Over the years, I have lost count of how many times I have heard this question asked: if God created the universe, then who created God? The answer must come to the individual from within, but in this post, I would at least like to provide a little help for those still thinking about the matter.
Let’s first consider a hypothetical but direct answer to the question. Supposing a being from another dimension of existence outside our reality, who’s name is Xargon, created God. What would your next question be? Who created Xargon – right? Well, supposing that within a plane of vibration that is dimensionless and without form, a noble being called Zogonda created Xargon. What would your next question be? Who created Zogonda?
Now, of course, we could go on with you continually asking and me providing you with more and more names, but somewhere along the line, you would have to realise that, if you persist with such questioning, you are also stuck with the problem of infinite regression. The same basic idea has been expressed many times in many different ways. For example, the ‘turtles all the way down’ explanation in Stephen Hawkins’ A Brief History of Time.
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said:
“What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.”
The scientist gave a superior smile before replying,
“What is the tortoise standing on?”
“You’re very clever, young man, very clever”, said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”
So let’s now talk about why infinite regression is a problem. Firstly, the idea of infinity comes with its own unique set of problems, even conceptually. Secondly, the element of regression simply never leads you to any kind of answer at all. So if an answer is seriously what you are looking for, you must recognise that the infinite regression option simply does not provide one.
The alternative to infinite regression is that somewhere at the beginning of things something or someone must have existed that was not created – that someone is the concept we call God.
Now, of course, this is not any kind of proof for the existence of God, but it does at least provide us with some kind of an answer. The answer to the question of who created God is therefore no one; he existed at the beginning. It’s an answer you might not like, but at least it is an answer, the alternative is that you have to learn to live without one.