God Creating the World

The Eternal God

Posted in May 26, 2019 by

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The Bible is the only holy book that unambiguously states that God existed before the beginning of time, and that time itself even has a beginning.

Before God created “the heavens and the earth”, and that God is capable of doing things even before the dimension of time was created.  The Bible along describes God as acting independently of the physical world and its 10 space-time dimensions for he is not subject to length, width, height, and time for he is the one who brought them into existence.

Scripture also defines God in ways that defy explanation in terms of our four space-time dimensions such as God as a being who is both singular and pleural (Trinity), and the simultaneity of human free will and divine predestination.

Hebrews 11:3 indicates God made the Universe from what we cannot possibly detect.  Scripture also explicitly informs us that God existed before time,

This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time./ (2 Timothy 1:9)

…in the hope of eternal life, which God who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time. (Titus 1:2)

These verses indicate time had a beginning and that God was doing things before the beginning of time,

…you love me before the creations of the world. (John 17:24)

For he chose us in him before the creations of the world. (Ephesians 1:4)

He was chosen before the creation of the world. (1 Peter 1:20)

The Greek word “kosmos” can refer to a part of the earth, the whole earth, or the entire Universe.  Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament defines “kosmos” (Strong word 2889) as,

Kosmos is first a harmonious arrangement or order, then by extension, adornment or decoration, and came to denote the world, or the universe, as that which is divinely arranged.

Scripture also explicitly states there is nothing that exists that was not created by God,

Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:3)

For in him, all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him, all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17)

Who Created God?

A question often asked of Christians is that if God created everything, then who created God?  The question only makes sense for objects that are part of the physical reality of the universe.

We live in four known dimensions including time, but time can only go in one direction and never backward.  The proof of a creation event lies in the mathematical observation that time must have had a beginning or there would be no way to get to our present time.  If we think of time as a physical distance, if the distance (time) started an infinite distance (time) away from us, then there would be no way to get to our present location for you would have to have traveled an infinite distance.

The need for an absolute beginning applies to the entire cosmos and everything in it.

But God is not physically contained within the Universe because it is something he made; just as you are not physically part of a house you build.  God can see the whole “house” of creation from outside of that creation in at least four dimensions.  He can see creation in the familiar three physical dimensions, but through the entirety of time all at once.  This would help explain the Scripture in Isaiah 10 that God operates by,

Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.

String theory posits there are at least ten dimensions, the multiple other dimensions are not accessible to us in our mortal existence.  Our physical bodies are constructed in such a way to be limited to the four dimensions of height, width, depth, and time.  However, Christian physicists such as Hugh Ross posit that God may be able to travel through the other multiple dimensions not accessible to us.  This might be how Christ could walk through physical doors and appear within the closed Upper Room in Scripture.

We can only imagine what exists in those extra-dimensions and how they exist in relation to our own world.

Summary

Modern physics strongly suggests the Universe must have had a beginning in time.  In fact, this is established as a near certainty by the BGV theorem which states that any universe (or set of universes as with a Multiverse) that on average expands must have had an absolute beginning or singularity.

The simple notion that since time only goes in one direction, it would be impossible for us to get to this “time” if we were traveling along an infinite time-line from the past.

Scripture (the Bible) is quite clear that the Universe had a beginning in time, and that God created the Universe before the existence of time.

It is rare that philosophy, religion, and science all seem to agree on a particular topic helping to affirm each other.  Of course, these conclusions are not held universally and in fact are flat out contradicted by many atheist scientists who seem desperate to be looking for a loophole – a way out of the conclusion that seems obvious to many, that all there is was created by a transcendent Creator.

This Creator seems to have gone through a lot of trouble to create the Universe – and us.

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