[I wrote and posted this on my I-Phone, before dawn on the last day of 2009 on this couch in a beautiful, cosy, small, century-old cottage in Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey, Quebec]
The very question “Who is?” suggests a personality, who can relate and be related to. The question of who God is determines everything else in my life, whether I like it or not and I like to explore it and be sure of it. Even if I know God and I am known of God, I cannot develop strong faith without the right conception of God. That question I think, is fundamental to our being and well being on this earth.
For me, God is first and foremost The Creator. The first revelation of God to us in Scriptures is as Creator. What does that mean? It means he is the originator of existence. He is the designer and creator of the Universe, the material and the spiritual universe. That implies superiority over his creation, just as the designer and creator of an object is superior to and exists outside of his/her object’s world/universe.
The creator in fact creates not only the object but the universe in which that object resides. The creator stands outside of the created’s world. To the created, all that exists is in the universe defined for them by their creator. The created may be unable to see beyond the immediate world which the creator defined for them unless the creator designed and created them to see and/or live outside of their immediate world or realm into other realms, like the creator’s realm. The creation may not be able to relate with the creator unless the creator created it to do so.
God is the creator of all things. According to the Bible which I am convinced is the truth, God created the physical and spiritual universe. [By the way, I start from the Bible because when viewing through its lens, everything makes sense to me. The Bible helps me to make sense of past, present and future.] The Bible says the earth is the Lord’s and all the fulness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein. God created the universe and sub-universes and their inhabitants.
According to the Bible, God created all things for his own pleasure, so he can relate with and to all things but not all things can relate to or with him. On the final day of creation, God created beings that would be more than just creations in the sense that they would be capable of peeking and living outside their immediate realm. They would be in God’s image and after God’s likeness.
That statement which we know from the Bible, as originating from God himself, implies to me that they would not be limited to their immediate environment. They would be able to relate with their creator and all his creations. They would possess consciousness, intelligence and free will beyond mere creations. The combination of consciousness, intelligence and free will means they can go in any direction they choose. They can choose to believe intelligently and sincerely that their creator is null, that they were not created.
Where I stand, believing there is no creator confirms their nature and the original intent of their maker. Given who we are, it is perfectly natural I think, to disbelief in a creator as it is to believe in the creator. If the account in Genesis is true, what we have today is exactly what we could have. If humans were created in God’s image and likeness and were given the freedom to choose, unrestrained by their maker, then the situation of our world today is at least highly probable. We could surely and would most probably have people going in any direction they choose, even away from and against their maker.
God is my creator. I am in his image and in his likeness. I have his attributes. I can know him if I want to. I can ignore him if I want to. I can love him if I want to. I can hate him if I want to. My existence cannot be apart from him no matter how hard I try. He defined the boundaries of my existence. For in him I live, move and have my being.