Confessing our Faith in the Culture – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Of God and the Holy Trinity

1. Which God is ours?

  • Buddhism – Varies: Theravada atheistic; Mahayana more polytheistic. Buddha taught nothing is permanent.

  • Christian Science – One God. No Trinity (in traditional sense). Matter and evil do not exist.

  • Hinduism – One Supreme Reality (Brahman) manifested in many gods and goddesses

  • Islam – One God (Allah in Arabic), strict monotheism.

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses – One God, Jehovah. No Trinity – Christ is the first creation of God; the Holy Spirit is a force.

  • Mormonism – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate individual beings

  • New Age – The Divine is an impersonal life force that pervades all things

  • Taoism – Pantheism – the Tao pervades all. Yin-yang – opposites make up a unity.

  • Unitarian Universalism – Not specified. Members might believe in one God, many gods, or no God.

  • Wicca – Polytheism, centered on the Goddess and God, each in various forms.

  • Christianity – One God who is a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Trinitarian monotheism.

Source: http://www.religionfacts.com/big_religion_chart.htm

2. But aren’t they all just different names for the same God?

Remember the presupposition: “There is a God and he has spoken to us through the Bible.” Our God then is the one who has identified himself in the Bible and in the following ways:

  • Yahweh, the self-existent one. Genesis 15:7; Exodus 3:13-15

  • The true God, the living God Jeremiah 10:10

  • The Creator Jeremiah 10:11-12; Isaiah 45:18

  • The exclusive God Isaiah 45:18

3. How is He different?

  • The one who has provided the ONLY path to reconciliation John 14:6

  • The ONLY one who has provided the path to reconciliation Isaiah 45:22

  • The only god who has done everything for his creatures Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:8-10

  • The only god who has demonstrated mastery over death 1 Corinthians 15:54-57

4. Why your god and not mine?

  • My God tells a consistent and non-contradictory story.

    • A trustworthy revelation is evidence of a trustworthy author.

  • My God has a logically consistent explanation/answer for the big questions.

  • My God has an explanation/answer that is consistent with the evidence.

5. Why does it matter?

  • It is a matter of life and death, literally. Isaiah 45:22

  • What if??

    • It’s about identity and purpose: who am I, where did I come from, why am I here, where am I going?

    • It’s about a long time if my God is the true God

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