God is a little like…

According to a survey done by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, people have four different views of God: Authoritarian, Critical, Benevolent, and Distant.

A vast majority of people still believe in God, yet we find in Romans 1:18-25, they have not kept God in His rightful place:

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
– Romans 1:18-25 (ESV)

At OVBC we believe that you need to know that God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and each person is fully God, and there is one God. (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology).

Even though the word “trinity” does not appear in the Bible, we believe that God is a trinity. Chapter 2: Of God, and of the Holy Trinity of The Westminster Confession Faith (1643-46) puts it this way:

“In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost: the Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.”

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