Have questions about who God is? Confused about how to have a relationship with Him?
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There is no other controversial figure that makes headlines, graces the closing of speeches and prayers, causes animosity, and is questioned as much as God is. He is the creator to some. He is non-existent to others. He is even hated by those who deem him as uncaring and absent from reacting to the calamities and tragedies of our time.
Humanity has given God many names and paths to reaching him. It’s no wonder that some struggle with how to acknowledge him as people of various faith movements, over time, designed other “gods” to suit a changing environment and world. “Allah”, “Goddess”, or “Buddha” are some acknowledgements of this higher power. Although followers of such names may have different styles of worship, they are undeniably in agreement that a higher power is real despite the variations of their belief systems.
God said to Moses, ” I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” – Exodus 3:14
However, God, himself, undoubtedly named the existence of his being and how to uncover the path of knowing him. In humanity’s quest to acknowledge a higher power, God’s own definition of himself has gotten muddled and misconstrued over time as His story is often analyzed critically and disregarded as fantasy.
I realize that many people just want to know God and be known by him as the affirming authority of their present and eternal existence. This is a wonderful thing and I will outline just three points in biblical scripture that will address this need and concern.
1. Not everyone who calls God by name is known by him. God is an entity popularly spoken of as people actually do come to terms that their existence isn’t by chance. However, Matthew 7:21, confirms Jesus’ words, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Therefore, we must be in a genuine relationship with God in order to make the claim that we are His and He is our Father.
2. Jesus was not just a prophet. Many minimized Jesus’ role as he graced the earth with his presence as the son of the living God (Matthew 3:17). His own hometown and kin would not honor him as the Messiah he was (Matthew 13:55). However, this obvious denial did not minimize the authority given to Him as testament after testament proved his existence and purpose as the Savior who had come to bridge the gap between God and humanity. His death would spiritually and physically shake the earth (Matthew 27:51) and even some who denied him previously would come to declare that He, was in fact, Lord of all (Matthew 27:54).
3. The spiritual path we choose does matter. Contrary to popular belief, there aren’t alternate routes to God. There is just one. Jesus made this very clear in John 14:6 – “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except by me.” It’s as if Jesus knew centuries later, we would have the choices of “many gods” at our disposal. However, it’s very clear that there is no such thing as an alternate route.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9