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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.






01 October 2005

From Where Did God Come?


Q: Going through the Bible, I wonder, “Who created God?” On the first page it says, “In the beginning, God created.” But what happened before? Things do not just come to exist; is there someone else? Have you ever wondered this or is it just I?

A: Many people wonder this at some time or another. However, you finally must settle on one conclusion among three possibilities: Everything has been going on forever; everything came into being from absolute nothing; or else there is Someone behind everything — an uncreated Creator — who has always been.

TriquetraSince I believe in Jesus Christ and, through Him, in the God of the Bible, I believe that our God is the One who has always been. As Psalm 90:2 says of Him, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

Many times in Christian art, the circle represents the never-beginning, never-ending nature of God, as it is a shape with no particular beginning or ending point. Often, to represent God’s Triune nature (three Persons yet one God), a triangle, a trefoil, or a triquetra (pictured here) is used.

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version™, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.

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