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Who Created God?

Who created God?  That is the top objection to the Cosmological Argument.*  The argument:

If the world had to have  a cause and we call that cause God, then what caused God?

This is a fair question.  Many inquisitive minds have asked it.  Let’s deal with it.

First, there has to be an uncaused first cause.  Lets for the sake of argument say something created God. The next question is: who created that?  And who created that?  This would continue for an infinite amount of “creators.” The problem is if there were an infinite amount of creators, then we would not be here. (Remember the argument about the boy who was told he could have a candy bar in an infinitive amount of time, when does he receive it, the answer never.  If we are told we would be here after an infinite amount of creators, then when would we be here. The answer never).*  This means that in order for us to exist there had to be a First Cause. An infinite progression of causes is unreasonable.  Something had to have started the process.  Aristotle called it the prime mover.   Christians call it God.

Second, the cosmological argument states if something has a beginning, then it has to be caused.  By definition God has no beginning.  Therefore God is not caused.  As part of the cosmological argument we provided mathematic and scientific evidence as to why the universe was not eternal (and there is more evidence that had not been).  Someone must do the same to show why God is not eternal!

Now that we have reasonable answered the critics objection, the question is what does this teach us about God.  First, it teaches us about God’s power. The scientific law of cause and effect states:  a cause has to be sufficient enough to have prompted the effect.  Therefore, the cause of the universe (God) has to be powerful enough to create the Universe.  Thus we learn of God’s power.  Now does the Cosmological Argument clearly teach the God of the Bible, no, but next week we will look at another reasonable explanation for God’s existence, which will help us better see the God who revealed Himself in nature.

Use the comments to add any more answers to the question or if you need more clarification.

*Go here for more information on cosmological argument

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  1. truthfully, I am really having problems with this question on a really personal level. I read the article, but you dident answer the question just gave an excuse on why that question cannot be answered.
    My thought, and main reason why i am having problems with this is that if we assume that we do not need to explain god then cant we just back it up and say we cannot explain the universe because of the infinite example you gave and it would keep on going because of the cause and effect?
    Im sorry if i seem a little assertive, its just a question thats been bothering me

  2. Wesley

    April 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Not sure if I understand your question. My point is an actual infinitive cannot exists. Therefore you cannot have an infinite number of causes.

    Think of this example (I used it in a post on here). If I told you you could have a candy bar in an infinity, would you ever received it? The answer is clearly no. So if we would come into existence an infinite amount of time from our past then would we ever be here. The answer is no. And since we are here, then we cannot have an actual infinitive, thus there has to be a first cause.

  3. yes of course i agree, there would be an infinite number of questions and we would probably not be able to answer them all. But my question was that, cant we use that same logic to say that since we don’t have an answer to how the universe was created and we don’t need one,
    Pretty much say that, the infinite number of questions example apply the the creation of the universe and lower the probability from the possibility of a god
    Thank you in advance, for the help

  4. oh wait nvm now i understand what your saying, but now another question has popped up in my head, sorry lol, but i would appreciate the help
    if the infinite question example you gave would not apply to god, then wouldn’t that break the cause and effect rule that many people use to explain god, since god cannot have a cause?

  5. Wesley

    April 6, 2011 at 10:34 am

    No one argues that God is an effect of any cause. Philosophically speaking in order for us to get to our point in history we need a First Cause or Prime Mover. This Prime Mover cannot be made up of the material world, because the material world is governed by cause and affect. Therefore he must be spiritual and therefore not governed by the physical laws of our universe.

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