What Did God Do For Fun Before He Created Everything?
March 1, 2010 4:41pm CST
Understand this question is about the Judeo-Christian God, if he is not your deity then just change the wording to fit your perceptive. When anyone dares to ask the question where God come from or who created God you will receive the deeply theological answer that someone else came up with, God(You need to deepen you voice to get the effect) created time so He is timeless and so forth He does not need to be created. Either that or you get the shut up and just believe. So let us work with this kind of logic for a minute. God existed before any thing existed including time. Okay so before there was time there was God. At some point God decided to start creating stuff. We know that he created other beings like angels, do not know why God would need angels but some odd reason an all powerful being needed an army of angels. We do learn that a third of these angels do not want anything to do with God. So God then decides to start creating universe things like light before the Sun, plant before light, but who am I. Then God creates man, then women so he can have someone to talk to, I guess angle communication gets boring. I wrote all of that to write this what did God do before he created anything? What was the point of God if there was nothing for him to be God of? Did he just float, fly, run , walk around nothing?
• Boston, Massachusetts
2 Mar 10
One may dare to ask God anything, but asking people about God is going to result in the rare useful answer, a few thoughtful answers, a bunch of "this is my best guess" answers and a whole lot of really stupid answers. You'll have to be the judge as to which category my reply falls into. I thought about it and couldn't think of any scripture that tells us that God does anything just for amusement. The Bible does say that God delights in His children, but it doesn't mention that He laughs at them. I don't think God created the Universe out of boredom and decided that some wacky human types would give Him a chuckle, although, I could see a lesser being finding my bumbling efforts at life to be a laugh riot. Time/timeless is necessary to introduce because, as you say, Time didn't exist before the Universe. Moreover, even within the Universe it fluctuates. If you traveled at the speed of light, you could reach the Sun in 8 minutes, but decades would go by on Earth in that amount of time. We understand this on an intellectual level, but it's rather difficult to apply to a human life. Who would take a trip to the outer regions of space, if they were gone for generations of humans on Earth? Then apply the timeless concept to God and the mind boggles. It isn't just the task of accepting that our minds don't find thinking infinitely to be easy, we struggle with the concepts of time that science presents to us as well. In any case, God creates the Universe, having in mind Man. As you say, He's got a heaven full of angels, so why create such a willful and variable creature as Man? I don't know if I would, especially if I knew I would have to provide the sacrifice that would be necessary to bring him into my presence. But, I am not God, I am human. Forget the fallen third for now, because that's a whole other subject. But the angels are created angels, they are created in Heaven already, they are what they are and they do not reproduce, do not die, do not change. There's a lot about angels we don't know, but we do know that the Bible tells us that the angels are intrigued by this special relationship that God has with Man. For instance, in 1 Peter 1:12 it speaks of the salvation of Man and the revelations to the prophets by the Holy Spirit and that "even angels long to look into these things". Cleary, angels lack something that Man has or at least, may have, in their relationship to God and that is fellowship. Now we come to the reason God might want to create the Universe and mankind - fellowship. Relationship with another creature who is endowed with free will and of that free will chooses to have relationship. Relationship with another creature, who like Him, has a desire to create in his own image. This is no arranged marriage, this is a covenant born of Love. Is it difficult to believe, if we are made in His image (patterned after Him) with this need to express love, to reproduce children out of love, and to live in relationship with others that the God who made us does not also desire to express love and to live in relationship with us, His children? Wait, you wanted to know what God did before we came along. I can't dispense with the timelessness issue here either, because without a universe where time exists, the word "before" is meaningless. It's the reason Jesus can say "Before Abraham was, I AM", the reason the present is before the past and is still the present. It is why the Bible says that the lamb was slain before the foundations of the earth. Jesus says He is the beginning and the end. How can I answer a "before" question? My simple attempt is to say that "before" we were here, God prepared a way for us to be with Him. Now you may decide which category my response falls into. I suspect it falls into the "long-winded" category.
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• Morristown, New Jersey
1 Mar 10
Yes!! I have always wondered about this. It's such an impossible question, no Christians can ever answer it. They go on and on about how evolution is impossible and God had to exist because nothing can be created out of nothing, but then they ignore the whole huge flaw in their reasoning that is how did God spring out of nothing if the universe didn't? And the obvious question that you asked- what on earth (or without earth :-) did god do when there was nothing else there? Which begs the question- how did god start, anyway, and was there anything before god, and why is it illogical to claim that creation always existed if we assume that God always did? I am going to check back to this discussion and see if any theists can come up with any answers. I will not be holding my breath.
• United States
2 Mar 10
Though there is no dispute that there exists a Supreme Being, trying to understand the hows and the whys of God as conveyed in Holy texts can be very interesting. I do not know how God had "fun" before created humans, but the Bible tells that God was of the habit of having conference with HIS sons, yes HIS sons - see Job 1:6 and Genesis 6:1-4! You will find that these sons of God existed before God's creation of Adam and Eve. And this often lead me to hold that just like children are to humans, humans were created for humans.
2 Mar 10
This is fun :) I have never thought about it. Not sure whether its really correct from the religion side of things though Anyways, I think He didnt have much to do and got lonely even though there are many angels to serve Him. So then he created earth and animals as well. But still bored, so He created human in His image. I think he intended the human to be His friends :)
2 Mar 10
Whatever I might choose to say in answer to this question, it would just be a speculation. Even author of book of genesis who wrote about creation event was silent on this aspect. All we can do is to speculate and say that God caused self to create self with self. It means before God created self, the self already was. What is this so called 'self'? The self me is my soul. Where was this soul before I was born? It was with those who created me or those who brought me forth into this world. Thus, we can safely conclude, God was already there before God. After He finished creating self with self, he began creating everything thing else visible to us today. What God did for fun before he created everything? He was creating all the time. It might be fun for us but not for Him. For Him it was a serious matter.
2 Mar 10
According to the Bible, there is no such thing that exist before God. Your question is very hypothetical. Let us be biblical, what is written in the Bible was started during His creation, and while creating everything, he is rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth (Prov. 8:31)
2 Mar 10
I have a different view on God than what's commonly accepted by other Christians like me. He is timeless in the sense that he can move back and forth our time line, but i can explain this in a simple way. Our experience is continuous because we are in something similar to a book. God reads along those pages of time so he can skip a few pages back or forward. If he decides to change anything, we will not notice unless if he wants us to. That's an oversimplified view no my belief but I think that gets the point across. As for what he actually did before he created everything, we won't be able to know unless if he somehow decides to tell us. He can tell us through revelations or something. Maybe he gets kicks out of this, we also won't know that unless if he tells us. For all we know, he could be living a life just like ours, but most likely he's living something else beyond our imaginations. Yes I'm saying God is a being that is limited in another plane of existence, he has ultimate power here since we are just pawns in his mind.
12 Mar 10
Hello. Hard question. I too had that question in mind. Even philosophers had a hard time answering one of the most unanswerable questions. Some say that He created other galaxies, some say that since He is perfect, He was completely satisfied with Himself. Never felt lonely or bored or something. Although He created man because He had a purpose. It is mind-boggling, really. It is one of God's mysteries that no man could ever fathom. I guess we really just have to accept that God really is who He is and we can never know everything about him unless He tells us directly, which is scary.