What Christians Believe about God-Part 1

If you have not read the first article in this series, please read it here first.

One of the most neglected areas in many Christian churches today is teaching the congregation about who God actually is. In this article and a few more, we are going to learn the basics of who God is. Many people use the word “Attribute”. An attribute is a characteristic or quality that belongs to something or someone. God has many attributes that we will look at, but first, let me say what this article is not going to attempt to do. It will not try to prove the existence of God. There are numerous videos and articles on the internet that have addressed this question. One day, I hope to tackle that subject myself, but not now. So, this article is for those who already believe in the existence of God and believe that the Bible is His Word.

Self-Existence and Eternity

I dare you to think of anything in our world–any person or object–and think about the beginning of it. Everything in our world has a beginning. You started as a baby in your mother’s womb. Think of your couch. The wood came from a tree. The metal came from some kind of ore that was melted down. The cloth came from either a plant or oil if it is a synthetic cloth. I hope you see my point. We have never created anything from nothing. We just use what is already available to make things.

So, what or whom did God come from? I’ve often been asked who created God? The answer is nothing and no one created God. Within God, is all existence. No one created God. To say that God had a Creator is to also say that God had a beginning. God had no beginning and He has no end. Let’s look at the verses in the Bible that show us these things:

Genesis 1:1

The Bible says that God created the heavens and the earth. God was already there before every other created thing and the Bible writers made no attempt to prove that God existed. God is also separate from His creation. Some people try to teach that God is everything or that God is part of creation. God is neither. He is completely above and independent of the creation.

Exodus 3:13-14

God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and commissioned him to lead His people out of Israel. Moses, of course, asked who he should tell Israel sent him. God called himself “I Am Who I Am”. This isn’t too clear in English, but in Hebrew, the original language of the Old Testament, it was a little more clear. According to Dr. Michael Brown, a Hebrew scholar, a good way to interpret it would be “He who causes things to be”. The name was most likely pronounced “Yahweh”. You can see the video here. Basically, God is the Being who was never created because He has always existed and always will exist. Because of who He is, He also has no needs that He is dependant upon anyone else to fulfill. The entire visible and heavenly universe was created by God.

Psalm 90:1-2

This Psalm, which is actually a praise song to Yahweh, says that He is from everlasting to everlasting. He is from forever in the past to forever in the future. He has always existed and always will exist. Want to see another one? Look at Revelation 4:8. There are heavenly beings in front of God’s throne that cry out “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come” In Revelations 1:8, He describes Himself as the “Alpha and Omega” and repeats that He was, is, and is to come. The Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. In English, it would be like He said, “I am the A and the Z”. There is nothing that existed before Him and nothing that will out-last Him.

Conclusion

That was a lot of information to try to understand and absorb. Let’s recap:

  1. God’s “name” is Yahweh which means “the one who causes things to be”
  2. God has always existed and always existed so He has no beginning or end
  3. All existence is contained in God.
  4. God created everything in Heaven and in the Universe but is separate and independent from it all.
  5. God is completely self-sufficient, not needing anything or anyone.

I’ll give your brain a rest now. Just know that there are things you will not fully understand or grasp about God. If you ever need to give yourself a headache, just try to imagine not having a beginning. My purpose is to tell you what the Bible says about Him, not help you fully understand Him. Until next article, God bless you!