God’s Self-Existence or The Aseity of God
Maybe the oldest question in the mind of human beings is this: “Why is there something rather than nothing?”As mundane as answering the question by saying “because God exists,” such an answer is necessary to at least part of the question. As difficult as it may be to wrap our minds around the concept, God exists in of Himself eternally. He is the source of all existence. He has within Himself the power of being who He says He is. Thus, He told Moses in Exodus 3:14, “I Am who I am, Yaweh.”The Apostle Paul declares our dependence upon God for our own existence when he says in Acts 17:28: “In Him we live and move and have our being.”
When Genesis 1:1 says that God is the Creator it clearly indicates that God Himself is not created. There’s a crucial distinction between God, the Creator and God’s creation. While His creation clearly bears the stamp of His being the Creator and witnesses to His glory, creation itself is never to be worshiped. It is in no way God or even like God in the sense of being Supreme.
When you consider the fact that it is literally impossible for something to create itself, the concept of self-creation becomes a contradiction in terms, or a nonsense statement. Nothing, not even God, can be self-created.
Every effect (with an “e”) must have a cause by its very definition. But God is not an effect (with an “e”). God is aseitic, He has no beginning and therefore has no source or cause to explain His Self. He is eternal. God is simply who He has always been or ever will be. He has, within Himself, the power of simply being. He is self-reliant, requiring no outside assistance for His existence. Although, things like self-existence, aseity and self-reliant are lofty and awesome concepts, they exclusively apply to God’s being. Everything we perceive as humans in our frame of reference is dependent and creaturely. Thus, we really can’t fully comprehend anything like God or His being self-existent.
But just because we can’t wrap our minds around God by definition, doesn’t mean it’s impossible for Him to be self-existent. Consider this; God, like us, can’t be self-created. But God, unlike us, can be self-existent. As a matter of fact, that’s the very essence and difference between the Creator and His creation. This’s what makes God the Supreme Being and the source of all other beings.
The concept of self-existence doesn’t violate our human reason, logic, or science. It’s a rationally valid notion in contrast to the irrational concept of self-creation, which violates the most basic law of reason, logic, and science: The law of noncontradiction. Unlike self-creation, self-existence is rational.
If reason demands anything, it must demand that something must have, within itself, the power of being. Otherwise there is nothing. Unless something existed in itself, nothing could possibly exist at all.