Who Created God?

What is the fundamental reality of the universe?  What is it that has always existed, and from which everything else came?  Did our universe just emerge, or did God create it?

If God created the universe, then who created God?

Jay Richards explains…

special feature video from “The Case for a Creator” DVD, Lee Strobel


It is absurd for the evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything. – G.K. Chesterton

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5 Responses to Who Created God?

  1. Where Did ‘God’ Come From?

    A newborn child, cold and hungry, cries out to the universe for food and warmth. He is gathered up in his mother’s arms, and is comforted, and fed.

    We don’t remember this experience, but it is one we’ve all shared. I believe it leaves us with a sense that we might implore a greater being to come to our aid in time of trouble, and that it is likely the seed of the idea of ‘God’.

    On a cold day, I walked out of the apartment ready to shiver. Stepping out of the shadow and into the sunlight, I felt a warmth and comfort, as if I were loved by the Sun. And I understood how easy it was for our ancestors to view the Sun as a god.

    In early history people worshipped multiple gods, prayed to them for favors and offered them gifts so that the rains would water their crops, and the river would not flood their homes. By coincidence, this sometimes appeared to work. Psychologists have since discovered that behavior that was intermittently rewarded was more difficult to extinguish than behavior that was consistently rewarded. And so superstition flourished.

    But then something new was added. Monotheism took the strong position that there was only one God.

    And not only was this the God to pray to and worship, but this God also expected you to follow rules. If you followed the commandments, you would prosper, if not in this life, then in the next.

    I remember the preachers from my youth, Oral Roberts and Norman Vincent Peale, teaching that God is a Good God, and that following Him brings both blessings and expectations. I remember the prayer at dinner, “God is Great, God is Good …”.

    God became a way to make being good and doing good both valuable and sacred. And that is why the idea is still useful today, even by those of us who use the term in a literary rather than a literal sense.

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  2. Doyle says:

    I apologize if my intentions with this post were not clear. To clarify, my questions were actually about the fundamental reality of the universe and not about man’s need for God, a god or about the history of mono and polytheism.

    In my opinion, atheism does not explain what this fundamental reality is. Again, what is the fundamental reality of our universe; what is it that caused matter and energy to begin to exist? From a materialistic perspective, what was it that originally caused nothing to become something?

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    • To answer Jay Richard’s point, we simply say that the material universe has always existed. The Big Bang did not pop out of nowhere. It popped out of a super massive black hole. The “hole” is not an empty spot, but rather all of the matter and energy that currently exists in the universe, but compressed into a relatively small space. At some point it accumulated one straw too many, and it burst, spreading matter and energy into our home universe that we view with telescopes, etc.

      And one of the things that also result from our universe are new “black holes” that slowly draw matter back into themselves, and perhaps will join at some point, sucking everything back in once more, to produce an eternal series of Big Bangs.

      So we may as easily presume that this big bang has and will repeat eternally. Uncreated. And that it’s nature is as it appears to be, without divine intervention.

      By the way, there is no reason to presume a singular event nor a singular bundle of matter. Infinity is a pretty big place. For all we know there are infinite Big Bangs going on all over the place. all the time. Perhaps there is an exchange of matter and energy at the outermost edges of several universes, spawning more unique Big Bangs in the future.

      And the existence of life appears to be one of the manifestations of our universe given enough time and the right circumstances.

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      • Doyle says:

        Your first point regarding the “Big Cycle” you describe is based on highly speculative quantum theory with no real empirical evidence, unless I’m unaware of new physical discoveries of dark matter and dark energy which heretofore have been purely theoretical. Also, since matter is accelerating away from the “Big Bang” (not contracting toward it), this accelerating expansion of our universe prohibits such a cyclical pattern.

        The multiple chance hypothesis of multiverse theory also has no empirical evidence supporting it, either. The belief that somehow in some dimension some “natural” mechanism is continually cranking out randomly configured concurrent and parallel universes and that we were lucky enough to be the iteration that cooked up the pea soup with just the right ingredients to ultimately produce the incredibly complex and well ordered life as we know it… to me, this is preposterous and doesn’t even come close to consideration.

        Materialist science see creationists as gullible since we believe in something that has “no physical evidence”. A double-standard if ever there was one, in my opinion.

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  3. I know nothing about quantum theory other than that it is a popular term that other people like to throw into a discussion, and perhaps that it is based upon probabilities and some statements that people mistakenly take too literally. As far as I know, the idea of parallel universes is still a matter of science fiction, and merely a tool that mathematicians use to deal with very complex equations.

    No. I’m simply talking about what science has said about our current Big Bang, that it was an explosion of whatever stuff exists when matter is squeezed by its own gravity into a smaller and smaller space until it hits a breaking point and explodes outward again.

    I’m saying that (a) if the Big Bang happened once, and we observe that black holes exist throughout our current universe (there’s one in the middle of the Milky Way) then it is reasonable to assume that it will happen again, and again, etc.

    And, (b) given infinity, it is also reasonable to assume that if you’ve seen one, there are likely to be more than one, given all that infinite distance.

    What we’ve seen with our own eyes is just a portion of our own visible universe. We’ve extrapolated from the movements of observable galaxies that there was at least one Big Bang.

    Whether there are more is mere speculation. But it is speculation starting with what we have observed.

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