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Don Stewart :: Who Created God? Where Did He Come From?

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Don Stewart

People continue to ask age-old questions about the origin of God. Who created God? - that is assuming that He does exist? Where did He come from? How did He get to be God? Did He have a beginning? Did He have parents?

Nobody Created God

The Biblical answer is that nobody created God. He is by nature the eternal God. He was not created at all. He always was, is, and always will be. He did not work Himself up into a position to be God neither did He inherit the position from His parents, for He had no parents-no mother, no father. He has no beginning and will have no end. The fact that God is eternal is stressed in the Bible. The psalmist wrote

Even from everlasting to everlasting you are God"(Psalm 90:2).

Moses records God saying.

For I lift my hand to heaven, and say, as I live forever (Deuteronomy 32:40).

God Is Uncaused

Therefore God is uncaused. This, of course, is a problem, because we think that every affect has a cause. Therefore, we assume God must also have a cause.

As a starting point, one must assume a first cause or else no cause whatsoever. If God is denied as always existing, then one must assume that something material has existed from all eternity. This material would have come about without a cause. Therefore our choice is between an intelligent being who is self-existent and lifeless matter.

Does This Beg The Question?

Some might argue that these statements "beg the question" for they are assuming what they should be proving. They conveniently start with God but do not explain the how or why of His existence. But ultimately we must admit that there had to have been something in the beginning whether it be God or something else. The starting point, according to the Bible is God. God was in the beginning and everything stems from Him. This is not inconsistent with what He has revealed about Himself in Scripture nor is it inconsistent with our understanding about the origin of the universe.

Summary

God has been God from all of eternity. Nothing caused Him to exist. He had no beginning and he will have no end. Although we are used to thinking that everything must have a beginning, there had to be something that has existed eternally. The Bible states that it is an infinite, personal God. The only other choice is to argue that some sort of material has existed eternally. Consequently one must choice between an infinite personal God who has always existed or lifeless impersonal matter.

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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.


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