Nonbelievers might ask you, “Who created God?” What do you say to them?
Who Created Matter?
The Bible states categorically that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). We are not told how God created everything out of nothing but that He simply spoke and all things existed. It says in the Psalms, “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:9). For believers, it is by “faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Hebrews 11:3). All that was necessary for God to say, “’Let there be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). That’s it! It simply states, “He commanded and they were created” (Psalm 148:5). I have no problem with that because God has declared it in His Word. That satisfies me, but not everyone is so easily satisfied. Perhaps you will be asked someday, as I have, about who created God or who made God. For one thing, God existed before the creation, so God precedes the creation account in the Bible (also see John 1). God must have existed in order for the creation to exist or there would be nothing now. God’s spoken word is the cause, and the creation is the effect. The universe must have come from somewhere because nothing can create itself. Otherwise, it would have already had to exist. Matter cannot come into existence from nothing. Right now the universe is expanding at increasing speed; but if you wind back the universe, you will see that everything goes back to that one, tiny, singular point, which is called the Big Bang. However, maybe that bang was not a bang at all but the echo of God’s spoken Word (Genesis 1:1).
Who Created Life?
Obviously, God created man after His own image, as it says in Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” The fact that Adam and Eve were given names and referred to by God as personal pronouns (their personhood) leaves no room for a deistic view of God with a hands-off policy to let millions of years do what He did instantly in creation. God created Adam and Eve as mature adults. Because Adam was placed there to tend the garden, he was mature enough to name every creature he saw. However, it was God Who created life; so God precedes the existence of life itself. Therefore, God was there before the creation of matter and the creation of life. Adam and Eve didn’t take millions of years to evolve into human beings. They were just as mature as the Garden of Eden because there was ripe fruit already available. Of course, they disobeyed and took from the wrong tree; and eternal life was lost, as was the fellowship with God. Sin had now separated man from God. The conclusion is that God precedes both the creation and the creatures. For His created creatures to ask Him, “Who created You?” seems ridiculous. It’s like a clay vessel arguing with the potter.
Cause and Effect
The psalmist writes about one of the effects of the universe: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2). What this means is that when you just go out someplace, you can easily see the stars at night and look up and ask, “How can there not be a God?!” There are natural revelations of God everywhere in His creation, not just in the stars but also in His creatures. Christians know in their hearts that God exists; and if someone denies that, they are only suppressing this knowledge of God (Romans 1:18), as “his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). The universe could not have come into existence out of nothing unless there was some great cause behind it. Can you name one thing that exists that did not have a cause for its coming into existence? The argument that it was by chance still doesn’t answer the question of where matter came from. Something or Someone had to come before matter. Otherwise, matter would not even exist today (and neither would we).
Who Created God?
The question of “who created God” or “who made God” is not a difficult question to answer. Dr. Edgar Andrews, emeritus professor of the University of London, addressed the question in one of his best-selling apologetics books, “Who Made God?” In this book, Dr. Andrews’ response to a “man-made God” was to ask them, “If we made God, who made us?” (page 17). He also asked, “If evolution made us, who made evolution” (page 18)? In other words, if you are asked who made God, you can ask them who made the universe. There is one false religion in particular that believes they will eventually become gods. They have a digression of gods that go back in time, to which I would ask which was the first god and what caused him to come into existence. As you can see, you are left with an infinite regression. So the next time someone asks you who created God, what they are really asking is, “Who created the uncreated one?” (page 26), which is a highly illogical question.
I hope you don’t take the intent of this article to be fodder for a debate with atheists or agnostics. For one thing, we are no better than they are. Not one bit! At one point we were dead in our sins and doing just what unbelievers do (Ephesians 2:1-2). God chose us–that’s all. There isn’t anything special about us. It’s God’s love that motivated His choice (Ephesians 1). My point is, we should not enter into fierce debates and argue over what we believe with what others don’t believe. We should simply present our evidence and listen to what they say and do so “with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15) and in a dignified and polite manner, as Dr. Andrews did with the famed atheist Dr. Richard Dawkins. I would much rather lose a debate and see someone saved than win a debate and lose a soul. We can’t debate anyone into heaven. We can only share the Gospel, present what we know is true, pray for their salvation, and leave everything else up to God.
Dr. Edgar Andrews. Who Made God? EP Books, Darlington, England. Copyright, 2009. ISBN-13 (9780852347072).