Why Believing In An Uncreated Being Matters
It's been years since I sat in a Seminary classroom. I was the only woman in the entire Seminary at the time, which shows just how long ago it actually was. Today woman are gracing the doors of Seminaries all over the world, and I love it. Rock on, sisters. There is so much truth to be discovered in the Holy Word, and the original languages are key to interpreting its rich fountains of life-giving power.
Although my Greek and Hebrew are rusty these days, there are some things that I have not forgotten. One day while sitting in Advanced Theology, my professor made a comment that made a deep impact on my thinking. He explained how there are two categories of beings: A)Uncreated and B)Created. The only uncreated being is God. “Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)
God created everything. Only He is uncreated.
The real significance of this truth has been life-altering for me. It affects everything, and we too often take it for granted, or never really even think about it. Lewis writes in Reflections on the Psalms,
“Nature and God were distinct; the One had made the other; the One ruled and the other obeyed.” When we came on the scene, God was already there. God, on the other hand, never arose out of anything or was made from something. He always was."
God created everything we see and set it all in motion.
As an uncreated being, God is outside the confines we as creatures experience. There is so much about God that we don’t understand. How can a loving God allow a child to suffer? Where is justice when thousands are trafficked every day? There are things we just don’t get. And perhaps we never will.
My husband and I watched Miracles from Heaven one night when it first released. I’ve been a Jennifer Garner fan since Alias back in the good ole days. They don’t make tv shows like they used to. Anyhow, for date night, my man graciously picked a movie he thought I would like. It definitely appealed to my motherly instinct.
As I watched Christy Bean, played by Garner, struggle with her faith as she watched her child suffer, I couldn’t help but think of all the broken mothers in the world. For the mom who feels like God has turned a deaf ear to her prayers. For the precious woman who is exhausted to the point she cannot even lift her hands.
How does man reconcile with a God Who so often appears silent, unmoved, and unloving?
In the movie, Garner asks, “Why would a loving God let my little girl suffer the way she is?” Her pastor responds, “Just becuase she’s suffering doesn’t mean He’s not a loving God.”
In my finiteness there is so much I will never understand about the Uncreated One. Why one child is healed while another one suffers, why one mouth goes hungry and another is fed. I don’t know. I just do not know. But faith urges me to push on and know that there are things I can trust because He is the Creator.
He is Self-Existent, Timeless. Who He is, what He commands, does not change. Ever. The culture of our day does not get to dictate what we choose to believe and obey. Only He Who is timeless is Truth. I can rest assured that the words He writes, the commands He gives, are for my best interest. They are for my good: to give me a hope and a future. He is for us.
And though it may seem like the sky is falling, the self-existent One is unscathed. He is covering us with His love. Under His wings we find refuge. The Almighty Creator does not fade like a pair of old blue jeans. He is not waining in relevance, or dimming in glory. He is outside of time, and He will be the same today as He is tomorrow.
I am also reminded that Being is imposed upon us. In Him we live and move and have our Being. We are creatures. “...actors in the cosmic drama, not its authors.” I don’t hold the pen in my hand, He does. And praise God, there is still ink in the pen. He is writing our stories, and He has our best interest in mind.
Although we are created, we are a manifestation of the Divine Himself. We bear the imago dei, a reflection of the Uncreated. We have worth. We have value.“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:4-5)
A little lower than the angels...His achievement. Do we think of ourselves as the achievement of God? The Creator breathed, “It is good.” We are good. God made us on purpose with a purpose. He wanted to create you, He wanted to create me, for a reason. We are no accident. Here we find our worth.
And finally, I can find hope in the character of this Uncreated Being. His character is emeth; permanent, faithful, reliable. The Hebrew word ‘emeth' actually means “firmness, sureness, stability.” How we need this hope today! When nothing in our world feels stable, He is sure. The rock we cling to does not shift when the earth beneath it quakes.
When I can’t understand His ways, I can believe “He is faithful in all He does.” (Ps 33:4) This is His character. His ways are good, even when I don’t understand. When I am limited in crossing that great chasm from Created to Uncreated, when I can’t wrap my mind around the workings of His hands, He is emeth. Reliable. Stable. Faithful.
Only an Uncreated Being can sustain this world, these creatures He formed from dust. This is where I stake my trust. Where I lay it down.
And so, as I lay my head down on my pillow tonight, I will rest in this Uncreated Being who is Creator, Sustainer, and Timeless. I will be filled with terror yet lie down in peace, because He works out everything. And He is good.