So I’m starting a new thing here for my blog where I am asking all of my Facebook friends for questions and requests for me to write about to ensure that I am answering questions that people really have. My first request was this, “who rules the system of things here on earth and who is the God of the universe”. Since this is a 2 part question, I am going to answer it in 2 separate blogs. And I am actually going to answer this in reverse and start with “who is the God of the universe”:
In order to answer this question we have to take a look at the different religions of the world and all of the different “gods” that people worship and determine which one is really the God that created the universe and which ones were made up by humans. Of course, there are many different opinions on this. But here I am going to show you a comparison between all of the religions so you can know the differences for yourself:
To sum up, there are basically 2 different types of religions in this world; Nontheistic religions and theistic religions. Nontheistic religions consist of Animism (spirit worship which includes Necrolatry (worship of the souls of men and animals; especially the dead. The tendency is to fear the harm the dead can inflict on the living)), Naturism (the worship of the forces of nature such as the sun, moon, stars etc. who direct the phenomena of nature), Totemism (the unity of a clan by worship of some type of sacred plant or animal), Hinduism (the belief that we are reincarnated into a better or worse life based on whether or not you are a good person. The only way to escape reincarnation is to achieve oneness with the universe.), Buddhism (also believes in reincarnation as the Hindus; rather than believing one needs to achieve oneness with the universe to escape reincarnation, they believe one must achieve complete detachment from desires for possession and selfish enjoyment in order to be released from reincarnation), Taoism (the belief that everything is accomplished by not striving for anything), Confucianism (stresses the Superior Man and the way he should behave in his family and public relationships), and Shinto (supported by complex myths, which were recorded in the Kojiki in AD 712. The stories tell of many gods and goddesses who appear and disappear in a pre-existing universe likened to an ocean of mud veiled in darkness).
Second; we have theistic religions. Theistic religions are those religions which teach about the God which is spoken of in the Bible. These religions may vary on important details when it comes to the method of salvation and principles on how to live. There are probably more than I could ever list, so I’m not going to. Some of these theistic religions believe in only parts of the Bible, and some have their own book which may seem to have very little in common with the bible (such as Islam), but they all speak of the same God.
Now we are faced with the question of which one do we choose?
Well most of the non-theistic religions do not even speak of a God; so we can rule those out. I want to compare the authenticity of the Bible with all other religious books (including all theistic books such as the book of Mormon and the Qur’an) using a quote which you may have seen in one of my earlier blogs:
“The strongest empirical argument that the Bible is the Word of God is based on its demonstrated ability to predict the future. Man does not have knowledge of the future. Only God claims to have that knowledge. Therefore, if one can accurately predict the future, He must be God, and we must accept the truthfulness of his message. Christianity is the only religion that gives fulfilled prophecy as one of its bases for credibility. When the writers of Scripture predict the future and then their predictions are fulfilled, they have credibility for their claims that they speak for God.
Some say that certain Old Testament prophets wrote after the events happened. But the Septuagint and the Dead Sea Scrolls establish a historical date to indicate that these books were written before the events they predicted. The Septuagint was the Greek translation of the Old Testament (c. 285 B.C.) That indicates that Daniel correctly predicted the events of Jesus Christ before they transpired. The Dead Sea Scrolls indicate that the Hebrew text was written and collected before Christ was born.”
I believe that the God of the universe is the God of the Bible, and I don’t believe that God Himself varies from one theistic religion to another; I believe that man’s opinion is what varies. God is perfect, but man is not. We may never have a full understanding of all of what God is, but that is because of the flaws in our own understanding. We can and must pray that God reveals Himself to us and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit we can understand His desires for our lives. This includes praying, reading His word, accepting the gift given to us by Jesus, and trusting in Him to guide us.