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God.  Does He really exist?  If so, who is he?  What is he?  And how should I relate to him?

As far back as any human record goes people have been divided over God.  There have always been those who believe in him and those who don't.  Among those who don't accept his existence there are people who believe in other gods and there are people who don't believe in any gods.  Among those who do accept his existence, people have differing understandings of Him.  Some believe He is a loving being who is intimately engaged in the lives of individuals.  Others belive He is disconnected from humanity, having set our existence in motion somewhere in time and then moved on to another universe, basically forgetting us.  Still others see Him more as a force or "higher power" that we can choose to tap into.

In the 19th century, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche declared that God was dead.  He made that statement to point out that knowledge and science—which had increased tremendously during the age of enlightenment—had brought people to a point where they were going to have to address the incompatibility between their greater understanding of reality and their belief in God.  Underlying his famous statement was the understanding that God was nothing more than a human invention to explain realities that had no other way of being explained.  Basically, God was a human creation, a figment of our imagination, created to serve a purpose that we had outgrown.

We humans have always had a tendency to see ourselves as supreme begins of foremost intelligence.  Yet, every time that humanity pursues that ideology, we seem to invariably run into impasses.  Increased knowledge leads to increased denial.  Society degenerates and solutions create worse problems than what they solve.  Power challenges norms and leads people to chaos—almost as if there was a requirement, imbedded in our DNA, that we exist in submission to a higher entity in order to experience health, find meaning and purpose for our lives, thrive and experience real satisfaction and contentment—the very concepts embedded in the word "peace" that many nations use as their primary expression of greeting.

As Seventh-day Adventist Christians we belive in God.  We could debate Him, but doing so would indicate that we place our opinions of Him above the reality of who He is—making ourselves God and making Him our subordinate.  We can't do that because if God truly is God, then the only significant relationship we can experience with Him is to approach Him as such—meaning that we must approach Him in submission to Him.  And what we have discovered is the most mind-boggling, heart-stirring truth of all: God is all that the Bible claims Him to be an more!  And He definitely is not someone to be afraid of but someone to be a friend of!

And so, instead of arguing over details of what God is or is not like, we invite you to take in a few important brush strokes in the greater picture of who He is.  If you can take a little time, then take a breath, relax, clear your mind of distractions and click on the first of the five links below.  There's nothing magical and no hidden agenda in what you are about to read: these are just a few perspectives on God drawn from the Bible and inspired by God Himself.