...there is only one, true, living God

Only a living God could create living things and early on the Bible tells how the earth and its abundant life forms came about. The repeated word ‘living’ highlights this and throughout the Bible the phrase ‘the living God’ occurs again and again. This shows how those inspired to write these words experienced the wonder of a God who is not ‘wood or stone’ but a living presence in their lives. A God, not existing in the confines of an idol’s frame, but who is present everywhere and can be the centre of our lives.

The apostle Paul describes it in a letter to Christians who had previously been idol-worshippers:

‘…you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God’.
(1 Thessalonians 1 v 9)

As to his truth, God declared himself from the beginning to be true:

‘The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth’
(Exodus 34 v 6)

Though many things may have truth, this is a declaration of being truth. Jesus, God’s son, who shared His Father’s characteristics, confirmed this by saying:

‘I am the way, the truth, and the life…’
(John 14 v 6)

Acceptance of God’s truth, though sometimes contrary to popular opinion, has proved the finest way to live. The principles of the Ten Commandments form the model for the society God intended the world to have. After the vital instruction to worship God alone, the commandments highlight the need for honesty in daily life, care for the elderly, faithfulness in relationships and the benefit of not hankering after others’ possessions or of taking life. Since these practical truths are self-evident, then God’s spiritual lessons are equally true, that is, that love and concern for others should be the motivating factor in life.

Christianity, of course, grew out of the Jewish religion and the one God of Israel revealed himself in Jesus:

‘For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus’
(1 Timothy 2 v 5)

He is the same God the Jews worshipped from the time of Moses and the captivity in Egypt.  Though the Egyptians revered many gods, (like all surrounding nations), the Jews were unique in serving one God.

‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the Lord is one!
(Deuteronomy 6 v 4)

God’s nature is unchangeable and his message for humankind is consistent.

[All Bible references are from the New King James Version unless stated otherwise]

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