Question of the Week: The Location of God Before Creation

On January 18, Blazing D. sent The Mentionables this question: 

"If God created heaven and earth, where was he(God) before Creating heaven and earth?"

Here are the answers from the team. 

  The circled dot, an ancient symbol for the metaphysical Absolute. Early science, particularly geometry and astrology and astronomy, was connected to the divine for most medieval scholars, and many believed that there was something intrinsically "divine" or "perfect" that could be found in circles. [From Wikimedia Common]

The circled dot, an ancient symbol for the metaphysical Absolute. Early science, particularly geometry and astrology and astronomy, was connected to the divine for most medieval scholars, and many believed that there was something intrinsically "divine" or "perfect" that could be found in circles. [From Wikimedia Common]

This answer is from Nick Peters. For Joel Furches' answer, scroll down.  

 

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Before creation, there was no "where." It's a nonsense question, then. It's like asking what was God doing before He created time. There was no before.

 

This answer is from Joel Furches. 

 

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Consider asking this question: "Where is God now?"

The temptation, of course, would be to say "He's in heaven." So where is heaven? Can you locate it on a map? See it through a telescope? 

When it comes right down to it, most people don't really have a lot of difficulty thinking of heaven in terms of something outside the physical universe. It is not that much a leap in conception, then, to imagine a God who also exists outside - indeed transcendent above the universe. 

This question seems to assume that God must have gone from one place, prior to creating space and time, and then entered space and time, so that he would have some place in which to exist. Of course those things that require physical location - that take up space - usually have physicality and qualities of physical dimension. They displace the space in which they sit. 

In order to better conceptualize God as something transcendent above physical matter and dimension, consider trying to apply dimension and space to any other immaterial abstract. How much, for instance, does Love weigh? Where can one find Logic on the map? Where does Math live?

God is pure existence, and does not require a dimension in which to dwell because he himself has no dimensions. Scripture itself does a decent job of defining God as something that exists above the physical universe. Isaiah, for instance, says that “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be." [Isaiah 66:1-2]