I was recently discussing the topic of creation and evolution with an employee at a local retail store. The lady told me that her husband was an atheist and that they did not attend church. My reasoning for divine creation was based on how that which exists cannot come from nothing. In technical terms, this is called the teleological argument. Simply put, anything with design demands a designer. Probably the most well-known “teleological” defense came from William Paley in his 1802 publication of Natural Theology or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity. Paley based his argument around the “watchmaker analogy.” The argument states that if one was to stumble upon a random watch on a place like a beach, that it would be assumed that the watch was designed by somebody, given that an item with such specific detail could not come about by chance. Using the same analogy, one should also assume that the universe was also deliberately designed by an intelligent designer.
After having presented this evidence to the retail employee, her response was that her husband would still say, “Well, who made God?” This is a good question, which would be difficult to reconcile, if it were true that God was a contingent being. A contingent being is anyone or anything that is dependent upon someone or something else for its existence. One example of this is how children are contingent (dependent) upon their parents for their survival and delivery into the world. What makes God unique is that His existence is not dependent upon anything. He has and always will be in existence. In speaking of our Lord’s eternal nature, Moses once wrote that “Before the mountains were born and You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2). So, “Who made God?” The answer to that is no one, He is the eternal God. Therefore, because He is everlasting He was able to give the amazing design of all that we see around us every day. Without such a designer there can be no design.
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