Who made God?
I especially appreciate this question since it was asked by my four year-old son.
So, Sean the answer to your question is no one made God because God made everything. It makes sense to think that everything had to be created by something, so it is a good question to ask who made God. But, since everything has to have a beginning, something (or someone) had to exist to start everything. That is, someone (God) was there before the universe began, before time in order to give everything a start. This is the only reasonable way we can explain everything that we see.
Let’s look at this another way. If there was not God to start everything, then that must mean that everything has always been here without a beginning. That does not make sense. It does make sense, however, to believe that God was there before everything and that He created everything, including, by the way, time. Before time, God was alive and He decided to create the whole world (the universe) so He started off His Bible saying, “In the beginning God created…” So, asking who made God really does not make sense since He is the Maker of all things. It’s like asking, “How many corners does your ball have?” In order for something to be a ball it cannot have corners, can it? In the same way, in order for God to be the Maker of everything no one or nothing could have made Him, could it?
While this answer seems to have satisfied Sean, many have trouble accepting this simple logic. An atheist will refuse to accept that the universe has a logical First Cause. A common explanation of atheists like the late Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov is that the universe had no beginning. As Bertrand Russell put it, "The universe is just there, and that's all." This appears to solve the problem for them because without a beginning a cause is not necessary. However, this explanation violates the most fundamental laws of science, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics.
The First Law states that matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Since matter cannot be created from nothing in the natural realm, there must be something (or someone) outside of time to give it a beginning. Thus, the supernatural explanation of a Creator seems to emerge which, of course, an atheist will philosophically oppose.
The Second Law states that all systems, if left to themselves, move from a state of order to disorder. Thus, the best conclusion is that the universe must have started with a lot of energy and is now running down.
Considering these basic laws of science, logic compels us to conclude that the universe had a beginning and thus that which has a beginning has a cause. The logical First Cause to everything is the God of the Bible. For example, the First Cause of endless time must be eternal in nature; the First Cause of infinite complexity must be infinitely intelligent; the First Cause of love must love; the First Cause of life must be living. Scientists continually think in terms of cause-and-effect. Why then, do so many scientists seem to reject the obvious First Cause to the universe; why is God so widely denied and ignored? It becomes obvious that evidence alone cannot bring acceptance to those who are set against believing it. Without faith the evidence will be ignored: "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" Hebrews 11:6. "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God'" Psalm 14:1; 53:1.
The source of all meaning and reality is found in the ultimate First Cause. Romans 1:18-20 describes the fate of those who suppress the truth (verse 18) which is evident (verse 19) in the logical First Cause revealed through what has been made (verse 20). "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse."
The question, "Who made God?" is a natural and commonly asked question because our minds are finite and we understand the concept of creating something out of pre-existing material. Thus, we cannot comprehend infinity and eternity prior to the existence of time. What we cannot comprehend we must believe. We are left with two options: we can believe with blind faith in eternal, uncaused, infinite, chaotic matter producing the universe we live in, or we can believe in the logical conclusion of the created universe, God, who existed independent of pre-existing matter or the natural processes which He Himself created.
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Originally published in the Rockdale/Newton Citizen