The skeptic asks, “If God created the universe, then who created God?”
God, by definition, is uncreated, so the question, “Who created God?” is illogical. A better question would be, “If the universe needs a cause, then why doesn’t God need a cause? And if God doesn’t need a cause, why should the universe need one?”
Everything which has a beginning has a cause. If the universe had a beginning; then the universe has a cause. God, however had no beginning, so he does not need a cause.
Einstein’s general relativity shows that time is linked to matter and space. Since God, by definition, is the creator of the whole universe, he must also be the creator of time and thus is independent and outside of time. He is not limited by the time dimension he created, so he has no beginning.
It is like explaining the difference between a finite number and infinity. If you quote any whole finite number you will theoretically be able to count backwards to zero one number at a time (if you live long enough). If you start with infinity , then you cannot count back to zero one number at a time. There would never be enough time to count back to zero. Infinity by its very nature has no beginning. If you can count back to zero then you have counted a finite number set.
We understand infinity and thus we should understand that God has no beginning and no end and if you don’t believe that this is possible, then your pre-requisite of such proof will mean that you will never be able to see the infinite God. In other words, if you require results from a finite experiment using finite objects and instruments to prove God, then your prerequisite of limiting your findings to finite experiments means that you will only ever see finite results, and thus you will never prove the existence of the eternal God.
Is it theoretically possible that the cause of all things finite is perhaps infinite? If the universe is big, then is the cause even bigger. If the universe is old, then is the cause older. If the universe is beyond comprehension, then perhaps the cause is even more so. What about life? If the universe contains life, then shouldn’t the cause have that very attribute too, after all it produced it in the universe.
Whatever we observe in our existence, the cause must have the original qualities, possibilities, or potential of that which it put in motion. The Atheist closes his eyes to this. He says that there is no cause or that if there was a cause, then it was certainly non-living/non-intelligent even though we see these attributes in the universe. His bias ruthlessly eliminates the first of only three possible explanations as to the cause of existence.
- God caused/created the universe.
- Something (non-living) caused the universe.
- Nothing caused the universe.
A person who cannot get passed the idea that God created all things and that God himself was not created, is a person who aptly demonstrates his lack of understanding of infinity. It is not hard to grasp the fact that the earliest thing has to be eternal because if that is not the case, then the universe or the earliest thing was preceded by nothing. And everything or anything coming from nothing is impossible because if nothing can actually do something, then it is by definition not nothing, rather something.
To read more about the possible causes of the Universe see this writing: Faitheism →