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How did God come into being?


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Let's try answering this difficult question from a different perspective.

Since none of us were around when things got started on this earth, or when God came into being, we're stuck to our imagination-unless God told us how He came into existence.

Surprise, He did! It's all in the Bible. The very first verse of the Bible tells us, "In the beginning God created the heavens and theearth" (Genesis 1:1). God was there and was actively creating our planet at its start. So we can deduce that God existed before He created Earth.

John, a guy who wrote several books in the Bible, provides us with some helpful insights on the beginning of God. Notice these passages:

" 'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty' " (Revelation 1:8).

"We write you now about what has always existed, which we have heard, we have seen with our own eyes, we have looked at, and we have touched with our hands. We write to you about the Word that gives life" (1 John 1:1, NCV).1

"Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is-nothing exists that he didn't make. Eternal life is in him, and this life gives light to all mankind. His life is the light that shines through thedarkness-and the darkness can never extinguish it" (John 1:1-5, TLB).

Your question is a good one, a question that we all wonder at times, but it seems to always extend beyond our understanding. Because everything we know of has a beginning and an end, we have difficulty imaging something without either a beginning or an end.

Try thinking of the future. Let's say that Jesus returns and takes you to heaven, and you've been there for a million years. Make that a billion years. No, make it a billion billion billion years. Then what? I get dizzy thinking about it.

The same thing happens when you go back in time. Go back to the beginning of our world. Then go back to the beginning of our universe. What existed before that? No matter how far you go back, eventually you get to nothing. But what existed before that? The word 'God' comes to mind as does the word 'inconceivable.'

We can't fully fathom God, including His beginning. Oh, we get a clue every once in a while, and when we do, it usually results in our worshipping Him (read all of Revelation 4). But as far as understanding God's beginning, it's clearly 'beyond us.' Now, after Jesus returns, and we're in heaven and understanding eternity a bit better, we might then get more of aninkling about God's origin. But our limited understanding of time puts it beyond our understanding right now.

When Jesus was on earth He claimed to be God. That infuriated the religious leaders who considered Him to be blaspheming. One time Jesus announced that He existed before the forefather of the Israelites-before Abraham. The religious leaders scoffed and said, 'You aren't even 50 years old, so how did you exist way back then? (more than 1,000 years earlier). Jesusreplied, 'Before Abraham was born, I am!' (see John 8:56-59). The New Living Translation presents it this way, "'The truth is, I existed before Abraham was even born!' At that point they picked up stones to kill Him" (verses 58, 59, NLT).3

The title 'I am' is based on the name God shared with Moses when He commissioned him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (see Exodus 3:14).For God, everything is in the present tense. For us, there is past, present, and future. No wonder it's beyond our comprehension to figure out everything about God!

So here's a paradox: God is beyond our comprehension. Yet we certainly know enough about God to worship, obey, rejoice, and accept Hisprovision of salvation. But there are some things we don't understand. And that's OK. After all, He is God, and we aren't.

According to Deuteronomy 29:29, "There are some things the Lord our God has kept secret, but there are some things he has let us know.These things belong to us and our children forever so that we will do everything in these teachings" (NCV).

1Scriptures credited to NCV are quoted from The Holy Bible, New Century Version, copyright 1987, 1988, 1991 by Word Publishing, Dallas, Texas 75039. Used by permission.

2Verses marked TLB are taken from The Living Bible, copyright 1971 by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Ill. Used by permission.

3Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.



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