technology frequently teach us. Revelation being the revealing of God of Himself to us we look to the sacred Scriptures and to our own interactions with the Almighty and signs in life whereby He validates His Word to us through direct or indirect manners. We also see the fulfillment of the scriptural prophecies as validation for the Word of God.

We might also speak of endlessly further of the Infinite Almighty God after those essential issues here listed before but it would endless volumes of knowledge to discuss here all possible questions concerning the Just God Almighty.

Andrew’s Day, Petria 2nd, 5940.

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Posted March 4, 2014 by Makaro in Uncategorized

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