A Boy, God, and Atoms

We had visitors while my daughter and I were working on chemistry. When Brendan saw the molecules Noah was putting together he asked what she as doing. Noah told him that the small pieces were atoms and that she was putting them together with toothpicks to form molecules.

His questions came rapid fire.

“What are atoms?”
“Atoms are the things that make up everything.”
“Everything? You mean this book? This table? This apple?”
“Yeah. Everything.”
“What about God?”

We all stopped. “What about God?”

Is God made of atoms? Jesus said that God is Spirit (John 4:24). All matter is composed of atoms in the physical realm, but what about the spiritual realm?

How does one answer this question? God created all things, including atoms. Atoms are made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Molecules are atoms that have bonded to make something else — like hydrogen and oxygen bonding to make water. So, can God be made of atoms?

I’d like to give Brendan an answer to his question, but it’ll be impossible to give him a true answer, only God can give him the true answer. For the time being, I’m going to tell him, “No, God is not made of atoms. God made the atoms.”

If he asks any more questions, I’ll just have to pray and ask God to help me answer them.

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