A/N: Most of the information here was supplied by the book, "Knowing the Doctrines of the Bible" by Myer Pearlman.
What would we be Without God?
By Lord Pyro
What would we be without God? That seems to be the question that most pastors ask their congregations. I would always joke that I wouldn't even be a smoking crater without Him. I believe that it's high time this question was answered properly.
But to answer this question we must first answer the question of Who God is. So who is He exactly? This in itself raises more questions. But the proper reply is, I believe, that God is a three-in-one deity.
Saint Patrick explained the Trinity through a clover. There are three leaves on a clover. In this same manner, there are three distinct aspects of the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. The three leaves on the clover are attached at one stem, just like the Father, Son, and Spirit are one godhead.
The three aspects are quite different from one another, but work in such unity that they are literally of one mind. The will of one is the will of the other two. The Father is the creator, the Son is the redeemer, and the Spirit is the sanctifier. Yet each one co-operates in each other's work.
This is illustrated throughout the Bible. The Father testifies of the Son (Matthew 3:17), the Son testified of the Father (John 5:19), the Son testified of the Spirit (John 14:26), and the Spirit testified of the Son in John 15:26)
While St. Patrick used a shamrock, my favorite analogy that I've seen is in light. Light has three parts to it. The actinic part is the invisible stuff (like God the Father), and then there is the luminiferous part, which is visible, like the Son of God. Finally, the calorific third is what gives off heat. It is felt but not seen, like the Holy Spirit.
But for all practical purposes, how does that help the average Joe who wants to know what God is like as a person? Sure it explains the Trinity, but it doesn't answer the question: Who is God?
First off, God is creative. Evidence is all around us for that point. Look at the world you live in, then look at the beauty of it all, and then tell me that God isn't creative. It's impossible.
Second, God is intelligent. Look at the design of the solar system for example. Earth is at exactly the right distance from the sun that it doesn't get too hot or too cold. Look at the placement of other planets.
The gas giants in the outer half of the solar system deflect asteroids perfectly. Without them, Earth would look a lot more like the moon than it does. It's quite effective. Then there is the fact that Earth is the only planet that supports life.
That life, however pathetic its existence may be, is still incredibly complex. The human brain consists of millions of cells, which contain millions of neurons, which contain as many as ten thousand connections to other neurons. In other words, there are as many (if not more) connections in your brain as there are stars in the universe.
And God can comprehend it? That shows exactly how small our minds are in comparison.
Next, God is devious. Einstein said it best on this point,
"While God may be devious, He is never malicious."
I point to the book of Job. At the beginning of the book, Satan makes a bet with God that if Job is tested, he'll curse God. So God takes the bet, all the while knowing what the outcome is going to be. Being all-knowing has its advantages… Satan is just wasting his time with the endeavor, but doesn't even know it. Devious!
God is funny. Or humorous would be a better way to describe it. Again, I point to Job. After Job is tested and a long series of monologues by his friends, God comes down and answers Job's resounding question of why.
In fact, the first thing God says to Job is that He is going to question Job. So He says (Job 38:4-5), "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundations? Tell Me, if you understand. Verse Five Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!" Sarcasm. God is will stoop to sarcasm.
Verse twenty-one: "Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!" God, in point of fact, is a comedian.
God is also strong. With just the words of His mouth, the world was created in six days. God held back the sea for Moses. God sent fire from Heaven to consume the burnt offering during the Elijah's contest with the priests of Baal. The words of his mouth are like a double-edged sword (Revelation 19:15 and Hebrews 4:12).
God is good looking. Moses got to see His back (Exodus, chapter 34). Just from seeing the rear view, Moses was radiating God's glory so much that he had to veil his face. God is so good looking that anyone who sees His face will not live.
Is there an actor alive that can beat that? I don't think so!
God is loving and compassionate. John 3:16 says that God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son to die for it. That also shows God's compassion for us. That He would send His only Son for us is incredible. And the best part is that it's free.
All you do is say to God that you're a sinner, that you need Jesus, and that you accept Jesus, the Son of God, as your personal Savior. Then you're ready to begin a wonderful and deeply personal relationship with the God of the universe. I wouldn't be able to tell you how much it has changed my life for the better.
But to move on, with all the above information on the character of God, you might start to conjure up an image in your mind. There isn't anything wrong with that. Everybody has some kind of idea of what God looks like.
I always imagined Him looking young and wearing white fencing armor, complete with a mask that doesn't let you see His face. Some people might ask me why I imagine fencing armor. To me, fencers are strong, creative in their movement and strategy, fast, and above all they are graceful. God is all of these things and more, so when I think of God, I think of what I think is the most incredible of athletic endeavors.
Now that we've answered the question of the ages, we can move to it is time to move on to the next big question: What would we be without Him? While other questions pollute our minds with doubt, this question fills people with an assurance that cannot be given but through God himself.
However, this question also is the most difficult to comprehend. The sheer size of the universe and the power that it must have taken to create it makes the mind boggle. But what if it simply wasn't there? Where would we be? What would we be if God didn't exist?
Just the thought of it scares me. You might say we would be nothing, a void, emptiness even. But in all reality, those are concepts developed by the human mind. We wouldn't even be that. This is what we would be…