If Your God Needs You To Defend Him, He Is Not God

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Defending God

Does God need us to defend Him? The Bible describes the early followers of Jesus as men who “earnestly contended for the faith (Jude 3).” 

In recent years, there have been many people who are offended by many things. A person can hardly say anything at all without offending someone, somewhere. The term: “Politically Correct” has been used to define what we can say, within the boundaries of acceptable language. In any instance where a person, news agency, or other organization, feels that your language fits their definition for incorrect language, your words may be censored.

Censor: “an official who examines material that is about to be released, such as books, movies, news, and art, and suppresses any parts that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.“[1]

Politically Correct: “exhibiting (or failing to exhibit) political correctness: it is not politically correct to laugh at speech impediments.“[2]

What is interesting about these terms is the fact that there is really no definition for what constitutes speech that is worthy of censor. It is really up to the person who reads this language to determine if it is unqualified to be read by others. If you examine the use policies of news agencies and web sites, you will find that there are broad terms for what they define as incorrect language. If your language is an expression of your dissatisfaction with a person, organization, group, or government, your language can be deemed “hate speech” and deleted. This is particularly true if a Christian makes a comment that includes a Bible verse as a reference for their particular opinion. When Christians simply shares their faith with others, very often their language is deemed as “hate speech.” This is due to the fact that the Cross of Jesus is offensive to people. The Cross defines the behavior of all persons as so reprehensible that the Son of God had to die for us. Jesus said that the reason that people hate Him is because He says that our deeds are evil.

Jesus Speaking: The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its deeds are evil. John 7:7

Jesus Speaking: And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

If a Christian simply quotes a verse of scripture from the Bible that encourages a person to repent from their sins and receive Jesus as their Savior, so that they might be saved, their comments will certainly be deleted.

This rule does not apply to Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, or any other religion, other than Christianity.

When an evangelical Christian shares their faith or Biblical opinion on any subject, they are most always censored.

Evangelical Christian: “A person who believes in Jesus Christ as their Savior and is proactive and fervent in their desire to make Jesus known to the world; in respond to Jesus command: “Go into all the world and make disciples.“[3]

Does God Need Us To Defend Him?

Today, the world is subjected to those who believe that any detrimental comment about their God is grounds for your life to end. These individuals will invade a country, murder men, women, and children, and behead certain people on international television, all in the name of their cause. They claim to to so as a command of their religion. They claim that to disparage their God is an act that is worthy of death. These acts are viewed as necessary to defend their God from those who attack and defame his name.

It is a fact that there is only One God. It is also true that He does not need for any human being to defend Him. Whatever a person may say about Him, regardless of how terrible it might be, is of no consequence to Him whatsoever. We are dust on a small planet, in the midst of a vast and enormous universe. We are insignificant, and yet God loves us all and cares deeply for each one of us. He has proven His great love for every person by allowing His only Son to come to earth as a man and die for the sins of the whole world. If there are beings on other planets. If there were beings on the earth before us. If intelligent life exists anywhere else in this great Cosmos, one thing is certain: The Son of God only died for human beings on the earth.

This fact makes us unique amongst all the creature who exist.

It is only man who divides mankind into races of people. God sees us all as exactly the same. He created each person and He has made us for a purpose. Chief amongst these purposes, is to know Him and have a personal relationship with Him. Our sins, separate us from God. The evidence that we understand this separation is the shame and guilt that we feel when we sin. Our depression and despair is all linked to our unwillingness, or lack of knowledge in bringing all of our sins to God and asking for His forgiveness. His promise to that He will not refuse anyone who comes to Him in true repentance for their sins, if they come in the name of Jesus Christ, who died for those sins.

God has proven to us that Jesus is the only one who can remove our sins and guilt by raising Him from the dead on the third day after He was crucified for us. If God would permit any other way for a person to be acceptable to God, then Jesus life and death were meaningless. By the fact that the Son of God died such a horrific death, God was making a public display of the single method by which He would accept any person. If God would accept us by our good works, or a particular religion, church, or organization, then Jesus would not have been allowed to die. God will accept any person when they come to Him in Jesus name.

