My granddaughter, Katelyn, graduated from high school this year. She attended a Christian school, and part of her requirement to graduate was to write a “Personal Manifesto” in which she answered a number of questions about her faith. I am including some of the questions and her answers on the blog this month, with her permission. As you read Katelyn’s answers, you might want to consider how you would answer these important questions.
Yes, there is a God. God’s work is visible through the creation of the world and the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ. I believe there is a God because I have felt and seen His presence through my life. As a child, I believed in God, but did not really feel affected by Him. In the past year or so, I have experienced God working in my heart and have a strong faith that He does exist. God was my light in the darkness.
Through the Bible, we are able to learn what God is like. Luke 24:39 says:
“Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
God is a spirit and only takes on an earthly body through his Son, Jesus. God is not bound by a body, but everywhere in the Bible we can read how “God loves,” “God says” and “God does.” He is a person who thinks, feels and loves, just as humans can.
The three widely known characteristics that describe God are omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. God is omnipotent, meaning that He can do absolutely everything. He is omniscient, which means He knows everything. Lastly, He is omnipresent, meaning He is present everywhere.
The universe was brought into existence by an intelligent, purposeful designer. God created humans in His own image and gave us the task of taking care of His creation. God is not only the designer of the universe, but He is personal and cares about His creation. God is relational and wants to have a relationship with each person He has created. God is also a redeemer Through His son, Jesus, He took away the sins of His creation, so we can have a relationship with Him.