In today’s society, atheism is growing more and more. A higher percentage of the children in America are growing up in a family that has no religious upbringing. No concept of God, which in turn does not foster a belief in God. But even for many of the young people who are brought up in faith, once they go to college or leave to set out on their own, they are bombarded with the secular world thought that there is no God. They are constantly hit with a “politically correct” way of thinking. That there is no right or wrong. The thinking that there is no moral truth. The thinking that, “What’s true for you might not be true for me.” That way of thinking starts to lead people to agnosticism (not knowing or caring that there is a God) or flat out rejecting the truth that there is a God.
How many of you know someone who has questioned you about the existence of God? Can you put into words how to give them some food for thought. Well, what proofs or what arguments are there for the existence of God?
The Kalam Cosmological Argument
1. Everything that exists has a cause outside of itself that brought it into existence.
2. The universe began to exist.
3. Therefore, the universe has a cause outside of itself that brought it into existence.
Now, the way this argument works is that you would have to effectively negate the 1st or 2nd premise.
For the 1st premise: “Metaphysical intuition” would tell you that something cannot come into being out of nothing. So, can we point to anything, show me anything in the universe that just came into existence on it’s own. If so, then why doesn’t root beer, a bicycle or a book just pop up out of thin air, caused out of nothing? You can’t show me because the data shows just the opposite. The imperial data shows that everything has an external cause. In my view, it would be impossible to negate that first premise.
For the 2nd premise: The universe came into existence because it is here. I mean that we can see the universe, so therefore it is. We know it exists, so it came into existence. So, the conclusion would mean that the universe had to have an external cause outside itself.
The Scientific Evidence for a First Cause
1. Scientists and physicists have discovered that all of the universe began at a point. They can trace it back to one event.
2. According to the “Big Bang aurgement,” all physical space and time, as well as all matter and energy in the universe came into being 13.7 billion years ago.
3. Science is pointing the way to God because energy has a beginning point. If we trace back to a time when there was no energy, then guess what? There also would be on matter, which means there would be no space and no time.
4. Why? Well, because time is the measurement of things in motion. In other words, without stuff has to be moving around, there is no space. And so, there is no time.
5. So, 13.7 billion years ago, there was no energy, no matter, no space and therefore no time!
What does that tell you? Well, somebody had to kick start this whole thing off. And whoever this being is,
1. He is not material.
2. He is not in time.
3. He is not in space.
4. And most importantly, he would have to be of infinite power. Why? Because it takes infinite power to bring something from nothing.
So, the conclusion is that there is a God, an Infinite Being, who has infinite power!
Let’s look at the 5 arguments for the proof of God from St. Thomas Aquinas:
3. Existence of necessary and the unnecessary
4. Levels of perfection
5. Everything in the universe is ordered
Take # 5. If we look around the universe, we see that things are ordered. That it is not just random.
Just look at a DNA molecule. A human cell has nearly a million working parts. It is so complex, it is said that the founder of microsoft, Bill Gates, when he studied this, said that 1 human cell makes my biggest super computor look like child’s play. A person has close to 3 trillion cells in their bodies. Each cell is precisely designed. Now, do you really think this just happen by chance?
To say all of this just happen by chance, would be like taking a 1000 piece picture puzzle, shake the box with all the pieces, take off the lid and toss all the pieces up in the air and have every single piece of the puzzle fall to the ground and land perfectly connected in its proper place. Common sense tells you No.
I hope this helps you. If you know someone, especially family members and friends who are having doughts about their belief in God, please share this post with them. It just might plant a seed of hope in their life. It just might lead them on a path back to a personal relationship with the Lord and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ!
Until next time, God bless!