A lot of believers may have wondered where God came from. Non-believers use this as an attack against Christians. How are we to believe in a God if we don’t even know where He came from? Some religions even make up an origin story for Him though it is unbiblical. So who created God?
What a great question, and what a difficult one at that! God has always been. Eternity is a concept that we as human beings lack the wisdom and understanding to fully grasp. We are beings that flow in what is called Time, and God lives in Eternity. In Heaven, time just doesn’t exist. The Bible says that “a day is like a thousand years” (2 Peter 3:8). To God, time is nothing. It does not hold Him from His purposes nor His plans for humanity and the rest of the universe.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
There is no time in eternity. It doesn’t exist. God doesn’t have a beginning, middle and end like we do (birth, adulthood, old age then death). He has always been, and always will be. He will never be removed, nor shaken by anything. He is our Eternal Father.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
He is the Maker of the universe. There must always be a start, right? If someone or something made God, then who made that other thing? The list would go on and on, which is the question to me about the Big Bang. Who started that? No matter what, we end up back to God. The fact that we are here and that our world is so perfect in its creation (I’m talking about the physicality of Earth, not the actions nor circumstances of life) certifies that Someone had to have created it.
So your question is who created God? The more important question is who created you! Look to Christ, the Perfect One, and your very Creator who came down from Heaven to live amongst us, and die a horrible death. He rose on the third day to forgive you from your sins and give you acceptance to Eternity, where the One who made the entire universe resides.
“Who Created God?” is a question all of us might have wondered at some point in time. There are two and a half ways to go about answering this question. One is simple and effective, the other more complicated, and those two come to have about the same effect. The more complicated way can continue on to a greater apologetic argument, if you’re willing to do a little digging into classical philosophy, which can provide a third way to answer this question.
Even a child can see some basics of how the world works around him and realize that everything comes from something else, that everything is caused by something else. If a person were to look far enough back they might realize that everything was ultimately caused by a single distant origination. If they were a Christian, or some other form of theist, they would call this originator God.
Using the same logic that got them all the way back to the origin of all things, God, they may begin to wonder where God came from. This has been the subject of a lot of debate and confusion. It has also been the focal point of many atheistic arguments against the existence of God. It doesn’t help that the answer seems to be both very simple and very complicated.
The more simplistic argument is one that Christians have had knowledge of for as long as they have had a basic understanding of the God of the Bible.
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
“Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.”
Similar Scriptures: Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 48:12, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 21:6, and Psalm 90:2.
The question “Who created God?” implies that God has been created. The Bible tells us He was not created; He is eternal, meaning He has always existed. The Bible calls created gods idols. Asking the question “Who Created God?” is like asking how I hatched from an egg. To which the answer is: I did not hatch from an egg. I am not a chicken. The question simply doesn’t apply.
Saying, “Everything in existence, including God, must have been created” is due to everything that we have ever known was created. Just because someone doesn’t know of anything eternal, or un-created, doesn’t mean that there isn’t such a thing.
A chicken might assume that everything hatches from eggs, because all living things it has ever known came from eggs, but that doesn’t mean I hatched. It means that the chicken is ignorant.
Asking, “Who created God?” is just as ignorant as asking, “How were you hatched?”, because the simple answer is that God was not created.
The second, and more complicated, way of answering this question is really geared more toward the stereotypical atheist, and could be interwoven with scientific theory. However, I will strip it down to the bare bones and keep it as brief as I possible.
When many atheists look at the world around us and follow the causes of things as far back as they can they are presented with two possibilities as to the origins of all of existence.
1. Either everything came from nothing
(Like the Big Bang)
2. Everything came from something.
For a long time the preferred option between those two explanations was the latter, and atheists said that the universe was the thing that had always existed. However, with the increasing number of recent scientific discoveries providing more evidence of a spontaneous beginning to existencem many people have become familiar with the Big Bang Theory and have supposed that everything came from nothing.
This is the point where the Big Bang Theory can come under the same scrutiny as the Christian explanation of Divine Creation. If an atheist can ask, “If God Created everything, then who created God?”, then a theist can in return ask, “If the Big Bang caused everything, then what caused the Big Bang?” Believing in a God who created all things certainly requires no more faith than believing in the Big Bang which caused all things.
At this point the original question is nullified, and if you were debating with someone on the topic this would be an easy place to jump off this train of thought. It would be quite convenient too for an atheist to change the subject now, because this line of reasoning is about to lead us through some classic philosophical ideas and into a great apologetic argument supporting the existence of God.
Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, wrote some thoughts on the origin of existence which parallel what is being said here quite clearly. He noticed that all things are in a state of change, which is not unlike how we’ve discussed that we notice everything comes from or is caused by other things.
His logic would say that a seed could fall into soil and potentially become a tree, which could potentially produce more seeds and become more trees, some of which could potentially be cut down and turned into a table, which could potentially be rebuilt and used as a desk, which could potentially be rebuilt as a bookshelf, which could potentially be burned and turned into charcoal, etc. … The point is that all actual things have the “potential” to be something else.
It is quite easy to tell what forces were behind the events which took place between the seed and the charcoal, but what about before the seed? When Aristotle took a look at the world around him and imagined tracing everything back to an ultimate cause in the universe, he had some very interesting ideas about this cause of all things. He deduced that the original cause of change in the universe must be something that exists outside of the universe, outside of time, and outside of reality as we know it.
Aristotle refers to his idea of the ultimate cause as the “Prime Mover” which is something that doesn’t have a more ultimate explanation.
He was not a Christian and may not have even had access to the Torah (the Old Testament) which was the only Word of God available at the time. Even so, he seemed to come to the conclusion that the originator of all existence had very similar attributes to “God” as Christians know Him.
Qualities of Aristotle’s Prime Mover in Relation to God:
1. It is necessary. It must exist … It cannot not exist.
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: …”
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
2. It has no potentiality; it is pure actuality by its very nature.
“For I am the LORD, I change not; …”
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
3. It is eternal. It is not located in time or space.
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
4. It is the final cause or purpose for everything that exists.
“Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.”
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”
In his book, Metaphysics, Aristotle gives Divine qualities to his concept of the Prime Mover, and presents a clear link between his idea of the Prime Mover and God.
“We say therefore that God is a living being, eternal, most good, so that life and duration continuous and eternal belong to God; for this is God.” – Aristotle, Metaphysics
I have attempted to explain three different ways to answer this question of “Who Created God?” at basic, intermediate, and slightly advanced levels of thought. I hope this helps to settle uncertainties that you might have had yourself or give you a retort to those who might be questioning your walk with God by questioning God’s existence.
In this day and age it is becoming increasingly useful to understand the Word of God and how it relates to the world around us. I pray that you continue not only studying the Bible, but also taking the time to understand what questions are being posed against it. This is so that you might also understand how to answer those asking the questions and, hopefully, be able to give them a better understanding of who God is. That is what apologetics are all about.
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” – Colossians 1:16 – 17