What came first,

(a) God or

(b) ‘Stuff’ (matter, energy, time, and space)?


A basic question that (c) intrigues some,

but (d) seems irrelevant to others.

If you’re (c) , use the DOOR.




   “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). “Heavens and earth” is a package term for everything.

   Consequently, Christians say God came first.

   Others for various reasons disagree.  Common challenges are these: (1) “What came before God?” or (2) “What created God?” or (3) “What, or who, is God?”

   Fair enough.

   Common responses¹ to these:

   For (1): As far as human thinking can go, God had to come first because “before” is a “time word,” and the dimension of time² itself according to Big Bang cosmology, was created about 13.8 billion years ago along with matter and energy and the 3 dimensions of space (length, width, and height). God was self-existent and always “before” anything else. Speculation about what was before in the pinpoint (pea-sized ball, if you prefer) of stuff that exploded into all the familiar (and measurable) matter, energy, space, and time is simply that: speculation.

   For (2): That’s impossible. Nothing could create a real God, going by the generally assumed conception of God. Perhaps, instead, the ‘stuff” that eventually became people created God, making myth and a satisfying fiction to explain the world and what happens in it.

   For (3): That’s a legitimate question. To explain just “who” or “what” put the  the Big Bang into action 13.8 billion years ago, and “why,”  a “supernatural” entity (beyond natural explanation) is required. A person doesn’t necessarily have to automatically assume the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible is the one who did it.

   Revelation from beyond the world of science is needed. Christians believe that the God of the Bible is the real God. That’s why they believe an acceptance of, and a study of, the Bible is so important. One’s personal experience of God also matters, they say, but laying personal experience alongside certain details recorded in the Bible is of primary importance.

   Of course, theoretically, there might never have been a God and ‘stuff’ always existed. But if so, why?

   You might be surprised to know how much time has been spent by philosophers wrestling with the question, “Why is there something rather than nothing?”


   ¹ This, of course, is a sketchy overview of these important questions, which we hope at least outlines some basic issues certain people are troubled about. A person can go much deeper.

   ² In science, time is one of the four dimensions of reality (the others: the length, width, and height of space). In mathematically accounting for origins science incorporates 10 or 11 dimensions, but the human mind has great difficulty “picturing” more than the familiar 4.Real science today begins with considering origins. And that means understanding about The Big Bang.