Questions About God
There are many questions that we can ask about God. There are no easy answers. God’s nature is difficult, if not impossible for us to understand.
Where did God come from? He always was. God’s nature is difficult, if not impossible for us to understand. We use human terms to describe a higher power as "eternal" or "infinite". God has no beginning or end and exists outside of time. Time began when God created the universe. Solomon said, at the dedication of the temple, "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!" (I Kings 8:27). This universe, its substance and working order, cannot be explained by the popular scientific theories of origin.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1) The very existence of everything means that it had a “cause”, a higher power that conceived and created it. Nothing that exists “evolves”, but everything deteriorates, ages and wears out. The created universe stands as evidence of the wisdom and mind of a master creator. David wrote in the Book of Psalms that "the heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands." (Psalm 19:1)
"One day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day." (II Peter 3:8).
"Since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made ..." (Romans 1:20)
"Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God" (Psalm 90:2).
"Your throne is established from of old; Thou art from everlasting" (Psalm 93:2).
Other Questions about God:
Did we pre-exist with God before we were born on earth?
The Creation account in the Bible makes it pretty clear that we did not pre-exist with God in Heaven. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7) If Adam had pre-existed, God wouldn't have had to give him the breath of life. "Man became a living being".
Some may cite Jeremiah 1:5: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." God knows the future before it happens. God knew who Jeremiah would be and had plans for him before he was even conceived. This verse isn't talking about pre-existence; it is talking about God’s foreknowledge of and plans for Jeremiah. God began preparing Jeremiah before he was even born!
Is Jesus God?
Christ said that he was equal to the Father (John 5: 17-18). He claimed that he could forgive sins (Mark 2: 5-7). According to Isaiah (43:25) only God can forgive sins. In John (10:30) Jesus said "I and my Father are one." and "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."(Matthew 18:20) Jesus claimed divinity.
In John 8:58 Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” What Jesus said is what He had already said to Moses in Exodus 3:14: "And God said unto Moses, ‘I AM THAT I AM” The apostle John was the disciple closest to Jesus. He writes in Revelation 1:17-18: "And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last. I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
The apostle John writes that Jesus is the creator (John 1:3) and God (John 1:1). Paul wrote: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created…all things were created by him and for him…and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1: 15-17)
Based on what I see in the Bible, I arrive at the conclusion that Jesus is God.
Is God a Trinity or a Triad?
The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most difficult to explain. Some see the Trinity as a Triad, or three gods.
The Trinity is the belief in only one God (Isaiah 44:6,8) that consists of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are separate persons; there are not three gods, but one.
A Triad is three separate gods. In the doctrine of the Triad, the Father is a god, the Son is a god, and the Holy Spirit is a god. This is not the doctrine of the Trinity.
The Trinity doctrine maintains that each of the persons of the Godhead is distinct, yet each is God.
The word "Trinity" is not found in the Bible, but the concept is implied by what Jesus says about himself and by the titles that the Bible ascribes to both Jesus and the Father: "Rock", "I am", "Redeemer", "Creator" etc. The Bible instructs believers to pray to The Holy Spirit and gives many of the attributes of God to the Spirit.
St. Patrick used the shamrock in Ireland to teach the Trinity as he evangelized that nation. Three leaves, one shamrock. There are not three gods, but one Triune God.
If God knows all things, why does He say He will forget our sins?
God says, "I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins" (Isaiah 43:25).
God knows everything. (1 John 3:20) How could he know all things if the Bible says He doesn't remember our sins? Not remembering and not knowing are different. Remembering is something you choose to do. You actively bring to mind what you need to know. God chooses not to remember our sins. He chooses not to bring them up again. Why?
Because they have been forgiven. Hebrews 11 lists the heroes of faith: Abraham, Moses, David, etc. None of their sins are listed yet they were sinners. God chose not to remember their sins.