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"All merely human affirmations about God curl into a question mark. We cannot spy out the secrets of God by obtrusive curiosity. … If we are authorized to say anything at all about the living God, it is only because of God's initiative and revelation”. Carl Henry

    Existence of God

    Does God Exist?
    A logical, practical, pragmatic proof of the existence of God from a purely scientific perspective. To do this, we are assuming that we exist, that there is reality, and that the matter of which we are made is real. If you do not believe that you exist, you have bigger problems than this study will entail and you will have to look elsewhere.

    Atheism
    To claim you know there is no God is to claim you have exhaustively searched every part of every universe and dimension with an infallibly accurate method of detecting every non-physical entity that could possibly exist. (Several Articles)

    Who Created God
    Given that nothing in the universe is the cause of its own existence, the universe cannot be explained by an infinite regress of causation. If there were infinite regress then the series would not have gotten started in the first place.

    Is The God of the Bible Really God?
    What is truly interesting is that most people seem to be prejudiced against the Bible, but well disposed towards other 'scriptures'. In fact, if you quote the Bible, it is quite likely that you will hear something like "everyone knows the Bible is full of errors and contradictions". However if you were to appeal to... say... the writings of Buddha, you would probably be viewed as a wise, or even enlightened, person. This is a rather illogical situation, because there is far more evidence in favor of the Bible being true, than there is for any of the other 'holy books' like the Qur’an, the Bhagavad-Gita, the writings of Confucius, or the Book of Mormon. This evidence includes it's humanly impossible authorship, it's candor about the faults and failings of it's main characters, fulfilled prophecy, and it's archaeological and scientific accuracy... none of which are seen in the books of other religions.

    Has Anyone Ever Seen God?
    Many seem to believe that, when it comes to whether anyone has ever seen God, the Bible contradicts itself... In more than one place the gospel of John says that, apart from Jesus, no man has ever seen God, while others seem to unambiguously state that, on occasion, people (especially in the Old Testament) saw Him. An oft offered explanation is that these people were having visions or dreams, or what they actually saw was an angel of the Lord, or even Christ. However, none of the examples given say anything about a vision, a dream, or an angel. Much to the contrary, the verses clearly say that the people saw God. In fact,  the Lord Himself told Moses that He "appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty", then went on to say that He established His covenant with them, "to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned". (Exodus 6:2-4). An angel is not "God Almighty" and no one but God the Father made a covenant with Abraham. In other words, it was not Jesus whom Abraham saw. The problem actually has a much simpler solution.
     

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    The Trinity

    Is God A Trinity?
    The doctrine of the trinity is one of mainstream Christianity's most universally accepted and hallowed doctrines held sacrosanct by Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox believers alike. From about the 4th century AD, the standard position of the church is that the trinity is only one God, who exists as three distinct, but equal, Persons. Although most people cannot wrap their heads around, much less explain, the concept of the trinity, the vast majority of Christians believe it to be an unassailable and inviolable doctrine that comes straight from the pages of Scripture itself. Unfortunately this is not true. Although the Bible definitively points to a plurality in the Godhead, there is absolutely no evidence that the Holy Spirit is the 'third person of the trinity' - a co-equal member of the Godhead.

    When non-Christians hold to the beliefs they may have held from their childhood, we urge them to examine the evidence for themselves. Yet Christians rarely seem to take their own advice, seemingly unwilling to even consider that any of the doctrines they have unquestioningly accepted may not conform to what the Bible teaches.

    Please note that challenging the doctrine of the Trinity does not mean challenging the Divinity of Christ and it does not mean challenging the Divinity of the Holy Spirit. The New Testament abounds with proof of the deity of Jesus Christ, and Acts 5:3-4 is more than enough to clinch the issue of the Holy Spirit being God.
     

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    Characteristics

    Is God Male or Female?
    In examining Scripture, two facts become clear:  First, that God is a Spirit, and does not possess human characteristics or limitations; second, that all the evidence contained in Scripture agrees that God revealed Himself to mankind in a male form.

