Christianity Explained, 1 - God is Good
Here is the first part of the Christianity Explained study in a question-verse-answer format as described in the introduction.
Someone asks the question, and someone then reads the bible verse, ideally aloud, to then discuss the answer between them - the written answer is only read afterwards to tie together.
Question - Is God in Any Way Bad?
“O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” - Psalm 107:1
God is good and perfect. He’s not just loving but is actually love Himself. There’s nothing ‘bad’ at all with God, and He can’t go against Himself or His Word; He is simply the great ‘I am’.
Question - Who Are the Three Persons of the Godhead?
“according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” - 1 Peter 1:2
There are 3 parts to the Godhead known as the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These are all still God, but three different expressions of God, and all in perfect unity with each other. A good example is water which can be expressed as the liquid water, steam or ice. All having the same H2O water particles underneath, but in three different forms.
Angels and a heavenly sanctuary also surround the whole Godhead in heaven.
“A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” - Hebrews 8:2
Question - Where Did the Devil Originally Come From?
“And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." - Revelation 12:8-9
At one point before the world was even created, the most important angel called Lucifer had pride in his heart which birthed sin, the result being that he (now called Satan) and a group of other angels were kicked out of heaven to earth.
Question - What Five Things Did God Declare to Adam & Eve After He Blessed Them?
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” - Genesis 1: 27-28
The five things which followed from God's blessing are to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish, to subdue the earth, and dominion over it,
God created the world through Jesus Christ the Word, which was made in six days, followed by a day’s Sabbath rest and ending, of course with creating humans Adam and Eve. They were in the garden of Eden in perfect harmony and relationship with God, and were literally there forever with the gift of eternal life.
Question - Why Did Eve Disobey God and Eat the Fruit in the Garden of Eden?
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” - Gen 3: 4-6
For true love to exist there has to be free will otherwise human beings are just robots. Adam and Eve, therefore, choose to obey and love God, right up until Satan came onto the scene, and they fell for his deception and obeyed him rather than God’s Word.
This was a game-changer for the human race. They had now passed their God-given authority over the world and themselves to Satan, choose the knowledge of good and evil instead of trusting God's Word and lost the gift of everlasting life and communion with God.
Question - What Entered the World After Adam and Eve Disobeyed God, and What Did it Cause?
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” - Romans 5:12
Sin was now on earth, which, by its very nature, caused death. This will ultimately lead to our lives and bodies dying after a certain time span, whereas originally, God desired us to be able to live on earth forever and ever.
God had not changed; He is still a loving and Holy God. But there was a problem with sin and disobedience against God which attracts God’s wrath and now placed the human race against Him.