Parents are not the Creators of their
Of all physical
things that are born, there is a hidden seed in whatever material things we
see. Some seeds are visible to the eyes while others are hidden in a deeper
level, like the seeds of the first animal and plants that existed in the
world. The first animals did not have parents whose seeds produced offspring.
The first seed that is able to propagate its kind must have come from a
source that we cannot see but who has the power to cause the seed to
continuously propagate its kind. And though they can propagate themselves
through the conjunction of male and female the first source was, itself,
not from such conjunctions.
The creator of that invisible seed is God, the Creator. So we do not say
that parents produce their children or the farmer their produce but by the
process by which they bear children and produce farm products, the creative
power of God is working from within.
It is one thing to establish and govern creation from the inmost and
fundamental principle of causes, and the one who does this is God alone,
and it is quite another thing to use powers and faculties given by Him to
effect some external operation. It is one thing to create and another thing
to give birth. Everything has already been created by God's mind; and when
the suitable opportunity arises, it comes forth.
Nothing is created here on earth except by God from which nothing comes
forth or dies, for in Him there is no beginning or end.
Augustine, On the Trinity, 3, 13, 16