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Questions and Answers About God

October 29, 2013

 

Title: Questions and Answers About God

Text: Psalms 90:2, 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, Isaiah 43:18-19

Time: October 9th, 2013

Around the beginning of the year I gave a few messages about God, and tried to answer a few questions about who God is, what is God like, and so forth. Today, I’d like to pick up on that initial conversation about God by asking and answering a few more questions, like, “How can God exist forever?” and “Does God know who He is?” and “How can God avoid being bored?” Of course, there are so many questions we could and should ask about God, but we’ve only got time today to ask and answer about three of them. I’ve heard a number of people ask these questions about God, usually rhetorical questions by skeptics or atheists designed to show the idea of the Christian God is silly. But these questions aren’t only asked by atheists but also by children who sincerely want to know the answers without any hidden, ulterior motive.  Unbelievers love to ask questions about God because they think that there are no good answers to their questions, and therefore they seek to embarrass Christians by merely asking the questions. But there’s no reason why believers have to be ashamed of asking questions about God, especially since the Bible itself in various places raises questions and gives answers. As a Christian, as opposed to an unbeliever or atheist skeptic, I assume the basic concept of God given in the Bible is sound. Therefore, my task is to explore further what it means to understand and believe in God through seeking answers to questions raised about God. Also, it’s just plain interesting to think about God and then formulate questions about him that motivate us to seek out answers. In the seeking we can learn a lot more about the God we worship and obey. I think it would be rather dull to simply say, “I believe in God,” but then never ask any questions about him, how he exists, what he thinks, how he acts, and so forth. One of the great benefits of being a Christian believer is that we are motivated to explore more deeply our own faith and gain the added inspiration of finding satisfying answers to our investigations that increase our faith. At the present time I can’t say that I have answers to all my questions about God, but I feel I know a lot more about him now than if I’d never raised the questions. Also, even in the case where I can’t say I can find a satisfying answer for some question about God, I’m challenged to keep seeking more information and think deeper. Again, this is why being a Christian is so interesting – we’re inspired by what we do know about God, and challenged to keep seeking to discover more knowledge by what we don’t know about him. In either case, it’s a win-win situation. So let me raise and attempt to answer three more questions about God. I hope you find them interesting and helpful. (more…)

More About God — Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence

March 2, 2013

Title: More About God – Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence

Text: Psalm 147:5, Jeremiah 32:26-27, Psalm 139:7-8

Time: February 20th, 2013

 

A few weeks ago I taught about the three most popular understandings of the One God – Jewish monotheism, Christian monotheism, and the monotheism of Islam. I tried to show that only Christian monotheism explains God adequately. Today, I’d like to go into a further explanation of God in his three most basic aspects – omniscience (all-knowing), omnipotence (all powerful), and omnipresence (all presence). Now the problem with talking about these three aspects of God is that it’s hard to do so without getting abstract and philosophical. I’d like to try to avoid that today, and explain these three things in as down-to-earth way as I can; so I’ll be coming at it from the angle of human advancement and human progress on the planet earth. Hopefully, this angle will help us all understand the infinite God better. What I mean is, over the course of years, decades, centuries and millennia mankind has progress in these basic aspects – in knowledge, in power, and in presence. And if we look at how mankind has progressed in these areas and simply multiply man’s progress many, many times, we’ll get a little glimpse of the kind of God we worship as Christians. I realize that this is not the typical way theologians explain God, but I’m trying to do more than simply explain a theological concept, I’m trying to make God more understandable to our normal way of thinking. Of course, I’ll fall short of truly explaining God because if God is who the Bible describes him, he can’t be fully explained. But I believe that even though we can’t fully understand God, we can understand him more fully as we explore more deeply our understanding of him. For example, if we think about how far human progress and development has advanced in the last few thousand years, and then if we imagine humanity making similar progress in the years, decades, centuries, or even millennia ahead in the future, we’ll begin to get a small glimpse of the enormity of God. Take for instance, knowledge. If you were to place an average person today next to the average person alive, say, two or three thousand years ago, the knowledge of just a typical person today would far outstrip the knowledge of even the smartest person thousands of years ago. Scientists tell us that the basic brain and mental ability hasn’t changed much over the last few thousand years, so it’s just the knowledge base of mankind that’s changed. A high school or college-educated person today would come across as almost a genius compared with the brightest person of many years ago. Well, to get a little glimpse of God’s knowledge, multiply mankind’s knowledge progress over the last three thousand years by, say, one billion years. It’s staggering how much God knows, just as it’s amazing how much we know today, compared to just a few millennia ago. You get the picture. Hopefully, by applying this method, I’ll be able to explain a little about the character of God. Let’s see. (more…)