1. Who is God?
The true God is the Creator of all things. The Bible calls him the “King of eternity,” meaning that he had no beginning and will never have an end.
“And they are singing the song of Moses the slave of God and the song of the Lamb, saying:
‘Great and wonderful are your works, Jehovah God, the Almighty. Righteous and true are your ways, King of eternity.'”
Since God is the Source of life, we should worship only him.
“You are worthy, Jehovah, even our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created.”
2. What is God like?
No one has ever seen God because he is a Spirit, which means that he is a higher form of life than the physical creatures who live on earth.
“God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.”
God’s personality is revealed in the things he has made.
“For his invisible [qualities] are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship.”
We can learn even more about God’s personality from the Bible.
“Jehovah is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness.
He will not for all time keep finding fault,
Neither will he to time indefinite keep resentful.
He has not done to us even according to our sins;
Nor according to our errors has he brought upon us what we deserve.”
3. Does God have a name?
Jesus said: “Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified.” (Matthew 6:9) Although God has many titles, he has only one name, which is pronounced differently in each language. In English, we usually say “Jehovah” or sometimes “Yahweh”.
“That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah,
You alone are the Most High over all the earth.”
God’s name has been taken out of many Bibles and replaced with the titles Lord or God. But when the Bible was written, it contained God’s name some 7,000 times. Jesus made God’s name known by using it when he explained God’s Word to people. He helped people to come to know God.
“And I have made your name known to them and will make it known, in order that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in union with them.”
4. Does Jehovah care about us?
Jehovah shows interest in us by listening personally to our prayers.
“O Hearer of prayer, even to you people of all flesh will come.”
“Far be it from the [true] God to act wickedly,
And the Almighty to act unjustly!”
“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.”
“Consequently Jehovah saw that the badness of man was abundant in the earth and every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only bad all the time. And Jehovah felt regrets that he had made men in the earth, and he felt hurt at his heart. “
Soon, Jehovah will use Jesus to eliminate suffering and those who cause it.
5. What does God want us to do?
He wants us to learn the truth about him.
1 Timothy 2:3,4
“This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, whose will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.”
If we study the Bible, we can come to know God as a Friend.
“If you keep seeking for it as for silver, and as for hid treasures you keep searching for it, in that case you will understand the fear of Jehovah, and you will find the very knowledge of God. “
Since Jehovah has given us life, we should love him more than we love anyone else. We can show God that we love him by speaking to him in prayer and by doing as he asks.
“The prayer of the upright ones is a pleasure to him.”
1 John 5:3
“For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome.”
(Source: The Watchtower, February 1, 2011, pages 16,17)