Statesboro, GA, USA
Here are some thoughts for those who feel that mankind "created" God.
Yes it is true that mankind has created alot of what we know of as "religion". Throughout human history people have formed ideas and made physical representations of gods... ie idol worship. But the biblical claim is that the force, mind, and personality that actually created all things that we see revealed himself to us through history. We can disagree if we like, but we can never say that the writers of biblical history (old testament or new) were spreading a message of mere social reform, or psychological comfort derived from the recesses of the human mind. What they said was that a God who was the creator of all things, all powerful, all knowing, and eternal, chose to reveal himself to a humanity estranged from him because of a condition known as sin. They portrayed that he did this in many ways and through many means along the timeline of history, and almost never the way people expected him to, or even wanted him to. One can call them mistaken or liars, but certainly they did present God in this manner. In their histories there was never even a hint that this God might be a projection of the human desire or imagination. He was actually portrayed as contrary to mere human wisdom and wishes, and always against human evil, and seemed to have a will often quite different from even that of his very own followers. These were the claims.
To say that God is merely a fabrication of mankind which sprung out of a hope for meaning, purpose, and life after death, plunges us into some quite unsolvable problems of belief. First of all, to say this fantasy would actually offer any real hope is mistaken. If humans realize their own weakness, mortality, and frailty in the face of inescapable death and decay, how can a self created god offer any hope against such a backdrop? It's kind of like saying that a sickly man trapped on one side of a gaping chasm could create a man of modeling clay to go and build them both a bridge to cross. We really are in such a situation as to need a savior outside of ourselves to deliver us from death and decay. It's easy now when full of good health and youth to disagree, but what about when you or I face the realities of death? I'm not so sure there are any bonafide death-bed atheists. So this concept of "God" only offers hope if he is real and independent of us.
Another problem would be to explain the complexities and obvious design found in the universe around us without attributing that design to an INDEPENDENT creator. When you or I could not even change our own diapers or speak, Atoms were spinning, seeds were germinating, clouds were condensing, planets were spinning around stars of unfathomable size and heat. The beauties of a rose, and the terrors of a tornado require an explanation beyond ourselves. Would anyone dare say they had anything at all to do with creation having not even decided the color of his eyes beforehand?
Personally I am convinced that God is eternal. He never had a beginning nor will ever cease to exist. Only finite things require a moment of making, and a moment of ceasing. But think about this, even if you could say that "God" was created, I would ask who created him. If you could tell me that, I would say "This one is the true God, for he existed always and created your former god. But suppose you then said "No, he was also created." Again I would refer back, and back, and back until you found the uncreated one.
Plug the theory that man created God into this equation:
"Man created God" you say.
"Then Man is God" I reply.
"But man was also created by something or someone" you say.
"Then find who is the creator of man, and he is the true and living God".
"But man could have been created out of mechanical processes without mind or direction" you retort.
"Then man has no God and he is hopeless" I say with sadness.
If humanity does not have a true God, then we are lost.
Yet thank God through the Lord Jesus Christ that we do have an eternal loving and personal God who we call on for salvation.