Not too long ago a gentleman asked me if God created us or did we somehow create the idea of a god for our own benefit? Now this is a man who has heard the gospel as he occasionally attends church with his family but he asked a great question. Did God create us or have human beings used their imagination in order to give an explanation for their well wishes?
Whatever your belief is, it must correspond to reality. Meaning, your belief must be rational and it must be able to provide evidence that explains life’s biggest questions. Too many people are suggesting unreasonable ‘what if’ questions regarding the belief in God. Some are even throwing away concrete historical or scientific facts in order to disprove God.
Let’s look at this question before we rush to judgment on anything. And I want to be sure to mention that this a merely a tickler of a response to a question that I could write books on. I’m not adding every possibility in this post but I hope that you do some of your own research as you search for truth.
In the Beginning
In order to prove that God created us we must first look at how the world began. The first verse of the bible is Genesis 1:1:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Here we see that God prompted the creation of all things which is not a surprise because we know that in order for things to happen another greater thing must make it happen. Life cannot generate itself if there is nothing to create from. R.C. Sproul says the following about the beginning of life:
“If there ever was a time when absolutely nothing existed, all there could possibly be now is nothing. Even that statement is problematic because there can never be nothing; if nothing ever was, then it would be something and not nothing.”
People suggest several “what if” questions regarding the origin of life. And at times people are throwing away concrete historical and scientific facts in order to disprove the existence of God. Scientists have concluded that the most reasonable explanation for how life began is The Big Bang theory. While it may explain how we can retrace certain things like the expansion rate in order to calculate the beginning of time it does not provide evidence for what started the beginning. For instance, what created the big bang?
To that end, there are four primary arguments for the existence of God we must look at when we are asking this question. Such as, what started the beginning and how we know God started it all. They are as follows: the Kalam Cosmological argument, the Design argument (which is also called the Telelogical argument), the Ontological argument, and the Moral Law argument.
The Kalam Cosmological Argument
The Kalam Cosmological argument states that something had to cause life to form, there has to be a first cause. An example of this would be the Big Bang Theory as mentioned above.
Genesis 1:2 (NIV) says,
“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
There was nothing before the Lord formed it so it’s reasonable to infer that life cannot be created from nothing. In J. Warner Wallace’s book, God’s Crime Scene he states, “The Standard Cosmological Model accepted by physicists today is grounded on the foundational premise that our universe came into being from something beyond the space, time, matter, and energy of our universe.”
In essence, the one who is in charge of creating us and everything you see around you has to possess the following characteristics. He must be:
That is the only reasonable explanation for anyone that would could have created the big bang.
Secondly, there is the Design or the Telelogical argument. Up to this point we have the cosmological argument, which postulates that there had to be a first cause. Further, knowing that there is evidence that there was a first cause we can also state that this first cause was created by an intelligent designer because of how purposefully everything was created. This argument states that there is an order to how creation is situated. Within design beauty, order, frequency, and probability is seen throughout creation. Creation appears to have been fine-tuned. Further, it is also evident that an intelligent designer must have created all we see and experience today. Our universe gives us valid physical evidence that it has been fine-tuned. It’s a creation that cannot be slowed down or sped up by human intervention.
This also would explain the divine creation of the universe. Our universe gives us valid physical evidence that it has been finely tuned. It’s a creation that cannot be slowed down or sped up by human intervention. It’s out of our control and cannot just be the product of random chance. So it’s easy to see how humans do not possess the kind of power needed to be God.
If God created us it would also explain the complexity of our minds. Since we are made in God’s image it only makes sense that another, far more intelligent mind created us.
Thirdly, there is the Ontological argument, which says that the greatest being imaginable is God since there is not a greater thing that can be possible or imagined. If we are to imagine anything greater than God it is actually impossible because God is the greatest. In order to realize that the previous arguments are true it rests on the Ontological argument being accurate. An example of this would be if you were to imagine a value greater than infinity, which is impossible because it is a fact that there is nothing greater than infinity.
Think about it, is there another being out there greater that you could imagine?
Last is the Moral Law argument. It states that there is a law that God has revealed to each one of us. Paul Copan says it this way, “Moral values exist whether or not a person or culture believes them (“objective”)”. One of my favorite examples of moral law is how C.S. Lewis describes it, albeit a different name, in his book Mere Christianity. He calls it the law of human nature. It is the expectation that humans know what good behavior is and how they know what bad behavior is. These are the rules of what is right and wrong. Even people who haven’t heard about Jesus Christ still know that murder is wrong. People of all different beliefs know that it is a good thing to help others. God has given us this knowledge of what is right and wrong.
If God Created Us
If God created us it would explain the creation of life as outlined in Genesis how the Lord made the heavens and the earth. This would also explain how life has purpose and how we as individuals have a purpose.
If We Created God
My first question to the person who thinks that we created the idea of God would be for them to explain their reasoning why they can think their assumptions are correct the first place. How is it possible for them to ascertain reason, logic, and truth? And what kind of reasoning takes into account the fact that as humans we also possess creative minds. If we have creative minds and if we created God then we should be able to create far greater things than an idea of a creator.
What would be the purpose of creating God? To promote or instill laws and a greater good?! How would we know the difference between good and bad if we are the ones doing the creating? There would obviously be the reality of a false hope and people don’t intentionally believe in something they know to be false.
In order to actually believe that we created this false portrayal that there is a God there would have to be another explanation for life. This explanation would have to include why our universe appears to be perfectly fine tuned. A world like ours doesn’t just happen by chance alone. In regards to animals and other life forms on the earth something that would of had to create it such as what happened with the Cambrian Explosion.
If we have falsely created a theory that there really is one true God then we should have created one that involved no pain, no heartache, and no struggle. Instead when we look at the evidence that we currently have we see a loving and personal God. One that created everything we see around us and asks us into a deeper relationship with him, That is not being convenient, that is being rational and reasonable with the evidence that HE has given us!