The ORIGIN of an Eternal GOD with No Beginning
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There are two kinds of Christians who will be reading my essays about The Origin of an Eternal God with No Beginning: the Christian seekers and the Christian skeptics. And I have a different introductory message for each group.
You Christian seekers already believe that our God is eternal with no beginning. You simply wonder,
"How could an eternal God with no beginning
ever come into existence in the first place
and still be eternal with no beginning?"
Well, I can give all you seekers an answer to that question. It may not be the right answer, but I guarantee that you will never have heard this answer before. Plus, I have searched all over the Internet, and as far as I can tell, my answer is actually the only answer to this question that even exists. My answer also has a scientific basis, a Biblical basis and a logical basis, but even with that recommendation, my answer may still be wrong.
But before you Christian seekers read any further, I must warn you. According to orthodox Church tradition, merely asking if God had a beginning shows a lack of faith that God is eternal, whereas actually teaching that "an eternal God might still have had a beginning" is heresy itself. So, if you are really concerned about the disapproval of others or the general disapproval of the Church, then stop reading now.
On the other hand, if you Christian seekers are still curious enough to read further, I will encourage you not to worry about what other Christians think about this issue or what the Church thinks is a heresy. Remember, the Church has been wrong about heresies before. After all, centuries ago, the Church mistakenly thought it was heresy
to teach that the earth revolved around the sun,
to teach that the Pope could ever be wrong,
to teach that any of the traditional Catholic doctrines
could be wrong, or
to teach that the Spanish Inquisition was wrong.
Now to address you Christian skeptics. Most likely you have come to my website only to prove to yourself that it is impossible for anyone to ever explain "how an eternal God with no beginning could have come into existence in the first place and still be eternal with no beginning." After all, if something has a beginning, then it cannot be eternal, right? Well, it turns out that there is one (and only one) exception to that rule.
But before you Christian skeptics read my essays, since you already believe God created everything, you must also believe that God created time. But can you provide a formal logical proof that God specifically created time itself? I'll bet you cannot.
Many of you skeptics mistakenly believe that time itself is not a real "thing", but that time is merely a perception, intuition or conceptual framework that we humans use to understand the duration and passage of events. However, science has proved that time itself can be slowed down by extreme gravity. This means that time is indeed an actual "thing" that can be influenced by the laws of physics, and not simply a mere perception of the mind. After all, if time were merely a perception of the mind and not a real "thing", then extreme gravity could never slow down time, because time would not truly exist in the real world for gravity to "grab hold of" (so to speak). So you skeptics who believe that God never had to create time in the first place because time is not a real thing are simply mistaken.
But in order for you skeptics to understand my essays, you must first recognize that even an all-powerful God could never have created the "thing" that is time, for the same reason that an all-powerful God could never have created himself.
You see, it is a logical impossibility for God to have created time in the first place, because creating time from within a timeless realm requires time to exist (during the creating) and not exist (at that very same moment) in order for time to still need to be created. In other words, if time did not yet exist, in order for God to create time in the first place, a first moment in time must already exist during which God recognizes his need to create time; a second moment in time must already exist during which God designs a plan to create time; and a third moment in time must already exist during which God implements his plan to create time, and all this must occur precisely during a period when time itself does not yet exist. And this unsolvable paradox doesn't disappear simply by claiming God is "outside of time", or God "transcends time", because creating time will always require time to exist and not exist at the very same moment, thereby violating the Law of Non-Contradiction. For that same reason, even an all-powerful God could never have created himself, for that would require God himself to exist (to do the creating) and not exist at the very same moment (in order for that non-existing God to still need to be created). This second scenario also violates the Law of Non-Contradiction. So if God was ever outside of time in a place where time itself did not yet exist, then God would literally never have time to create time in the first place in order to have the time later on to do anything else. And you cannot get around this argument simply by saying, "God is all powerful and so God can do anything", otherwise, using that logic, God should be able to create himself without requiring God to exist and not exist at the very same moment. So for you Christian skeptics, you need to accept the idea that there are actually a few things that even our all-powerful, eternal God could never have done: create himself, create time, separate the Trinity from each other, and do something that the other members of the Trinity don't want to have done.
That being said, let's move on the the essays.