Principles For God’s Existence

Let us consider this premise:

The term “God,” is defined as a Being who is perfect in every regard. Any being who is not perfect would not be God, with a big “G,” he would simply be one god amongst many god’s, little “g.”

The fact that God must be perfect, requires that He is a singularity. If we imagine that there could be many other Beings who are also God, this would simply be a duplication of perfection, making these other Beings equal. When we examine the Bible’s definition of God, we see that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are defined as One God. These are three individuals who are One God. What makes them ONE is their singularity of Unity, not that they are a single person. We see clear illustration in the Bible where Father, Son and Holy Spirit are separate and decent, and ll in one place at the same time.

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. Matthew 3:16 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17

We have Jesus in the water, the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus in the form of a Dove, and the voice of the Father speaking from heaven. All three seen at the same place, each with a distinct manifestation. These three persons are One God.

These three are so perfectly united in wisdom, will, purpose, and power, that they are One. What we think of as three God’s-in-one, in Eternity, this singleness of unity is observed as One God. In the Book of Revelation, when John is taken to heaven, the first thing that he sees is One Throne.

We have:

Verse 1: Him who sat on the throne.
Verse 6: A Lamb in the midst of the throne.
Verse 6: The Spirit from within the throne.
Verse 7: The Lamb taking the scroll from “Him who sat on the throne.

1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” 6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. Revelation 5:1-7

We see just one throne in heaven. We see One God sitting on a single throne. We see a Lamb coming from the “midst of the throne of God.” We see Him who sat on the throne, having a scroll in His right hand. We see the Holy Spirit described as the Seven Spirits from within the throne.

However, we might struggle to understand One God, Three Persons. Here, we see all Three in Heaven, seated on a single throne.

The Holy Spirit—who is always invisible to us, yet always present, is not declared or recognized. The Holy Spirit is observed as being a part of the Lamb as “the Seven Spirits” (seven is completeness). It is the purpose of the Holy Spirit to exalt and magnify Jesus, not to exalt Himself. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit is always spoken of as also being God.

But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Acts 5:3-4

The relationship that Jesus claimed to have with God was that of a Son—equal to God. He made this clear by the language that He used in the four Gospels. When Philip asked Jesus to show him the Father, Jesus said: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father…”

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:9

Jesus claimed that to know Him was to know the one true and living God. To see Him was to see God. To believe in Him is to believe in the only Eternal God. Jesus said that unless a person receives Him as the only Savior of the world, they cannot be saved.

Jesus SaidHe who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  1 John 5:12

This is why Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not three God’s, though they are three distinct persons It is the same reason that there are no other God’s in existence. These three that are described in the Bible are of such perfection that there could never be any Being that surpasses them.

There are many others who claim to be God, and there are many who are made god’s by men. All these are really just god’s (little g). Since there can only be one God (big G), this first premise requires that He must be perfect in every regard, incapable of error or wrongful actions. If God were able to commit error, He would not be perfect, and therefore he could not be God.

Since God is perfect, He must also be eternal. For no created being, who came into existence at some point in time, by the work of one who existed before him, could be perfect, since he has relied upon one before him for his existence. The fact that a god could be created, removes the certainty that he is perfect—lacking the ability to exist before, and apart from, all other things.

In this regard, any created being could not be God (big G).

When atheists ask the question: “who created God?”, they are implying that the kind of God they are thinking of is a created God. In this regard, this kind of being is a logical impossibility.

The fact that a created god requires one before him for his existence, would define his creator as greater than the one he has made. If we continue to follow all of these created god’s back to their source, we never arrive at one who is the original and the source of all others.

If, however, God can be defined as singular, with no beginning; having no creator, and being eternal—this God would be perfect and would fulfill the true definition of God.

This is precisely the definition of the God who is revealed in the pages of the Bible.

