Some people blame God for the number of starving children in the world, accusing Him of lacking the power or the care He should have. It is true that hunger is a problem for many in our world, and many children suffer from malnutrition. Compassion International reports that over 3 million children die annually from malnourishment. In developing countries, 25 percent of children are underweight … Continue reading Why does God not seem to care about the millions of starving children in the world?
The most important element of God’s nature is His holiness. Holy means “set apart,” and God is clearly separate from His creation based on His nature and attributes. Holiness is the foundation of all other aspects of God’s character. Revelation 15:4 says of God, “You alone are holy.” Revelation 4:8 describes the four living creatures who sing to God day and night, “Holy, holy, holy … Continue reading What are the most important things to understand about the nature of God?
Revelation 4:10–11 describes a scene in heaven: “The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and . . . lay their crowns before the throne and say: ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power.’” The words translated “glory” and “honor” are closely related and often used interchangeably in the Bible. But there is a … Continue reading What does it mean to honor God?
The best definition of the word favor is “demonstrated delight.” The favor of God can be described as “tangible evidence that a person has the approval of the Lord.” When we favor someone, we want to be with him or her. We delight in him. We connect with her in a way we don’t connect with everyone. We usually favor people who also favor us. … Continue reading What is the favor of God, and how can I get it?
The Trinity is one of the most complex concepts in the Bible and nigh inexplicable. We know that God is One (Deuteronomy 6:4), and we know that He exists in Three Persons (Matthew 28:19). It is a paradox, but that is the reality of who God is. Theologians early on in Christian history developed terms and definitions that parse out various aspects of the Trinity. … Continue reading What is the economic Trinity?
In their discussion of the Trinity, theologians have developed a number of terms to help explain, as precisely as possible, what God is like. When someone speaks of the “ontological Trinity,” it is in reference to the nature of God. Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being. The “ontological Trinity” refers to the being or nature of each member of the Trinity. … Continue reading What is the ontological Trinity?
We can cite numerous passages of Scripture that speak to God’s emotions. For example, God demonstrated the following: • Anger – Psalm 7:11; Deuteronomy 9:22; Romans 1:18 • Laughter – Psalm 37:13; Psalm 2:4; Proverbs 1:26 • Compassion – Psalm 135:14; Judges 2:18; Deuteronomy 32:36 • Grief – Genesis 6:6; Psalm 78:40 • Love – 1 John 4:8; John 3:16; Jeremiah 31:3 • Hate – … Continue reading Does God have emotions?
God’s omnipresence is one of His essential attributes. His justice is also essential, and, therefore, it is necessary for Him to punish sinners who do not trust in Jesus for salvation. Thus, we have a God who is referred to as everywhere present yet who maintains a place called hell, described as a place where people are removed from His presence (see Matthew 25:41). Three … Continue reading If God is omnipresent, does that mean God is in hell?
The evil in the world did not come from God. If Adam and Eve had only obeyed God, then they may have lived on earth forever, walking with God, tending the garden, working together—what might God’s “Plan A” have been? After they sinned, the created ones were just not on the same page with God anymore. God cannot tolerate sin and has no sin within … Continue reading How can I believe in the goodness of God when there is so much evil in the world?
“God is light,” says 1 John 1:5. Light is a common metaphor in the Bible. Proverbs 4:18 symbolizes righteousness as the “morning sun.” Philippians 2:15 likens God’s children who are “blameless and pure” to shining stars in the sky. Jesus used light as a picture of good works: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds” (Matthew 5:16). Psalm 76:4 … Continue reading What does it mean that God is light?