Who made you? A simple question that Catholics used to answer with the words: ‘God made me’ (or ‘God made us’ if one was asked, ‘Who made us?’).
What answer – or answers – would Catholics produce today? ‘Evolution’? ‘No-one. I made myself’? Or maybe simply, ‘What do you mean?’ One might even hear the answer: ‘I don’t know who it was, but they didn’t ask me!’
Each of these answers betray a non-Catholic way of thinking. In other words, the faith-reason marriage (fides et ratio) that should be found in Catholics is not fully present. The evolutionist gives credit for his being to blind chance. The individualist claims to have brought himself up into existence. The ignorant simply hasn’t considered the question fully. While the libertarian falsely thinks that his freedom stands before his existence.
Who made us? Maybe it’s the fear of so-called scientific answers that frighten people away from the simple truth that God is the source of existing things – including each human being. Science (scientia) is an orderly body of truths rooted in causes. This is what one finds in the Baltimore Catechism. It presents food for prayer, which is food for the soul. So what can one find in this simple little question?
It is not so much the question that gives food for contemplation but the question with it’s answer. The answer expresses the truth, while the question acts as an entrance into this truth. In fact, the question is so basic – and so fundamental to every human being – that children quickly come to ask it in some manner when they reach the age of reason.
God made us. God. Yes, the One Who Is.
Stopping at the very thought of trying to speak about God is not a sign of worldly ignorance, but a sign of acknowledging reality. Silence is not stupidity. Can you take in the number of stars in the night sky? Can you count the sand on the sea shore? What about Bill Gates’s dollars – could you count them all and actually spend them all if he gave them to you? These are all finite things – things limited in a certain way. The number of stars is fixed; so too the grains of sand on the sea shore; while Mr. Gates has only a certain amount of money. Yes, it’s true: his money is limited. Furthermore, his very life is limited. He did not exist in 1850, nor will he exist in 2150. He cannot be in two places at once! Time and space place limits on him as they do for every human being this side of the grave.
So who is God? This is Question 2, and it begins to throw light on Question 1. Answer: ‘God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, Who made all things, and keeps them in existence.’ Unlike Bill Gates God is not limited – He is infinite. Nothing contains Him, nothing is greater than Him, and nothing gives existence to Him. He does not have existence, because He is His own existence. Remember what He said to Moses.
Yes, it was God who made all things. Whether the evolutionist, individualist, ignorant, or libertarian wants to accept this does not change the fact. Dialogue breaks down when someone refuses to accept certain facts, and the obvious one for all of us is that we did not bring ourselves into existence, nor do we keep ourselves in existence. Death announces that truth.
It is simply an absurdity to claim self-sustaining powers. Man cannot give what he does not have. If you are it is either because you are your own existence – in which case you’d be God; or someone else gave you existence. Bill Gates did not decide to be: his mother and father had something to do with it but they are not God! Once young Bill reached the age of reason then he decided for himself, eventually deciding to quit college and play with computors. No matter how smart (or rich he is) he cannot hold himself in existence. Evidence? He can’t stop himself from growing old and dying. If he could he would still exist in 2150. Who made Bill Gates? God did.