I have a Christian life view. Thus I have a Christian view of God. Thus I believe that God is the eternal creator of the universe. I believe that God created man in His own image.
The skeptics have asked me the following question. “If God created the universe, then who created God?” This question is clearly idiotic. As I see it, God is eternal by definition. He always has been and always will be. As He says in His word, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” In contrast to this the universe can be proven to have a beginning. Thus the universe requires a cause, namely God. And because God is eternal he does not require a cause.
My views greatly differ with the pragmatic and liberal views. The pragmatist recognizes no other power than the forces of nature, and thus cannot be built on a view of God. It is however not outspoken atheistic or anti-religious, but stands disinterested towards religion and faith. Liberalism is based on tolerance regarding the viewpoint of others and thus epitomizes man and has no place for God. From a Christian perspective, it can be seen as “worshiping the creation rather than the creator”.
Thus as a Christian my God view is different to these other views. I also believe in the Biblical view, which emphasizes the unity of creation; the narrow bond between God and man’ the unity between spirit and body and the everlasting meaning that the perishable world and man’s relationships have in it. I believe that everything is made with a godly purpose and that God, Himself manages creation and the course of history.
Thus I do not believe that it is simply coincidence that brings me into the world, as the pragmatist and the liberalist would believe. I believe that God has a specific purpose with my life and that while I live in this world I have to glorify Him with my life. The liberalist and the pragmatist don’t seem to know why they are in the world and they simply live to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of this world, giving no attention to the afterlife.
I also believe that the God of the Bible is in addition dynamic: He often acts differently; now full of love, then again as avenger. For that reason we may not make images of Him. Because he is the creator, God is totally different from man; He is unrecognizable to man. Logical understanding and intellect cannot explain Him: the intellect is a part of creation, and how can creation, explain the Creator?
God does nevertheless not remain the unknown God. He, who is eternal and unchangeable and incomprehensible to man, reveals a part of His being in his creation. For this he uses the prophets, His law, nature and supernatural intervention in nature. He speaks more directly to man in His Word and informs him of His will. The whole creation refers to the Creator, the handiwork of the Maker.
The New Testament represents a special revelation of God: God in human form. In Jesus the unimaginable finds human stature and makes it possible for man to come close to Him, to love and follow Him. In Christ he reveals a special aspect of Himself: His love.
Anyone have other views regarding this issue?