Bible Q & A
My granddaughter is eight years old and
she wants to know “Where did God come
from?” I would appreciate your giving me
We are used to
living in a limited world. Everything around us has
limitations—beginnings and endings. We are aware of
infants being born. We are aware of grandparents
dying. We observe animals, plants and insects
beginning life. We see their lives come to an end.
We speak of the birth and the death of
civilizations, of storms, volcanoes and comets.
accustomed to seeing things get old. Clothing
and furniture wear out. Automobiles fall
apart. Buildings deteriorate. Our bodies
become wrinkled and slow.
To mortal man
everything has a beginning, a period of
usefulness and an end. We mark this progression
of events on our clocks and calendars. To us,
only what is measurable by hours, days and years
seems to have real significance.
So when we hear
that God is eternal, that He always has been and
always will be, our minds balk. The words tend
to be meaningless because we have nothing
familiar to relate them to.
And that is
just the problem: we are trying to relate what
cannot be related in physical terms. We are
trying to apply the limitations of the physical
existence we know to the unlimited spiritual
plane on which God lives. The two cannot be
Our minds can
encompass an hour, a century, a millennium, but
they cannot grasp eternity. They are not big
enough to fully comprehend spiritual existence.
We can’t even fully comprehend the physical
illustration, let’s consider for a moment what
God has created. Astronomers estimate that
100,000 million galaxies each with 100,000
million stars dot the universe. And who knows
how many planets and moons? God says He counts
and names them all (Ps. 147:4).
Now if we allow
God one full second by our reckoning of time to
count and name each star in the heavens, do you
know how long it would take Him to name them
all? Working nonstop, by our clocks and
calendars, it would take more than 300,000
billion years just to count and name them. How
long must it have taken Him to design and create
all those stars?
To us these
figures are inconceivable. But not to God. God
is eternal. One of His names in Hebrew is
“Everliving One.” The Creator is not bound by
the laws of space and time as we are. While men
are able to theorize about time warps and the
relation of energy to the speed of light, God
masters it all. To Him, according to His
wishes, “one day…is as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day” (II Pet. 3:8).
eternity” (Isa. 57:15). That is to say He
comfortably dwells in what we might think of as
beginningless and endless time. Genesis 1:1 and
John 1:1 show that at whatever point in the past
we wish to consider as the beginning—no matter
how far back we try to stretch our finite
minds—God already existed. “In the beginning
Where did God
come from? He didn’t “come from” anywhere. He
was always there!