Who Is God?

Image of Jesus on the crossOver the next few months, as part of Ordinary Time, we are going to explore some basic aspects of Christianity. I want to start with God, which is obviously the best place to begin.

The basic Christian understanding of God is that he is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (everywhere). There is also only one God, meaning Christians are monotheist, sharing this belief in common with Jews and Muslims.

Christians have a unique brand of monotheism, Trinitarianism (celebrated on Trinity Sunday). I prefer to call this a “dynamic monotheism” because we believe God is one, but also “three.” The Catholic (and majority Christian), view is that God is one substance (i.e. whatever makes God “God”) existing as three separate persons (separate realities). Thus, the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, but each is not the other.

Christians also believe in a personal God, i.e. that God is active in the lives of humans. God reveals himself to humans, and this happened gradually throughout history, beginning with covenants with Noah, Abraham, and Moses, and reaching its fullness with the New Covenant in Jesus.

While some religions and movements tend to see God as distant (such as Deism), Christianity believes God is actively seeking out his creatures for redemption. Because of this, St. John could describe God as “love.”

About David Bennett

David Bennett is an author, speaker, and small business owner. He started ChurchYear.Net in 2004, along with his brother Jonathan. The site gets over one million visitors a year, and Bennett’s writings have appeared in church bulletins, newspapers, and other media.

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