Seems like a logical question to ask on the surface, it’s a question that many people ask, whether they are from an atheist background or a religious background. It’s a question that we should all discuss in an open discussion, without being vulnerable to ridicule or ousted in anyway. I’m sure that it is a question that is even asked by religious people, even if they are afraid to air it publicly, they silently ponder this question. But to understand this question better, we must first look more closely at our definition of God.
If you are an atheist, then your definition of God would be based on the assumption, following the evolutionary theory that life was not created by the divine, but occurred naturally as part of the evolutionary process. I have written a previous article which essentially defines the evolutionary theory as a materialistic religion. However for an atheist; the theory of evolution is pinnacle to their argument of the creation of God or even no God at all. This is based on the assumption that the evolutionary theory is correct, and if so; then God must have gone through a similar evolutionary process to come into existence.
If however we take the following definition of God:
We can see from this definition that the question of who created God is nonsensical, because God has always existed and that he is uncreated. In the majority of cases this is the accepted definition of God, and one that we will be using throughout the course of this article.
The existence of God based on the assumptions underlying the definition, means that it is impossible for God to have been created, because God is the first cause that created all other causes. This follows the “cause and effect” process. For everything that has an effect there must have been a cause, except for the first cause which existed eternally. If we substitute God as the first cause and assume he was created; then the logic of “cause and effect” would be infinite, and infinite “cause and effect” requires infinite displacement of time. If this was the case then we would not be in existence due to the infinite sequence of events taking an infinite amount of time.
Since we do exist then the “cause and effect” must have had a first cause as a trigger and that first cause is an uncaused, which translates to the assumption that god wasn’t created in accordance with our definition of God. Since the sequences of events must have had a beginning, which in the case of the beginning of the universe was the big bang. The creation of the universe we live in was as a result of the big bang which was created by God. If the sequence of events were infinite, then we wouldn’t have a beginning or an end, since the existence of life in the continuum of infinity is non existence.
Another approach to this question would be to look at the characteristics that defines the attributes of God. The attributes that define God, does not allow for the possibility that God was created. Since one of the attributes of God, is that he is infinite and eternal, for this to be true then God could not have been created. If God was created then he is not God, because he doesn’t have the attributes of God.
God in his nature is uncreated, just like a man cannot have a child, because it is not in a man’s nature to have children. It is however in the nature of a woman to have children. To say that a man can bear children is meaningless, because based on the characteristics and attributes that defines a man, makes it impossible for him to have children as it is impossible for God to have been created.
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