This discussion is predicated on the collection of books written over a period of approximately 1300 to 1500 years known as the Bible. If you are privy to another god or gods, feel free but I’m not talking about that one or those ones. Please don’t get confused.
Probably the biggest single mistake people make about God should be self-evident, but it’s not.
People think God is pretty much a man. A man with more power, more powers, more knowledge and a lot of really neat tricks. He’s not.
A man who said, “I’m the most important thing in your life” would be considered pretty much insufferable. I would so consider such a man. I know two or three; bosses, middle management, old men who lie about what they did in life and so on. To claim to be more important than another without qualification or context is simple megalomania. However, it is not so for God.
Why? Because – uh – He’s God. Capital ‘G’. He’s the uncaused event. God is the Eternal – that is, non-beginning and non-ending – Creator of the Universe or universes. He is the grand architect, designer, engineer, builder, contractor and maintainer of everything. He is the ultimate Creator of life in all forms; either directly or indirectly. He is the source of all wisdom and knowledge.
Is it ego or megalomania that drives Barack Obama to say, “I’m the President of the United States”? No. He is the President of the United States. For me to claim that title and authority would be foolish at best. But not so for any of the forty-four men who have held the title.
So it with God. He is God. The “I AM that I AM.”
His attributes of power are many and varied, summed up in three concepts: Omnipotence, Omniscience and Omnipresence.
Omnipotence is all power. All authority, energy, ability and whatever belongs to God and is given by or derived from God. However, this is often mis-understood by the superficial – or those with humor stunted at the seventh grade level – to mean God can do self-contradictory things. The classic is “Can God make a rock so big He can’t move it?” This is a logical impossibility, a contradiction in terms. It is an absurdity, even with God’s name flung in the mix (and a salute to C. S. Lewis). Those who ‘honestly’ propose such absurdities are also absurd. Grow up.
Nor does omnipotence mean God can do things humans can do. F’rinstance, God cannot lie. God cannot renege on his word. God cannot punish someone for something in that someone’s life already forgiven. God can, will (and has been known to) slap the stupid out of your face, but He cannot stab you in the back. In short, God cannot do things against His Eternal and perfect nature.
Omniscience is all knowledge. He knows everything. Everything. God understands Relativity in a way Einstein could only dream. God knows if a photon is a wave or a particle. God knows the EXACT velocity and position of a given particle at a given time. God knows about your first kiss. And your last one, as well. God knows the location of Jimmy Hoffa’s body. If God were a human, He would be bored. Nothing ‘occurs’ to God.
However, this does not mean God forces all things to happen. God does not want people to go to Hell. People go to Hell for one reason only; those people reject God. Nor does God want people to drive in a drunken state and run over children. However, God has created mankind with free will – it’s part of that ‘…in Our image…’ thing – and true to His word, does not interfere with our decisions.
This point is the biggie for a lot of agnostics and atheists. They want it both ways; they want to be ‘free to live and choose’ and also blame God for the mess they make. Most want to blame God for all the children who get run over by drunks. Somehow, the drunk had nothing to do with it, it seems.
Omnipresence. This is the hard one for many people, including Christian believers. God is always present, everywhere and everywhen. (Yeah, I just invented a new word.) God exists in eternity, not affected by time or place.
All this is supported by Biblical teaching. I left out all the references in this essay to avoid this being longer than it is.
Dear Reader, this is the God of whom Christians speak. One may simply deny His existence, but one may not logically argue God isn’t like this. One may properly say, “I’ve never seen this” but that does not change the reality of God. There are many things none of us have ‘seen’, but still exist.