Tough Questions Kids Ask
September 2006: Who Made God?
To answer this question, turn to the Bible. Psalm 90:2 declares, "Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God," suggesting that God has no beginning and no end. Revelation 1:8 reinforces this concept, stating, "1 am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.'" God was not created, but has simply always existed. The name Yahweh, used in the Old Testament to refer to God, is a form of the verb "to be," substantiating the idea that God is and will always be. Furthermore, God often refers to Himself in the Bible as "I am," as in Exodus 3:14 — "God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM,'" confirming that He has always existed.
If your child prefers a hands-on explanation over an academic argument, try a different approach to this question, perhaps using a set of nesting dolls. Taking out the smallest one, pretend the doll created a small world to play with, represented by a globe. Ask, "If this doll made the world who could have created this doll? Only a doll bigger and stronger than this one could have made her." Take outt the next biggest doll, suggesting, "Perhaps this doll made the first one." Repeat the scenario, asking who could have created the second doll, and then pulling out the third, hinting, "This one might have made her. She's bigger."
Continue with the questions until the last and largest doll is in view, again asking who could have made her. When your child responds that only a bigger and stronger doll could have created her, reply that this doll is the largest one. There is no other doll that could have made this one. Explain that the same idea applies to God. Since he is the greatest and the most powerful in the universe, no one could have created him. He is the ruler over everything and the creator of everything.
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