WHERE DID GOD COME FROM?

5th September 2012 by Bill Davis
A Christian friend presented me with a very fair but deep question: “Where did God come from?” It kind of gives you an eerie feeling to try and figure how something can always have been here. I would like to thank “Got Questions?” for their incite and help with this.
A common argument from atheists and skeptics is that if all things were created, then God must also have been created. This is the basis for the question: “Who made God, where did God come from?” Everyone knows that something does not come from nothing. So, if God is a “something,” then He must have come from something… right?
The question is tricky because it sneaks in the false assumption that God came from somewhere and then asks where that might be. Let me ask you, what does the color of the sky smell like? What does blue smell like? Blue is not in the category of things that have a smell, so the question itself is flawed. In the same way, God is not in the category of things that are created or caused. God is uncaused and uncreated—He simply exists.
Our finite minds find it hard to comprehend that before the universe was created, God existed alone. We know from John 1:1 that Jesus also existed: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The preincarnate Christ was intimately united with the Father, so as to partake of His glory and to be appropriately called God. He has Himself explained it in John 17:5: “And now Father, glorify Me with Yourself with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” We also know that the Holy Spirit was present before we were created. Genesis 1:1 describes the Spirit“hovering over the face” of the dark and formless earth. So, before time even existed, God existed in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity existed in perfect harmony and flawlessness, having all they needed in one another. The existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. The Bible says that we must accept by faith the fact that God exists: Hebrews 11:6; “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”If God so desired, He could simply appear and prove to the whole world that He exists. But if He did that, there would be no need for faith. John 20:29; “Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
This does not mean, however, that there is no evidence of God’s existence. The Bible states, Psalm 19:1-4; “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Looking at the stars, understanding the vastness of the universe, observing the wonders of nature, seeing the beauty of a sunset—all of these things point to a Creator God. If these were not enough, there is also evidence of God in our own hearts. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us, “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.”Deep within us is the recognition that there is something beyond this life and someone beyond this world. We can deny this knowledge intellectually, but God’s presence in us and all around us is still obvious. Despite this, the Bible warns that some will still deny God’s existence: Psalm 14:1; “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.” Since the vast majority of people throughout history, in all cultures, in all civilizations, and on all continents believe in the existence of some kind of God, there must be something or someone causing this belief. Everyone has a sense of right and wrong. Murder, lying, stealing, and immorality are almost universally rejected. Where did this sense of right and wrong come from if not from a holy God?
Despite all of this, the Bible tells us that people will reject the clear and undeniable knowledge of God and believe a lie instead. Romans 1:25 declares, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” The Bible also proclaims that people are without excuse for not believing in God: Romans 1:20; “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
People claim to reject God’s existence because it is “not scientific” or “because there is no proof.” The true reason is that once they admit that there is a God, they also must realize that they are responsible to God and in need of forgiveness from Him. If you believe God exists, then you are accountable to Him for your actions. If God does not exist, then you can do whatever you want without having to worry about God judging you. That is why many of those who deny the existence of God cling strongly to the theory of naturalistic evolution—it gives them an alternative to believing in a Creator God. God exists and ultimately everyone knows that He exists. The very fact that some attempt so aggressively to disprove His existence is in fact an argument for His existence.
How do we know God exists? As Christians, we know God exists because we speak to Him every day. We may not audibly hear Him speaking to us, but we sense His presence, we feel His leading, we know His love, we desire His grace. Things have occurred in our lives that have no possible explanation other than God. God has so miraculously saved us and changed our lives that we cannot help but acknowledge and praise His existence. None of these arguments can persuade anyone who refuses to acknowledge what is already obvious; in the end, God’s existence must be accepted by faith.               
Hebrews 11:6; “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Faith in God is not a blind leap into the dark; it is a safe step into a well-lit room where the vast majority of people are already standing.
Bill Davis     <”)))><

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