With the evidence presented in the cosmological arguement. The evidence leads us to two options;
- No one created something out of Nothing- The Atheistic View
- Someone created something out of nothing – Theistic view
Now which view is more reasonable? We all have to ask ourselves this question. With number 2, at least if someone created something out of nothing it’s a miracle and we have a miracle worker but with number one you have a miracle with no miracle worker. To agree with number 1 would be to disagree with the law of causality –“that EVERY EFFECT has a cause”, which is the foundation of all science. If you want to give up on the law of causality then you have to give up on science, as what scientists do is search for what particular cause resulted in a particular effect. NOTE it doesn’t say EVERYTHING has a cause but EVERY EFFECT. Therefore, there has to an uncaused first cause, the uncaused first cause could either be in the universe or outside of the universe. We have the evidence that the universe had a beginning and is not eternal, so if the uncaused first cause can’t be in the universe, we are left with the latter; it has to be outside the universe. Robert Jastrow (remember, an agnostic) at the end of his book -God and the astronomers says;
“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; He is about to conquer the highest peak, as he pulls himself over the final rock he greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries”.
In an interview with Christianity Today, Jastrow also said;
“Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover. That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact”.
With all of this, for me the question I can’t answer is why the SURGE evidence is not taught to kids in schools and then let the kids decide. Throughout, I have not ONCE said anything like, “the reason I believe in creation is because the Bible says so”. I certainly do believe the Bible is right about it but you don’t need the Bible to know the Bible is right about it. The evidence given is scientific evidence. If you can’t teach creation in schools then you can’t teach evolution. By the way I don’t believe evolution is true, I certainly agree with micro-evolution by natural selection – organisms can adapt to survive. But the idea of “Goo to you via the Zoo” (macro evolution) I don’t agree with for various reasons, but I have an open mind on it. But that aside, even if the whole of evolution was true it doesn’t disprove the existence of God. At the very least, it might (and I don’t think it does) explain the beginning of life, but not the universe. As we have seen, all evidence shows that you still need a creator to create the universe, before life can even begin. I believe we should just teach kids the facts and let them decide how they interpret it as they get older and wiser.
Finally, the next time you sing “GOD save the Queen” as a Briton, or you pledge as a Nigerian “…To defend her(Nigeria) unity and uphold Her honor and glory, So help me GOD” or even as an American read in your declaration of independence drafted on the 4th of July, 1776 that; “…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are CREATED equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”. Whenever or wherever you hear the words GOD or CREATOR, you realize that these are not just metaphors, but there exists a Loving, Magnificent, Spaceless, Timeless, Immaterial, Intelligent, and Personal Being called God.
I understand I have only covered the evidence for a Spaceless, Timeless, immaterial being but as we move on to the Teleological argument, Moral argument and whether or not Christianity is true, we’ll learn a bit more about a Loving, Caring, Personal, Just God. This concludes the cosmological argument.