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THEOLOGY: The Doctrine of God 2

God does exist, and He has clearly revealed Himself both within our thoughts and through creation (Isa. 29:14; Jer. 4:22; Rom. 1:22; 1 Cor. 1:18-19; 1 Cor. 2:6-7; 3:19-20;Col. 2:8, 23). Today people swap God for corruptible creatures constructed out of wood, stone, or metal because of pride and conceit. They want to control their own lives, to do as they wish, to be recognized and honored, and to receive the credit and acknowledgment themselves. Therefore, they turn from God and make their own gods (Acts 17:29; 1 John 5:21; Deut. 11:26-28;Isa. 42:8). The one true God is distinguished from all the false gods that have been foisted upon mankind by evil spirits and deluded men. Gods that are fashioned by the imaginations and hands of men are absolutely worthless (Isa. 44:9–10), but the one true God is full of glory, grace, and truth (John 1:14). The Bible says that the one true God is the sovereign, self-existent Creator of the universe (Isa. 42:5; Eph. 1:11). He is spirit (John 4:24), He is eternal (Psa. 90:2), and He is personal (Deut. 34:10). The one true God possesses all knowledge (Isa. 46:10) and all power (Matt. 19:26), is present in all places (Psa. 139:7–10), and is unchanging (James 1:17). The Bible says that God is just (Acts 17:31), loving (Eph. 2:4–5), truthful (Num. 23:19), and holy (Isa. 6:3). God shows compassion (2 Cor. 1:3), mercy (Rom. 9:15), and grace (Rom. 5:17). God judges sin (Psa. 5:5), but He also offers forgiveness (Psa. 130:4).

The one true God exists in tri-unity. The Bible speaks of three divine Persons who share the same nature and essence in one God. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three in one (Matt. 3:16–17; 28:19). This characteristic of the one true God separates Him from all other gods of monotheistic religions. Any concept of God that excludes Jesus Christ is faulty (1 John 2:23). The one true God has revealed His power and glory in creation (Rom. 1:20). He revealed Himself to Abram in Mesopotamia, calling him to a new life of faith and making of him a new nation (Gen. 12:1–3). The one true God later identified Himself as the “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob” (Exo. 3:6) and revealed Himself to Moses in Midian (verses 1–5). Using Moses, the one true God began to reveal Himself more clearly through His written Word, the Bible. And, finally, the one true God has given us the ultimate Revelation of Himself in the Lord Jesus (Matt. 1:1–2).

Jesus is the exact representation of God. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh who lived and walked among us” (John 1:14). We all have a choice of whom to worship. Joshua told the Israelites it was time for them to choose the one true God over the gods of the Amorites (Joshua 24:15). Elijah told the people on top of Mt. Carmel that they could no longer stay ambivalent concerning God (1 Kings 18:21). Today, people worship some of the same pagan gods of the Old Testament; or they worship more recent false gods; or they worship themselves. But the worship of false deities leads only to death in the end (John 17:3; Ruth 1:16).

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Questions

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    2. If God were to deliver a "state of the world" speech for all of us to hear, what do you think He would say?
    3. How do people today distinguish between right and wrong and why do a high percentage of people today say they believe in God?
    4. If the Lord is one, how are we to understand the Trinity?
    5. How does God reveal Himself to people and what makes all people accountable to God?
    6. What is the primary problem people have in their relationship with God and what happens to the hearts and minds of people who reject God?
    7. When people deny God, what do they often put in His place?
    8. How does God respond to people who ignore and deny Him?
    9. How are attitudes toward sexuality affected when a person denies God?
    10. What lie do people naturally believe by denying the truth?
    11. When thoughts of God are pushed out, what evil attitudes and actions replace them and how do people today suppress the truth about God?
    12. In what ways is our thinking futile and our mind darkened?
    13. What examples can you list of how we worship created things rather than the Creator?
    14. What is God’s attitude toward promiscuous heterosexual activity and homosexuality?
    15. How does God want us to respond to Him?
    16. In what ways can a person lessen their dependence on the things they are tempted to "worship" and serve more than God?

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