Where did God come from?
Let’s reverse engineer the question. Try to imagine nothing exists. There is no sun, no moon, no stars, and no galaxies. There are no elements such as carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen or oxygen. There are no such things as time, space, matter or energy. There is no universe, no God, nothing! Socrates defined it this way,
Nothing is what rocks dream about.
If There Ever Was A Time When Nothing Existed, Then Nothing Would Exist Now; Therefore, Something Must Be Eternal!
I love how the late Dr. Walter Martin used to say it,
If anything now exists, either something is eternal or no one plus nothing equals everything.
There is one thing that scientists, theologians, and philosophers agree on and it’s this—You have only two choices: Either God is eternal and uncreated, or matter is eternal and uncreated—there is no third option.
Einstein Meets Moses
It was 1910 when Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was first published. His mathematical equation (math being a perfect science) provided a basis for proof that the universe and time itself had a beginning. Einstein’s formula revealed that time, space, and matter (which is energy) had a beginning. Interestingly, his theory (which has never been dis-proven) fit the biblical model perfectly. The very first verse in the Bible says:
“In the beginning (that’s time), God created (that’s energy), the heavens (that’s space), and the earth (that’s matter)!
Since Einstein’s theory (which has been proven accurate to within five decimal points) shows that time, space, and matter had a beginning, then our only other option is staring us in the face: God is eternal and uncreated!
Therefore, as Norman Geisler states it, “Asking the question, where did God come from? is a nonsensical question. It contains the false assumption that God was created or had a beginning and then asks: how is that possible? It’s like asking, where did the bachelor get his wife? Or, what does blue sound like? Bachelors by definition do not have wives, and sight is not in the category of sound.”
In the same sense, God is not in the category of created things. The question itself is fatally flawed. Asking the wrong question does not generally produce the right answer. A better question, to begin with, is, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” As for the question of cause and effect, that only applies to things that have a beginning.
Using Their Words Against Them
Prominent evolutionist George Wald, biochemist and Nobel Laureate from Harvard University said,
“When it comes to the origin of life, we have only two possibilities as to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility…Spontaneous generation was scientifically disproved one hundred years ago by Louis Pasteur, Spellanzani, Reddy and others. That leads us scientifically to only one possible conclusion—that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God…I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible, spontaneous generation arising to evolution.”
How Impossible Is It?
“Fred Hoyle and his colleague Chandra Wickramasinghe (both world-famous physicists), calculated the odds that all the functional proteins necessary for life to originate by chance. They came up with a figure of one chance in 10 40,000 ).”2 It is believed that the number of atoms in the known universe is 10 80. That is 10 with 80 zeros after it!
“According to the mathematical science of probability, if a number has more than 50 zeros after it, the odds of that happening by chance is virtually impossible. Hoyle has adopted the theory that life must have come from other planets. That is circular reasoning.”
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“Since the universe reveals time, space and matter, the first cause must be outside of time, space and matter. We can thus conclude that the first cause is timeless and eternal. We can also conclude that the first cause is immaterial since it or He transcends space.”
“To have created the universe, in all of its incredible vastness, out of nothing, the First Cause must be omnipotent. To have created the universe with such precision, and intricate design, perfect for the existence of human life on earth, the First Cause must be omniscient.”
“To have made an unending series of design choices requires that the First Cause be personal, for an inanimate, impersonal thing cannot make choices. God’s personality is also evidenced in the fact that He created personal human beings. And, each of us knows instinctively, that it is morally wrong to murder, to steal, to lie, and to have another man’s wife. The universal moral law is written on every man’s heart. This is also known as conscience. Absolute moral truth is absolute proof of a universal moral law giver.”
All these characteristics are consistent with what the Bible reveals about God. It takes far more faith to believe that no one plus nothing, equals everything than it does to believe in an intelligent designer!
Just as mathematics is a perfect science, so is the moral law of God. Moral truth is as timeless and true for every one of every age as the mathematical equation 2 + 2 = 4.
Incredibly, the moral relativist says, “It’s wrong for you to impose your morals on me.” That statement is in itself a perfect contradiction. Aren’t they imposing their morals on us by saying that? How about when you hear them say, “There is no such thing as right or wrong.” We must ask, “Is that statement right or wrong?”
Another common claim of moral relativism goes like this, “All truth is a matter of one’s own opinion, just like I prefer vanilla over chocolate.” That is fine for food, but when you try to use that same rationale with morality, it completely breaks down. You can’t say, “That was a wonderful evening,” and in the same breath, speaking of Hitler’s murdering six million innocent people, say, “That was a wonderful holocaust. Let’s do it again soon!”
The relativist will argue, “Everybody can believe whatever they want!” Why then are they trying to get us to believe what they want?
The relativist claims that everyone should be free to do whatever he wants. Ask that same person how he feels if someone cuts in line in front of him, or, if he comes home to find his house has been burglarized and his family murdered! Not one of these people would maintain such a ridiculous position and say, “Oh well, who am I to impose my personal opinions on this man. His views on robbery, rape, and murder are just as valid as mine.”
The relativist claims, “No one knows what truth is.” Then he asks you to believe what he just said is true! That is utter nonsense. How can you make an argument against absolute truth unless your argument is absolutely true?
Consider the philosophy teachers who read books that say life has no meaning. Are these books meaningful? How about the professors who teach their students “Truth is whatever is true for you; there are no absolute standards of right and wrong.” Then they turn around and grade your papers (some of these nutty professors have so many degrees they don’t have any temperature left).
Would these same professors mind if their wives were “relatively” faithful? How about if their bank statements were “relatively” accurate?
If there is no God, then there is no moral law. If there is no God, then life is meaningless, and the world is an inexplicable riddle. If God created man then life has meaning and the history of the human race is satisfactorily explained.
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