I’ve had a lot of theological questions circulating through my brain lately. I’ve heard people criticize “theology” before and say that it is bad because religion is bad, and all that is good is a relationship with God. I agree and disagree. I agree that some people rely only on religion and that a relationship with God is necessary for salvation. However; isn’t theology necessary for a healthy relationship with God? We grow in Christ by asking questions and learning about our creator, the same way we might grow closer to our spouse by learning more about them every day.
Anyway, as I have had all of these questions floating around in my brain, I thought I would share my insightful answers here. I find myself wondering how it is that God could possibly be so perfect. What are the odds that we didn’t just get stuck with an evil creator rather than a good one, anyway? Then there is the question that if something had to create the universe, who created the creator? These are silly questions, but it’s funny how they can spring doubt into someone’s mind.
Here are my insights on these topics:
One thing we have to acknowledge when speaking about the Bible is this: Either we have to accept it as truth, or disregard it as the best lie ever told. There are 2 things that set the Bible apart from every other religious book in the world.
- It is the ONLY religious book that teaches the concept of salvation by grace rather than salvation through works or human merit.
- It is the ONLY religious book which contains proven fulfilled prophecies.
(read more about the authenticity of the Bible in a previous blog I’ve written here)
I’ve heard people ask the question of who created God in both a genuine and mocking way. We have to acknowledge that if there is a painting, there is a painter. If there is ANYTHING, SOMETHING created or caused it. Even people who believe in evolution or the big bang theory, or whatever theory you can think of, have to acknowledge the issue of where and how did it all initially begin? What CAUSED the bang? Who caused the evolution? Some people think we were started here by aliens… Where did they come from? So we start over again by asking, “Who created God”? Since an effect demands a cause and a cause demands effect, we could go through these questions all day and come back to the same place we started.
You turn things upside down,
as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
“You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
“You know nothing”?
One thing we know is that any creation cannot be greater than its creator, which means that all of the universe must have a creator which is even greater than that. The Hubble telescope has identified over fifty billion galaxies, each with over two hundred million stars, and yet according to the Bible God knows them all by name:
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
We also know there was no time before God created anything (Genesis 1:1). Time is marked by a sequence of events, and since there were no earthly or human events before God created the world, there was no time in eternity past. Yet before man, before earth, before existence, there was God:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
So here is my insightful thought for today: Perhaps it is not so complicated or unusual that God is perfect, or that He has always existed with no beginning or end. The two go hand in hand. Something would have to be great and with absolute perfection, or all of our existence would not be possible. Perhaps we have to accept the fact that we would not be here if something beyond our understanding did not already exist. Besides, isn’t that what makes God so great?
I’ve also heard it asked, “How can God exist without a creater, yet humans and earth cannot exist without a creator?” Here is why: In order for something to exist without a creator, it would have to exist with no beginning or end. All things earthly are faulty with an end, therefore we know it had a beginning and was created by something ultimately greater than itself.
Added Conclusion (10/20/2012):
After hearing some feedback from my family it has been pointed out to me that perhaps I did not answer the actual question of “where did God come from?” quite clear enough. So let me restate my answer a little better:
At some point when asking the question of where things came from we have to acknowledge that SOMETHING just always existed. Whether it be the particals that caused the big bang or a god/gods that created the universe. HOWEVER, because we know that something cannot be greater than it’s creater we know that whatever brought the universe into existence had to be of a bigger and greater quality than the universe itself.
Therefore, if God were not almighty, perfect, and infinite in nature all of the universe and our own existence would not be possible.
So when asking the question: “What are the odds that God would not be flawed?” He would have to not be flawed, or else a universe that was created with such procision as our own would not exist!