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Who created God?
No one created God. He has always been living. God created all things, so no one was around to create Him. He didn't need anybody to create Him because He has "life in Himself" (John 5:26). God wasn't ever a baby, and He didn't grow up into an adult. He never gets any older. Everything else in the world starts and stops, but God has no beginning or end. He never was created because He has always existed. God is the greatest!
"In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish . . . . But you remain the same, and your years will never end" (Hebrews 1:10a-12). "'I am the Alpha and the Omega,[First and the Last,]' says the Lord God, 'who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty' " (Revelation 1:8). "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17).
How long has God been alive?
God has always been living, so He has been alive forever.
Forever is hard to understand. It means God was living before your parents, grandparents, or your great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents were born and before that. He once was the only thing alive, long before He made the stars and sun, the earth, the animals, and people. After everything on the earth is gone, He will still be living. God is eternal, without beginning or end.
- "Before the mountains were born, and before you created the earth and the world, you are God. You have always been, and you will always be" (Psalm 90:2, NCV).
- "Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting" (Psalm 93:2, NKJV).
- "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
How can God be with every person at the same time?
God has no limits, so He can be anywhere and everywhere He pleases. God is not like us. He is altogether greater and one of a kind (Isaiah 46:9b). God created people with bodies that can only be in one place at one time. But God is not a created being. He is the One who has always been! God is all-present—omnipresent—in all places at all times. If God were not omnipresent, we would not be sure if He were listening to our prayer or helping a boy in Timbuktu! But God has no limits! So Christians can trust and pray to Him as He is always present. If you are a child of God through Jesus Christ, you never need to fear! God is always with you.
- “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b).
- “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, „Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you‟” (Hebrews 13:5).
- “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).
Does God laugh?
God is not like us. He is altogether greater and one of a kind!
Still, the Bible tells us that God created people after His own likeness (Genesis 1:26). Since people laugh, we can rightly wonder if God has a sense of humor.
When we see the giraffe‟s long neck, elephant‟s twisting trunk, and platypus‟s bill, we wonder if the God who created these animals has a sense of humor. When we read Bible stories, such as the donkey talking to Balaam, we wonder if God has a sense of humor.
We do know that because God is perfectly holy, He is not like sinners who laugh at bad jokes or laugh when someone else is embarrassed or hurt. God‟s punishment for sin either falls on the sinner (separation from God in a place of eternal punishment) or on Jesus. Jesus took the punishment for believing sinners by dying on the cross.
- “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me” (Isaiah 46:9b).
- “You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell” (Psalm 5:4).
- “Also, there must be no evil talk among you, and you must not speak foolishly or tell evil jokes. These things are not right for you. Instead, you should be giving thanks to God” (Ephesians 5:4,)
"What does God look like?"
Answer: God is a spirit (John 4:24), and so His appearance is not like anything we can describe. Exodus 33:20 tells us, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” As sinful human beings, we are incapable of seeing God in all His glory. His appearance is utterly unimaginable and too glorious to be safely perceived by sinful man.
The Bible describes God appearing to people on various occasions. These instances should not be understood as describing exactly what God looks like, but rather as God revealing Himself to us in a way that we can understand. What God looks like is beyond our capability of understanding and describing. God gives glimpses of what He looks like to teach us truths about Himself, not necessarily so that we can have an image of Him in our minds. Two passages that powerfully describe God’s amazing appearance are Ezekiel 1:26-28 and Revelation 1:14-16.
"Why does God allow sickness?"
Answer:The issue of sickness is always a difficult one to deal with. The key is remembering that God's ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9). When we are suffering with a sickness, disease, or injury, we usually focus solely on our own suffering. In the midst of a trial of sickness, it is very difficult to focus on what good God might bring about as a result. Romans 8:28 reminds us that God can bring about good from any situation. Many people look back on times of sickness as times when they grew closer to God, learned to trust Him more, and/or learned how to truly value life. This is the perspective God has because He is sovereign and knows the end result.
This does not mean sickness is always from God or that God always inflicts us with sickness to teach us a spiritual lesson. In a world tainted by sin, sickness, disease, and death will always be with us. We are fallen beings, with physical bodies prone to disease and illness. Some sickness is simply a result of the natural course of things in this world. Sickness can also be the result of a demonic attack. The Bible describes several instances when physical suffering was caused by Satan and his demons (Matthew 17:14-18;Luke 13:10-16). So, some sickness is not from God, but from Satan. Even in these instances, God is still in control. God sometimes allows sin and/or Satan to cause physical suffering. Even when sickness is not directly from God, He will still use it according to His perfect will.
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