Who Created God? Is God Outside of Time?

by Jack Wellman

Who created God?  Is God outside of time?  Is God uncaused?  Since we know the universe is not eternal, how can an eternal Creator God exist?

Who Created God?

I have had unbelievers say that if the universe was created by God then who created God?  That is actually a great question and I don’t take it as an insult to my belief in God but actually as a question that rightly deserves an answer.  The laws of physics demand a cause for every effect or you could put it this way:  For every effect, there is a cause.  It seems ridiculous to believe that the universe created itself and so it also seems ludicrous to believe that God was created.  If this is so, then there must have been a creator behind the created God.  Then if such a creature created God, then that creature must have also been created.  Thus we are creating an infinite regression of causes and causers.  Some atheists, agnostics, and evolutionists believe that life on earth was brought to the planet by some alien force or object.  The object could have been – so they believe – been brought to earth by an asteroid.  But then the question becomes “Then where did this life come from” and on and on again, into infinity ad nauseum.  This only pushes the question of the origin of life back and back and back…

If some say that it was not God Who created man, but man who created God, then we must ask, then who created man?

If some say that it was not God Who created man, but man who created God, then we must ask, then who created man?  Can a created thing question the thing that created it?  Can the clay vessel question the potter?  Isaiah 29:16 states, “You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, “He did not make me”? Can the pot say of the potter, “He knows nothing”?  Isaiah reiterates again, “But now, this is what the LORD says–he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1). An analogy would be like our children believing that they created their parents – ludicrous at best. The question then becomes “Who created the uncreated one?”

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Astrophysicists, astronomers, and physicists theorize that the universe had a beginning at a single, finite point in time and space.  If you rewound the universe backwards, which at present is expanding exponentially, it would go back to a singular point in time, space and matter.  What the state of the universe was before this starting point, which some say preceded the Big Bang, no one knows with certainty.  At best, mankind can only speculate or postulate because there is no way to know with absoluteness.

There is some speculation that the universe is eternal and that it constantly recycles itself over and over again which is called the Steady State Theory. The major problem with this is the Laws of Thermodynamics.  Think of it this way; energy is constantly being used up.  Just as you can not put light back into a light bulb, you can not put all the light and energy back into an electrical outlet once it is used up.  Once energy is used up, it’s not gone but it is transferred from one place into another.

How Can an Eternal Creator God Exist?

There is nothing written anywhere in the Bible that science has proven that could not have happened.  The beginning as far as humans are concerned is not Genesis chapter one but John chapter one.  This is truly a beginning for us but for God:  He has neither beginning nor no end.  The Gospel of John reads “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (v.1).  So before the universe or earth existed – and before humans existed – God was.  Before time, space and matter existed, God existed.  You can not have time without also having matter, for there is nothing with which we can measure it with.  There is not anything that existed but that God Himself caused as it says in John’s Gospel, “He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-2). The “He” is Jesus Christ and so the Trinity existed before earth did…before matter did and before mankind did.

Some thinkers believe – and without proof – that the universe is eternal but this doesn’t explain the origin of the universe or of matter…

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