Who Made God?

The question of who made God is common among lay philosphers, but it shows ignorance in who God actually is.

The question of who made God is common among lay philosphers, but it shows ignorance in who God actually is.
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In spite of the continual answers to this question, many atheistic thinkers still present it as if it has never been countered. Richard Dawkins wrote a chapter about it in his book, The God Delusion. The answer to the ‘problem’ is a simple one: God is eternal; therefore, He does not need a creator. How do we know that the Biblical God is eternal? Since He created time (and everything else) God must be eternal — by definition.

Now what about the universe? If the universe (defined as containing everything in existence) is eternal, atheists wouldn’t have to explain where it came from. Unfortunately for them, this does not stand up to some of the most fundamental laws in the universe: the laws of Thermodynamics. The First law of Thermodynamics (henceforth: the 1st law) shows us that the total amount of energy and matter in the universe is always the same.

In other words, energy or matter cannot be created or destroyed. The Second law of Thermodynamics (henceforth: the 2nd law) shows us how energy is continually becoming unusable. Note that the energy still exists but only in unusable form.

Is the universe eternal?

Is the universe eternal?
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So, the 1st law tells us that we cannot add new energy to the universe, and the 2nd law shows us that this energy is constantly becoming unusable. Therefore, if the universe were infinitely old all energy would have become unusable by now. Yet this is not the case! Radioactive atoms still decay, and the universe is not uniformly cold. A logical form of argumentation (denying the consequent) can be constructed to demonstrate our position:

  1. If the universe were eternal, all energy would be unusable.
  2. Not all energy is unusable.
  3. Therefore, the universe is not eternal.

But couldn’t this argument also be advanced against God? In short, no. God created everything which means He cannot be subject to His creation (unless He put himself in such a position, but this goes against God’s written Word: the Bible). Therefore, God cannot be subject to the laws of Thermodynamics — meaning they cannot be used against Him.

Why the Universe Points to God, the Kalam Cosmological Argument
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