The universe had a cause equal to or greater than itself
By Don Ruhl
If you have not started to think about how everything got here, start soon. Look around you and wonder what it is all about. Consider our home Earth. Why did Earth get all the good stuff? Compare her with the rest of the planets.
As I stood in line at the pharmacy in a large store, I started looking around at the abundance of all the stuff on the shelves, and then considered that this is multiplied millions of times over the earth, and that everything I saw would soon be replaced with more! How did all that happen?
Examples of Cause and Effect
Everything is either a cause or an effect and some causes are effects and vice versa. Consider rain. Evaporation causes rain, but rain cause plants to grow. Consider Newton’s Cradle. Pick up a ball and release it. When it slams into the stationary balls, the energy transfers through three balls and causes the last ball to bounce into the air. Then that ball becomes a cause that makes the original ball to bounce out.
Possible Explanations for the Existence of the Universe
The universe is an effect. What was the cause? People have offered some possible causes:
- It is the figment of someone’s imagination.
- It created itself.
- The Big Bang
- It is eternal. (The Big Bang will lead to the Big Crunch, and then Big Bang happens again, ad infinitum.)
- It was created.
Scripture verifies that the latter happened,
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
(Psa 19.1, 2)
The heavens declare God’s glory. It does not say the heavens declare God. However, the heavens declare whose glory? They glorify Him. They do not alone say He exists, but the heavens sure tell us that something or someone wonderful made them!
The firmament shows God’s handiwork. It does not say the firmament shows God. However, the firmament shows whose handiwork? They show tremendous design. They do not alone tell us who God is, but the firmament sure tells us that something or someone knew what He was doing!
Cosmological Argument Restrictions
The Cosmological Argument is what I have presented in this brief article. By itself the Cosmological Argument does not prove God’s existence. It only argues something or someone equal to or greater than the universe caused it. It creates a frame of mind ready to accept the idea of a Creator. Consider Romans 1.18–21. The writer of the Book of Hebrews said, “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Heb 3.4).
Observing a house, we know someone made it. However, we only know so much about the builder by means of the house.
He who created all things must have been very interested in our lives. Look at what He provided for us. Has He provided anything else that we do not know about? We find things all the time on Earth that benefit us. Does He provide something for me on the inside? He provides His Son Jesus Christ for our hearts. God’s interest is so grand that He does not want us to live for a mere 80 or 90 years on the Earth at the most. He wants us to live forever with Him in heaven.
- God and You (thebiblemeditator.wordpress.com)