Apologeet.nlWho Made God?
Silly Christian! Tell me.
The famous Kalam cosmological argument says this:
- Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
- The universe began to exist.
- Therefore, the universe has a cause.
Then you Christians say that the cause must be God. So, tell me: Who made God?
Here we go!
You’re right. If we only take the first three premises it does not follow that we can assume God.
However, this argument knows three more premises based on the conclusion of the first three:
- Following the third premise, the universe has a cause.
- If the universe has a cause, then an uncaused, personal Creator of the universe exists who without the universe is beginningless, changeless, immaterial, timeless, spaceless and enormously powerful.
- Therefore, an uncaused, personal Creator of the universe exists, who without the universe is beginningless, changeless, immaterial, timeless, spaceless and infinitely powerful.
Why is this the case? Simple because everything we know, matter, time, space, has an absolute beginning. Before that there could not be anything simular to matter, space and time. This means that the cause MUST be outside matter, space and time.
If the cause has no time (because that was not created yet) it must be timeless. Timeless has no beginning and no end.
The cause made everything and therefore must be more powerful than that which it created, which seems to imply that it must be boundlessly or infinitely powerful.
Lastly, why should something which has these properties create something like the universe unless it wanted it to do so. If it wanted to do so it is not an ‘it’ but a personal entity.
All in all, these properties sounds suspiciously much like the God of the Bible.
So, who made God?
Why do we think we can comprehend this being? Do you expect a cat or a hamster to order your stuff on the internet? Train them to login on your favourite web shop and let them order a new flat-screen. This is not going to happen, is it? It is not that the internet cannot be understood. No it is simple because the internet is way beyond your cat’s or hamster’s understanding. The same way we, as humans, cannot fully understand God. We can not test Him in a test tube and say: “this is God”.
Humans always had the desire to explain God. To reduce Him to our own terms. And although some attempts can help us to appreciate Him more, we need to be careful not to become idolatrous by making or reducing God into our image.
Would God be God if we could fully understand Him?
Paul says this in 1 Timothy 6: 15b-16
God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no-one has seen or can see. To him be honour and might for ever. Amen.