Nuggets from An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith by Dave Hunt – Knowing God
The one true God calls us to understand and know Him: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah:29:13). He does not reveal Himself to those who seek false gods. He reveals Himself only to those who seek to know Him as He truly is. And that knowledge comes through understanding: “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me…” (Jeremiah:9:24), “…the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and…his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life…keep yourselves from idols” (1 John:5:20-21).
And that brings us to the controversial concept of the Trinity, which is held uniquely by Christians. Critics argue that the word “Trinity” is not even found in the Bible. Although that is true, the teaching is clear all through Scripture, in both the Old and New Testaments, that the biblical God is three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are yet One!
To deal with the issue of the Trinity, we must begin with God, as the Bible itself does: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis:1:1). The question immediately arises, “Who is this Creator God?” The creation He made reveals His eternal existence without beginning, His infinite power, and infinite wisdom, but it cannot reveal His character and justice and His loving plan for man. These are fully revealed exclusively in the Bible.
As far as human religion and philosophy are concerned, there are two general concepts of God: 1) pantheism/naturalism, that the universe itself is God; and 2) supernaturalism, that the Creator is distinct from His creation. Within these are two further views that oppose one another: 1) polytheism, that there are many gods; and 2) monotheism, that there is only one God as the Bible declares.
Monotheism itself is divided into two further rival beliefs: 1) that God is a single being, and 2) that God has always existed in three persons who are separate and distinct yet One. Although the Jewish Scriptures of the Old Testament clearly teach the Trinity, Judaism of today rejects it. This leaves Christians as the only ones who hold to that view. In fact, even some who call themselves Christians reject the Trinity. Yet it is the only logically and philosophically coherent view of God possible. Above all, this is what the Bible teaches.
Pantheism has the same fatal flaws as atheism. If everything is God, to be God has lost all meaning and so nothing is God. The problems with polytheism are equally obvious. There is no real God who is in charge, so the many gods fight wars and steal one another’s wives. There’s no basis for morals, truth, or peace in heaven or earth. Polytheism’s basic problem is diversity without unity [to be continued].