Whether this question has always been a stumbling block for intellectuals throughout history or if it has recently become popular in the last few hundred years of our “age of reason,” it’s not uncommon among skeptics to ask “who created God?”
In a culture that is increasingly obsessed with science, laws of physics such as the conservation of energy causes us to ask such questions about not only the origin of the universe but also the origin of it’s creator.
Like many questions concerning the scientific viability of God and God’s nature as a whole, asking who created God begs a multifaceted answer.
God Is An Infinite Being
Before the question of who created God is answered, another question must be asked: why does God need a creator? In short, he doesn’t.
Jesus tells us he is the “Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Rev. 22:13). This is meant both figuratively and literally; God is an absolutely infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, all-knowing living being. God is the creator of all things, including science (meaning knowledge).
Simply put, an infinite creator-being who is the beginning and end of all things does not require a source, origin, or creator. Does this mean God created Himself? No, he has always been. If God created science, does that mean he defies his own scientific laws? We will discuss that later.
What Was God Doing Before Creation?
Another common question about God before creation is one that is not necessarily tied to His origin, but rather his pre-creation actions. Asking both about God’s creation and what He was doing before He created are two very intertwined questions with similar answers.
While I think it is strange for someone to be concerned about God’s actions or state of being before the creation of our universe (are you afraid that an infinite, good, and all-knowing creator God was bored?) I suppose it is a fair question when thinking of an uncreated being that has always been.
When asking questions like these we fail to consider an important factor of God’s infinite nature. Since God created all things, this also means he created time. And since God created time that must mean that God exists outside of time. While that is a thought unfathomable to us space-time constrained beings, knowing this allows us to ponder and stand in awe under the amazing infinity of God and His majesty.
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Do God and Science Contradict?
It is somewhat difficult to convey the applicability of the supernatural to those who do not believe in it, but many times we can find answers about God within our own studies and discoveries of the scientific laws He created for us.
That being said, we must allow for at least one of three possibilities when considering the idea that God as an uncreated being contradicts laws of physics.
First, we must keep in mind that at least some of the scientific laws assumed by mankind are likely flawed, incomplete, or incorrect altogether. Even if they are able to be tested using the scientific method, there is no way of knowing if there are missing factors that our science has failed to add to the big picture.
A common example are the facts that at one time or another throughout history it was rather conventional to think that the world was flat, or that the sun orbited Earth, or that our solar system is the center of the universe.
Every decade we make new discoveries and gather more data that contradict scientific beliefs of the decade before. Therefore, although science in our universe is likely static and absolute, humanity’s understanding of science is more than capable of being incomplete, illogical, or inherently flawed.
Second, we must keep in mind God’s absolute sovereignty and authority. He is, after all, the God of the universe. Just because God designed structured natural law (science) for our universe, that doesn’t mean He must abide by them in our universe. Perhaps he does, perhaps he doesn’t. Or perhaps he does abide by them only when working directly in our particular physical plane of existence because that is what is best for us?
Debating either way misses a third critical consideration: since God is infinite, He exists outside of our universe. That means he exists outside of time, space, matter, and our human understanding of natural, scientific laws. So although the law of conservation of energy may apply to us in our dimension of existence, that does not mean that it applies to God outside of the universe He created for us.
Overall, the question of who created God is missing the big picture. In order to learn about the origin of our universe and the nature of its creator, we have to step back and examine our existence as being constrained in ways that God is not. God’s infinity means he is not required to have a creator.
I hope this article is able to clear up confusion about God and the need (or lack thereof) for His creation, or that it was at least able to inspire or teach you in some way. Thanks for reading, and if you enjoyed this then please share it with someone or leave a comment!