And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made. And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention. (1 Kings 18:26-29)
Does God exist?
Many people have believed in gods and goddesses. The majority of all great civilizations have believed in some supreme power. The problem with most of these civilizations is that their gods we’re in likeness to themselves.
Deep within man is the knowledge that there is something beyond themselves. It comes from the fact that we are on Earth without ever being asked if we wanted to be. It comes from the fact that trees are bigger than us, many animals are faster than us, and that things in the universe exist apart from us ever thinking about them. We are left in stunned silence as we see that there is something beyond us. We are not creators or inventors of the universe and what’s around us. We are merely observers and tourists, who see and are to stand in awe and wonder at the universe and world in which we have been placed.
Thus, we all acknowledge something bigger than ourselves. Whether it be a whale, a tree, a mountain, or a planet. From natural observations, it’s not a big leap to believe in a greater power, being, or thing that has ordered and organized and started, created, or thought of this all. It’s really not a hard stretch.
But where the problem arises is with our limited concepts. Most civilizations have made their gods to be more like themselves. The Greek, Egyptian, and the Norse gods all have been created by man’s idea of what gods should be like, and those gods are really themselves in disguise. This is where problem begins: all of these gods are puny. They’re small. They’re mere men with super powers and long life. These puny gods thirst, hunger, feast, and have sex. They’re merely caught in the same urges as us. The only thing they do that is significant is control parts of the universe that they’re given to control. As far as I know, these gods decided who would rule and reign the areas they do by arguing and fighting, which are more like human stories than stories of super beings.
This either puts gods on the stage with men or men on the stage with gods. These gods of weak and limited powers don’t have the capacity to exist outside of the known universe. They exist solely inside of it.
But that’s where Christianity and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob stands out. This is a being who has no form that any man has seen. This is a being who came to them. He revealed Himself to them, and never was He created out of their own fancy ideas. This is a being who decrees complete and utter respect, love, and adoration, unlike the gods who get drunk, have sex, and laze about upon Mount O-Drink-sus. God is a being who transcends time and space. God is in a category of His own, and exists in the realm of a god who has the power, capacity, and level of wonder that would exceed our wonder of the universe. This is a god who cannot be created in mans image, but can create man, and create a world, and can order the world, and can create other mini-gods to do as He commands.
Modern philosophers and scientists who try to put the God of Abraham into a category with the other gods have made a grave mistake. The only parallel between God and the other little g gods is the title of ‘god.’ The puny g gods cannot even compare to God. A super human who calls the sun to rise is merely a super human, given the ability by a being greater to call the sun forth.
God stands forth as supreme and supremely different. Beyond comprehension and understanding. Beyond reach of time and space. The creator and inventor, not a being that is subjected to the dimensions of the universe.
Christians are not those who believe in fairy tales. All those beings are too weak. Like Baal (who was scoffed at by Elijah as either a god on a distant journey or a god going to the bathroom), all the other gods lived and died in their time. But God is a God who transcends all things and yet acts and answers those who seek Him.
And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.” (1 Kings 18:36-39)
The Lord, He is God! And there is none besides Him.