Religion roundtable: “If God caused everything, then who or what caused God?”
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God transcends the laws of this universe

God is eternal with no beginning and beyond the principle of cause and effect of this universe. He is the one who created this universe and its principles and dimensions. This can be explained religiously and scientifically.

Religiously speaking, scriptures make it clear that God is different from the rest of the universe in his attributes and characteristics. Holy Quran gives us a lot of characteristics of God of which 99 are more popular.

Quran clearly says “there is nothing whatever like unto Him” (42:11), “visions comprehend Him not, but He comprehends all visions. He is the Subtle, the Aware” (6:103), “He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth” (6:101), and “He is the only One and Eternally Besought” (112:1-2).

Scientifically speaking there are four dimensions in this universe. The first three are length, width and height, and the fourth is time and space, which results in action and reaction or cause and consequence. We are prisoners of these dimensions. We see everything as cause and consequence in time. But time is a product of this universe and did not exist before this universe. If nothing ever moved in this universe there would be no time.

Modern physics confirms that there are many more dimensions that we cannot perceive. God transcends all these dimensions. The human mind can’t comprehend this universe so far. How can it conceive its designer and creator?

Muhammad Haq, Anniston Islamic Center

The creator of all things cannot be created

What sound does the color yellow make? What does a b-flat taste like? These are the kinds of questions that have no answer because they are asking the wrong thing. To ask who or what came before God is also asking the wrong thing, at least when it comes to the Abrahamic faiths and other monotheistic religions. It assumes that God exists simply by the creative power of someone or something else.

If there was someone or something that caused God, then that being/thing must be greater than God simply because it possessed the power to create God. So, logically, we would have to recognize that being as God and then ask the question again, who or what caused God (i.e. the being/thing that caused what we previously recognized as God)? It is the sort of question that spirals out of control as one refuses to acknowledge that God was, is and always will be, that God’s existence is not caused, for God is the one who causes existence.

Perhaps a word from the Apostle Paul would fit well here, for as he spoke to an eclectic gathering at the Areopagus in Athens he spoke the words of an ancient poet in speaking about the existence of God: “In him we live and move and have our being.” God causes existence; therefore, to ask what causes God is to ask the wrong question.

Chris Thomas, First Baptist Church of Williams,Jacksonville
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