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(An extract from the article, "So, what is God?"
which is available in this section of the website)


Monotheism
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The monotheist religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have a common heritage. (The basis of Christianity has been presented in the section, Christianity explained.) In essence, each of the three great monotheist religions maintains that there is only one god. There is also a very strong emphasis, within monotheism, on the ‘transcendent’ nature of God. Within the theology of all three religions, God is understood as all-powerful, all-knowing and beyond our ability to fully understand or experience him.  He then theoretically transcends us, our universe and even our ability to perceive him. Many Christians solely think of God as a being in Heaven and separate from his creations. 

All monotheist religions also believe that God is capable of, and wants to have, a personal ‘one-on-one’ relationship with every human being in this world. As a result, most monotheist followers tend to think of God as a ‘super’ person. The term, “personal God” arises from this outlook.

Somewhere about 1500 BC, God provided us present day folk with some understanding of his actual being. He did this via the name that he chose for himself, “I AM”. It appears in the Christian Old Testament [Exodus 3:14) and is repeated again in a very profound manner within the New Testament [John 8:58]. The name implies that: he has ‘being’; he ‘exists’, although not in a physical sense like us. It also carries the connotation that he himself is ‘uncreated’ and ‘self-existent’. Essentially, he just is! “I AM” is a pretty impressive name alright.

When it comes to his relationship with our planet many Christians, particularly fundamentalists, point to the Biblical Book of Genesis. And if that alone is taken literally, God created the world and has his own existence predominately outside of it, i.e. totally separate from it. Theoretically, in that view, the world generally continues to tick along quite well and independently without his help. This outlook is a very different view from that held by pantheist religions (and many moderate thinking monotheists, I might add). In fact there are Biblical verses, both in the Old and New Testament, that clearly indicate that we are continually dependent on God for our existences. This piece of imagery is from the Bibles Old Testament highlights the point:

            If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
            all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.
            [Job 34:14-15]

Within most mainstream monotheism there is little emphasis placed on this sustaining relationship that God has to our physical existences here on earth: his presence here, and his ongoing relationship to ‘all that is’, i.e. reality. It is rarely raised by clerics, probably because it has little bearing on our daily lives, as we perceive them, and faith itself. Within monotheism, this element of God’s nature is termed, “immanence” (i.e. his presence pervades the entire universe). I will further explain later why this second side of God’s nature is largely disregarded, even though monotheist holy books including the Christian Bible clearly refer to it. One example of Gods immanence from the Bibles Old Testament states:

            Do I not fill heaven and earth
            [Jeremiah 23:24] (Written as the words of God.)
          

More explicit examples on immanence, and Gods sustaining nature, from the New Testament follow:

            God did this so men would seek him
            and perhaps reach out for him and find him,
            though he is not far from each of us.
           
For in him we live and move and have our being.
            As some of your own poets have said,
We are his offspring.
            [Acts 17:27-28]

            He (Jesus/ God) is before all things,
            and in him all things hold together.
            [Colossians 1:17]
(My addition in brackets)

The section of this website, which includes this article, is devoted completely to presenting God as a believable concept. Other alternative views of Gods being, including pantheism and Christian panentheism, are included and reconciled there. The article, So, what is God?” within this section delves into the nature of Gods being itself.

The website also contains guidance on how to ascertain for yourself whether God does exist.  An entire section, Believing in God has been provided to address that issue.  It is all about how to identify evidence of Gods presence within our lives and genuinely evaluate it  thereby building up a body of evidence that will stand the test of time, indeed grow with the passing of time.  The stumbling block for most of us, when beginners, is knowing how and where to look for this potential evidence. The final section of the website explains Christianity simply.

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