It’s a good question. In fact, it’s the ultimate $64,000 question – which according to inflation calculators would make it the ultimate $936,000 question!
The biggest problem with this question is how we answer it. More specifically, what criteria or information we use to answer it. It’s our source of information that is the problem.
It seems like most people make God in their own image. That is, God is who or what I make him out to be. I become the source of my own definition of God.
Even Christians do it.
Some make him a god who is all loving but never requires anything of us. Some make him a god who is all about justice and retribution but not of grace. Others make him a god who is tolerant of everything they are tolerant of, while still others make him a god who loves what I love and hates what I hate.
In other words, God is just like me, only a little better.
That’s what most of us do.
We hold to certain beliefs and positions that we define as right or good and then we define God as someone who holds to those same beliefs and positions. In reality that we’ve done is to choose our beliefs and positions without regard to God and then superimposed them back on God. They are OUR preferences so they must certainly be His.
We start with where we are and then define God to fit in.
But you don’t get to do that with God. He existed in His perfection long before we came along (Colossians 1:17) and He doesn’t change just because the world we live in is constantly changing (Malachi 3:6).
If you want to know God, you have to go to His disclosure of Himself. He’s already told us who He is. There’s a reliable source.
That source is the Bible.
We just don’t want to accept it.
But you can’t have God without it. By definition, God is so far above and beyond us that we cannot know Him unless He reveals Himself to us. Do you really want a god that is just like you?
A god without a self-disclosure is no god. It’s a figment of someone’s imagination.
If you want to know about God, then go to His source. Go to the Bible and learn what He says about Himself. You won’t learn everything about Him, but you can learn what He has revealed about Himself.
Stay in the Word