Q. 1. I have never heard of God. Who is or what is God?
A. 1. That is a very good question! According to the major search engines, during 2007, the most popular searches consisted of two questions, “Who is God?”, and “What is God?” While it appears at first that answering these questions is very simple, it is not as simple as it seems. How does one explain who God is?
This answer is intended to explain who God is in words that can be understood by those who seek to know God.
Long, long ago, before anything existed, before the existence of the spiritual and the physical worlds, before the creation of the stars and the earth, before time, day and night existed, there existed a formless consciousness that had no beginning and that will have no end. That eternal consciousness, having life in itself, was always there, aware of its own existence. That consciousness is called God. There is only one God; there are none like Him. That consciousness is often referred to as God the Father, or the Father.
The eternal God is genderless, not being male, nor female. He is all-knowing, all-present and all-powerful. He is the Creator of all things.
When the right time arrived, God created the spiritual worlds. Of the spiritual worlds that are known, God created Heaven, Purgatory, Limbo and Hell.
After having created Heaven, God created myriads of angels to serve Him. Their number is so great that it cannot be counted in human terms. Angels are a soul consciousness with a spiritual body. In order for the angels to see God Who was formless in nature at that time, God inspirituated. That means that God revealed Himself in a spiritual form. “God is Spirit.” [Jn. 4:24] The spiritual body of God is the Holy Spirit. As the Father has life in Himself, He granted that the Holy Spirit should also have life in Himself. While there was only One God, at this stage of creation, the angels knew two Persons in God, the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Then God created the physical worlds, the stars, the suns, the earth and the moons, the day and the night, the animals, the fish, the birds, the insects, the trees and plants and all what is seen. Finally, God created the first man, and then the first woman, and told them to multiply as numerous as the stars.
Once more, when the right time had arrived, as determined by God, He decided to incarnate (take human form) in order to reveal Himself and to be seen by the human race. His incarnation is referred to as the Son, or Jesus. “For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son (Jesus) also to have life in Himself.” [Jn. 5:26] “For in Him (Jesus) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” [Col. 1:19] “For in Him (Jesus) the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.” [Col. 2:9]
Henceforth, God was known to have three Persons in Him, the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. While there is One God, there are three Divine Presences in Him.
Jesus “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in Him all things in Heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers - all things have been created through Him and for Him.” [Col. 1:15-16]
The above briefly explains Who God is. To know more about God, it is recommended that you read the Holy Bible that covers the period of creation to the time when God incarnated on earth as Jesus to establish His One Church through which we can be saved and inherit the Kingdom of God when we depart from this world. May God always be with you!