Who Is God?
Men have been asking this question from the dawn of time. To find the answer, to even search for this answer is called “theology.” Theology is simply the study of God. “Theo” is the Greek word for “God” and “logy” is the Greek word for “the study of something.” With this having been said let’s look at “theology” and come to some definite answers concerning God.
It is certain that without God in our life our recovery is not going to be possible. We have to come to a point where we are completely willing to turn our will and our life (this absolutely includes our alcoholism and or addiction) over to God as you understand Him. If we are expected to turn our life over to God then we need to have an understanding (as far as we can understand) of God. With this said let’s answer three (3) very important questions:
1) How do I know God exists?
2) Has He communicated with us?
3) What has He revealed about Himself?
Does God Exist?
- The official answer to this question would have to be “no comment.” God makes or offers no argument for His existence. If God had to argue for His existence then He would not be that much of a God. Fact is, a God that has to argue for His own existence is not going to be able to help us as we struggle with our own existence.
Key Verse – Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Key Verse – Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
As seen in the first verse above which is the first verse in the Bible – God simply assumes His existence and in doing so expects us to do the same. There is no explanation of God given. It is by faith that we have to come to God, as seen in the second verse above. It takes faith, a great faith to accept and to believe in God. It takes this same faith to please God and the first way that we need to be pleasing God is with our sobriety and recovery.
We, as people, do not have to prove our existence to each other. We assume each other’s existence because of our interaction with each other. Want to know that God is really there in your life? Interact with Him.
- How do we KNOW that God exists?
Key Verse – Psalm 14:1 “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
It is a strange person that outright denies the existence of God. Let’s take a few minutes and look at three ways that everyone should know that God does indeed exist.
“Intuition” is defined as “the state of being aware of or knowing something without having to discover or perceive it, or the ability to do this.” There is, in all men, whether they are willing to admit it or not, an inner witness to the existence of God. Intuition is different from instinct. Instinct is the inborn tendency to behave a certain way. Intuition is more of perception without reasoning. It is “knowing without learning.” It is a natural thing to believe in the existence of God. Most, if not all of us, have been in that drunken or drugged up state when we said, “God, if you get me through this I will never do it again!” Of course, we did not really mean it or if we did we did – we quickly forgot it. It is a natural thing to believe in the existence of God and, the fact is that, not to believe in the existence of God is abnormal and unnatural. You very well may be one who has made the decision not to believe in God. Know this – that is exactly what it is to not believe in God – a decision. Atheism is a conscious decision. The atheist must make the decision to not believe in God. At some point he has said, “I will not believe in God.” The appropriate question then to ask the “atheist” is when did you decide to not believe in God? Want proof that belief in God is intuitive? The two (2) places today on this planet with the most dynamic and growing churches (I am not promoting or even suggesting going to church) are the former Soviet Union and China. In both these places atheism was and is taught and enforced. People are being martyred and yet they are unable to get rid of the concept of God. I offer this as just a proof of an intuitive knowledge of God.
Humans want to believe in God. We need to believe in God and intuitively we know that there is a God. Let’s move to the second way that we all know that God does indeed exist – reason.
Reason can be defined as “the power of being able to think in a logical and rational manner.” Logical and rational – not exactly what we are used to but if we employ reason then we will have to admit that we do believe in the existence of God. By simply looking around it seems obvious and reasonable that Someone with intelligence created, ordered and organized the wonderful universe that we all live in.
Key Verse – Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”
Key Verse – Psalm 8:3-4 “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?”
Man (and that does include us all) is and will be without excuse for not seeking God. The very majesty of the night sky should be enough for us to acknowledge that there is indeed a God. The amazing and ordered universe that we live in did not just happen. Think of the most wonderful thing that you can imagine and ask yourself, with all honesty, if you believe that it is just happened by accident. A child’s laughter, tears of joy, emotion, rainbows and waterfalls are not things that just came into being on accident. If we apply simple reason we almost have to agree at least that there is a Divine Creator behind the universe. A truism of nature tells us that for every effect there must be an equal and adequate cause. Intelligence was/is required to create and to order this world. Simply put – design demands a designer. Again, when we were at our worst, when we had no one else to turn to, whether or not we admit it now or not, we have turned to God when everything else in our life was gone. The sad thing is that if we had turned to God first everything in our life would not have disappeared. But, no matter when we turn to God He is there waiting with loving arms ready and more than willing to help in time of need.
Tradition is defined as “a long-established action or pattern of behavior in a community or group of people, often one that has been handed down from generation to generation.” Peoples throughout the history of man have had a belief in God. It is inside all men to look for his Creator – we are no different. There is an undeniable universal acceptance of God’s existence. This is the single most common characteristic of all peoples throughout history – to believe that there is a God and that there is a life after death. Every culture that has ever existed did not by accident look for the same thing – God. It is likewise no accident that we, when at our worst, looked for God whether we looked for Him in the past or are looking for Him now.
How do we know that God exists? Three ways have been looked at; intuition, reason and tradition. If we are honest with ourselves we will admit that God must exist somehow and in some way. The next logical question then must be if God does exist, has He communicated with us?
Tomorrow we will look at the answer to the above question – Has God Communicated with Us? Let me here say that I am promoting no religion, denomination or sect. I use the Bible because I happen to believe it. The concept and understanding of God you have or get is your own. We all need God as we understand Him in our recovery or our recovery will not work. Have a wonderful day!
Chris and Tracey