Let us answer this fundamental question in two ways. Then, and most critically, let us discuss why we ask this question and the dilemma of doing so.
To a religious man or woman, the two answers below might be satisfactory. To an agnostic, they might sound intriguing. But to an atheist, they will be little more than defining away a legitimate question. Hence the importance of the section that follows, where we explore why we ask this question and the dilemma of doing so.
Answer One: God, by virtue of being God, must be unlimited in nature. And with an unlimited nature, it follows that there will be aspects of God that we cannot understand. The mystery of who created God is one of these unknowable aspects. The answer is, there is no answer.
Answer Two: God, by virtue of being God, must be all-present. Therefore, it is logically incompatible that some being or thing created God. Why? Because that would require one of two scenarios. In the first scenario, a being or thing exists in some domain outside of God’s domain, and created God from this position. But then God would not be all-present, so this cannot hold. In the second scenario, a being or thing exists within God’s domain and created God. But if this being could create God, it must be at least equally as powerful as God. If it is equally as powerful as God, then it is God, and God created God. If it is more powerful than God, then there exists a more powerful being than God, which cannot hold. So, either God created God or God was not created by any other being or thing.
We ask the question Who Created God? because we do not want to be found a fool. Life is full of so much uncertainty, and if we are to trust and believe in God, there must be a rational basis to do so. Otherwise, we will build our life on an illusion and consequently risk our survival. So, we ask this question to protect ourselves. And all too often, the answers we receive tell us our skepticism was warranted.
What is the dilemma of asking this question? Simply put, we are applying logic too early in the process. The spiritual path cannot begin with logic, only with curiosity. And if we begin to understand this, we might get the chance to establish the rational foundation that we so desire.
The spiritual path begins with curiosity about who we are, how we came to be, and why we are here. Such curiosity moves us toward spiritual theory and practice. We might pick up and read the Holy Bible, Bhagavad-Gita, Tao Te Ching, or Noble Qur’an. We might explore prayer, mindfulness, meditation, or yoga. And as we do, slowly we start to see a different world. We discover a newfound mental clarity. Moments of stillness touch us more deeply than before. And we cherish the simple over the extravagant. Then, Grace visits us. Grace is like nothing we could have imagined. The experience shatters our paradigm of existence and we immediately comprehend that life is more complex than we had thought.
Grace’s aftermath is the proper moment to apply logic. The logic is:
From this logical basis, one naturally is drawn to continue exploring spiritual theory and practice. And as our experiences deepen, and grace touches us in further unexpected moments, our rational basis to believe and trust in God strengthens. Then, we find ourselves standing in a far out field, far from the busy town square where our brothers and sisters roam. Sadly, we realise that we could never convince our peers as to the truth of what we have seen. We know this because we also realise that we could not even convince our own younger self.
Then, clear as day, we recognise the truth of this dilemma. That if we were to share our knowledge, our brothers and sisters would apply logic too early in the process, long before the aftermath of grace. But we also see the solution. If curiosity grabs them, and moves them as it moved us toward spiritual theory and practice, then one day they might stand with us.
So, we wait. In waiting, we sit with life’s many mysteries. In sitting with these mysteries, we realise there is beauty in the unsolvable. And since beauty is its own reward, we smile. And life goes on.