Last week I gave you my modified Cosmological Argument for God’s existence. The basic argument has only two premises, the first and last in my version. I added the middle premise because I thought it added more clarity toward what kind of cause the universe must have had.
First, everything that begins to exist has a cause. Second, nothing can be its own cause. Third, The universe (space – time – matter) began to exist. Therefore the universe has a cause that is spaceless, timeless, and immaterial.
First, everything that begins to exist has a cause. Second, nothing can be its own cause. Third, The universe (space – time – matter) began to exist. Therefore the universe has a cause that is spaceless, timeless, and immaterial. I compared this natural understanding of origins to the Biblical understanding of origins. The Christian God is spaceless, timeless and immaterial, thus he fits the description of what caused the universe. Also that Genesis 1:1 lays out exactly what the universe is made of: space, time and matter.
I like to interact with people who do not necessarily agree with my worldview. I like to be challenged and to challenge others. So when I had the opportunity to share my argument with someone last week I took it. She was (is) an Atheist that made it clear to me that she did not believe in God. So I wrote out this argument and gave it to her. I asked her to read it and give me her thoughts on it as an Atheist.
She read it and at first she wasn’t sure what I expected. I clarified by saying if the cause of the universe must be timeless, spaceless, and immaterial then we are getting into God territory.
If the cause of the universe must be timeless, spaceless, and immaterial then we are getting into God territory.
She disagreed. The beginning of the universe was like a black hole that collapsed and exploded to create the universe. To which I asked if a black hole was something made of matter. I also could have asked if it was contained in time and whether or not it filled any sort of space. These are all things that science says had a beginning.
Our conversation was interrupted at that point but I asked myself what sort of things I could learn from this short interaction?
1. I wanted to hear what she thought. I asked her to share her thoughts and I listened. Sure, I knew where she was going but it is important to listen to give others the opportunity to speak.
2. She knew her view about the beginning of the universe. We need to be prepared by knowing their arguments to the best of our abilities.
3. Again I was interrupted before getting to my true goal: sharing Jesus Christ’s forgiveness of offenses by grace though faith in Him. Even though I fell short, I am confident that God is in control and took things exactly where He wanted them to be.
I do not know if she will consider my final question and realize that my argument comes before her explanation. I look forward to hearing her explanation. For now, her answer seems to say that she believes that something can be its own cause. That matter from a black hole caused of the matter in the universe when she’s supposed to explain how matter started in the first place. To use my previous post’s example, she believes that a tree grew from one of its own acorns.