We are continuing in the blog-post series answering the questions asked at a live question and answer session in the church where I serve. One of the questions asked was: If God created everything, who created God? Today we turn our attention to the origins of creation and the origins of God. I hope to hear your thoughts in response!
The question regarding “who created God” has the underlying assumption that all things must be created. The question quickly leads down a rabbit-hole into infinity: If someone/something created God, then how did that someone/something come to be; so on and so forth. The greatest of scientific research points to the Big Bang Theory as a beginning point, but questions of the beginning still remain. For example, where did the matter that collides together come from? How did it get there? What caused it to move? We can move to the multiverse theory, but that still concludes with an infinity of existence.
In other words, all the scientific origin of creation theories (of which I am aware) conclude with “all existed because it always has” rather than offering a definite beginning point. It makes the most sense that there is at least a point of beginning that sets creation into motion, or in philosophical terms ,“unmoved mover,” from which all is set in motion. The unmoved mover is both beginning and end from which time, space, & matter came into existence. In Christianity, God is the unmoved mover, the beginning point, the “author of creation.” If that is rejected then there are two possibilities.
Either a) one must concede that either creation exists in and of itself stretching into infinity, always having been and always will be, or b) one must concede a beginning point, of which no evidence is available to fully identify scientifically. Both result in a mystery and both still have room for God. In the case of option “a” God is the infinite through which all exists. In the case of option “b” God is the beginning point. The mystery of it all, to me, points to God.
Acts 17:23 – “…what therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.” All that is mysterious to us is evidence of the mysterious God revealed through Jesus Christ.
A second way of getting at answering this question deals in the realm of the social-sciences and anthropology. Many have concluded that all religions and the concept of God are merely a construct of humanity seeking meaning in the world. In other words, the answer to “who created God” is humanity. The logic is that humans will create stories to tell themselves in order to make sense of a particular situation and life happening. Certainly, we all tell ourselves stories about what someone will think about us in a certain action or the way a certain idea will be perceived.
This sounds reasonable enough, but the burden of proof still remains on those who say there is no God. Just because humans attempt to find meaning in life does not mean that God was necessarily formed or created by humanity. The fact that we seek meaning and purpose in life rather than living to satisfy biological impulses exclusively, indicates we are seeking something which does exist. One may argue the movement away from biological impulses are a result of communal living in society and, there again, a part of the evolutionary process for survival. But what about the things that transcend biology? What about love, beauty, or the range of emotions?
We thirst, so water exists. We hunger, so food exists. Does it not stand to reason that because we desire more than we can physically see that something beyond our sight also exists?
Or what about the desires we have and their physical counterparts? We thirst, so water exists. We hunger, so food exists. Does it not stand to reason that perhaps because we desire more than we can physically see that something beyond our sight also exists? In my opinion, that which we seek, is God, who always existed, and ultimately will satisfy us.
I hope this has been a helpful read!