Who is God?

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Although no one has ever seen God, we can perceive the type of person he is.

The Father

Yehowah: The personal name of the only true God. His own self-designation. Yehowah is the Creator and, rightfully, the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. “Yehowah” is translated from the Hebrew Tetragrammaton, יהוה, which means “He Causes to Become.”  In Hebrew, the divine name appears as four consonants, יהוה. Those four Hebrew characters—transliterated YHWH—are known as the Tetragrammaton.

“I am a person, my love is what I am”, says the Sovereign Lord Yehowah God the Almighty.

It was with the loving voice of a kind Father that he told me these words.

Matthew 6:9 “YOU must pray, then, this way: “Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. (be held sacred; be treated as holy)

Do you love your father? Imagine feeling like that about God. Do you remember your father’s love and kindness? Yehowah is like that, very much so. It’s how I understand my dad despite not growing up with him.

Yehowah is perfect. He is God and he is almighty.

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Psalm 83:18 “May people know that you, whose name is Yehowah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.”

Psalm 100:3 “Know that Yehowah is God. He is the one who made us, and we belong to him.”

Isaiah 42:8 “I am Yehowah. That is my name; I give my glory to no one else, nor my praise to graven images.”

Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of Yehowah will be saved.”

Hebrews 3:4 “Of course, every house is constructed by someone, but the one who constructed all things is God.”

Isaiah 40:26 “Lift up your eyes to heaven and see. Who has created these things? It is the One who brings out their army by number; he calls them all by name. Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power, not one of them is missing.”

God Cannot Do Evil

Matthew 6:9  “You must pray, then, this way: “‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified.

To act in harmony with this part of your prayers, if someone says God can do something evil, if terrorists boast they are doing God’s will, or if someone talks about hellfire or anything like that, set them straight.  God cannot do evil.

Psalms 11:5 Jehovah examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; He hates anyone who loves violence.

The Mistake that All Religions Make

The roots of false religion are founded on the idea that God can and will do evil if he wants to or tells people to.

The Precepts of God – Why it is Impossible for God to Perform an Evil Act

Precept – a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought

The precepts of God are perfect in the absolute sense.

God’s decisions are perfect and based on his predominant attribute of Love, balanced with Wisdom, Power and Justice absolutely and perfectly.

1 John 4:8 God is love.

He is the personification of love.

Therefore all of God’s decisions are perfect.

God only does what is right.

James 1:13 With evil, God cannot be tried nor does he try anyone

Death may be called “an evil” but God causing a death may not be called an evil act.

In the Bible there is something known as “calling down evil”. Again, God will only do what is right.

Yehowah cannot perform an evil act, regardless of the definition of evil used.

If Yehowah causes death, it is because it is the right thing to do.

What happens to a person may be called “an evil”, but an act of God cannot be called evil.

To say God can perform an evil act is to blame God unjustly.  This is known as a blaspheme.

If anything sounds cruel in the Bible, it is human cruelty, not from God.

IF you are experiencing something bad it might be one of the following:

  • human imperfection (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12)
  • the world system of things (it’s set up by Satan, frustration is inevitable 1 John 5:19)
  • time and unforeseen events (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
  • technology used in a malicious way
  • Satan and the demons (Revelation 12:10-12) as well as humans who cooperate with Satan and the demons (known as agents, note: not law enforcement or government agents)

God cannot perform an evil act is the ultimate thing to understand and it must be understood by everybody.

Everything Yehowah does is perfect. All his ways are justice. He is a God of faithfulness who is never unjust. He is righteous and upright, which means he always does the right thing. (Deuteronomy 32:4)

Deuteronomy 32:4 The Rock, perfect is his activity, For all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness who is never unjust; Righteous and upright is he.

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Human Precepts

If you learn Yehowah’s precepts, you make good decisions and your thoughts and behavior are a certain way. If you don’t, you have an accumulation of life experience and religious ideas that produce imperfect thoughts and behavior. And to complicate things even further we have inherited imperfection from Adam and Eve and live in a world system which is imperfect and ungodly. Problems are inevitable.

God’s Wisdom

Yehowah has more than knowledge. He also sees how facts interrelate and discerns the overall picture that is created by myriad details. He evaluates and judges, distinguishing between good and bad, important and trivial. Moreover, he looks beyond the surface and peers right into the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) Thus, Yehowah has understanding and discernment, qualities that are superior to knowledge. But wisdom is of a still higher order.

