Who Created God?

From Volume 1 of Radio Replies, p.2

Q. You, a priest, argue to a clock-maker. I, as a rationalist, ask, “Who created your uncreated clock-maker?”

A. That is not a rational question. I say that the universe is obviously created and that what is created supposes a Creator who is uncreated, or the problem goes on forever, the whole endless chain of dependent beings as unable to explain itself as each of its links. It is rational to argue to an uncreated clock-maker. It is not rational to ask, “Who created this uncreated clock-maker?” God was not created. If He were, He would be a creature and would have a creator. His creator would then be God, and not He Himself. God always existed. He never began and will never cease to be. He is eternal.

Bread From Heaven– Because we are created…have a beginning and an end …our intellects have trouble comprehending an uncreated Being. Everything in our concrete experience has a beginning and an end. We even assume a beginning and an end to the sun and the universe.

An ant cannot understand telephones. (I don’t even understand them.) Would we consinder an ant or a human being who is unable to understand telephones wise or foolish to reject the possibility of telephones just because of their inability to understand them?

How Can A Loving God…?

Q. If God is love, then why does He allow evil?

A. Because God is Love, HE created man in His own image in order to extend the communion of love, that exists in the Trinity, to us. God wants us to choose to love Him, not be compelled to obey Him. In order for man to love God freely God gave man free will. He is just and will not deprive man of this free will. Man cannot be free to love and obey God, without being free to reject Him and rebel against Him.

Even God, if He wants men to be free cannot take from them the power to choose evil. If He enforces goodness, He takes away freedom. If He leaves freedom, He permits evil, even though He forbids it. It is man’s dignity that he is master of his own destiny instead of having to develop just like a tree which necessarily obeys natural law.

Men, as a matter of fact, misused their freedom, and sin and brutality resulted. But, it was impossible to give man the gift of freedom and the dignity of being master of his own destiny without risking the possibility that men would sometimes choose evil. (Radio Replies Vol. 1, p 4)

Q. What is the destiny we are supposed to choose using our free will?

A. Heaven or Hell. Eternal Joy or Eternal Misery. Our life in this world has many joys and many sorrows but none of those are the purpose of our life. The purpose of this life is to praise, love, and serve God so that we can attain eternal life with God in Heaven. Our earthly life is short compared to eternity and yet what we do with it determines our eternal destiny. We must use our free will to save our souls.

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Where Is The Justice of God?

Q. Where is the justice of God, in permittinng such an uneven distribution of goods in this world?

A. A satisfactory explanation would not be possible if this life on Earth was all there was or ever would be. But it is not. The soul is eternal. God permits these things only because He knows that there is a future life where He will rectify and compensate all inequalities. In the meantime He draws good out of these miseries, for they teach men no to set their hopes entirely upon this world as if there were no other, and help to expiate the sins of mankind. If we cannot be entirely hppy here , let us at least make sure of being happy in the next life. Radio Replies Vol. 1 #14