Who Is Our Creator? Part II
When it comes to describing the motives and characteristics of our Creator, Jehovah God, there are, of course, people who like to use words such as domination and enslavement. These are the same people who purposely misinterpret what’s written in the Bible to invent inaccurate philosophies that paint our Creator as harsh and domineering. For this reason, let’s examine what the Bible writers themselves have to say about our Creator. After all, what better source is there than people who have had personal interactions—in one way or another—with our Creator?
Let’s begin with His personality. Since Genesis 1:26 tells us that Jehovah created humankind in His likeness, it makes sense that, just like us, He would have feelings. Moses confirms this when he wrote—because of how violent the majority of humankind had become in Noah’s day—that Jehovah’s heart was “filled with pain” (Genesis 6:6 International Children’s Bible). Alternatively, Solomon quotes our Creator saying that our actions can cause Him to feel happy: “My child, show good sense! Then I will be happy” (Proverbs 27:11 Contemporary English Version). Then, fortunately for us, David reveals how patient and compassionate our Creator is, when he said, “But you, my Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy; you are very patient and full of faithful love” (Psalm 86:15 Common English Bible). And John explains Jehovah’s most dominant characteristic when he wrote that “God is love” (1 John 4:8 Modern English Version).
Perhaps the best way to fully appreciate how much Jehovah cares about humankind is by contemplating the home He made for us to live in. Try and imagine the amount of thought and planning that was necessary to create our planet, and then all the varieties of plant life, different species of animals, and the human body. Then, think about the thought process that went into giving us eyes to see a beautiful sunset, ears to hear pleasant music, taste buds to experience delicious flavors, a nose to smell the aroma of a beautiful flower, and the sense of touch to feel the kiss of a loved one. Our Creator did all that work so that you and I could enjoy life. Does this seem to you like a god who is harsh and domineering? Or a god who creates unnecessary rules for us to live by? Of course not!
Another way to understand our Creator is to put yourself in His position in the sense of being a parent. As a parent, you love your children dearly, correct? And you always want what’s best for your children, correct? Sometimes, that means restricting them from doing what they want, even when they don’t understand that it’s for their own good, correct? Well, our Creator is humankind’s Father, and in the same way that you love your children, our Creator loves and cares about us. Sometimes that means restricting us from doing things that we might view as harmless. The fact is, every rule, law, and principle that our Creator has established for us is because He loves us. So, when the Bible says that “God is love,” we can trust that He abounds in every quality associated with love. Isn’t it comforting to know that our Creator is so loving and caring?
Truth is, after considering what we know about the vastness of our universe and the complexity of life, we should be nothing short of awestruck by Jehovah and His abilities, giving us every reason to accept that Jehovah truly is God. Furthermore, since we now understand that our Creator is perfect in knowledge, and He created all things and is superior in all things, this should compel us to agree with what Revelation 4:11 says, “Our Lord and God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because you have created all things, and by your will, they exist and were created” (Christian Standard Bible). Regarding the meaning of the name Jehovah, Encyclopaedia Britannica says, “Many scholars believe that the most proper meaning may be ‘He brings into existence whatever exists.’” A fitting definition, wouldn’t you agree?
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