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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