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Where did God come from?

A reader wants to know, "How can God come from nothingness? .... Where did he come from? In my mind everything has to originate from somewhere."
God didn’t come from nothingness --- He is eternal (Genesis 21:33; Deuteronomy 33:27; 1 Timothy 1:17). He has always existed.

It’s hard for us to think of something that always existed since everything we know of has a beginning and an end. But is it any harder to imagine that God has always existed than it is to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead? Or to believe in heaven or hell? Or to think that the Buffalo Bills could someday have an undefeated season? If so, why would it be? There’s no reason why these things aren’t theoretically possible. In fact, it seems quite likely that something always had to exist or else everything we know of today ultimately came from nothing. That seems illogical.

Just about everyone believes something has always existed. Evolutionists believe it was matter of some kind. Christians (and other faiths), believe that it is a supreme being. If matter always existed, there is still the dilemma of explaining how non-life evolved into life, non-intelligence into intelligence, non-consciousness into consciousness, etc. If a supreme being has always existed, then it is

the explanation for everything else. That’s what the Scriptures claim in regard to God (Genesis 1:1ff, Exodus 20:11).

In the end, I think it comes down to choosing between speculation and revelation. As humans we can only speculate about such mysteries because we’re limited in our understanding and knowledge. Therefore, if we confine our thinking to just what we know as humans, then conjecture and speculation become the order of the day (think of all of the philosophers like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle).

If we take Scripture as a revelation from God (and there is strong evidence for doing so), then we no longer stand on human speculation but divine revelation. Since the Scripture speaks of things we can’t confirm by our limited human knowledge, we accept it by faith. And, faith many times goes against the partial, incomplete understanding we have as humans. Think of Noah building the ark, Abraham offering Isaac, Israel marching around Jericho, etc. From a human point of view (speculation), these things looked ridiculous. From a faith point of view (revelation), they made perfect sense. I think this is what Paul means when he says, We live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:10).

To be overwhelmed by things the Scripture tells us about God is a very natural reaction. God is infinite and our finite minds struggle to understand Him. You see this quite a bit in the Psalms (Psalm 8, for example). Remember, in the end our faith is based on what we know about God (that He is trustworthy), not all of the things we don’t have completely figured out.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
 and lean not on your own understanding,
        in all your ways acknowledge him,        
and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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