© 2016 Stan Hallett
In our natural world it is very difficult to imagine anything that did not have a beginning or an end. Everything we can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch had a beginning, a point of creation, and will have an ending.
With this in mind it would appear to be a natural question to ask; “When was God’s beginning?” Or perhaps “Who created God?” There is no natural way to answer this question. If God created the universe and everything in it, and man still cannot accept this true origin of matter, which he can see, how will man find the answer to the origin of the Creator, whom he cannot see?
We cannot use science to find the answer. If an idea is not testable, repeatable, observable, and falsifiable, it is not considered scientific. God or His supposed creation cannot be tested, and it is not repeatable. We cannot observe it and therefore it is not falsifiable, meaning that we cannot use science to prove that God, or anything pertaining to Him as being false.
To answer any questions pertaining to God there is only one reliable source that we have, which is the Bible. Apart from the Bible one would be left with only speculation, theory or philosophy. But why is the Bible a reliable source of the origin of God? How can we believe the Bible?
The Bible is a collection of historical writings and accounts, and is reliable because it was written by several eyewitnesses in full view of hundreds of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecy. No other historical document or books can make that claim, nor have that same verifiable credibility.
The Bible which is not one book, but rather a collection of 66 books which was written by 40 authors, most of whom never met each other, because these 66 books were written over a period of over 1500 years. These books were written in three continents, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and they were written in three languages, Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic.
The Bible in every accepted translation of the New Testament have been preserved in more manuscripts than any other ancient work, having over 5,800 complete or fragmented Greek manuscripts, 10,000 Latin manuscripts and 9,300 manuscripts in various other ancient languages including Syriac, Slavic, Gothic, Ethiopic, Coptic and Armenian.
In addition there are over 25,000 archeological digs related directly to the Bible that prove its authenticity. Yet there is no discrepancy in it anywhere. No other book or collection of books can make that claim, or even come close.
If we were to look to the scriptures as a source of the origin of God, where would we start? How about right at the beginning which is the book of “Genesis”, which means the beginning or origin. In fact the very first four words declare, “In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1).
This is not God’s beginning but man’s beginning. The Bible contains God’s words to man. God is letting us know that He was the beginning of all things. The following words of that opening sentence tell us that He (God) created the heaven and the earth. As such, His origin would predate the beginning of all matter that we see.
The difficult concept for us as mere mortals to wrap our heads around is that God always was and always will be. He is eternal and had no beginning and has no ending.
One of the questions that comes to my mind is; What was God doing with all that time before He created the heaven and the earth and created man? As though it’s all about us. God does not answer that question in His Word. We may not be able to comprehend it if He told us.
We do know from the Bible that the angels were in existence before He ever created the heaven and the earth as well as man. We also know that God is not a man, but is Spirit. The angels are also spirit beings that live and exist on a completely different plane or dimension than we do as mere mortals.
However the Bible says that “the fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalms 14:1).
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For 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. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:19-22).
The evidence of God and His creation is all around us. It is a work of complex perfection in all areas that we can observe. Take just the human body alone. All of God’s complex creation is perfect balance and symmetry. Yet an in his limited knowledge cannot create even the simplest of life forms. He can only manipulate that which God has already created.
If God is the creator, who created all things as the Bible declares. Then for arguments sake we then assume someone or something created God, then they would have only created God and stopped. This is because the Bible declares that God created everything. Then you would have to take it to the next level and ask, “Who then created the supreme being that created God?” and so on. We should soon begin to realize how foolish the question is.
No, the Bible declares that God alone is the Creator of all things. Further God declares, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Revelation 22:13). If He is first then no one is before Him, and if He is last, then there is no one after Him.
God declares in the book of Isaiah,“…before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me” (Isaiah 43:10).
If someone created God then they would be a greater God. Yet God declares,“Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any” (Isaiah 44:5-9).
Romans 1:24 doesn’t say that God is a creator, it says that He is the creator. There is only one. So the question really is,”Who created the sole creator who created all things?” The answer is obviously, no one.