So Who Created God?
When our daughter was just five years old, she told us about God and His creation. Needless to say, we were floored. I couldn’t have said it much better myself. Furthermore, we were completely blown away when she added, “So who created God?” I guess that’s what Jesus meant by out of the mouth of babes!
Of course, the answer to that question depends on just how you define God. If you define God based on the Bible, then you get an answer that you might not have otherwise expected. In the Bible, it’s made pretty clear that God created man. But, which God? Is it Yahweh, Jehovah, Elohim, El Shaddai or just plain El? Is it all of them or perhaps even none of them?
The biblical record
So, let’s start at the beginning (Genesis). In Genesis 1:26, it says “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness….’” There are several points here. First, God was obviously not alone! Second, he didn’t create man by himself! Furthermore, the beings that God was with had the same image and the same likeness as he did. But how could God have any image or likeness? Doesn’t it say in John 1:18 that no man has ever seen God? Then how could Adam and Eve have seen and talked to God? For that matter, how could Jacob have actually wrestled with God (Genesis 32:24-30)?
The same pattern of multiple gods reoccurs in Genesis 3:21 which says, “And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us….’” How’s that again? Man has become like God (one of us)? As shocking as it may sound, Jesus actually confirmed the point that men are gods (see John 10:34). It all comes back full circle in Psalm 82:1 which says, “God presides in the great assembly, he renders judgment among the gods.” So it’s critical to come to an accurate understanding of who the god(s) of the Bible really were.
The Bible says that Adam (first man) was created in approximately 3750 BC (which corresponds with the beginning of the Jewish Calendar some 5,700 years ago). Anthropology and archaeology, however, have convincingly proved that man’s roots go back much further, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of years. Obviously, the biblical chronology is suspect, to say the least. Beyond that, the Bible stories (the Old Testament, that is) covered a period of over 3,000 years and, during that period, it’s clear from archaeology and ancient scriptures that the Hebrews/Israelites worshipped many gods. Even the Bible tells us that after Adam and Eve mankind worshipped different gods and it also tells us that Abraham’s father worshipped other gods; after Abraham…ditto, and so on. Monotheism, itself, may actually have its roots in Egypt. Sigmund Freud, for example, traces the roots of monotheism to the Akhenaton cult religion of the god Aten (see Freud’s book “Moses and Monotheism”). According to some people’s reckoning, Akhenaten was pharaoh in Egypt during the time of Moses and thus the tie-in to monotheism.
Archaeology and the historical record
Many of the recent archaeological finds in the Holy Land show that the historical record disagrees with the Bible (e.g. see the BBC documentary “The Bible’s Buried Secrets”). Among the discoveries is that Yahweh was also a god among the pagan Canaanites. Yahweh, in fact, had a female consort – the goddess Asherah. How’s that for a twist on an old story. As for King Solomon and King David, they seem to be mostly missing from the archaeological record, as is Moses for that matter.
In Mesopotamia, ancient writings reveal that the ancients believed in a pantheon of gods (not unlike the Greeks who would come later). Pictures of these gods can be seen on their clay tablets and they are depicted as real flesh and blood human beings, albeit from a very advanced race. This, then, according to ancient records was the beginning of modern civilization as we know it.
The gods of Genesis
Voltaire once said that, “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” In this case, God may have existed but he was never present. So when an advanced race of beings took over on planet Earth, mankind was in awe of their capabilities. They truly were our creators, they just weren’t the Prime Creator. Even if they weren’t divine, they were no less than gods to the ancients. However, these gods of Genesis were not exactly angels (no pun intended). They tried to keep man from knowing the secrets of the universe ( see the Genesis stories about the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life). The gods were angry and very violent. In addition to the stories in the Bible where God slaughtered innocent women and children, ancient Indian Vedic texts talk about wars among the gods. Ancient Irish texts refer to them similarly. Over time, the remembrance of these gods in legends and folklore would be replaced by a desire to invent God – thus religion. That’s not to say that God doesn’t exist, just that the gods of Genesis were not truly God. Monotheism as we know it today is simply a myth – a way for mankind to relate to the Infinite which, as the Pascal Wager states, is infinitely incomprehensible.
None of this, of course, answers the question of who or what is God or my daughter’s question as to who created God. Perhaps, it was intended that we should never know. However, one has to ask the question as to why the general public has never been told the truth about the gods of Genesis. Our government knows, the Vatican knows and certain members of secret societies know – but not the masses. You see they, the masses, were created to till the garden (of Eden that is). So, why would you ever tell them? If you did, they might just wake up and realize that they were naked.