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How Can God Have No Beginning and No End?
"He's just really old," says Anna, age 11.
Well, the prophet Daniel referred to God as the ancient of days, but you won't find any birthday parties for God in the Bible. Kevin, 10, says it's not age but form: "God is kinda like a circle, except he has power."
"It is very hard to understand how God can have no beginning and no end," says Marci, 9. "But here's the trick: God is everlasting. He can keep on making the days and live through every one of them. He can never die."
No tricks necessary, explains Sarah, 11: "He is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. He has been, and He always will be."
It's difficult for finite creatures to imagine life free from time and space. It's like fish trying to understand the lives of people on land. Because we're confined to time and space, we tend to impose those limitations upon God.
God "first grew in heaven," says Andi, 6. "Then he just stayed in life forever."
Rachel, 6, disagrees: "God never grew. He was never born. He was always there, and no one created Him."
Try imagining a realm outside time and space, and you may agree with Tyler, 11: "Our brains aren't designed to think that greatly." Furthermore, adds Kyle, 12, "My brain cannot comprehend God's majesty."
I nominate Tyler and Kyle for the Nobel Prize for Humility. Even though our brains are limited, let's look at two ways in which we can reason our way from finite creation to an infinite, intelligent God.
The cosmological argument for God says that everything in the universe is an effect of some cause. Therefore, the universe must have a cause. Aristotle called the first cause of the universe "the unmoved mover."
The teleological argument for God says that intelligent design must have an intelligent designer.
"God is before the beginning and after the end," says Alex, 9.
Watching a parade from a high mountain provides a different perspective from viewing it on the ground. You would see the beginning and the end at the same time.
When Moses asked God his name, he said, "I am who I am." When Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I am," his inquisitors wanted to stone him. Why? They knew only God could make such a claim. Later, the Apostle Paul wrote of Jesus, "All things were created through Him and for Him" (Colossians 1:16).
The question "How old is God?" doesn't apply since God is not limited by time. He's no older this year than he was last year because infinity plus one is still infinity, says theologian Millard J. Erickson.
Neither is God limited by space. While some may imagine God as a divine superman flying from place to place faster than the speed of light, in reality he has access to his entire creation at the same time.
What a comfort to know that God is all over the world across different time zones answering prayers, taking care of his people and providing for his creation. How can the one who has no beginning or end do all this?
"Because He is God!" shouts Derin, 9.
Think about this: God is. Memorize this truth: "Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM'" (John 8:58). Ask this question: Does God's eternity bring you comfort?
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