Before the Beginning

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“But who made God?” the child asks after being told God made everything. The right answer is, of course, that no one made God, that He’s always existed. God is self-existent. That seems difficult not only for a child to accept but many adults too.

The idea of God always existing and having created everything seems, to some, to be a far fetched, made-up, fantasy explanation for everything being here. But those of us who believe in God find that to believe everything is here without God bringing it into being is even more far fetched and unbelievable.

The prevailing view of the origins of the cosmos is that it came into existence in what is called the Big Bang. The web site science.com states, “The universe as we know it started with an infinitely dense singularity, then inflated – first at unimaginable speed, and then at a more measurable rate – over the next 13.8 billion years to the cosmos that we know today.”

What caused the Big Bang to happen? Cosmologists and other scientists say they don’t know. One theory is that it’s a rebound from the collapse of a previous universe. Still another explanation is that there are multiple universes and ours popped into existence from these.

The questions for me and many others that keep coming up and beg for an answer are, “But what made the Big Bang happen?” Or “Where did these earlier universes or multiple universes come from?” One of the fundamental principles of science is that of cause and effect. Every effect has a cause. So what caused the existence of the matter and energy that makes up the universe in the first place? To say it has always existed, that it’s eternal, is one answer given, but for many of us this belief, and it is a belief, isn’t very intellectually satisfying. We want to know where it originally came from. How can something material always have existed?

How about being open to the idea that something outside the time/space continuum, something that is neither energy nor matter, created what exists? Then, too, the fact that all which exists looks well-designed would further indicate that this something is a Someone, who planned it, then created it.

Many scientists do believe in God, as did a great many of the first scientists. Science does not necessarily rule out God. In fact, the idea that there is no God is as much of a belief as the idea that there is a God. There may not be enough evidence to compel belief in God, but many believe there’s enough evidence to make belief in God compelling!

Clear thinking, smart people come down on both sides of the issue as to whether God exists. Could it be that what we believe is more of a heart issue than a head issue?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

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