Man finds it difficult to imagine never growing old as a living being. We are accustomed to experiencing joint pain, wrinkled skin, dwindling vitality, eyesight deterioration, memory loss, and graying hair. Everything around us, such as our homes, automobiles, and pets, all gradually get old.
On the contrary, God does not age. God is not affected by time in the way that we are. He is not a grandfather using a cane to watch from the sidelines. He is vibrant, powerful, and dynamic. The book of Revelation mentions peals of “thunder and lightning emanating from the throne of God.” The One seated on the throne resembled jasper and precious stone, with a sparkling light surrounding Him (Revelation 4:3).
When Was God Born?
Due to science’s inquisition and our accustomedness to everything having a genesis (origin), it may be challenging for us to comprehend that God did not have a beginning and has always existed. God was never created based on the understanding that there was no other being before Him to properly give Him life. Indeed, God is the source of life. He gave birth to the universe and created heaven for us to have eternal life in His everlasting arms.
It is made clearer by God’s own words in Revelation 1:8 that He is the Alpha and the Omega (the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet): “I am the Almighty One, I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come.”
First of all, He asserts that He is. That is in the present tense, indicating that He is still alive. Then He claims to have always been. That’s the past tense way of saying that God existed and has always been. Then He adds that He still has to arrive. Because it is written in the future tense, it means there won’t ever be a moment when God is not present. He is indeed an everlasting God. He is the beginning and the end.
The fact that God is relative to even the idea of time is another reason why we shouldn’t ask about God’s age. A day to God is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are equivalent to one day, according to 2 Peter 3:8 in the Bible. Indeed, only God knows how old He truly is.
How Old Is God?
Although Lord God saved us by sending His Son, Jesus, who was born of a woman, He already existed in heaven before that. So if the question “How old is God?” had a proper answer, it would indicate that God’s existence had actually started at some point in the past. Perhaps, He might cease to exist at some moment. But there isn’t a definitive answer, and that is because we believe in Him.
According to some scholars, scriptures in the Bible like Revelation 12:7-9 and Ezekiel 28:11–19 indicate occurrences that took place in heaven prior to the moment of creation. With this interpretation, Satan, a fallen angel who disobeyed God and instigated a war in heaven, is the “King of Tyre” in the Ezekiel verse and “the huge dragon” in the Revelation chapter.
In Luke 10:18, Satan is thought to have fallen “like lightning from heaven” after the conclusion of this conflict before making an appearance as a snake present in the Garden of God. Notwithstanding these directions, the Bible is unclear about God’s actions prior to the creation of the earth.
However, God’s attributes are mentioned in numerous Bible verses. The recurring theme in these explanations is that He is an eternal God who has always existed long before the creation of the universe.
Moreover, James Lindsay said in the “Eternity” section of the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, “God, in His internal being, is raised above time; in His eternal absoluteness, He is throned above temporal development, and knows, as the Scriptures say, no changeableness.”
Does God Age?
1. God Is The Eternal One.
Due to the notion that our everlasting God exists in an eternal present (one of God’s qualities), one of the titles by which God refers to Himself is “I AM” as written in Exodus 3:14. He has existed for all time and will continue to do so. Mortal beings exist in the present, past, and future. Yet, God does not experience time in the same way that we humans do, who can experience life only to exist and pass away.
Hope Bolinger’s essay “Where Did God Come From?” explains the beginnings of God, which brings us to Aristotle’s “unmoved mover” argument, which essentially contends that if there was a finite person who created the universe, something must have produced that being, as well as something that produced that being prior that. And the list goes on forever.
As a result, there are an endless number of creators, which would be illogical. The issue is succinctly stated by Peter Kreeft within his Initial Cause Argument. This states that something had to have caused everything to begin. An eternal, everlasting, uncreated God who existed from the beginning must have set the universe in motion because it cannot move alone.
2. God Never Ages.
As humans, we are accustomed to things aging and changing through time. God, however, is ageless. Based on different bible verses, God remains unchanged across time. In Isaiah 40:28-31, Isaiah declared, “The eternal God… neither faints nor becomes tired.”
However, God will bestow immortality onto us at Jesus’ second coming so that we may live without experiencing the effects of aging. Death will be defeated because we will receive immortality as a blessing from the everlasting, eternal, perpetual God, which will make us immortal (1 Corinthians 15:53-54).
3. There Is No Beginning And No End.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” are the first words in the Bible (Genesis 1:1). While the beginnings of the planet and the universe are discussed in this passage, the origin of God is not mentioned. Our cosmos was created with God present, but He had already existed for a very long time.
The Bible is quite apparent that the Creator has existed throughout time. He has always existed and He will always exist. Psalm 90:2 states, “You are God from everlasting to everlasting… even before the mountains were brought forth.”
4. The Lord Is Eternally Young.
We tend to think of God as archaic because of Renaissance paintings depicting God which show Him as an old man with a beard and wearing a robe. We could even have a tendency to picture God as a gentle, elderly grandfather who isn’t too interested in life’s events anymore.
Christ may be present in our lives, but we tend to conceive of the King eternal more as a benevolent bystander. God, however, takes on a very new role for us if we imagine Him as young, lively, and vibrant. He is present and currently participates in whatever we do on a daily basis.
God, of course, has no age as we understand it. God’s existence is what matters most. He has always been there and will always be there. He never ages and is constantly by our side, loving us, looking out for us, and supporting us through every challenge we encounter. “I will never abandon you nor desert you,” as he reassures us in Hebrews 13:5.
It’s crucial to keep in mind that He is still actively involved in our lives even though there is no way for us to know God’s age. He cares about us and desires a connection with us. Even if we might not be capable of grasping all aspects of Him, we remain assured as His ways are superior to ours (Isaiah 55:09).
Therefore, although we may be unable to fathom how thousands of years old God truly is, we can have faith that He is capable of accomplishing things He has planned for us. As it is said in 1 Timothy 1:17, we must pray: “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Since God is eternal, neither death nor aging will ever befall Him. Furthermore, as said in 1 Corinthians 15:53–54, God will provide His people with the blessing of immortality in order to let them live free from disease, aging, and death.
This will happen at Christ’s Second Coming when His followers will be taken from the rest of the world and brought up into heaven. After our mortal bodies have been discarded, only our immortal spirits will remain. This revelation ought to fill us with pure awe of God in addition to relieving all our personal concerns. John 1:3 reveals that nothing would exist without God because He keeps the universe together.