Who is God?

God is the creator

God, the cre­ator of every­thing, vis­i­ble and invis­i­ble, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tu­al, liv­ing and non liv­ing, thus the cre­ator also of us human beings, alone knows best, for which pur­pose we are created—as he cre­at­ed us. If we believe this, then we have to seek the sense and aim of our life at him because only he can guide us in it.
This rais­es the next ques­tion: who is God? There are hun­dreds of reli­gions, all speak­ing about god or gods in var­i­ous ways, describ­ing it, him, or them in var­i­ous ways, refer­ring to holy scrip­tures with dif­fer­ent teach­ings and philoso­phies. How can one find the true God, the true teach­ing, the true holy scrip­ture? Or are they all the same, and it does not mat­ter in which god we believe? This answer would cer­tain­ly not be accept­able for some­one who seeks God seri­ous­ly. There are cer­tain things which we can know about God sim­ply by using our human intel­li­gence.

God is not a creature

If we believe that God is the cre­ator of the whole uni­verse then he can­not be of the same human nature as his crea­tures but must be above them. Heroes from the mythol­o­gy, who are depict­ed with super­nat­ur­al fea­tures, or wise teach­ers of for­mer cen­turies or even of our present time are also only human beings in spite of their spe­cial qual­i­ties. They have their nat­ur­al lim­i­ta­tions in time and space, even if it seems that they are able to per­form things which nor­mal, sim­ple human beings are not able to. They died or will die, they are exposed to dis­eases and weak­ness­es. If they them­selves are crea­tures, how can they be put on the same lev­el with their cre­ator, whose hand­i­work they are. How can we wor­ship them as God, if they are of the same nature as us, they are also only specks of dust in front of God the cre­ator.

There is only one God

God is ONE and we have to seek to under­stand and know Him. This is the pur­pose of our exis­tence. God cre­at­ed us and we are not sup­posed to cre­ate gods for our­selves accord­ing to our taste. It is not our choice whom we want to wor­ship as god. This is great pride and shows that man does not want to sub­mit to the real God to ful­fill His will but he wants to cre­ate gods for him­self and in this way he can do what he wants: he is not oblig­ed to sub­mit to the true God but he can choose a god which match­es his own pref­er­ences, way of think­ing and lifestyle. This is why there are so many reli­gions, so dif­fer­ent from one anoth­er (even if there are some sim­i­lar­i­ties).

God is perfect

God is per­fect. Per­fec­tion does not only mean that in His cre­at­ed world (i.e. nature) every­thing works in a per­fect order and har­mo­ny, which we human beings have not been able to com­pre­hend entire­ly through­out the his­to­ry of mankind even with the most high­ly devel­oped sci­en­tif­ic meth­ods and tech­ni­cal means. Per­fec­tion also means moral per­fec­tion, absolute good­ness, right­eous­ness, puri­ty and holi­ness.
Then the ques­tion occurs: can those idols which are wor­shiped as gods be regard­ed as per­fect?
If we con­sid­er the sto­ries about them, we can see that they them­selves are sur­round­ed by imper­fec­tion and var­i­ous sins. Some sto­ries report of anger, revenge, hatred, rival­ry, lies, immoral­i­ty etc. Per­sons who have lived recent­ly or are still alive, such who are con­sid­ered gods, are hon­oured because of some spe­cial abil­i­ties or their knowl­edge which they dis­play on spe­cial occa­sions. But lit­tle (or near­ly noth­ing) is known about their per­son­al lives. This is usu­al­ly not made pub­lic. Their lux­u­ri­ous lives, how­ev­er, also tes­ti­fy of a great lack of mod­esty and sym­pa­thy with the poor.
By con­sid­er­ing a mere human being as god, we take away the hon­our from the ONE and ONLY real God and destroy our rela­tion­ship with Him. If we want to know Him and be close to Him, we have to be clear about who He is and must not give the glo­ry of the Cre­ator to cre­at­ed beings, even if they have abil­i­ties or char­ac­ter­is­tics which we do not have.

God is an example for us

As God Him­self is per­fect, pure and holy, He can be an exam­ple for us human beings so that we may also live holy lives, abstain­ing from sin. Every reli­gious per­son would agree that puri­ty, right­eous­ness and holi­ness are virtues which man has to strive for. How­ev­er, if the gods them­selves give such exam­ples, how can they be mod­els for us? Wor­ship­ping them gives a false feel­ing of sat­is­fac­tion: “I do not have to have a bad con­science if I lie some­times if it hap­pened also to the gods.”

God is the judge

The real­i­ty, how­ev­er, is that every­one will have to give an account on the day of judg­ment to our Cre­ator who is per­fect, sin­less, pure and holy. We will have to stand in the light of His holi­ness and there will be no excuse. He calls us to turn away from the man-made idols who can­not help us change our lives, and to turn to Him and receive his grace to become like Him: pure and holy.

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