Friday, April 25, 2008
Where did God come from?
A commenter to one of my blog postings inspired me to address this question. And as I am so apt to do, I begin my answer with a series of questions:
Why does everything have to have a beginning? Why does everything have to have a cause? Why does everything have to be finite?
If we assume everything DOES have a cause, then we might assume God did have a beginning.
Lets say for the sake of argument that He was begat from another God. Where did THAT God come from and where is that God now? Did that God die?
Or lets say that God was produced by a cosmic process. Where did that process come from? Did it come from another process or another God? You can see that we can't escape the infinite.
Even if we try to say that in the beginning was nothing, we are establishing a belief in an eternal nothing that had no cause....
No matter how you answer the question, you end up with either an eternal God or an eternal process. When we are left with the eternal, we are left with something that has no cause.
Everything that we have ever observed or experienced in this world has a beginning. The computer that I am using to submit this post, the Internet and blog site that hosts it, the language that I am attempting to use to communicate with, the clothes that I am wearing, the trees in my front yard, my front yard, the earth itself.... EVERYTHING that we see in this world has a beginning.
But should we therefore assume that EVERYTHING that exists in the universe has a beginning? Is it illogical to believe that something could be eternal and NOT have a beginning?
Imagine you're a fish that has never seen land, nor any land-dweller. Based upon the world that you are experiencing, you could easily assume that the entire world is aquatic, and you'd be wrong.
Logic tells us that the eternal exists. The only question is whether or not that infinity is in the form of a process or a person....
Remember a persistent theme of this blog: "Continue to ask "Why?" until you are forced to ask "Who?"."
When God reveals Himself for the first time to Moses, Moses asks him His name. God simply responds, "I am that I am", literally translated as "I-shall-be that I-shall-be."
So back to the original question, "Where did God come from?" He didn't come.... He IS and always shall be..."