This week we begin a 7 part series.
Reasons Enough for Belief
Part 1 of 7|
The Origin of Everything
I look around and ask myself, why is all of this here? Why is there something instead of nothing? Where did it all come from?
Scientists have observed our expanding universe, and by rewinding the action backward they have concluded that our universe was formed 13.8 billion years ago. The theory is that the universe exploded into being from an infinitesimally small point, often called the Big Bang.
Even if we assume that the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe is right, what caused the Big Bang? Many cosmologists hold the view that this happened naturally, without benefit of any creator. Other cosmologists are open to the idea of a creator.
It seems to defy logic to believe that everything came out of nothing without something causing it to happen. Our universe operates on the principle of cause and effect. The fact that the universe exists means that there must be a cause.
The idea that energy and matter have always existed is intellectually unsatisfying. You can’t keep putting off answering the question, “But where did energy and matter come from?” by pushing it farther and farther into the past. Eventually we want to know, “But what’s the ultimate cause?”
Many hold to the conviction, including a significant number of scientists, that there’s someone beyond space and time, who is neither energy nor matter, who has made all that is.
It really makes good sense to believe that the origin of the universe is a result of the creative activity of God. It has been argued, and I believe it’s valid, that it takes more faith to believe that somehow everything exists without anyone making it than to believe that there is a Maker!
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)