Wisdom brings knowledge, discernment, and understanding together and puts them to work. In fact, some of the original Bible words translated “wisdom” literally mean “effectual working” or “practical wisdom.” So Yehowah’s wisdom is not merely theoretical. It is practical, and it works. Drawing upon his breadth of knowledge and his depth of understanding, Yehowah always makes the best decisions possible, carrying them out by means of the best course of action conceivable. That is true wisdom! Yehowah demonstrates the truth of Jesus’ statement: “Wisdom is proved righteous by its works.” (Matthew 11:19) Yehowah’s works throughout the universe give powerful testimony to his wisdom.

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Who Is God?

1, 2. What questions do people often ask?

CHILDREN ask lots of questions. You may explain something to them, but they often ask, ‘Why?’ And when you try to give them an answer, they may ask, ‘But why?’

2 Whether we are young or old, we all have questions. We may have questions about what we will eat or wear or buy. Or we may have important questions about life and the future. But when we don’t find satisfying answers to these questions, we may stop looking for answers.

3. Why do many people think they can’t find the answers to their important questions?

3 Does the Bible have the answers to the important questions we ask? Some people may think so, but they feel that the Bible is too hard to understand. They may think that only teachers or priests have the answers. And others are too ashamed to admit that they don’t know the answers. What do you think?

4, 5. What important questions do you have? Why should you keep looking for the answers?

4 You probably want answers to questions, such as: Why am I here? What will happen to me when I die? What is God like? Jesus, the famous Teacher, said: “Keep on asking, and it will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) Don’t give up until you find answers that you can trust.

5 Yes, if you “keep on seeking,” you will find the answers in the Bible. (Proverbs 2:1-5) These answers are not too hard to understand. What you learn will give you a happier life right now and a wonderful hope for the future. Let’s talk about one question that has confused many people.

DOES GOD CARE ABOUT US OR IS HE CRUEL?

6. Why do some people think that God doesn’t care about their suffering?

6 Many people think that God doesn’t care about us. They feel that if God really cared, the world would be very different. We see war, hatred, and misery everywhere. People get sick, they suffer, and they die. Some wonder, ‘If God cares about us, why doesn’t he stop all this suffering?’

7. (a) How have religious leaders taught people that God is cruel? (b) Why can we be sure that God is not to blame for bad things that happen?

7 Religious leaders sometimes make people believe that God is cruel. When something terrible happens, they say that it’s God’s will. They say that he wanted it to happen. When they say this, they are really blaming God. But the Bible teaches that God is never the source of evil. James 1:13 tells us that God does not test anyone with evil things. It says: “When under trial, let no one say: ‘I am being tried [or, tested] by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone.” This means that even though God hasn’t stopped bad things from happening, he never makes them happen. (Read Job 34:10-12.) Let’s use an example.

8, 9. Why would it be unfair to blame God for our problems? Give an example.

8 Imagine a young man who lives at home with his parents. His father loves him very much and has taught him how to make good decisions. Then, the young man rebels against his father and leaves home. He does bad things and gets into trouble. Would you blame the father for what happened because he didn’t stop his son from leaving home? Of course not! (Luke 15:11-13) Like that father, God didn’t stop humans when they chose to rebel and do what is bad. So when something bad happens, we should remember that God didn’t make it happen. It would be unfair to blame God.

9 There is a very good reason why God has not yet stopped bad things from happening. In Chapter 11, you will learn what the Bible says about this. But you can be sure that God loves us and that he is never to blame for our problems. In fact, he is the only One who can solve them.​—Isaiah 33:2.

10. Why can we be sure that God will repair all the damage that has been done by bad people?

10 God is holy. (Isaiah 6:3) Everything he does is pure, clean, and good. So we can trust him. Humans are not like that. They sometimes do wrong things. And even the most honest ruler does not have the power to repair all the damage that bad people do. No one has as much power as God has. He can and will repair all the damage that has been done by bad people. He will remove all evil forever.​—Read Psalm 37:9-11.

HOW DOES GOD FEEL WHEN PEOPLE SUFFER?

11. How does God feel about your suffering?

11 How does God feel when he sees what is happening in the world and what you are going through? The Bible teaches that God “loves justice.” (Psalm 37:28) So he cares deeply about what is right and what is wrong. He hates it when people suffer. The Bible says that “his heart was saddened” when he saw the world filled with badness in the past. (Genesis 6:5, 6) God has not changed. (Malachi 3:6) The Bible says that God really cares about you.​—Read 1 Peter 5:7.

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The Bible teaches that Yehowah is the loving Creator of the universe

12, 13. (a) Why do we love and care for others, and how do we feel about the suffering in the world? (b) Why can we be sure that God will remove all suffering and injustice?

12 The Bible also says that God created us in his image. (Genesis 1:26) This means that God made us with the same good qualities that he has. So if you feel bad when you see innocent people suffer, God must feel even worse when he sees it! How do we know this?

