Who is God and Who am I?

One of the questions that children ask is, “Who is God?” Almost every answer leads to a second question, “Who made God?” The answer has to be good enough for this little boy in Cambodia, my friends in the Philippines, or a person on a street in any city. Why? Because, if we don’t understand these basics, we won’t reach out to Him. He intends us to reach out to Him.

In our curriculum on biblical creation, which include its ramifications about how we look at the world around us, we begin with several chapters dealing with God. A couple of things are accomplished. First, the God of the Bible is distinctive because He claims that He created (Genesis 1 and 2) and sustains that creation (add Hebrews 1: 1-3). Second, He stays involved with what He has created, and the crown of His creation is mankind. The Bible is full of references of the One who stays involved. We provide plenty of biblical references to illustrate these points. So, we are not talking about some ethereal god that is somewhere undefined. And, we are not talking about some mythical dictator in the sky.

So, who made Him? He is eternal. Thus, He has no beginning or end. Being the objects of His creation, we are inherently biased. Everything we see must have a cause. He needs no cause. Our difficulty understanding is like a pot describing the potter. While we cannot wrap our head around His eternal nature, it does not take away from the simple answer in one of His biblical names that also provides the answer: “I AM.” We live in a created universe where everything owes its existence to Him.

The alternative is simple: it all happened by itself. Hence, the naturalistic or evolutionary construction is that something undefined and small explodes — bringing forth everything by itself. So, star stuff shows up, it changes to organized star stuff, life happens along the way, complex life develops, and the end result means that microbiologists or any other sorts of experts pop out at the end.  The “life part” gets really interesting since pond scum eventually yields you and me all by itself. No direction. No oversight. No known process.  Any sort of god is forbidden in the answer. The God of the Bible is so purposefully pointedly avoided that most educational systems in modern countries forbid His mention in a classroom. In many places, His mention by an instructor invites some serious criticism. There is no science involved, at least not the experimental and measurable science that is so wonderful, fascinating, and yields real solutions to problems.

In contrast, Genesis is a historical record that traces back its Author, who describes what He did. He creates a beginning…for us, and records that event in Genesis 1:1. Then, He creates all things in six days. He makes ways within that creation to mark time, which is time we don’t get back once it is past. So, His creation, as recorded in Genesis 1 and 2 but also referred to many times in other parts of the Bible, has direction. What happened near the beginning indicates the first two people chose badly (Adam and Eve’s actions recorded in Chapter 3). The Bible is clear: we continue to choose badly. It is called sin, which is fundamentally believing that we know better than our Creator. Therefore, we do things our own way, and invent stories about how we came to be. The consequences of that sin continue, and the penalty is a separation from the Creator. The work of Jesus Christ (the Gospel) is the only remedy to the separation. The issues go back to the beginning, and the record of them is in Genesis.

The ramifications are huge. We are responsible for our actions. The world is a mess because those first actions the first people. Even His creation suffers under the penalties of that sin that happened in the beginning. We are of the same lineage. His forgiveness, if we choose to ask for it and want the Giver of it, is the only fix. That is why Christ came. That is why biblical creation is an important issue, and why actively avoiding that issue becomes an agenda item for some people and most institutions of learning. Adam and Eve wanted to be like God but without Him. It is no different today, and it is the dominant position of most people.

As a result, based on the current world wide emphasis of naturalism and evolution, one could say that mankind screams loudly that everything came about by itself without direction. We are getting better because evolution demands it. There is a problem, however. Experimental science shows decay in every sphere. Genetics shows we are not getting better. No equations produce things on their own without a world already in existence and processes brought to bear.

In contrast, creation’s complexity shouts the truth: the Creator was involved and still is. He is eternal and He created everything from nothing. Biblical creation addresses these topics head on. So, there are answers for children and adults who ask the questions, but they come from a biblical creation world view. David poetically states the obvious answer to the question of his existence in Psalm 139:14, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” What is the alternative answer for the little boy pictured at the beginning if God is eliminated from the discussion? Tell him he came from pond scum. Is that your answer to sons and daughters? The Bible can be trusted; it has the answers and they are dramatically different.

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