Who Created God?

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The New York Times researched the top religion questions people ask Google, and “Who Created God?”turned up at the top of the list. Amazingly, variations of that question actually had more than double the amount of searches for: “Why does God allow suffering?”

This matters simply because people Google search this question. Think about that. Of all of the questions people long to know, given the anonymity and freedom of Google, they choose to type “Who Created God?” into the search bar. So lets look at the Christian answer to that question, and then why that answer is so important and relevant to people today.

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So: who created God?

The Apostles and Nicene Creeds both start with God creating the heavens and the earth, presuming God’s pre-existence.

The later Athanasian Creed directly addresses this question, and it’s answer is neither philosophical nor complicated: “The Father uncreated; the Son uncreated; and the Holy Ghost uncreated.”

It goes on to state “The Father eternal; the Son eternal; and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite.”

In a Nutshell

God has always existed. But God has also always existed as is. This means that the Trinity, the Godhead of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit has always existed as three persons in one God. The world was created from the uncreated. Our finite existence was started by an infinity. We were thought of before we were even conceived.

Why does this matter?

It matters for several reasons. First, God has, for all eternity, been a trinity of relationship. That’s why John wrote that “God is Love.”

The world was created from within the loving, eternal relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In other words, it didn’t originate from loneliness, but from community and relationship.

Second, God is uncreated. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are uncreated. When Jesus became a man, to live among us, he came to us as the God from eternity. While his human life had a beginning, his divine life did not. He was able to bridge the gap between our mortal, finite life and God’s eternal existence.

Third, we can know that God is the ultimate, or infinite being. There is not another overlord or master being behind the God that we know is Love. Love is the very center, ground, and purpose of creation. There is no shadow lurking behind it.

Fourth, people seek consistency in the philosophical part of our minds. If God is a created being, or had a beginning, what does that mean for us? How far back does this thing go? We seek to harmonize when we find dissonance. The Christian belief in the Trinity does just that. It doesn’t answer every question, but it does bring a harmony into the foundation of our understanding of the created order.

Often in ministry we answer questions people aren’t asking. Sometimes we have to do that, because we’ve found questions that should have been asked! But often we ignore the questions people really want to find an answer for.

So: You are not alone. You weren’t created by a lesser god or a created being. You were created by the eternal God, out of the love of the Father, the Word, and the Spirit. God loves you. God is love and always has been. Jesus Christ is God, who came into our time zone to bring eternity to us, since we have become lost and need salvation. He calls this eternal life. Believe in him! Trust him and receive his eternal life.

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April 7, 2016

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