• Pastor Bowler

What the Bible Says About God

Since the dawn of time, humans have worshipped and their gods have been as diverse as the hundreds of deities of Hinduism or the gods of Mount Olympus revered by the ancient Greeks. When the God of Abraham gave tablets of stone to Moses on Mount Sinai, the first commandment was, “Thou shalt have no other Gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). There are many gods and many lords. Two thousand years ago in Corinth and Ephesus they worshiped Diana or Astarte with immoral behaviour.

In Exodus 32, when Moses was on the mount communing with God, the people thought he had died, and bullied Aaron into making a golden calf to go before them, a reflection of the Apis bull whom they had seen worshipped in Egypt. Contrary to thousands of years of history and all common sense, people now state that everyone worships the same God. All religions are equal; and all worship the same God.

Oh, some call Him “Allah,” and some call Him “the Great Spirit,” and some call Him “Jehovah,” but the word now is that we all serve the one GOD and that whatever heaven there is, everyone will finally end up there. Ecumenicity is the word that is used and the goal is to build a one world religion.

In Canada, if you believe everything you are told, you can worship this One all pervasive God just as well in a tribal smoke house as in a church dedicated to the Christ Who died on the cross and rose again.

So talking about Jesus Christ is out. Why should I try to convert you? The Bible has become just another ancient document, the Reformation was a mistake, missionary activity is evidence of a narrow mind, and the native medicine-man should have equal status with Christian chaplains in the hospitals.

Question? Is Allah of Arabia the same as the God of Elijah? Did Jezebel represent the same God as Elijah? Was Paul mistaken when in Athens he noticed the altars to pagan gods and then referred to an unknown God? (Acts 17:23).

We have come into this 21st-century to an impasse; a rejection of all common sense; when we shut our eyes to reality and try to convince ourselves that Muslims and Mormons and Christians and stone age natives all worship one God. I ask, can God demand holiness but still oppose adultery? Can God honour His Word above His Name (Psalm 138:2), but still approve of the writings of Joseph Smith? Can God require new birth of all who enter His Kingdom, but also welcome to heaven all who have beheaded to Christians?

Why do I say all of this? Because 2 plus 2 makes four. Because intelligence is measured by your ability to distinguish between things that differ. Because truth is not error, and God is not the devil.

What does the Bible say, and what did Jesus say about God? Look at the pattern prayer Jesus gave in Matthew 6:9-13—“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

  • Jesus taught us that God is real. We can talk to Him. He is not imaginary. He is not fiction.

  • He taught us that God created all things (John 10:29). “My Father is greater than all.” He is the Source of all power.

  • He taught that God is Father and that He is in Heaven. That means He is high over all; supreme, unique, Almighty. He is kind and gracious, and warm with the Father’s heart.

  • He taught us that God’s first attribute is holiness. We are to pray—“hallowed be thy name.”

  • He taught us that God’s will is done in heaven. He is Supreme over there, and holiness is the foundation of His throne.

  • He hears and answers prayer. Jesus said, “pray in secret, and your Father Who sees in secret shall reward you openly” (Matthew 6:4). He taught us that His love for the world caused God to reveal Himself and send His Son (John 3:15-16).

  • He taught us that we cannot love the Father unless we love the Son. In fact, John 5:23 says that we must honour the Son even as we honour the Father.

  • Matthew 26:54 tells us that on the way to the Cross, Jesus said: “…thus it must be.” Calvary was not an accident. It was the Father's will that all our sins were laid on Jesus.

  • Jesus taught us that God welcomes all who come to Him in repentance and faith. Even the woman of Sychar who now lived with husband number six (John 4:5-29).

  • He said that the Father had committed all judgment to the Son. So it is the voice of Jesus that will call forth all the dead. “God has appointed a day in which He will judge all men, and He has given witness to all men in that He raised Christ from the dead” (Acts 17:31).

  • He taught us that paradise will be restored—“Thy Kingdom come.”

  • He taught us that forgiven sinners will inherit God’s kingdom.

Scientists know that gravity holds the world together. Doctors know that the life is in the blood. Lawyers know the guilt and innocence were not the same. Teachers know that 2 plus 2 makes 4…not 13. And every human being knows that he has a hunger that only Christ can satisfy.

Jesus said we must build upon the Rock; the unchanging truth about sin and salvation and Heaven and eternity. Peter said, “we have not followed cunningly devised fables” (2 Peter 1:16).

Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

So how can you be sure of your convictions? When you take God at His Word, there can be no doubt. And I commend that faith to you. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). If you will believe His Word with all of your heart, Christ will come and live in you.

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