In this chapter we are going to seek out and attempt to discover, the truth behind The Big Question.
Can he be proven in court? What does the Bible say? Is there enough evidence to substantiate the existence of God?
Can you honestly and objectively conclude “beyond any reasonable doubt” that these claims be true? Is it conclusive, or is it simply circumstantial? After all, the bible itself says:
”Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good” 1 Thessalonians. 5:21.
”Prove me now, therewith” Malachi 3:10.
SIX MORE QUESTIONS:
1/ Is the Bible enough proof of the existence of God?
2/ Can the bible be relied upon as a historic record?
3/ Is there any historic literature to support the biblical claims to Gods existence?
4/ Can his autograph be found in nature or creation?
5/ Does the universe bear the imprint of God’s signature?
6/ Is there anything that stands as a witness to God’s name, other than religious literature and the faith of men?
Now let’s look at each of these questions and see.
1/ Is the Bible proof enough of the existence of God?
When studying any literature there are six basic questions that should be asked if you want a view which contains both depth and a plausible understanding. Such a view would have to contain, amongst other things, back ground, cultural context, and historical significance.
These are called the six questions of analysis. We can take any subject matter, and ask our-self, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, WHAT, HOW and WHO?
How does the bible stand up to these six simple questions in regards to God?
a. WHERE did God come from?
b. WHEN was God created?
c. WHY does God exist?
d. WHAT is God?
e. HOW does God exist?
f. WHO is God?
a. The bible’s answer to “WHERE did god come from” is that he has always existed. He is eternal and has no beginning, or end. He is the Alpha and the Omega because he is eternal.Psm.90:2.“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
It is this “search for understanding” that motivated me to write this book.
He is called “The eternal - I am”. This was the answer given to Moses at the burning bush. Exodus 3:13,14. “I am, that I am”.
As to the question of where, the bibles has no answer. Apparently he came from nowhere – because he is eternal. So, according to the bible, Where does God live?
Answer: In the heavens, in the mountain, or within his followers.
Psm. 123:1. “Oh thou that dwellest in the heavens”
or Luke 17:21.“The kingdom of God is within you”
b. When was God created? There is no biblical answer to this question. Its only reference to a beginning, the Alpha (beginning) and the Omega (end) which in itself suggests a beginning and an ending. Interesting point.
c. Why does God exist? All I can find is that he exists to be worshiped and served.
Ex. 34:14, says, “Thou shalt worship no other gods but me”
Psm. 99:5 says, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:”
Matt. 4:10, says, “Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy” - “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (You can believe in them, but you cannot worship or serve them)
Jn. 4:23, says, “for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (Can you imagine putting an add in the paper for people to worship and obey you? How many people do you think would answer with a positive response?)
Is this the only reason found in the scriptures as to why God exists?
d. What is God? All the bible says on this subject is that he is “a Spirit”
Gen. 1:2. is where we first discover Gods constitution. “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep” and John. 4:24. supports this concept: “God is a Spirit”. He is also referred to as: “The Holy Spirit”.
My question is: What is a spirit? The bible does not tell us.
e. How does God exist? He exists within the praises of his people and within the midst of his believers. It was Jesus who said, “If two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in their midst” and elsewhere: “he dweleth in the praises of his people”
f. Who is God? The biblical answer is: “God is an Omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent being”, that is to say, “He is All Powerful, All-Knowing, and Everywhere.” He is The Master, The Creator of the heaven and the earth. He is seen as the Supreme Deity, one that craves the adoration of mankind.
Is this all the bible say about the existence of God? Is this biblical testimony able to stand as undisputed evidence in a court? Does it prove anything, beyond any reasonable doubt? Can the bible itself prove the existence of any god?
When put it under the microscope of analysis I’m afraid the answer is NO. The bible can not even verify WHERE, WHEN, WHY, WHAT, HOW or WHO god is within itself, not to mention in a court. When asked the six primary questions of analysis, all it comes up with is that God has always existed as a spirit. That he lives in heaven or in the midst of those that praise him and that his sole reason for existing is to be worshiped and served, including it's claims that he is the all powerful creator of the heavens and the earth.
Nothing substantial found here, is there?
I do not know who coined this phrase, but it made a lot of sense to me; “If god did not exist, it would be necessary for man to invent him”
(If the reader can find any other reason for his existence, and can act as his defense, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a biblical or non-biblical answer)
With this said, there maybe one clue as to 4 out of the 6 questions; WHEN, HOW, WHY and WHO, found in Gen. 1:1. Maybe there is a clue to be found in the very first verse of Geneses. (The Islamic account of creation is paralleled with that of the Hebrew Scriptures, as they believe the Geneses story up until Abraham’s two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. There after they part company, with Isaac becoming the father of the Hebrew Nation, and Ishmael the Islamic.
“The figure of Abraham in Islam, was formulated from biblical and rabbinic narratives current in Arabia, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt during the 7th to 8th centuries CE” (Encyclopaedia Britannica)
In the book of Genesis, is the account of creation, but the question is: What was created? Or, Who created who?.
