God is the ruler of the entire universe. He loves each and every one of us, even those who do not believe in Him or acknowledge Him. God will always forgive you, no matter what you do wrong, as long as you have accepted His Son, Jesus Christ as your Savior. If you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have committed the Unforgivable Sin. But anybody—absolutely anybody—can accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
God has three primary names, which are:
Some other names and titles include:
- ALMIGHTY GOD
- I AM
God created everything, including humans, animals, angels and the universe around us. In Psalm 147:4, it is mentioned that all stars have names given to them God. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. (NKJV) After God created everything, He called it 'very good' (Genesis 1:31). God created the universe in six days, and took the seventh day off to rest, thus creating the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3). The order of creation is:
- Day One: Light (so it wasn't just darkness, Genesis 1:3-5)
- Day Two: The sky and the water (Genesis 1:6-8)
- Day Three: The land and the ocean (Genesis 1:9-13)
- Day Four: The Sun, Moon and stars (Genesis 1:14-19)
- Day Five: The fish and the birds (Genesis 1:20-23)
- Day Six: The rest of the animals and humans (Genesis 1:24-31)
- Day Seven: God rested on this day, and preserved the day, creating the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3)
Colossians 1:16-17 tells us: For by Him all things were created on this earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is in all things, and in Him all things consist. (NKJV) This tells us that God has created everything—and everyone—for a reason.
Nehemiah 9:6 explains that God created the angels at some time, and that they have not been there for all eternity, unlike God. You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You. Psalm 148:2-5 also supports this, saying: Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the Name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created. While the Bible is not clear on when exactly God created the angels, it is implied that they were created after heaven was created, and before the earth, as Job 38:4-7 says: Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Even though humans were created after the animals, God said that man should rule over them (Genesis 1:26). God formed man out of dust, and breathed into his nostrils the 'breath of life' (Genesis 2:7). God planted the garden Eden, and He put the man in which He created in there to keep it (Genesis 2:8). He called the first man Adam and created woman from him (Genesis 2:21), who was later called Eve, by making Adam fall into a deep sleep, and taking one of his ribs and thus creating woman (Genesis 2:23). God made laws for man to live by, including the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).
God has made a number of great promises to man, such as:
- Promising to bless Abraham and his descendants (Genesis 12:2-3)
- Promising to lead the Israelites to a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:8)
- Promising to break the bonds of slavery (Leviticus 26:12-13)
- Promising not to lie or change His mind about you (Numbers 23:19)
- Promising that if you search for Him, you will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29)
- Promising to protect the ones faithful to Him (1 Samuel 2:9)
- Promising not to judge us by our appearance (1 Samuel 16:7)
- Promising that His love never fails (1 Chronicles 16:34)
- Promising to heal a nation (2 Chronicles 7:14)
- Promising fruitfulness and prosperity (Psalm 1:1-3)
- Promising power (Acts 1:8)
- Promising right standing before Him (Romans 1:16-17)
- Promising all things will work out for good (Romans 8:28)
- Promising comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
- Promising new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- Promising every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
- Promising salvation (Ephesians 2:8)
- Promising to finish the work He started within us (Philippians 1:6)
- Promising peace when we pray (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Promising to supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19)
Views in the Abrahamic Religions
God is worshiped by the four Abrahamic religions:
- Baha'i Faith
In Judaism, God is the Almighty Being that brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt. God is an eternal, everlasting spirit that human beings have a personal relationship with, and God has a personal relationship with them. No actions can affect God, whether they be positive or negative. God has no physical (or human/earthly) form, but a spirit. People who follow Judaism are called Jews or Jewish people, and they are God's Chosen People. In Judaism, God's existence is almost always accepted without question, without proof, and it is rarely offered. This is because the Torah begins with how God created the universe and earth, without any explanation to where God came from. A belief similar to Christianity is that God is in all places at all times, knows everything, including the future, and can do anything. It is also believed that God has no beginning and no end, and will always exist.
Like Judaism, God is a singular and eternal being that is in all places at all times, knows everything and can do anything. Jewish and Christian beliefs about God are very much the same, but Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, which is what separates Jews from Christians. Some characteristics of God include patience, love, mercy and grace. Jesus states that "No one comes to the Father, except through me." (John 14:6) Some Christians believe in the Trinity, the belief that God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are the same being. It is stated in Colossians 1:15 that "He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." (NKJV) However, Jesus himself denied that he was God (Matthew 19:17).
Muslims call God 'Allah', and believe that He is the all-powerful Creator of the universe. Muslims believe that God is loving and merciful, but does not love transgressors, or people who are wicked, arrogant, ungrateful or vainglorious, but will forgive anyone who calls out to Him.
In Baha'i Faith
God is a singular, eternal and personal being in the Baha'i Faith, the youngest and fastest growing of the world's religions. It teaches that God is too great for human beings to comprehend or see an accurate vision of by themselves. They believe that the purpose of mankind is to learn how to love and know God through reflection, service to mankind and prayer.
Sources and External Links
Holy Bible, general source
Bible Gateway general source
God (Wikipedia) general source
What does the Bible teach about angels? Creations: Angels
God in Judaism (Wikipedia) Religions: Judaism
God in Christianity (Wikipedia) Religions: Christianity
God in Islam (Wikipedia) Religions: Islam
God's promises in the Bible Promises
Religions of the World: A Visual Reference Guide to the World's Major Religions, published by Robert Frederick Ltd. in 2006, used in the sections Religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Baha'i Faith