WHICH GOD IS THE REAL GOD?
We know that the God of the Bible exists and that He created everything (for proof go to https://www.christiantrainingonline.org/our-ministries/india/articles/). But how do we know the God we worship, the God revealed in the Bible, is the only true God? How do we know He is the One who created the world? What about the claims of other religions that their god or gods are the true ones? How can we answer them?
PROOF FROM THE BIBLE The Bible tells us that there is only one God and He is the one revealed in the Bible (James 2:19; Isaiah 45:2-12; Deuteronomy 4:39; 6:4-5; Jeremiah 10:10; Psalm 83:18; John 17:3; Mark 12:32). For us who believe the Bible is God’s Word, that is enough proof, but what do we tell those who don’t see the Bible as the final authority from God? How do we show them that our God is the only true God?
PROOF FROM REASON Common sense tells us that there can be multiple supernatural powers, like angels and demons, but there can only be one God. By the very definition of the word “God,” which means sovereign over everything, there can only be one God, because if there were two or more, then none would have final, total control. If there are two or more gods, then neither of them is really “God.”
Therefore, the gods of all the world religions cannot all be God. Only one can be sovereign over all. No religion can claim to have more than one god, for if they do, they admit that none of them are sovereign over everything.
PROOF FROM COMPARISON We can agree there is only one true God. But how can we know which one is really God? Let’s compare them to what we’ve seen about the God who exists and created everything. Which one meets the characteristics we’ve seen the true God has?
God has revealed Himself in nature and in His creation. He is the designer, the One in sovereign, total control of everything. He spoke, and it came into existence. He created a world of beauty, color, taste, sound and pleasure because He cares about us and wants us to enjoy His creation. He also wants us to know and have a relationship with Him, for He built into everyone the idea of a supreme being and a natural desire to find and know Him. Everyone worships something – that need in all mankind must have come from somewhere and that could have only been from God.
He also built into man a sense of justice, fairness and of punishment for wrongdoing. Animals don’t have that, only human beings. These couldn’t have started with us, but must have been put into man from the beginning by God. This also implies there will be a time when all injustice is removed, evil punished and everything will be fair and right. The true God must have these characteristics to impart this sense into us.
In addition, we are also created with a capacity to love, something else that is nowhere in the animal kingdom. The source of love must have been with the One who created us. An important characteristic of God, therefore, is love. God is not distant and removed, He is involved with us in a personal way.
It’s also built into us to look for something more than what this life has to offer. There is an emptiness in all people that only God can fill. “Is this life all there is? There must be more, there must be something after this!” It’s built into man to look for a life beyond this life. There must be a God to meet these needs.
So, to summarize, the God we see is a personal, sovereign God who created a world for man, the height of His creation, to enjoy. He wants to have a relationship with man. He has set absolutes of right and wrong. He is a just God who will punish evil but also a God of love who cares for His people. He has a wonderful future destiny for the people He created. Now let’s compare that to the gods of different religions.
(In the next blog we’ll look at so-called gods like Allah and others and see how they compare to the God of the Bible.)
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Does Satan ever tempt you to doubt if our God is the only true God? How should you counter this?
If someone would ask you how you can say that the God of the Bible is the only true God, what would you tell them? (Be prepared, there will be a time you will be asked.)