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God is far greater than the universe

Who created God? I know you’ll probably say that God has always existed, but everything else in the universe had a beginning, so why not God? — H.F.

Yes, everything in the universe had a beginning - and the reason is because God created it. The very first verse of the Bible says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Elsewhere the Bible says, “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3).

But God had no beginning! He has always existed — and He always will. God isn’t like anything — or anyone else — in the whole universe. God is greater than the universe — far greater than anything we can ever imagine.

The things around us get old and wear out — but not God. People and plants and animals live for a time and then die - but not God. Astronomers tell us that even the distant stars and galaxies will eventually burn out or collapse — but not God. God is the One “who lives forever, whose name is holy” (Isaiah 57:15).

This great truth should fill us with awe and wonder. But let me tell you something even more awe-inspiring about God: He loves us! You may feel like you are a just a tiny speck in the universe — but God made you, and He knows all about you. More than that, He wants you to know Him in a personal way, and He wants you to be with Him in heaven forever.

Do you know God? You can, by opening your heart and life to Jesus Christ. He was God in human flesh, sent from heaven to save us from our sins. Receive Him into your life today.

A friend of mine claims the Bible says that God is violent and angry, and He takes pleasure in punishing people when they get out of line. Is this true? I’m not sure I want to believe in God if He is like that. — K.R.

A: No, this is not what the Bible teaches about God. Instead, it tells us that God is merciful and loving, and He is far more patient with us than we’ll ever deserve. The Bible says, “You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” (Nehemiah 9:17).

Don’t misunderstand me; this doesn’t mean God overlooks our sins or ignores us forever when we rebel against Him. God is holy and pure, and we must never forget this great truth. When we turn our backs on Him, eventually we’ll pay a price — a price of unhappiness and misery and defeat. Sin has consequences, both now and in eternity.

But God loves us in spite of our sins! He made us, and He knows that when we live apart from Him, we’ll always be empty and unfulfilled inside. Our greatest need is to know God — and God wants us to know Him! And He has done everything that was necessary to make this possible. He did this by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins.

Do you want to know how much God loves you?

Look at Jesus Christ, who willingly went to the cross for you. The Bible says, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Ask Him to come into your heart today.

Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: www.billygraham.org.

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