I'll be honest. The Bible is not always my favorite. Often, I'll read it and end up with even more questions. Sometimes, it has even scandalized my faith. The text is complex, dated, and sometimes just plain archaic. It seems so human. How can this be the Word of God, I think. What makes it worse is that there are SO many approaches to the Bible, both inside and outside the church. This makes it hard to nail down the exact nature of the book, to begin with.
My cat Petra is good at many things. She’s quite the expert at teleporting from one room to another (she’s that fast). She knows how to manipulate—she gets fed whenever she wants, really. She usually wins the play fights against her sister Ollie, the slower (dumber?) one. Most of all, she’s good at winning my attention. But Petra’s also good at proving God. Here’s how.
God is not an old man with a beard. He’s not floating around up there in space. If that’s what Christianity meant by God, then yes—science would have plenty to say. But God is not just another being out there. He’s not even the highest being. Rather, according to classical theism, God is being. The great thirteenth-century theologian Thomas Aquinas described God as ipsum esse subsistens, or the act of “to be” itself. This is beautifully confirmed in the story of the burning bush, when God reveals his name to Moses as “I am who I am” (Ex. 3:14). God just is. In God, there is no difference between what God is and that God is.