Who Made God?
June 19, 2008
Tonight I said prayers with my six year old daughter and she asked an age appropriate question, “God created everything, but who created God?” I thought it was cute, because she wasn’t Richard Dawkins. A six year old girl should be asking these questions not a sixty year old man.
I told her that only things that need a beginning have to have a maker. God didn’t have a beginning, so he didn’t need a maker. She replied, “But who made God?” which is pretty much how Dawkins responds.
I thought we’d go about this another way, I suggested that God had a father, so who made him? My daughter squinted and thought really hard, “The stars made God’s father?” That actually sounded a lot like Dawkins too so it was getting a little scary. If she started saying that the Christian church was the greatest form of evil in the history of the Earth I’d start looking under her bed for my copy of The God Delusion.
I told her that these were good questions and the God probably liked her to think about such things. She will either make a fine Christian or a robust atheist, either of which I would welcome over somebody who just didn’t care enough to believe either way.
My favorite thing to think about is God. I don’t like to create my own image of Him in my mind, because I’m skeptical above all else what kind of God I would create. I learned this great way to address God from C.S. Lewis; “not as I think You are but as You know Yourself to be.” There are a lot of things about God I find hard to understand, these aspects of God are actually the easiest to believe exactly because I wouldn’t create that kind of God, so they pass the self-delusion test.