Who created God?
The best answer is…nobody created God.
Well then…Who made God? If God created us, who made God?
It’s a fascinating question. We look around and everything we see has been created.
And everything that had a beginning must have a cause. But something -or someone- who had no beginning, doesn’t need to have a cause.
It’s very natural to ask who created God in the Bible. But that’s the problem.
We are seeking a natural explanation for a Supernatural Being. That is to say he is outside the natural.
He is outside creation. Therefore he is not part of creation.
God created us. We did not create him.
We can be tempted to create God in our own image. He warns us not to do it because our best efforts will always fall short.
He is the Uncaused First Cause. He has no beginning and no end. He has always been and he always will be.
He created all things that were created. But since he was never created, he is in no need of a creator.
The 2nd Commandment says we should not make any image to represent God. Why? Because he is timeless, spaceless and immaterial.
God is holy, and he is separate from creation. No representation of him can accurately represent him.
He is the First and the Last
Who is the First God? Some ask.
He isn’t only the first. He declares he is also the last:
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.
It’s understandable to ask it. We all need to ask “Who created God?” Here’s one of the many Bible verses that asks the question:
Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
Surely you know!
Proverbs 30:4 (emphasis added)
Yes, God has a son. Right here in the Old Testament book of Proverbs.
It’s s bit hard for us to get our heads around him, because everything we see with our natural eyes has a beginning and an end.
But first we must ask who made creation.
William Lane Craig explains how God could create everything –from nothing.
But the Bible isn’t our only guide. God gave us two books: the book of scripture and the book of nature.
Some folks find this surprising, but it’s a very orthodox idea. We learn of this book of nature in the book of scripture:
Many scientists have studied the book of nature –and we have learned a great deal about the God of nature due to their scientific advances.
Mankind’s scientific understanding of the question of the Creator has changed greatly in the last 100 years.
The great scientist Albert Einstein himself admitted to the world something he regarded as his greatest scientific mistake.
And what was Einstein’s big mistake? It was Einstein’s creation of a constant in his equation that would show the universe to be eternal.
He soon learned through a series of meetings with other scientists –including the great astronomer Edwin Hubble- a truth that had eluded scientists since the times of the great Greek philosophers.
Hubble could see –through the lens of the famous Hooker telescope atop Mt. Wilson- that the universe was expanding.
If the universe was expanding –and you rewound the clock back in time- it had to have originated at a point.
The Big Bang Theory was born.
Later a scientist named Stephen Hawking and his collaborator, Roger Penrose would publish a paper that sealed the deal, and theory became fact.
Scientists finally acknowledged what the Bible had said for thousands of years, and something every Bible-believing Christian had already known.
The universe had a beginning –just as the Bible said in Genesis 1:1:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. –Gen 1:1, ESV
And that’s not the only creation verse in the Bible. There are plenty of others we can look at together.
Taken together, the verses from the Bible assert that God created all things.
And since the time of Einstein, and the unfolding of the Big Bang Theory, it’s become clear that the Bible was right all along.
All things were created by God:
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
The Bible made this declaration 2000 years before it became a scientific fact, displaying the superior knowledge of the Holy Spirit of God working through his divinely selected authors.
This is one of many, many examples of the inspired work of the Living God in his word.
But it still leaves us with the question: Who Made God?
We don’t immediately realize it, but when we ask this question, we are making a basic error in logic called a “Category Error” or “Category Mistake.”
It’s like asking “what color is the number 3?” Or “My memory of that event is in that box over there.”
In this same Bible –the Bible that declared the heavens and the earth had a beginning thousands of years before scientists figured it out- are multiple declarations that God exists from everlasting to everlasting.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Ps. 90:2 ESV
God has no beginning and no end. He is uncaused. God is self-existent and eternal.
The one true God was never created. It’s a logical impossibility.
In fact, it’s impossible for a finite creation to be created by another finite creator.
And it’s difficult for us to imagine God –an infinite, transcendent and holy being- the way he really is.
In our state of existence, we don’t have the perspective to see God as he really is.
You could say we have a handicap not unlike Mr. and Mrs. Flat – a couple who live in only two dimensions, as Dr. Hugh Ross explains:
We are like this when we try to understand God with our senses. He lives in dimensions that are incomprehensible to us.
The God of creation must be infinite and he must be eternal. To claim otherwise is simply not logical.
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.John 1:3, ESV
This is the doctrine of ex nihilo.
When we search deeper, we later learn from the fine-tuning of the universe that all creation is information-based.
That is, information comes before material things, which is entirely compatible with the many times in the book of Genesis when we read the repeating line “and God said…”
After Dr. Edwin Hubble retired from his work at NASA, a new administrator was appointed to take his position. His name was Robert Jastrow.
Jastrow – a brilliant scientist himself- left us with these immortal words:
The Bible claimed thousands years ago that God was uncreated. He has always been and he always will be.
The Bible also claimed the universe had a beginning.
Today science has finally –in one small area- caught up with the Bible.
So the Bible continues to stand tall.