“Who made God?”
I get asked this question very often and was told only yesterday by another Christian they, too, hear this question often. Who made God?
During a recent school outreach this question came up again but it was being posed by a youth leader as an example of the tough kind of question teens ask. Perhaps this youth leader was surprised when I responded by saying it is a silly question. It is a nonsense question.
They looked baffled. Does the question baffle you?
It need not do so. You see, this is a nonsense question because God, by definition, is uncreated. God has no cause. God has no beginning. No one made God. This is not a faith issue. Rather, simple logic demands an uncaused God.
First, here is what the Bible says:
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…”
“From everlasting to everlasting You are God…”
Before anything else was created, God was there. In the beginning, before everything else, God was present. From all the way into the everlasting past to all the way into the everlasting future, God is God.
Now, on to the logic. There must be something which causes everything else but which is not caused. This something is God. More on this in a moment. Why must there be this Uncaused Cause? Logic demands the existence of just such a thing.
Imagine a long line of freight train storage cars (boxcars to the Americans, trucks to the Brits). This long line of cars might be really, really long. This line might be incredibly detailed and full of incredible variety. Yet this line is going nowhere without an engine to start it off. So the car in the front is being pushed by the car behind it. That car behind the first car is being pushed by the third car. The third car is being pushed by a fourth car. And so on and so on. Yet unless there is an engine at the beginning of the line which is pushing without needing to be pushed then the whole line is going nowhere.
So swap in “cause and effect” for the cars in the above illustration. The things we see now are ‘effects’ which have been caused by the things before them, which were caused by the things before them, which were caused by the things before them. Just like the train cars need an engine to start the whole line moving, so this whole universe full of ‘effects’ requires a cause to start the process. This cause must not have a cause or the process never begins.
In short, this cause must be eternally causing all other things to be.
There we have it – or God, to be more specific. Who made God? No one. God has been eternally causing all other things.