When people say they talk to God, do they mean the same God that I mean when I say God?
I worship the God of the Christian Bible. This Creator God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This one God is the Lord of Hosts and King of Kings. He is I AM. He is Alpha and Omega. He is so Holy that He cannot look on sin. If the goodness of life is broken by an act that harms ourselves or another, then it is His nature that this must be stopped, even if the only way to stop it is to apply the death penalty to the sinner.
The wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. And then there is that little bit. Somebody has to die to pay for my sins.
Jesus was the son of God, and even God Himself in human form. Born of a virgin, He walked the earth, lived a perfect life without sin, taught, healed. Naturally this attracted a following. The leaders of his Day were jealous and thought to kill Jesus to preserve their power and control over the common man. Jesus accepted this undeserved death, in order to take the punishment that was called for in God’s perfect law. In this way, his innocent life was substituted for mine. In this way, a Holy Law was satisfied. The wages of sin are death - but the gift of God is eternal life. It is Done. The crime can be forgotten. Jesus was killed for threatening the established religious and political leaders of His day. His work threatened our enemy the Devil as well. Jesus did not deserve to die but his death made me free from God’s judgment and from Satan’s power.
If I believe then I am free from the slavery of sin and death. I am not trapped by mistakes. I am not held down by my past. This freedom is the new life. i want to celebrate this freedom and share it with others. Through Him, I worship, and make disciples. Because of Him I carry the keys to the kingdom and have power to restrain evil and reward good.
God not only sits in the heavens, far away, but He is active and present in this world.
He loves us so much he gives his Sons over to it to teach, heal, practice forgiveness, even die that others might live. He weeps over the condition of the world and the condition of those who do not know Him. He saves our tears in a bottle. He provides a WAY for us to become TRUTH AND LIGHT to others.
I am an adopted son of God. Raised from the death I deserve for my sins, by the same power that raised Christ from the dead. Given new life and special powers through the Holy Spirit, I live to teach, heal, practice forgiveness, even suffer and die that others might live. I weep over the condition of the world and the condition of those who do not know Him. I cherish the repentance of those who come to know Christ. I receive the power of the Holy Spirit to do things mere mortals cannot. Because of Him, I am.
Is this your God?