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The Self-Existence of God

The child by his question, “Where did God come from?” is unwittingly acknowledging his creaturehood.  Already the concept of cause and source and origin is firmly fixed in his mind.  He knows that everything around him came from something other than itself, and he simply extends that concept upward to God.  The little philosopher is thinking in true creature-idiom and, allowing for his lack of basic information, he is reasoning correctly.  He must be told that God has no origin, and he will find this hard to grasp since it introduces a category with which he is wholly unfamiliar and contradicts the bent toward origin-seeking so deeply ingrained in all intelligent beings, a bent that impels them to probe ever back and back toward undiscovered beginnings…

…It is not a cheerful thought that millions of us who live in a land of Bibles, who belong to churches and labor to promote the Christian religion, may yet pass or whole life on this earth without once having thought or tried to think seriously about the being of God.  Few of us have let our hearts gaze in wonder at the I AM, the self-existent Self back of which no creature can think.  Such thoughts are too painful for us.  We prefer to think where it will do more good – about how to build a better mousetrap, for instance, or how to make two blades of grass grow where one grew before.  And for this we are now paying a too heavy price in the secularization of our religion and the decay of our inner lives.

Perhaps some sincere but puzzled Christian may at this junction wish to inquire about the practicality of such concepts as I am trying to set forth here.  “What bearing does this have on my life?” he may ask.  “What possible meaning can the self-existence of God have for me and others like me in a world such as this and in times such as these?”

To this I reply that, because we are the handiwork of God, it follows that all our problems and their solutions are theological… ….We can never know who are what we are till we know at least something of what God is.  For this reason the self-existence of God is not a wisp of dry doctrine, academic and remote; t is in fact as near our breath and as practical as the latest surgical technique.

-taken from A.W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy pgs. 25-28


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