Where did God come from?

If God made everything, then who made God? Where did He come from?

The short answer to this, of course, is that no one made God. He has always existed. That answer, though, doesn’t help a lot of people. The question is usually raised in response to the argument that someone or something had to make the universe, and that someone must be God. It seems, though, that if we demand an explanation for the origin of the universe that we should also demand an explanation for the origin of God, and to say He always existed doesn’t seem fair. In that case, why not just say the universe has always existed?

In the first place, modern science doesn’t have an eternal universe. Ours had a true beginning. Some scientists who don’t like the implications of that are working hard to try and find a way around it, but until they do, we can’t say “the universe has always existed.”

But scientists have a bigger problem, because even if they find a scientific model that allows for an eternal universe, there are serious philosophical reasons for rejecting it. Nothing in this universe absolutely must exist. I don’t. You don’t. The sun, earth, moon, and stars don’t. That is evident in the fact that everything that exists didn’t at one point. That is why we demand an explanation for their origin. Since I don’t have to exist, but I do, where did I come from? Obviously, my parents. Since the earth doesn’t have to exist but does, where did it come from? Scientists have created an elaborate answer for that, along with everything else in the universe—including the universe itself. In other words, since the universe itself doesn’t have to exist, even if scientist were to create a scientific model that allowed for an eternal universe, we would still be left with the need to demand an explanation of its origin. It doesn’t have to be here, but it is. The old question that reflects this problem is, “Why is there something rather than nothing?”

But the same can’t be said about God. He is the kind of being that has His existence in Himself. His essence is existence. It makes about as much sense to speak of God’s non-existence as it does to speak of a married woman’s non-existent spouse.

The bottom line is that God is self-existent. The universe is not, and we know this by our daily experience. Some may object to this answer by saying we can’t define God into existence. If we could do that, then we could say that unicorns necessarily must exist, and therefore, they do. Yet clearly unicorns don’t exist, or at least, not in our experience. The criticism is fair, and we will deal with it in future studies. Whether or not any necessary being like God really does exist is a matter of debate and has no direct relevance to the question of God’s origin. What we can positively assert is that nothing in this universe necessarily exists, and therefore, the universe needs an explanation; if God exists, though, since His essence is existence itself, then it makes no sense to speak of His origin. He exists because it is His nature to exist, which means that nothing brought Him into existence. That would imply that He was given existence by something else, as you and I were given existence by our parents; but that would deny the definition of God we have accepted, since it would mean that He had to be given His existence when, by definition, He already has it.

So when someone asks where God came from, we can confidently say, “He didn’t come from anywhere. He just IS.”

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