“You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. —Isaiah 43:10

…Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one. —Isaiah 44:8

Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. —Psalms 90:2

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. Psalms 33:6

The God of the Bible is eternal, has no beginning, and was not formed by any god before Him. He simply exists, and always has. This God is perfect, knows all things, is unlimited and does not require an explanation for His existence.

It is interesting to me that many scientists accept the fact that there could be a civilization somewhere in the universe that is so advanced in their intelligence, being thousands or millions of years ahead of us, that they would have the power to create other beings and cause them to live forever. Yet when we present the ultimate Being, who has lived forever, and describe Him as the source of all life, scientists reject this kind of being as impossible. It appears that the objection of an eternal Being with unlimited power and intelligence, stems from a purely religious abhorrence rather than a logical impossibility.

If we will carefully examine the text in the writings of all other religions, we find that their god’s are not like the God of the Bible. The god’s of all other religions are created as god’s, or they were men or women who became a god by their achievements.

This kind of god always fails the test of a true God. For these beings, starting as imperfect, they can never attain the place of perfection—since they first existed as flawed. The true definition of perfection is the eternality of that perfection. As human beings, we are willing to accept imperfection, but the essence of true perfection requires an eternal duration—or it is not perfection.

The God of the Bible is self-existent, having no beginning or end, requiring no first cause. He has always existed and is the source of all life, matter, and energy, even time itself.

Although we may not understand the eternal nature of God, for things which are eternal are difficult for human beings to understand, we do understand the concept of perfection. Although we cannot attain it, we know—instinctively—what perfection is. In understanding God, if we take what we can comprehend: God must be perfect, then we understand that this requires that He is eternal. Perfection requires eternality. Once again, any created being who depended upon a being before him, cannot be God in the sense of perfection. Perfection requires complete autonomy from all other created things.

This is why the atheist question: “who made God,” is flawed. If there is a God, He must be the only one. If there was a god before him who made him, he would not be God, only a substandard god—like so many mythical creatures of old.

The God who made the universe and all life was not Himself created; He is eternal. This is the primary difference between a universe that has a beginning and God who has no beginning. The universe came into being; God did not. This is the premise of the entire gospel of John:

In the beginning was the Word (Messiah), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. —John 1:1-3 (NIV)

Only God is self-existent and has no first cause. This is obvious and self-evident by the observable universe. The kind of God who could create the universe would possess a mind of such infinite wisdom, that it would be impossible for a mere human mind to conceive of such an intelligence. We do not know how He was able to build the universe that we see (not to mention what we cannot see); we know only that a transcendent being of infinite power is the only possible source.

Many people believe that the purpose of the Apologist is to defend God or the Christian faith. In reality, my task is to disclose the correct information about God, to those who want to hear it. To give intelligent and informative facts that helps an individual see and understand who God is. Specifically; my goal has been to make Jesus known to as many people as possible during my brief time here on earth. I do not, however, feel the need to defend God. He is perfectly able to defend Himself if He feels the need. What I have learned from the scriptures is that God is not affected by the terrible things that people say about Him. He states that He wears the insults of people like a garment that He will wear on the day of their judgement (Psalm 76:9).

A God who needs human intervention in order to maintain his position, power, rule, or sovereignty, is not the God who is defined by the Bible. This leads us to ask, who are these god’s that are referenced by individuals who find it necessary to defend him or kill others in his name? Either they do not understand that the One True God, does not require our help or defense, or the god that they claim to believe in, is not the True God. In honesty, many people pretend to fight for God when in reality they fight for their own agenda or to control the lives of other men.

The Bible is full of descriptions for the One True God, who needs defending by no man.

Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing. Isaiah 40:15

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. Psalms 96:5

Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. Jeremiah 32:17

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. Daniel 2:20-22

Excerpts from the preceding article is from the new book: “The Prophecies of the Messiah,” by Robert Clifton Robinson. See it HERE at Amazon.


NOTES:

[1] Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, 2015
[2] Ibid
[3] Author’s Definition

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