Who Created God? – June 23, 2013 – Colossians 1: 15 – 29

I’m going to need you help answering the question: who created God?

Tell me about God. What are God’s characteristics? What does God do or not do? Who is God? If you met someone who had never heard of God, what might you tell him or her about God?

Here’s a little bit of philosophy. French philosopher Rene Descartes argued that if someone understands the meaning of the concept of God then one knows that God exists. This a priori knowledge is that if you can say what a god would be like or what a god might do, then you know God. German philosopher Immanuel Kant formulated an ontological argument for the existence of God. He said, God is the concept of a being that is reality. Existence is reality. Therefore, God exists. That’s 2 philosophers ways of saying if you can talk about God then God is real.

What are some things we wish God did differently? What would you like God to do or not do?

Sigmund Freud dealt “with the origins and nature of religious belief in several of his books and essays. Freud regards God as an illusion, based on the infantile need for a powerful father figure; religion, necessary to help us restrain violent impulses earlier in the development of civilization, can now be set aside in favor of reason and science.” Most atheists, some scientists and some psychiatrists believe that humans create God for their own benefit.

However, if we can agree that God does certain things or acts in certain ways then we know that we know the same God. We can agree that God is perfect and His ways are perfect. If we agree that we would like Him to do things differently, then we know that we did not create God. If we created God, we would have created a god that did things the way we wanted the god to act.

Isaiah 44 has something to say about creating gods.
The prophet Isaiah speaks to the Jewish people exiled to Babylon about idols. Some of them have been worshipping idols. If not now, some have worshipped idols in the past.

6 “This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

12 The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. 13 The carpenter measures with a line
and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in human form, human form in all its glory, that it may dwell in a shrine. …He prays to it and says, “Save me! You are my god!”
– We pray to a God that we did not create. We ask to be saved not by a piece of wood or a statue. We may not be able to see God or touch God. God is no longer with humanity if the flesh. God is now with us as Spirit. We pray to the One True Living God to be saved.

What did God create? What did God create all this from?

Acts 17: 16 – 28
Paul was preaching in Athens and was disturbed by the city being full of idols. He found them to be a very religious people but they recognize that they don’t know God. They don’t know God because they think they are worshipping a god who can’t be known. A group of philosophers began to debate with Paul. They said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?” 22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: … 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. … 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’
– God created the world and everything in it and is Lord of Heaven and Earth. We can’t build a dwelling place for God because God cannot be contained.

1) God exists.
2) We did not create God.
3) God created all things.
Therefore, God must have pre-existed all things.

There was no one or nothing to create God.

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