Earlier today my housemate’s youngest son wanted to know who created God (he’s 8). I was quickly drafted in to provide a satisfactory answer as apparently the one given to him by his mother was not to his liking.
I thought about it for a moment and I came to the conclusion that there wasn’t going to be a right answer. We cannot, of course, know the answer to such a question. We may choose to infer from the Bible, but then what if even God is not aware of his maker?We are simply unable to do any more than speculate about such a question.
I love the analogy of Flatland. If you haven’t read Flatland then you should put it at the top of your reading list and mark it ‘essential’. It has a wonderful ability to explain the phenomenon of perspective.
Flatland is 2D. We are used to a 3D world, so we can imagine a 2D one. Just draw it on a piece of paper and hold it (almost) flat to your eye line. It’s easy to grasp. Yet if we were to put a pen through Flatland it would be seen by the residents as a circle, or a rectangle – depending upon the angle it was inserted.
So the point is that if we in a 3D world can imagine the 2D world and also imagine their confusion towards a 3D object, is it any different to suggest there is a 4D world which we can never fully understand?
I offered this explanation to him as a way of saying “who knows?”. It then got me thinking… in Flatland there is a description of a place called lineland (1 dimension). Such a world is as easy to conceive of as Flatland. What really takes some understanding is Pointland. In pointland there is simply a point. No dimensions, no other beings, simply a point.
In the book, the point is spoken to by a resident of Flatland, who tries to explain to him how narrow minded his view of reality is. The point simply thinks his own mind is incredible – the point cannot conceive of a being other than himself.
This reminded me of God.
At some point, before time, before creation, there was just God.
No need for dimensions. Just God. Just like the point of Pointland.
Which brings me to the question I currently have in my mind. If God was once everything and then God created everything, does that mean that God is around, in, through, with and a part of all things? Or is there less (or more) to it than that? Because the more I see of the world the more I am convinced that God is present in all things. Right from tree leaves to breeze blocks in tall buildings…
I don’t know… what do you think?