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TIMELESS GOD: Answering the Question “Where Did God Come From?”

Written by David Steltz

Posted on October 16th, 2012

Last Edited on June 27th, 2017

In collaboration with my brother, Mike.

Defining Time:

Time is defined by Merriam Websters Dictionary as follows: Link to source

A: The measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues

B: A nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future

At this, we ask ourselves a challenging question: Can there be a being that is not restricted by time?  It is my personal conclusion that the answer to such a question cannot be understood resolutely by science.  We can, however, muse over the possibility and implications.

Defining GOD:

God is defined by Merriam Websters Dictionary as follows: Link to source

The supreme or ultimate reality

For this discussion we will not restrict God to a specific religion, simply that God is defined as an ultimate reality. This means that God has infinite and limitless capability.  That notion itself is one that humans cannot fully comprehend. It would be like attempting to visualize a new color, or imagining an additional “dimension.”  Imagine trying to explain 3-dimensional space to a 2-dimensional being, or color to a person born blind.

In Short:

The definition of God implies the possibility of timelessness.  Time is something that a deity may or may not interact with, however by definition it is not restricted to the laws time restricts us to.  A Deity would not require a beginning or a creator, because a beginning thing cannot exist without time.

To the Point:

God being defined as a supreme or ultimate reality implies certain attributes.  I doubt one could argue that not existing  is superior to existing, so existence is implied in the definition of God.  Likewise, existing and living is superior to existing and not living.  Therefore, God can henceforth be referred to as a “being.”  The definition of “existence” as The fact or state of living or having objective reality  does not imply any time-related attributes.  Time, understood as an observation or continuum does imply existence, but  does not imply either a beginning or an end, nor does it exclude the possibility of such.  Therefore, our definitions neither imply nor exclude the possibility of God’s attribute of existence being separate from time’s attribute of existence.  In order to continue this discussion, we will entertain just such a possibility.

A being whose existence is separate from the existence of time would not necessarily have the capability of entering into or interacting with time.  We must look to our definition of God to determine whether such a being would have this capability.  At least from the perspective of an ultimate being, the ability to interact with and/or enter time at will would be superior to the lack thereof.  The observed existence of matter and organisms which are subject to time implies that interaction with time potentially influences such matter and organisms.

If time has a beginning and ending, God would perceive all that is encompassed in time as a singular entity.  If matter has a beginning and an ending, God would perceive all matter as a single entity, or child, encompassed in time.  Therefore, interaction with matter in time would be perceived as a “change” in an already “completed” entity, with “change” and “completed” being temporal terms.  At this point, It becomes difficult to discuss a non-temporal being with temporal terms.  Again, it is difficult, perhaps impossible for temporal beings such as ourselves to even imagine such a perception of time in which all events and entities exist singularly while still discernible and distinct.  Though this is all fascinating speculation, it is, however, irrelevant to the origin of God…perhaps the subject of a future discussion.

In Conclusion:

Returning to the question “Where did God come from?” One must realize that this question applies  temporal and spatial  terms to a definition that is not necessarily temporal or spatial.  Therefore, if a temporal and spatial God conflicts with your logic or observations within any given context, then assume God is being defined therein as non-temporal and non-spatial, not excluding the possibility of God’s interaction with time and space.


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TIMELESS GOD: Answering the Question “Where Did God Come From?”