God the Father

Many people naturally, or culturally, learn and accept the concept of a single God who created the universe. I believed this long before I became a Christian. But if you are struggling to come to terms with this idea, there are a few thoughts that can help you see it more clearly.

First of all, consider the creation of the universe itself. Either the universe was created or it has always existed. There is almost no one these days who would agree that the universe was always here. Scientific evidence, as well as logical thought, points strongly to a beginning at some point way back in time.

Now non-believers would like you to believe that the laws of physics - specifically the laws of gravity - are enough in themselves to explain how time and space could come into existence from nothing. What they don't like you to think about is that if there is nothing then there are no laws either. And if the laws of physics don't exist then they cannot bring themselves - or the universe - into existence!

The more you think about it, the more you realize that the universe cannot exist without an external creator. By definition this creator exists 'outside' of time and space, and so is not constrained by the laws of time and space. And you soon come to realize that in this physical body in a physical world in a physical universe in which only the laws of physics can explain existence, we don't have any chance to understand the true nature of a creator outside the physical realm.

And when you consider creation is a single act it becomes clear that it had to be performed by a single 'being'. There is no room for multiple creators. Ancient civilisations invented gods to explain every aspect of the universe that they didn't understand, but the truth is that everything in the normal physical universe can be understood except for that single magnificent act of creation, performed by an extraordinary creator who we call God.

The Bible is not a technical manual explaining the methods God used in creation, but it does explain the principles and purposes of His creation, and how we are to view Him. For example:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) - God created the universe.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) - We cannot understand God's thoughts and actions - we are incapable.

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12) - A time will come when we will understand, but not in this life.

When you you have accepted the truth of God you might be left with a lot of questions about what this means to you. And as He is so much higher and greater than we are, finding the answers to those questions could be very difficult - even impossible. But God had a plan in mind right from the beginning of time to explain everything we needed to know. His plan was to join us here on earth, as one of us, to teach us what life is for, and to save us from the mess we make of it when we try to do things our own way. Because as one of us, we can understand, and have a personal relationship with Him. When He came to join us, He was named Jesus.

Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)