    The Foreknowledge of God
    The majority of orthodox Christians subscribe to the view is that God is omniscient, i.e. He has complete and unlimited knowledge of everything that has ever happened, is happening now, and will ever happen. However, in recent years, a few scholars, who claim there is no divine script for the future, have proposed a radically different view called Open Theism, called so because they believe that God's knowledge of the future is 'open'. This view not only flatly contradicts what the Bible says about the foreknowledge of God but common sense as well.

    The ‘Jealousy’ of God
    The verses that refer to God as a "jealous God" are often misunderstood. When we use the word ‘jealous’, we use it in the sense of being envious of someone who has something we don't have or perhaps even resenting them for having it. However, when used in reference to God, this is not the intended meaning of the word jealous

    Can God Change His Mind/ Be Influenced by Humans?
    Classic theism asserts that God cannot be affected by outside influences, does not change His mind, and does not regret decisions He makes. However, none of the 'proof texts' usually quoted say that God never changes His mind, but that God wasn't going to change His mind in that specific situation. Which however, leaves us with the Exodus 32:14 which clearly says God changed His mind. Unfortunately, English translations leave us with a host of problems.

    Is God ‘Different’ in the Old Testament and New Testament?
    The Bible quite clearly states that God's nature is unchanging. However, many people perceive the God of the Old Testament as being impatient, vengeful, cruel, merciless, and very cranky, which they believe is in complete contrast to the 'loving' heavenly Father of the New Testament. The conclusion is then drawn that Christianity is not to be trusted since, contrary to what the Bible says, God's nature does change. Not only is this presumed difference in God's nature used to try and discredit Christianity but has, unfortunately, proved to be rather large stumbling block to many. The million dollar question being then is whether it is true that God got kinder and more easy going over the course of time.

    What a Sovereign God Cannot Do
    It is a fallacy to imagine that for God to be in control of His universe He must therefore foreordain and initiate everything. Thus He causes sin, then punishes the sinner. There is neither logical nor biblical reason why a sovereign God by His own sovereign design could not allow creatures made in His image the freedom of genuine moral choice. And there are compelling reasons why He would do so.

    Can God Create a Stone so Heavy That He Cannot Move It?
    The historical understanding of omnipotence never meant that God can do anything whatsoever.
     

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    Relationship With Man

    God's Love/Hate Relationship with the World
    Along with God loves everyone, it is almost universally believed that God hates the sin and not the sinner. In fact, I suspect that many assume it is a divine precept that originated in the pages of the Bible. It is not. Much to the contrary, Scripture makes it clear that not only does God hate the sin but is many cases says He hates the sinner as well. And why would this be surprising? Most often people do what they are, i.e. their deeds usually provide a clear insight into their character. Thus if God disapproves of sin, there is no question that He must disapprove of the person committing the sin. And His disapproval is so very strong that the word hate describes it well.

     The Wrath of God
    The Bible labours the point in both Old and New Testament that God is good to those who trust Him and is terrible to those who do not. Both Testaments emphasize the reality and terror of God's wrath. Today's powerless, sickly sweet, sentimental 'easy Christianity' has chosen to babble on and on about the goodness and love of God, but totally ignore (to our peril) His wrath and judgment. It is almost as if there is a disconnect between the Bible stories well known to all Christians, and their own version of the God they profess to serve.


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    Knowing God

    Knowing God
    Sometimes Christians will say they don't need a lot of doctrine; they just want to know God personally, to just experience Him, without complicating things with all that theological gobbledy-gook. With a little it of reflection, however, one can see how important knowing about God is to knowing God.

    Worship
     The next time you go to church, raise your hands, and shout out to the Lord in "worship" keep in mind that it is entirely possible that you return from church on Sunday morning happy at how much you sang His praises and how good the 'worship' was, blissfully unaware that the Lord may have turned His face away from you and did not accept your worship. Worse, He asked why you dared to tread His courts with your hollow and worthless offerings, and music He did not even want to listen to? Why? Simply because worship is not something we do, such as praying, singing, kneeling, at certain select times, but consists of who we are, and what our attitude is towards God at all times. True worship remains with us all through the day, and colors every aspect of our daily lives. So, what does it take to ensure that our worship is not rejected and the Lord takes pleasure in it?

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