The BIG Questions — #1 Is God for Real?
March 5, 2010
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If I walk into what I think is an empty house and observe a rocking chair still rocking, I look for a cause. Is someone in the house? Is there a cat or dog around that just jumped down from the rocker? Is there a window open that allows a breeze to rock the chair? Something has to have rocked the chair! No one could come to the conclusion that nothing caused the chair to rock, that it did it all by itself.
Where did the universe come from? Evidence now seems to indicate that the universe had a beginning in what has been called The Big Bang. According to the prevailing view, everything in the universe exploded out of an infinitesimally small spot in a “singularity” nearly 14 billion years ago. Scientists are not clear on how or why this happened.
Nothing makes more sense than to postulate, hypothesize, and believe that something outside of space and time made space and time. In this universe where everything operates by cause and effect it seems very probable that the great cause of the amazing effect we call the universe exists outside, and beyond, the universe.
We can’t know for a fact that God exists! It takes faith. If you know something for a fact, there’s really no room for faith. Faith is built on what you don’t know for sure, something that’s not a fact, but probable. It may not be a provable fact that God created everything, but it is a plausible view, many believe the most plausible view. In fact, it could be argued that it takes less faith to believe that God made it all than to believe that it came into existence on its own!
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)