I ended my last article on a rather strange note—a question that might have seemed rather absurd. I asked, who created God?
This question is startling and disturbing, because it creates a paradox. If God is created, then there must be a creator who created God, right? But then who created that creator? And on…and on…and on. If this goes on forever, then it must be absurd to assume there is a God, because it would need an infinite number of Gods, right?
The problem with this reasoning is it assumes a finite God—a God with boundaries. I would agree with this reasoning, because it’s talking about a God that I don’t believe in.
As Christians, we believe in a God who is all powerful, limitless, omniscient, and unbounded. We believe in a God who has no beginning and who will have no end. To ask whether that kind of a God is created is absurd—of course not, that’s not His nature! The God we believe in cannot be created, because He is the creator, and there is none higher than him.
We can ask about who created the universe, who created the earth, and who created us, because they have limits. However, note that if the universe was actually infinite, we couldn’t ask who created it, because it is infinite. If something has no bounds, it has no start, and if something has no start, then how can it be created?
But then we come to another way around God creating the universe. What if the universe created itself? Brilliant scientist and mathematician Stephen Hawking said, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing” (Hawking).
If this were true, then there would be no need for God! However, there’s a couple of problems with this statement.
The first problem. Professor John Lennox says, “Hawking’s argument appears to me even more illogical when he says the existence of gravity means the creation of the universe was inevitable. But how did gravity exist in the first place? Who put it there? And what was the creative force behind its birth?” (Lennox). In other words, gravity is NOT nothing! Gravity can’t create the universe out of nothing because gravity still needs to be created. So the question remains, who created gravity?
Secondly, this kind of a statement is a kind of circular reasoning. It’s like saying, because the universe needed to exist, it created itself, and it created itself because it needed to exist. There’s no real explanation that is offered by this statement, just more questions. For example, how would gravity manage to pull off the task of creation? How would gravity come into being? Why would the universe need to be created? In the end, this kind of a statement is rather absurd.
However, although we can say fairly conclusively that there is a creator, who Christians believe is God, there is another possibility—maybe God created the world, and then let the ball roll, letting evolution do its job. I’ll explore the workings of macro-evolution in the next few articles. Thanks for reading!
Hawking, Stephen, and Leonard Mlodinow. The Grand Design. London, United Kingdom, Transworld Publishers, 2015.
Lennox, P., 2020. PROFESSOR JOHN LENNOX: As A Scientist I’m Certain Stephen Hawking Is Wrong. You Can’t Explain The Universe Without God. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1308599/Stephen-Hawking-wrong-You-explain-universe-God.html. Accessed 16 October 2020.
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