How Can God be Without Beginning or End?
by Lenny Esposito
Yesterday, I featured an article by famous movie reviewer Roger Ebert where he tells of his growing disbelief in a personal God since his childhood. It began early in elementary school as the young Ebert had increasing difficulty wrapping his head around the concept of an eternal God:
I lay awake at night driving myself nuts by repeating over and over, But how could God have no beginning? And how could he have no end? And then I thought of all the stars in the sky: But how could there be a last one? Wouldn’t there always have to be one more? Many years later I know the answer to the second question, but I still don’t know the answer to the first one.
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As kids are wont to do, Ebert first chose to ask a favorite nun about his conundrum, to which she answered, “That is just something you have to believe. Pray for faith.” This was a terrible answer, and Ebert acknowledges that it was inherently unsatisfying, even to a second grader. “Then I lay awake wondering how I could pray for faith to a God I could not believe in without faith.”
As I had written in my last post, the inability of a nun to answer his questions is what set Ebert on the road to disbelief. It should serve as a warning to parents, pastors, and Sunday School teachers that it’s never too early to inject apologetics into childhood instruction. There are good answers to questions such as these, and they can be couched in such a way that even young children can understand.
Let’s take the idea of a God without beginning or without end…
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