Question:

If someone asked "where did God come from or how did he get to be" then the person asked (if a Christian) would probably say "He has always been there He still is and will always be." Right, so if He has always been there and is eternal than how come the Bible says "in the beginning?" If God was always there, and He must have created a "first thing," and if He did, then there must be a beginning. I have been confused about this.


Answer:

The Bible states that God is eternal. "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!" (Revelation 4:8). Evolution does the same thing, but that belief system claims that matter, energy, space, and time are eternal. Every belief system realizes there must be something that pre-existed.

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).

What is being expressed is that God created time, space, and matter. That creation becomes "the beginning." God was around before the beginning and will be around after all else ends. So the beginning describes the start of God's creation and not God Himself.

Okay that makes sense. But I am still wondering about how God must have created a first thing. And if He did, then there must have been a start for God. I am confused. I understand that the beginning you talk about is the creation of time, space, and matter

If there was a start to something, then something independent and greater had to have caused the start. We already know that life cannot just appear (despite the wishful claims of evolutionists). If that is true of life, what about deity. Can deity just self-start from absolutely nothing? The clear answer should be absolutely not. Even matter and energy is a proven constant.

The Bible contains the only clear and consistent answer -- God pre-exists everything and is the cause of all we see.