The theory which suggests that God is an idea of man, originates from a pursuit of religious conformities. However, God is neither an idea nor an evolving claim but He is the essence of all life and its component thus he does not change and is not confined to any given religion but he is all in all through Christ (deity dwelling bodily, Colossians 2: 9).
Religion indoctrinates us into thinking that God is a being far from human reach and comprehension however, the teaching of Moses and Jesus Christ reveals that God is closer to us through familial relationship: “You are the sons of the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 14:1 (John 5) ). But, our narrow knowledge that is based on measures, examination, and analysis may not quantify his actuality without a revelation. Therefore, he indicated to Moses a reference to his name to be I Am (God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I Am has sent me to you: Exodus 3:14). “I am” infers to existence and Jesus taught that God is Spirit. Fundamentally, God referred to himself as the existing one, for that reason, men need no narrative of his being rather an essential experience of his person.
We can deduce from the scriptures that the realism of God is obtainable to the universe through mankind (God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, Genesis 1:26). Thus, the intended purpose of man’s life is to exist as god in the material world (for “as he is so also are we in this world” 1 john 4:17). That is to say, the evidence of God’s existence is substantiated through the original objective for mankind’s existence as the scriptures says, ‘I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you” Psalms 82: 6. Thus the proof that God exist is man.
Jesus Christ, from who we learn the description of God, related to him as Father. John especially propagated that Jesus’ mission on earth was to restore the familial relationship that existed between God and man when he said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). This Paul explained that through him (Jesus) we both have access in one Spirit to the Father (Ephesians 2: 18). The bible teaches that though he is the son of God he exists as the son of man (John 5). The complexity of this account leaves many speculating with his being but the author of Hebrews says that he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Hebrews 1-2) thus he became to us the pattern for our life as sons of God.
The life of Jesus Christ is the most excellent example of man being God in the universe. It’s unfortunate that unbelief steals the beauty of this truth. It is through incredulity that we expel ourselves from our status and purpose living on the earth in vagabond and prodigal states thus shutting our life in utter darkness (ignorance) eventually destruction (John 10:10).
The greatest deception that exist in the world is founded on man’s desire for autonomy; this is seen in the persuasive words of serpent to Eve as he told her, “God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” Genesis 3: 5. This statement “you will be like God” is drawing them who were made in the image and likeness to seek to be God all by themselves. However, our existence is systematised to be subject to the life of God in that “the Lord God… breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature (Genesis 2:7). Therefore, man can by no means be sovereign because he is God’s dependant.
Egocentric mind thus has become enmity with God. Individuality promotes evil and destruction of lives in the world. It is prominently and disguisedly referred to as capitalism; each man for himself kind of society. The biblical term widely used for self-centeredness is carnality: indulgencies that seek to gratify egocentricity. Paul’s discussion concerning the flesh reveals that carnality is being without the Spirit of God; it is reliance on norms that gratify self-absorption thus leading to death(Romans 8:1-11). Therefore God said that the day man shall feed from this tree he will surely die (Genesis 2:17). Death thus is living in reliance to one’s strive for life’s purpose. The Ecclesiastes refers to it as vanity of vanities. This is sin therefore.
An empty soul (without the Spirit of God) is a lustful one; all its desire is keen to fill this void. Lust once maturated leads one to purposeless foolish deeds and indeed wickedness; a contemptible life whose wage is death. God in his mercy pursues mankind so as to deliver them from self-destruction. Thus, he renews us through our conformity to the image of God who is Christ as Paul edify the church in Ephesus to put on the new-self created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:23) thus if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:16).
Being in Christ is the point where we acknowledge our dependency in God in all our purpose as Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise” (John 5:19). That is to say our life finds purpose in representing God. Therefore, one who believes in God must manifest him to the entire universe for the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19).
In conclusion, I wish to clearly state that the evidence that God is, is enshrined in man. If anyone seeks to know God then he must read him through Jesus Christ who is the Word of God. Therefore, by grace we are saved through faith in Christ Jesus. Faith comes to us through hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. Thus, we cannot put God in a test-tube and experiment his existence but we listen, we hear, we reason and we practice what we hear. Belief is the only way.
Belief is an attitude coded by the principle of representation (Jon 3:16-21). Belief ascertains our position in God as John said, “To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” John 1:12. Thus, to believe is to live in conformity to the word of God.
The underlying question now is what the word of God is. John opened his book poetically saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” John 1:1-5 Thus, the Word of God is the person of God whose aim of existence is to enlighten mankind so that they can live in their predestination. This person of God is Christ whom Paul described as one “in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell… in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily (Colossians 1: 19; 2:9). Paul wrote this in the context of admonishing from doctrines that takes the church captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. From this text we see that the word of God is preserved in the life of man, this is Jesus Christ.
Thus believing is living according to the principle and pattern of life that Jesus Christ taught and lived. This eventually lands us to the image and likeness of God which defines the principle of representation. Thus God is evidenced in and through mankind.