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What Created God?

Many people ask the question, "if God created the world, then who or what created God?". It seems like a fair question, but it has many assumptions built into it. The question comes from a basic misunderstanding of the nature of God, as revealed to us in the bible.

As Christians we believe in God. In fact, most Americans believe in God, whether they are Christian or not. As Christians we sometimes gloss over our belief in God because it's simple and obvious to us that God is real. However, many people don't believe in God. And just as we have our reasons for believing in God, they have reasons for not believing in God.

One of the arguments against the existence of God is what created God. If God made us and the world, then who or what created God? In other words, where did God come from? Did God create himself? If so, when he did he create himself? If God exists, then something would have to have created God, and then something would have to have created the something that created God, and so on. You get the general idea.

Whether valid or not, this is a line of reasoning that many people go down when they consider if God exists. As a child, I remember asking the question of what created God. It seemed like a good question, though I never got a clear answer.

The question of who created God strikes me as something of a non-sequitor. At the least it is a loaded question, because it has many assumptions built into it. However, many consider it a fair question. Sometimes what is obvious to a person of faith is not as obvious to everyone else.

There are problems with the question of what created God.

The problem with the question is that if God was originally created by something or someone, then he's not God. The accepted God of mainstream Christian thought, is by definition, primary and fundamental to everything and everyone that exists. Therefore, by definition, God does not have and does not need a creator. A God that requires a creator, or cause to exist, isn't God.

Understanding this we see that the question isn't really valid, because it presupposes that God needs a creator. If we assume that God needs a creator, we've assumed that there is no such thing as God. By asking who or what is the creator of God, we've ruled out the existence of a biblical God.

Really the basic assumption of the question is that everything needs a creator, including God. So when we think about it, the question becomes a simple statement about the impossibility of God. The question implies that God needs a creator, leading us to believe that he doesn't exist. There is some circular reasoning going on here.

But the question of what created God is often not meant to be a loaded question. It seems like a fairly straightforward and fair question to ask. The question is based on some simple facts about how the world works.

We observe the world and come to the conclusion that everything, including ourselves, had to come from something or someone else. Nothing creates itself. So why shouldn't we assume that even God needs a creator?

Again the answer to this seems obvious. The world operates on cause and effect. God initially created the physical world and the principles that it operates on. If we indulge in this belief, then why would we assume that God is subject to the laws and principles of what he created? If we indulge in the concept of God, we must assume that he exists outside the laws of his creation.

So the question of what created God is a wordly question, and the product of a worldly mind. Because it takes worldly principles and tries to apply them to God. It assumes that God is like, or even a part of, what he created. It assumes nothing can be greater, or more fundamental, or transcend the visible cycles and processes of the world. The question is a rejection of God on the basis that we can't see or isolate God, in the workings of the world.

God is the creator, not the created.

Thinking about the question of what created God, leads us to better understand the nature of the biblical God. He is by his nature miraculous and supernatural, existing in and of himself. God simply exists, being transcendent to the laws and processes of the world.

Notice what God calls himself when Moses asks him his name, "And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM; and He said, You shall say this to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you" (Exodus 3.14 KJV bible). God gives Moses a variation of his name that literally translates to "I am". Here, God reveals himself as being self existent; having always existed, with no beginning or end.

God created the world, but is not of the world. Whereas everything in the world has a beginning and a prior cause, God doesn't. Nothing could create God because he has always existed, from the eternal past to the eternal future, "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God" (Psalm 90.2 KJV bible).

God has neither beginning or end, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Last" (Revelation 22.13 KJV bible). The entire story of the world begins and ends with the Godhead. He is the infinite beginning, end, and the only true path to eternal life.

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