Who Made God? (Questions Kids Ask)

QuestionOne thing I have learned, both as a Dad and as a volunteer in Children’s Ministry, is that kids ask some of the deepest and most profound theological questions.  In the answers, they are not looking for a demonstration of your profound knowledge but a clear, concise and satisfying response to their inquiry.  The purpose of this series of blog posts titled “Questions Kids Ask” is to answer some of the questions I have received both from my own kids and from the kids I work with at church.  Although I always try to answer every question in as scripturally grounded a manner as possible, I do not always have the appropriate verse ready at my fingertips.  One of the things I hope to accomplish with these posts is to ensure that the answer I did give is scripturally sound by inserting verse references where appropriate.

I decided to start this series with a question kids, and most adults, usually ask at some point either in investigating Christianity or in their walk with God.  I know it was one of the questions I had when I was investigating Christianity.  That question is:

Who Made God?

This question was posed to me recently by a fifteen year old boy struggling with his faith.  He lives in a Christian home and has been exposed to Christian thinking for years.  This is the one thing that he is really still struggling with.  The way he posed the question was, “if everything is created, who created God?”

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The Wrath of God

On July 8, 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached his most famous sermon ever at Enfield, Connecticut.  That sermon was based on Deuteronomy 32:35:

“Their foot shall slide in due time.”

In a day and age when one wells known preacher refuses to talk about hell because he doesn’t want to offend people, Edwards’ sermon seems particularly relevant.  As you read the sermon, replete with wonderfully written prose and the conviction of the Word of God, you can feel Edwards’ love for the people he was preaching to.  You sense that he is, with a great deal of urgency, pleading with his audience to embrace Jesus Christ as savior.  Perhaps we need more sermons like this in our day and age when so many people:

“…will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” [2 Timothy 4:3]

I will not post the entire text of the sermon here (I have included a link to it at the bottom of this post), but I will provide an outline along with some of the more memorable quotes from the sermon beginning with Edwards’ introduction:

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In the Beginning…God!

Michelangelo's Finger of God

Michelangelo's Finger of God

In the beginning…God.  The first four words of the Bible sum up the rest of divine revelation.  In the beginning, God created.  In the end, God recreates.  In the middle, God redeems and God saves.  The Bible is a book about God.  It is a book about how he created man who rebelled against him, and how God in his infinite grace and mercy sent his son to redeem and justify man so that they may be reconciled to him.

Much has been written about Genesis 1:1, and I have included excerpts from some better know commentaries below.  In these first ten words of our English Bibles are many of the foundations of the Christian faith.  Take note of the following:

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Who Is God?

Some words about God from Psalm 18:

God is:

  • My God (v. 2, 6, 21, 28)
  • My Strength (v. 1)
  • My Rock (v. 2, 31, 46)
  • My Fortress (v. 2)
  • My Deliverer (v. 2)
  • My Shield (v. 2)
  • The Horn of My Salvation (v. 2)
  • My Stronghold (v. 2)
  • Worthy to be praised (v.  3)
  • The Most High (v. 13)
  • My Support (v. 18)
  • A shield for all those who take refuge in him (v. 30)
  • The God of My Salvation (v. 46)

God does:

  • Saves us (v. 3)
  • Hears us (v. 6)
  • Takes us (v. 16)
  • Draws us out of many waters (v. 16)
  • Rescues us from enemies and those who hate us (v. 17, 19, 48)
  • Supports us (v. 18, 35)
  • Deals with us according to our righteousness (v. 20)
  • Rewards with us according to our righteousness (v. 24)
  • Shows himself merciful with the merciful (v. 25)
  • Shows himself blameless with the blameless (v. 25)
  • Shows himself pure with the purified (v. 26)
  • Makes himself seem tortuous with the crooked (v. 26)
  • Saves a humble people (v. 27)
  • Brings down haughty eyes (v. 27)
  • Lights our lamp (v. 28)
  • Lights our darkness (v. 28)
  • Enables us to engage in battle (v. 29)
  • Equips us with strength (v. 32)
  • Makes our way blameless (v. 32)
  • Makes us secure (v. 33)
  • Trains us (v. 34)
  • Gives us the shield of salvation (v. 35)
  • Keeps us from slipping (v. 36)
  • Equips us with strength (v. 39)
  • Defeats our enemies (v. 39, 40)
  • Delivers us (v. 43, 48)
  • Lives (v. 46)
  • Exacts vengeance (v. 47)
  • Brings salvation (v. 50)
  • Shows steadfast love (v. 50)

Our God is an awesome God worthy of our praise!

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Isaiah 52:6 – Here I Am!

The English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible renders Isaiah 52:6 as follows:

Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.

However, it was while I was reading the New English Translation (NET) of the Bible and keeping track of the different ways that God is referred to that this verse really jumped off the page at me.  That translation renders it:

For this reason my people will know my name, for this reason they will know at that time that I am the one who says, ‘Here I am.’

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is similar,

Therefore My people will know My name;
therefore [they will know] on that day
that I am He who says:
Here I am.”

What an awesome statement from God, “I am the one who says, ‘Here I am.'”  The verse is presented in the Old Testament in the context of God’s redemption of Israel (his chosen people).  But at a very fundamental level, it speaks to the relational aspect of God.  Here is the God who created us, spoke the world into existence and holds the universe together, and he says “Here I Am.”  God does not require that we search for him or reach some higher plateau before we can find him.  He is right there the whole time whispering to us, “Here I Am.”  He provides us the proof of his existence that we need, and he calls out to us, “Here I am!”

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What Does God Hate?

Originally posted July 28, 2008 on Facebook

So, I was reading Proverbs the other day, and I came accross Proverbs 6:16-19. It says

16 There are six things that the LORD hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.

These aren’t things that just bother God – he HATES them! How hard should we try to avoid those things God hates?

  1. Haughty eyes – Resolve to avoid the pride that convinces us that we can run our own lives and don’t need the living God to guide our lives.
  2. A Lying Tongue – From little white lies that seem perfectly harmless to the big coverup, God calls us to transparency.
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood – It is easy for us to proclaim “I’ve never murdered anyone.” But, is it any different if we allow other innocent people to die so that we can live a lavish lifestyle. God help us!
  4. A Heart that Devises Wicked Plan – We should love and pray for those who persecute us. Instead we spend our time planning for or wishing for their demise. When we focus on devising wicked plans if keeps us away from the heart of God.
  5. Feet That Make Haste to Run to Evil – How drawn is our fallen flesh to things which God hates? We must resist the call of the flesh and focus on the things of God. We will stumble, but we must allow God to pick us back up a keep us from falling.
  6. A False Witness Who Breathes Out Lies – We dealt with dishonesty earlier, and it is interesting that God includes it twice. I think this encompasses falsehoods told about other people either in the form of gossip or malicious speech. Why is it that when people are successful in our eyes, we want to tear them down rather than rejoice with them!
  7. One Who Sows Discord Amoung Brothers – Speaking of gossip! God hates the one who does not start a fight with someone, but rather pits two people against one another then sits back and enjoys the carnage. God give us the courage to be peace makers rather than people who cause strife!
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