God, YHWH, Adonia, Abba, Father, Host of hosts, Lord, several things probably enter your mind when you hear the word God. If we wind back the hands of time to the very start; even before we have God. Everything was God, and all things sprang forth from God. He is the All Father.
If there is one thing that God wants us to know, is he created everything and that everything must bow to him? In Genesis, in the very beginning, he tells he created. In Hebrews, we are told everything sprung forth because of God.
The image some more juvenile people have is the old man in the clouds. Maybe he is wearing a crown and holding a stick. He might scowl at all the sinners down below, saying “Get off my lawn!” and then smiting a few of them. This is pure fiction.
He did not make it in vain. God makes nothing in vain. Instead, he puts great care and knows his creation intimately. I could even suggest he cancels out the improper movement of atoms on an individual level. He holds all things together. The very fabric of everything depends on him.
That being said, it would only stand that he is a mighty big God; enormous and beyond time itself. He is omnipresent because he made all things from him. He set forth the very vibrations with his voice that set the atoms in their proper sequence. So naturally, being able to see everything, he could hear everything, he could then sense everything, and he would know everything. He is wise beyond anyone’s understanding.
He says he knows the end from the beginning. We meet a moral dilemma here, though. If he knows the end from the beginning, he knows every evil action that will and has taken place. Every child murdered, every person left in misery, every temptation given from devils and more brutal things best left unsaid. Why does God allow for evil to exist?
There are some problems with God’s character. God primarily wants love and peace to reign. This is clear from one of Christ’s titles. “The prince of peace” God could make everyone without sin and only be able to act in a good way. This, however, is the captivity of the mind. If you cannot do evil, is it really a good thing to do good because that’s all you can do? No, the option of evil must be there to truly make an act good. So thats no good. God does not want to mind control us.
So lets say God allows evil, but why does he not right it or at least prevent the bad things from happening. Someone steals an item from you and poof, another one is there to replace it. Do you see a problem? How about a drunk driver is careening, and he stops it and magically no one gets hurt. Do you problem now? Maybe a man is thinking about kidnapping the child and his acts are made impossible for him to do. He keeps trying to, but suddenly he is teleported to across the street or maybe outside of the playground. See the issue. Well, let’s make it smaller. You are going to tell a lie, but the words can’t leave your mouth. Let’s say you have an argument and you want to call them stupid and you can’t. You thought it but you can no longer act on it. Our actions would be controlled. Well, God does not want to do that either. He wants our actions to be pure as well as our hearts. Giving our good deeds and actions more weight, evil must exist.
Then how about God punishes someone immediately after they do their action. So you have someone do the action like murder and he beamed them out of here. I mean, murder is extreme. However, God’s standard for goodness is much, much higher than murder. He considers it adultery if you even look at someone with lustful eyes. Even more so, if you hate your brother, you are guilty of murder to God. So God could justifiably end it all now and every single person on earth is dust in the wind. Another thing he does not want to do.
There will be a time of judgement for everyone. Where he will separate and divide the nations. However, that is a topic for another time. The important part to remember from this is that God may be in a unique position as a King over all. He created it and he could destroy it. God would be alright to destroy everything and start over if he wanted. He does not need us at all. We, however, are fueled by Him alone.
As we go through this study, we will learn about the character of God and His ways of dealing with things. Now, for your journey into the word, I would suggest you have several things. One a Bible, a program will do but I encourage everyone to have a physical Bible. I will use a NASB for this study (and will reference others to make the language clear.) Something to write notes in, be it a series of word documents, or a notebook, or anything really but have a system to take notes. I will also encourage you to share things, study with a friend and to teach it to them. You don’t need to share this study with them. However, I want you to share and discuss what you learned with others.
If you have not accepted Christ as your Lord and savior, that is fine. I encourage you to continue this study to at least learn about Christian’s and what we believe. We are going to start in Genesis for the first part of this study. We will look through the Bible in Chronological order, so I am going to have you flipping all over your text. You do not need to be an expert on where the Bible chapters are. However, here is a brief rundown of how your Bible is most likely set up.
The first we have the Old Testament. This is everything before the time of Jesus (Yushua). Not that Christ does not appear in the Old, but before he was made flesh like a man. The first five books of the Old Testament are the Torah or Pentateuch. These books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. Next we have the historical books, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. Now if you’re a Jew, Catholic or Orthodox person, you may think that’s too many books, or I have left what books. This is the Protestant version of the Bible. I am covering the Protestant version of the Bible because its the one I am most familiar with. However, I will do several aside just to look into other texts as well. So don’t worry, my “humble” and “expert” opinion will be available on those books as well.
Now we have the books of wisdom. This is Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus. Then we have the Major Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Then the minor prophets, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. That’s the Old Testament.
Now for the New Testament, we start with the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Then we have the History which is one singular book Acts. Then the Letters Of Paul, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon. Then we have the general letters, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1 and 2 and 3 John, and Judas. Now we have a last book. That is the New Testament’s one book of prophecy, Revelation. That will be fun to get into. Now I am sure you remembered all that and I will never have to go over it again. So, with that over with… we can begin our study.