Why does God exist? What is HIS cause? A good question and worthy of an answer! On the surface, it seems to be the case that Christians are saying,
“The Big Bang can’t be true because nothing can be uncaused!
But if the Big Bang HAD a cause, what caused the cause? And what caused that cause? You wind up in an infinite regress which is no better than an infinite past with no beginning, both of which leave you unable to account for existence at all! After all, if an infinite number of causes (or days) had to pass before today occurred, we would never have reached today because you cannot pass an infinite number of anything one at a time.
So how did we get here?
Obviously not through an uncaused explosion. God must have done it! But where did God come from? Was he made by a bigger God?
And was the bigger God made by a bigger, bigger God?
And was the bigger bigger God made by a bigger bigger BIGGER GOD?
WHERE DOES IT END?!?
The way the Bible solves this dilemma is not by saying God was ALWAYS HERE- as if he existed through an infinite amount of time before he made us, but rather that God is ETERNAL.
The difference between Eternal and infinite in the past is a VERY important difference.
The author of a book does not have an age inside the story he is writing. Hamlet can’t look back into his own history and find the birth of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is everywhere in the story of Hamlet, and there is nowhere in the history of Hamlet where Shakespeare began. In the world/play of Hamlet, Shakespeare just IS. And if he wasn’t, then neither would any of the characters or places in Hamlet.
Similarly, God isn’t IN our story, he is our author. He doesn’t age in our time- he MADE our time.
But what about His cause?
After all, Shakespear may be omnipresent and omniscient to Hamlet, but William Shakespeare was born in 1564.
In philosophy we acknowledge the need for a first, unmoved mover. Someone to knock over the first domino so that we can explain all of the dominoes which are still falling. We also call this the first uncaused cause.
This is not a cop out- it’s NECESSARY.
In fact, that’s what we call it- a necessary being. Because you can’t have an infinite regress of causes, there MUST be a first, uncaused cause. A first unmoved mover. A timeless, eternal cause of the temporal universe. That’s not a stopping of the search for answers,
that is the answer one reaches if they keep searching.
There MUST BE AN UNCAUSED CAUSE or NOTHING would exist! And for that cause to also explain the universe, it must be GOD.
So, logically, GOD MUST exist, and He must exist, not forever back in time- but BEFORE time.
Do Christians say, “The Bible doesn’t mention anything before God so I’ll just stop there”? No sir. Philosophy shows us that the Bible describes God accurately when it says he is uncaused and eternal- God MUST exist. He cannot NOT exist. This is not the result of stopping the investigation, this is the logical result of following the reason to where it has to lead, and as always, it leads back to the Bible.
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