13 The Bible teaches us that “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) Everything God does is motivated by love. So we love because God loves. Think about this: If you had the power, would you remove all the suffering and injustice in the world? Of course you would, because you love people. What about God? He has the power, and because he loves us, he will remove all suffering and injustice. You can be sure that every one of God’s promises mentioned at the beginning of this book will come true! But to be able to trust these promises, you need to know more about God.

GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW HIM

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If you want to be someone’s friend, you tell him your name. God tells us his name in the Bible

14. What is God’s name, and how do we know that we should use it?

14 If you want to be someone’s friend, what’s the first thing you usually tell him? Your name. Does God have a name? Many religions say his name is God or Lord, but these are not names. They are just titles, like “king” or “president.” God has told us that his name is Yehowah. Psalm 83:18 says: “May people know that you, whose name is Yehowah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.” Bible writers used God’s name thousands of times. Yehowah wants you to know his name and to use it. He tells you his name so that you can become his friend.

15. What does the name Yehowah mean?

15 God’s name, Yehowah, has deep meaning. It means that God can fulfill any promise he makes and can accomplish his purpose. Nothing can stop him. Only Yehowah can have this name. *

16, 17. What is the meaning of (a) “the Almighty”? (b) “King of eternity”? (c) “Creator”?

16 As we read earlier, Psalm 83:18 says about Yehowah: “You alone are the Most High.” Also, Revelation 15:3 says: “Great and wonderful are your works, Yehowah God, the Almighty. Righteous and true are your ways, King of eternity.” What does the title “the Almighty” mean? It means that Yehowah is more powerful than anyone else in the universe. And the title “King of eternity” means that he has always existed. Psalm 90:2 explains that he is from eternity to eternity. Isn’t that amazing!

17 Only Yehowah is the Creator. Revelation 4:11 says: “You are worthy, Yehowah our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they came into existence and were created.” Yes, from the angels in heaven to the stars in the sky to the fruit on the trees and to the fish in the sea​—Yehowah made everything you can think of!

CAN YOU BE Yehowah’S FRIEND?

18. Why might some people think that they can never be God’s friend? What does the Bible say about that?

18 When some people read about Yehowah’s impressive qualities, they feel afraid and think, ‘God is so powerful, so important, and so far away, why would he care about me?’ But is that how God wants us to feel? Not at all. Yehowah wants to be close to us. The Bible says that God is “not far off from each one of us.” (Acts 17:27) God wants you to draw close to him, and he promises that “he will draw close to you.”​—James 4:8.

19. (a) How can you become God’s friend? (b) Which of Yehowah’s qualities do you like the most?

19 How can you become God’s friend? Jesus said: “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3) Keep on learning, and you will come to know Yehowah and Jesus. And then you can have everlasting life. For example, we have already learned that “God is love.” (1 John 4:16) But he also has many other beautiful qualities. The Bible tells us that Yehowah is “merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and abundant in loyal love and truth.” (Exodus 34:6) Yehowah is “good and ready to forgive.” (Psalm 86:5) God is patient and loyal. (2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 15:4) You will learn much more about his beautiful qualities as you read about him in the Bible.

20-22. (a) How can we feel close to God if we cannot see him? (b) What should you do if others want you to stop studying the Bible?

20 How can you feel close to God if you cannot see him? (John 1:18; 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17) When you read about Yehowah in the Bible, you get to know him as a real Person. (Psalm 27:4; Romans 1:20) As you learn more about Yehowah, you will love him more and more and you will feel closer to him.

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A father loves his children, but our heavenly Father loves us even more

21 You will understand that Yehowah is our Father. (Matthew 6:9) He gave us life, and he also wants us to have the best life possible. That is what a loving father would want for his children. (Psalm 36:9) Yes, the Bible teaches that you can become Yehowah’s friend. (James 2:23) Imagine that. Yehowah, the Creator of the universe, wants you to be his friend!

22 Some people may want you to stop studying the Bible. They may fear that you will change your religion. But don’t let anyone stop you from becoming Yehowah’s friend. He is the best Friend you could ever have.

23, 24. (a) Why should you keep asking questions? (b) What will we discuss in the next chapter?

23 As you study the Bible, there will be things that you don’t understand. Don’t be ashamed to ask questions or to ask for help. Jesus said that we should be humble, like little children. (Matthew 18:2-4) And children ask lots of questions. God wants you to find the answers. So study the Bible carefully to make sure that what you learn is the truth.​—Read Acts 17:11.

24 The best way to learn about Yehowah is to study the Bible. In the next chapter, we will find out why the Bible is different from every other book.

Draw Close to Yehowah

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God invites you to draw close to him. This book will show you from the Bible how to do just that.

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