Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God…” NASU
I was challenged recently by a person telling me that I needed to DEFEND GOD. I won’t go into the entire conversation or situation but this individual felt it was incumbent upon believers to DEFEND GOD. That set me to thinking and examining my theology and core beliefs regarding God, my relationship with Him, and my responsibility as a believer. I did not and have not finalized my thoughts on that front but let me share something that did come to mind as I examined this thought.
I AM HUMAN…
Therefore, for me to presume that I can or even need to ‘defend God’ causes some problems in my thinking. God is infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent and infinite. How am I a finite human being to defend God? I may well need to ‘defend’ my faith or the reason for my faith. I may well need to ‘give answer’ for the reason of hope, that is in me. I may well need to ‘defend’ my right to believe and worship according to the dictates of my heart following the biblical directives but DEFEND GOD? He is all powerful and I am mortal with limited might. He is all knowing and I see in part and know in part.
Please understand, I am not saying that there is not a need or time to ‘stand up’ for our faith but I am saying that God needs no defense. The entire question caused me to reflect on God’s encounter with Job and the questions asked of God by the INFINITE GOD of all creation. It became a comedy and my feeble attempt to ‘defend God’ would likely result in the same. Defend Him, no! Stand for Him, yes! Declare my devotion, my faith, my understanding of Scripture, and my hope in Christ, absolutely! To try to do a clinical defense of God would, in my mind, attempt to elevate me to His status and I would never presume to do that.
GOD NEEDS NO DEFENSE…
Creation speaks for itself for design implies a designer. For me just a casual glance at the creation of God in the universe is so staggering I can have no response but to believe HE IS. Having experienced the ‘new birth’ spiritually and witnessed the transformation of my life and the testimony of others about the transformation of my life I can only say HE IS. Having experienced and witnessed His miraculous work in my own body, circumstances, and in the lives of others, I can only respond HE IS. When I open my Bible the first words I read are, “In the beginning God…” When I go to the last book of the Bible I read the statement of Jesus, “I am the Alpha and the Omega… who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” HE IS.
I do not need to defend electricity for it to be useful I just need to allow it to function. I do not need to defend aerodynamics to benefit from air travel I just need to get on the plane. I do not need to defend oxygen to breathe I just need to inhale and exhale. I know I’m going beyond what some would deem necessary but instead of trying to DEFEND GOD why not just respond to Him and allow Him to demonstrate His existence, power, and love through our lives? That would be the best defense of God I can think of.
God bless you as you go through your day!