In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1
If you are Christian you know the creation story and even if not many people are familiar with it. It is the accounting for how everything that exists was formed. Other religions have similar stories such as the flood that Noah lived through but is seen in Sumerian text and in Babylonian historical accounts, albeit the people differ. God has been there since the beginning of it all because he created it all. We literally would not exist had he not wanted it. Our reference verse shows us where creation began. Which is great for a Christian but what about someone who has no idea about God or Christianity, what if they ask who this God is?
As with any story you start from the beginning because where else would you start for a lost soul? Salvation doesn’t begin somewhere in the middle and God didn’t just appear during Jesus ministry on Earth either. His story began before we were created and will continue long after we have been judged. It is something the Bible tells us continually from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. His story is one creation, rapture, anger, judgement, forgiveness and love. The facets that are who God is are uncountable to our language but his character is woven throughout the Bible. He is Qanna (Jealous, Exodus 34:14), Adonai (Lord/Master, Genesis 15:2) Jehovah Shalom (Peace, Judges 6:24) and most importantly to our afterlife Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord who Sanctifies You, Leviticus 20:8). I know I used a lot of Old Testament references there and for good reason, we are starting at the beginning. It is proof that God has been all the things we normally tell those who don’t know about God when they ask.
What We Say
I’ve been asked plenty on what He is to me and I have always used canned responses, not because I am lazy, my responses are genuine. I truly believe all the things I say such as Lord, King, Creator, Alpha and Omega. I’m sure I am not the only one, these are correct terms we learn as children and as new believers in the truth that Christ spoke. What we say determines how people understand God and those who are lost are particularly sensitive to this. Speak your testimony and not what you just were taught. Share Him in all the ways you can, I don’t see anything wrong with expressing how you may doubt or become frustrated with Him. The easiest way to appeal to someone is to find common ground. If they have a preconceived notion that all Christians are arrogant and look down on non-believers then strip away some of that wall and show them how broken you were and still can be inside, then show them the light you carry with you.
Instead of beating a dead horse, tell me, who is God to you? Is He the shield as He told Abraham in Genesis 15:1? Is He faithful (Hebrews 10:23) and loving (John 14:21)? Is He, like David proclaimed in Psalm 19:14 as his rock and redeemer? He is all these things and more and we know this because it is in His words put to paper for man to find Him. The Bible is more than just a collection of writings found and put together. It is the words of God himself and it is also an exposure of His heart. All that God wants us to know of Him can be found in those pages if we are willing to read, study, learn, chase and exhort others to do as well. We grow as they grow and we walk closer to Him in sharing the truth.