The Bible account of creation hinges on the fact that there is a Supreme Being, Almighty God, who created all things. Who is he, and what is his nature? The Bible reveals that he is quite different from the deities found in popular culture and mainstream religion. He is the Creator of all things, but most people know very little about him.
God is a person, an individual. He is not a vague force devoid of personality, floating aimlessly throughout the universe. He has thoughts, feelings, and goals.
God has infinite power and wisdom. This explains the complex design found everywhere in creation, especially in living things.
God created all physical matter. Hence, he cannot be made of physical elements that he himself has created. Rather, he is of a spiritual, or nonphysical, nature.
God’s existence is not limited by time. He has always existed and will always exist. Hence, no one created him.
God is the Creator of all things, the great First Cause; hence he is uncreated, without beginning.
“In number his years are beyond searching.” It is impossible to place an age upon him, for there is no starting point from which to measure.
Though ageless, he is properly called “the Ancient of Days” since his existence stretches endlessly into the past.
Is God to Blame for Our Suffering?
The Bible’s answer
The Bible emphatically answers no! Suffering was not part of God’s purpose for mankind.
However, the first human couple rebelled against God’s rulership, choosing to set their own standards of good and bad. They turned away from God and suffered the consequences.
Today we are experiencing the effects of their bad choice. But in no way did God originate human suffering.
The Bible says: “When under trial, let no one say: ‘I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.” (James 1:13)
Suffering can afflict anyone even those who are favored by God.