God (the word)comes to us  from the Anglo-Saxon God. The root-meaning of the name (from Gothic root gheu; Sanskrit hub or emu, "to invoke or to sacrifice to") is either "the one invoked" or "the one sacrificed to." From different Indo-Germanic roots (div, "to shine" or "give light"; thes in thessasthai "to implore") come the Indo-Iranian deva, Sanskrit dyaus (gen. divas), Latin deus, Greek theos, Irish and Gaelic dia, all of which are generic names; also Greek Zeus (gen. Dios, Latin Jupiter (jovpater), Old Teutonic Tiu or Tiw (surviving in Tuesday), Latin Janus, Diana, and other proper names of pagan deities. The common name most widely used in Semitic occurs as 'el in Hebrew, 'ilu in Babylonian, 'ilah in Arabic, etc.; and though scholars are not agreed on the point, the root-meaning most probably is "the strong or mighty one." Yes, there is a God.  But he is not the fairy-tale god you learned about in Sunday School.  The Christians have distorted the entire thing. 

The word God can variously be defined as:

  • the one eternal Prime Cause, the Creator of the universe, within whom man lives and moves and has his being.
  • the common or generic name of the several supposed beings to whom, in various religions, divine attributes are ascribed and divine worship rendered;
  • the name sometimes applied to an idol as the image or dwelling-place of a god.

When Moses asked God, Whom shall I say has sent me?, God replied, Yod he vau he, which is translated in the King James version as I Am That I Am. In other words, this is a descriptive phrase, rather than a name. A clearer translation should be, I Am All That Is.

The only argument against the existence of God, is the weak atheist argument, "If there is a God, where did he come from?"  This is a specious argument which can be used against the existence of any prime cause, i.e. "If there was a big bang, what caused it?"  "If the universe has always existed, where did it come from?" etc.

God exists and God has always existed.

As to the nature of God.  The writers of the Old Testament perceived God as a great lord or king. as in Lord of Lords, King of Kings. and thus they attributed to him the same motivations and passions as their kings had.

Several places in the Old Testament, however, the true nature of God is revealed. 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither  are your ways my ways, Saith the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

                                     Isaiah 55:8-9

 

Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me and live.

                                     Exodus 33:20

 

No man hath seen God at any time

                                     John 1:18

 

Not that any man hath see the Father.

                                     John 6:46

 

King of kings, and Lord of lords; who only hath immortality, dwelleth in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see; to who be honour and power everlasting. Amen

                                    I Timothy 6:16

 

Finally:

 

God is Spirit and they that worship him  must worship him in spirit and in truth

                                  John 4:24

 

Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. (herein the word love is the Greek agape, which means unconditional love)

                               1 John 4:8

 

CONCLUSION:  God is from the beginning, the creator of all that is.  He is infinite and unknowable and he loves us, unconditionally.  He dos not require worship of us, he does not judge us, he does not condemn us.