TiO 15 – {Un}Apologetic – Nature of God

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The Main Idea

It has been said that Christians worship a God who has been responsible for unspeakable horrors, for example, the wholesale killings of people because they do not agree with him. But is that really the case? Today’s teaching examines the question of a genocidal God.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: How many non-Christian people do you know whom you would feel comfortable having a conversation about religion or worldviews?

Q2: What do you think is the most important thing to know or do when discussing spiritual questions with people who have differing opinions from yours?

Q3: How important, to you, is this series on apologetics?

The Word

Read the main passages aloud: Psalm 115:1-3

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.

Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases.

The Old Testament is full of ideas and teachings that we often do not fully understand. And sometimes we do not have complete answers for the questions that arise from the hard passages that we read. We can talk about context and the evidence for the goodness of God. But sometimes all we can do is cry out like the Psalm-writers have done.

While it seems like a trite answer, especially when we are talking of such violent and seemingly evil actions, the Psalmist has an answer for those who would accuse God of atrocities.

Q1: What does verse 3 of Psalm 115 tell us about God?

Q2: What should our response be to this God?

Prayer

Pray for the faith to trust in the God who sees the scope of our lives and of our societies from beginning to end.

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