Q: If God created the heavens and earth, my question is (and I have not found a pastor who could answer it) If God created the heavens and earth, where did God come from?
A: God didn’t “come from” anywhere…God is entirely self-contained. God has always “been, ” and there would be no reality without him. If there was “something” before God, then that something would be God. God is the First Source and Center—the Uncaused Cause. It is difficult to wrap our minds around this concept of the eternal and infinite God, but The Urantia Book helps a great deal. God is indeed mysterious, but much about him can be comprehended by human beings:
The Universal Father is the God of all creation, the First Source and Center of all things and beings. First think of God as a creator, then as a controller, and lastly as an infinite upholder. The truth about the Universal Father had begun to dawn upon mankind when the prophet said: “You, God, are alone; there is none beside you. You have created the heaven and the heaven of heavens, with all their hosts; you preserve and control them. By the Sons of God were the universes made. The Creator covers himself with light as with a garment and stretches out the heavens as a curtain.” Only the concept of the Universal Father—one God in the place of many gods—enabled mortal man to comprehend the Father as divine creator and infinite controller.
The myriads of planetary systems were all made to be eventually inhabited by many different types of intelligent creatures, beings who could know God, receive the divine affection, and love him in return. The universe of universes is the work of God and the dwelling place of his diverse creatures. “God created the heavens and formed the earth; he established the universe and created this world not in vain; he formed it to be inhabited.”
The enlightened worlds all recognize and worship the Universal Father, the eternal maker and infinite upholder of all creation. The will creatures of universe upon universe have embarked upon the long, long Paradise journey, the fascinating struggle of the eternal adventure of attaining God the Father. The transcendent goal of the children of time is to find the eternal God, to comprehend the divine nature, to recognize the Universal Father. God-knowing creatures have only one supreme ambition, just one consuming desire, and that is to become, as they are in their spheres, like him as he is in his Paradise perfection of personality and in his universal sphere of righteous supremacy. From the Universal Father who inhabits eternity there has gone forth the supreme mandate, “Be you perfect, even as I am perfect.” In love and mercy the messengers of Paradise have carried this divine exhortation down through the ages and out through the universes, even to such lowly animal-origin creatures as the human races of Urantia. (1:0.2)
This quote is from the very first Paper of The Urantia Book. I would suggest to you that you read it through: The Universal Father. It may help you to understand better the immensity and also the loving personality of the Universal Father. And if you have not already done so, please feel free to subscribe (free) to Truthbook’s Quote of the Day service.
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