Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Who Made God?

The most common context in which the old who made God question comes in is after a detractor of the faith concedes that the universe has not always existed but, had a beginning! So picking up the conversation from there the Christian will point out that the universe could not have just popped into existence uncaused out of absolute nothingness! It is cause and effect (science 101), the universe (effect) must have a cause (God) that brought about it's existence. God (caused) the universe (effect) to exist, cause and effect! In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. It is science 101 meets Genesis 1:1. 

In typical fashion and swagger the detractor will then parrot the infamous "Ok then who made God?"

By just asking the question who made God, the detractor has revealed that they don't really understand what they are asking, for if they had, they never would have honestly asked the question to begin with. We must illuminate and reiterate the point previously made, for this is where the conversation will be most fruitful. So tell them that by definition your question is malformed. Ask them if they understand why? Then help them!

The question itself is a category mistake. God by definition has always existed! More to the point, God is not an effect that requires a cause! No, He has always existed, uncaused! Break it down some more and show why the question is a category mistake by unveiling what they ask -if they intend to properly represent God- is what caused that which is uncaused? Have more examples ready: Who made that which was never-made/always-existed? It is equivalent to asking: What is the name of the married bachelor? It is a category mistake. Bachelors are single (non-married) men and God is the Infinite uncaused Cause. God by definition has always existed.

Posted By: Chad Williams "Street Apologetics"