Within the first five words of the biblical account of creation, is a clue as to the truth behind his identity. An interesting paradox is revealed, it reads,
“In the beginning God created”
The three primary words of this verse are “Beginning - God - Created” What do these tree words mean? As these words are translated into English, we find that:
Beginning means: “Start, Origin, conception, or birth” God means: “Omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent being or Supreme Deity” Created means: “To make or actualize, to form, to fabricate, or contrive”
As you can see, it has already begun to take on a completely different meaning.
By using an - interpreted meaning for each primary word, (obviously the ones that best suits my agenda. Just as ministers and priests are taught to interpret scripture in Bible College or Seminary.) what do we find, but, “Origin - God - fabricated” or “Concept - God - Created” or maybe, “Concept - God - fabricated”, then again, “Origin – God - Created”, they all mean the same thing.
Interesting concept, don’t you think?
We may have found the truth of the matter right here. The possibility of gods origin is finally revealed. “The origin of god, was fabricated and contrived” The concept of gods origin, was manufactured by men. What a prime example of what the bible can be made to say, about “mans conception of god”
The bible can be made to say anything, this is because, when a person first comes into religious discussion, he is introduced to pre-concluded doctrines, and given some carefully chosen verses as support of their assumptions.
“Doctrinal judgments are drawn by pulling together verses and stories that support our forgone assumptions, in stead of just reading the stories and forming a conclusion.
"People don’t believe what the bible says, the bible is interpreted to says what they believe.” The Author. March, 2007
This is not to say that you can not find a message of love and morality from the Bible. There are many stories and principles that can be used as good and wholesome values. But these values are not exclusive to the bible. The Bible is so vast and so diverse, you can extract virtually anything from it.
The Six questions of analysis. WHERE, WHEN, WHY, WHAT, HOW and WHO?
Let’s apply the 6 questions of analysis to The God Question again.
a. Where did God come from? The minds of men.
b. When was God created? When man questioned the origin of his existence.
c. Why does God exist? Because man wants him too.
d. What is God? Nothing but the figment of his imagination
e. How does God exist? By faith - In the mind.
f. Who is God? A creation of our ignorance and hope.
Doctrine, is nothing more than, the interpretation of words, i.e. word play or mind games.
The fact that we even attempt to interpret scripture, is proof that we do not agree with what it actually says. Are we afraid of taking it at face value? Is it because it may no longer fit what we believe? We create our own doctrines to suit our own agendas. Jesus himself said something along these lines to the religious leaders of his day. Basically, we believe what we want and use our interpretations of scripture to support them.
People only interpret the scriptures because they cannot accept that it actually means what it says. This in itself is proof enough, that the bible’s inspiration is questionable.
Do you want more? Another shinning example of this can be found, in the Gospel of John, it states:
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God”
John 1:1. The interpretation of “word”, means: “A spoken word, a saying, a story, a tale, or a fable”
The story of god was passed down verbally, from generation to generation.
As Psm. 145; 4, says, “One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts”
Now let’s read John 1:1. again.
“In the beginning was the saying and the saying was with God, and the saying was God”
“In the beginning was the story, and the story was with God, and the story was God”
“In the beginning was the tale, and the tale was with God, and the tale was God”
“In the beginning was the fable, and the fable was with God, and the fable was God”
Take particular notice, I have only interpreted one primary word.
A paraphrased version, could read,
“The story was the beginning – God was with-in the story - and God was the story”
Could it be that, God is nothing more than a story, a tale, a fable, a myth, a concept that was handed down through the ages, by word of mouth? A story that became “a god”, and then through the chronicles of history, became legend?
Could the concept of god, be nothing more than a carefully constructed story? For without the story, he would not exist, for he is found within the story, could he simply be a word, a concept, or a set of carefully arranged letters.
“The story was his beginning, for god was found within this story, as the story itself is, or was God”
"The Story was the begging of God, God was discovered within the story, the Story became God"
Admittedly, this is not the interpretation the original authors intended, but it’s still an interesting concept, don’t you think? (The bible can be made to say anything you want, it all depends on your agenda, and how you want to interpret it)
Could this be how it all began? from father to son, elders to tribe? Abraham to Isaac and Ishmael, Isaac to Jacob, and Ishmael to his son. Jacob, who was named Israel, taught his sons, who became “The Twelve Tribes of Israel.” Ishmael taught his sons, who eventually became the Nation of Islam.
Remember, the record of the Old Testament, was not written until Moses, where we find the story’s of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael. Up until Moses, there was no written record, as far as we know. It was spoken and passed down via word of mouth, a tale that grew to become a tradition and through the corridors of time, became legend.
As these various stories grew in strength, throughout the collectively minds of men, their stories became God. “The word (the story) was God”
Remember, that religion is based solely upon the interpretation of words, how else can you explain the many different denominations? And all of them claim to have the handle on the true interpretation of the same book.
Religion, is nothing more than an ideal, that either promotes hope or fear, an ideal (story - word) that claims that god exists. It has no substantial ground on which to found its hypothesis. It’s all just wishful thinking. This is not to say that you can't draw a message of love from the Bible, but the stories are so vast and so varied that you can draw virtually anything from it.
We have found that the bible hasn’t enough information, to clarify six simple questions.
We’ve also found, that we can make it say anything we want, depending on your agenda.
Our next chapter continues, with the question, Can the bible be relied upon as a historic record? Stay tuned, and find out in, Volume one, chapter three.