Is asking “Who created God?” like asking “Why, why, why?”?

Is asking “Who created God?” like asking “Why, why, why?”?
knowing full well that your answer will be informed almost entirely by your theological position (theist, atheist)….

if “God” is defined as the (ultimate) “creator”, then does asking “then, who created God?” have something in common with a small child’s incessant and repetitive, almost mindless, asking of “why” something is the case, then asking “why” that is the case, then asking “why” again, and again asking “why” and “why, why why”? … without really considering any of the answers given for even a moment, simply asking the next question in line… “who created God”? ..”oh, well, who created God’s creator”? …and so on….

it seems the mind’s ability to regress infinitely becomes a distraction. the desire for more information keeps one from actually learning anything, absorbing anything. as one might devour the entirety of his dinner in few short moments, or, take the time to savor each bite, each individual flavor, each taste and texture.

why do we do that?
simply musing: is it possible the end (highest form) of complexity is actually a self-reducing of something’s own complexity into a more simplistic form of itself?

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12 Responses to “Is asking “Who created God?” like asking “Why, why, why?”?”

  • Nate says:

    This is used (By myself anyways) when people make the argument that the universe is too complex to not have some sort of designer. This logic leads one to the conclusion that such a creator would have to be even MORE complex and therefore would also necessitate a creator based upon the premise as being too complex not to have one.

    Its basically to point out the foolishness of that one argument. Typically that’s about all I do, ask for evidence for god and check to see if it actually holds water, I don’t actually argue AGAINST god, no more then I argue against Santa or Unicorns existing.

  • Beletje_vos AM + VT says:

    An infinite regression answer doesn’t solve the initial question (where did the universe come from?), hence the question (where did god come from?).

  • Just 1 more time says:

    God is a complex being, and the universe is complex.

    Why should I favor God just existing over the Universe, when the Universe already exists, and God is nowhere to be seen!

    Especially since the Universe needs to be created in the first scenario. In the second scenario the Universe has no need for creation and therefore it doesn’t matter if there is a God or not.

  • Abomination Of Desolation says:

    People need to learn to accept irreducible complexity.

  • bobby love says:

    Most atheists only ask “Who created God?” when we’re told something to the effect of, “The universe is too complex, therefore it needs a creator.” Because if all complex things need creators, then god needs one too. He doesn’t get a get-out-of-jail-free-card.

    I know that God can neither be proved nor disproved by any of our tools. Short of him coming down and announcing himself, we’ll never know. That’s why I don’t claim to know. I simply say, and so do most other atheists, that I won’t believe until there is proof, but if proof is provided, then I would believe.

  • bebe says:

    Naturally, humans have the need to comprehend situations by clearly classifying a beginning, a middle, and an end. Because the argument goes that god is some unthinkable eternity of existance, we find it diabolical and therefore must question the origin.

    I’m an atheist, but that just seems to be the way it is.

  • - Petit Chaney ♐ - says:

    As you did defined GOD as Ultimate, what make you question GOD existence just like anyone of the human existence whom need a creator?

  • American Atheist says:

    your answer of god is way more complex then that which created it, which is unnecessary, considering we have simpler explanations, plus by conjecturing that everything must be created, then god himself must also be created, and who created his creator, and so on, you end up in an infinite loop, showing that that the original premise is flawed

  • The Professor says:

    God is outside of our reality paradigm. No one can answer your question because of that mere fact. Question God’s existence to your own mental peril. Granted all religions conflict and have internal conflicts but truth is always ellusive. All writings of man relative to God are tarnished and atheists feed on this fact. They enjoy denial because it’s much easier to give up on truth than to seek it. Indeed, atheism is a very dangerous path to follow. It denies ultimate cause which is the scalable framework of reality. ( Framework=depth + facets+resolution ) Ultimate cause is the only absolute deductive and to say there is no absolute is itself an absolute.

  • penguinopiumden says:

    It’s very much in tune with common knowledge, children grow and learn by asking questions and this is a trait we shouldn’t take for granted as simple childish pestering. Children like learning that dogs bark and that cats meow but the more difficult questions like “where did mom and dad come from?” demand a satisfying answer. You’re parents came from their parents and they came form their parents and so forth. Any child with common sense would be fairly up set with finding that God simply IS with out any explanation.

    -“Where does the world come from?”
    -“Where did God come from?”
    -“He just always was.”
    -“But, did he have parents?”
    -“No he just always was, now stop asking questions.”

    That’s a frustrating answer as you’ll ever get. “Because I said so, that’s why”.

    As an adult human-being with a more devolved brain than a child’s, I don’t need to ask where God came from because it’s common knowledge that there is no ultimate “creater” because this redundant paradox of who created who, will defy even a child notion of common sense, when nothing else in the known universe acts upon these same rules of logic.

    So to answer your question, yes, asking “Who created God?” is like asking “Why, why, why?” but the desire to learn is not a distraction. The path to the answer isn’t hindering one’s ability to see no end but to show how silly it is to think every thing simply begins and ends with a magician in the sky.

  • Jagjit S says:

    Mahatama ji, you are right, to ask why why and why is not the solution of ignorance. If we want to know Him we will have to know us first that who we are. Amongst millions one is able to Him. Rest are hypocrites.

    सोई अजाणु कहै मै जाना जानणहारु न छाना रे ॥
    Ignorant is he, who says he knows. The Knower remains not obscure.
    कहु नानक गुरि अमिउ पीआइआ रसकि रसकि बिगसाना रे ॥४॥५॥४४॥
    Says Nanak, the Guru has given me nectar to drink and saturated with the love of Lord I am now elated. {{{Guru Arjan Dev Ji, Raag Aasaa 382}}}

    काहे रे बन खोजन जाई ॥
    Why goest thou, O man, to search God in the forest?
    सरब निवासी सदा अलेपा तोही संगि समाई ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥
    Ever detached God dwells everywhere and abides even with thee. Pause.

    पुहप मधि जिउ बासु बसतु है मुकर माहि जैसे छाई ॥
    As fragrance abides in the flower and as reflection in the mirror,
    तैसे ही हरि बसे निरंतरि घट ही खोजहु भाई ॥१॥
    so does God sell within thee and search thou Him within thy heart, O brother.

    बाहरि भीतरि एको जानहु इहु गुर गिआनु बताई ॥
    Within and without, know that there is but One Lord. This is the understanding the Guru’s has imparted unto me.
    जन नानक बिनु आपा चीनै मिटै न भ्रम की काई ॥२॥१॥
    Without knowing one’s self O slave Nanak, the moss (filth) of doubt is removed not.
    {{{Guru Tegh Bahaadur Ji, Raag Dhanaasree 684}}}

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