Did the Sumerians and Illuminati invent the God of the Bible?
We receive lots of questions about wide-ranging theological topics, and we seek to help people to think through these issues biblically. S.B. from Brazil writes:
Hello, I have been having doubts about my faith, regarding the true origin of the God of the Bible, and if He really is the Creator/ exists. I've heard that he originally existed as a god of a divine council, that he originated in Egypt, was created by Sumerians [link deleted], that he was created by the Illuminati, etc. Answering this question would greatly help me, thanks!
Keaton Halley, CMI-US, responds:
I hope you will spend some time reading articles on our site, because there is much stronger evidence for the God of the Bible than there is for wild conspiracy theories like that book on the Illuminati presents. See our article, Why CMI rejects ‘conspiracy’ theorizing. Don’t just settle for assertions; make sure, as you read, you are asking yourself questions like, “What is the evidence for this assertion?” and “How strong is that evidence?”
There is much compelling evidence for the God of Scripture. See The Creation Answers Book ch. 1: Does God exist? I encourage you to read that chapter, and then dive into more detail, if you like, by exploring our Topics page. There, you can follow links to read about evidence for God from the design in living things, from the reality of good and evil, from the young age of the world, from genetics and the information present in DNA, from archaeology that supports Scripture, from the rocks and fossils that point to a worldwide Flood, and more.
There is some evidence in Scripture of a divine council, but this involves angels who are not God’s equals (or, in some cases, intra-Trinitarian dialogue). That is quite different from saying that polytheism came first and then eventually one god was exalted over the others. Actually, the evidence does not suggest that this is the correct order of religious development, or that people made up God. Rather, the evidence indicates that the earliest form of religion in various cultures around the world included belief in monotheism—one personal and supreme God—and other idolatrous beliefs (in false gods) have developed since then.
Also, the true history in Genesis is confirmed by the fact that many of these cultures also have ancient traditions they’ve handed down from their ancestors that resemble the Creation, Fall, Flood, and Babel stories in Genesis 1–11. And, did you know that even children raised in homes where they are not taught about God naturally form a belief in a Creator, and they only lose that belief by being educated against it?
Finally, ask yourself what the alternative is. Don’t just be skeptical about Christianity—apply equal skepticism to whatever worldview is being proposed in its place. In other words, it’s good practice to doubt your doubts and be skeptical of the skeptics. For example, if God does not exist, then how do we explain the fact that there is real evil in the world? How do we explain the incredible design in living things, and in the structure of the universe? How do we explain our ability to reason if we are the product of unthinking materials and forces? Atheism has numerous insurmountable problems, while the biblical God is the best explanation for the way the world actually is.
I hope the above will encourage you and strengthen your trust in Him.