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What is your life?
For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

James 4:14

 

HOW DID THE UNIVERSE COME TO BE?

  1. It is a figment of everyone's collective imagination. You and I and the rest of the world are imagining all of this together, at the same time.
     
  2. It came from nothing. First of all,the human mind cannot fully comprehend true "nothingness". One cannot measure it empirically because the observation would require an other than natural (supernatural) ability to observe in pure spirit. No time, no space, no matter. Our minds picture empty space, but that's not nothing; empty space is something. How can something come from nothing? If there were truly and absolutely nothing, something couldn't exist to create itself.

    The first law of thermodynamics, which states that the energy going into a heat engine must equal the useful work coming out plus the change in internal heat energy, is equivalent to the law of conservation of energy. It is not possible to get something from nothing. No engine can do more useful work than the amount of energy input.


    Here's a joke for you:
     
    One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.

    The scientist walked up to God and said, "God, we've decided that we no longer need you. We're to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don't you just go on and get lost."

    God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, "Very well, how about this, let's say we have a man making contest." To which the scientist replied, "OK, great!"

    But God added, "Now, we're going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam."

    The scientist said, "Sure, no problem" and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.

    God just looked at him and said, "No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!"
    [Insert "God sprinkles jerks" cartoon here of The Far Side by Gary Larson. It's a picture of God in the kitchen with the Earth in a skillet. There is a shelf of ingredients in different sized boxes and jars behind him with labels such as: birds, insects, krill, med. skinned people, light skinned people, dark skinned people, plants, reptiles, and amphibians. On the table is a box labeled trees, a measuring cup, and spoon. There is a thought bubble, "And just to make it interesting..." as God with his chefs hat is sprinkling a red jar labeled "jerks" onto the Earth. The cartoon is really funny but Gary Larson has made it explicitly clear that he does not want his cartoons reproduced.]

     

  3. It always existed. Science has proven that space and matter has indeed originated from an absolute position and that the amount of useful work the universe can do is decreasing. Energy is not being lost, it's just being so dispersed that eventually there will be no more useful work. If the universe always existed, we would have already reached the point of no more useful work. You can stick the multiverse theory in here too.

    The second law of thermodynamics states that the amount of energy in a system that is available to do work is decreasing.  Entropy increases as available energy decreases.  In other words, the purely natural tendency of things is to move toward chaos--not order; and available energy necessary for work is lost (mostly as heat) in this process.  Eventually, the universe will run down, and all life and motion will cease because all the energy that exists will be, more or less, evenly distributed so that no work can be performed and no life can exist.  This is the natural tendency of all things.  Batteries run down, machines break, buildings crumble, roads decay, living things die, etc.  Left to the natural state, all things would eventually cease to function.
    1. The universe is not infinitely old because it has not "run down."

      1. If the universe were infinitely old, it would have reached a state where all usable energy was gone.

      2. But, we are not in this state; therefore, the universe is not infinitely old and must have had a beginning.

    2. Because the universe had a beginning, it is not infinite in size.

      1. It would require an infinite amount of time to become infinite in size.  Since the universe had a beginning, it has not had an infinite amount of time to expand; therefore, it is finite in size.

    3. All events have causes.

      1. There cannot be an infinite regress of events because that would mean the universe were infinitely old.

        1. We've already established that the universe cannot be infinitely old.

        2. If it were infinitely old, the universe would be in a state of unusable energy, which it is not.

        3. If it were infinitely old, the universe would be infinitely large, which it is not.

    4. Since the universe is finite and had a beginning and there cannot be an infinite number of regressions of causes to bring it into existence, there must be a single uncaused cause of the universe.

      1. A single uncaused cause of the universe must be greater in size and duration than the universe it has brought into existence.

        1. Otherwise, we have the uncaused cause bringing into existence something greater than, or equal to, itself.

      2. Any cause that is natural to the universe is part of the universe.

        1. An event that is part of the universe cannot cause itself to exist.

        2. Therefore, there must be an uncaused cause outside the universe.

      3. An uncaused cause cannot be a natural part of the universe, which is finite.

        1. An uncaused cause would be infinite in both space and time since it is greater than which it has caused to exist.

      4. An uncaused cause would be separate from the universe.

        1. Being separate from the universe, which was caused to be, it would not be subject to the laws of the universe since it existed independent of the universe and its laws.

        2. This would mean that entropy need not be required of the uncaused cause.

    5. This uncaused cause is supernatural.

      1. By supernatural, it is meant completely 'other' than the universe and is not the product of it.

        1. This uncaused cause must be incredibly powerful to bring the universe into existence.

    6. The Bible teaches that God is uncaused, is not part of the universe, created the universe, and is incredibly powerful.

      1. God's existence (in Christianity) is not an event but a state.

      2. Psalm 90:2 says that God is God without a beginning.

      3. This means that God is uncaused.

    7. Therefore, the God of the Bible is the uncaused cause of the universe.


     

  4. It was created. An intelligent designer - all knowing, all powerful and everywhere present being - independent of time, space and matter - created, not made, everything that we know and more. If you could figure Him out, He wouldn't be and Almighty God, would He?

He has left us a guidebook and though I'm now convinced of the reliability of the Bible, I'm not one who blindly accepts everything I read. God did not leave His existence without clear and convincing evidence that can be found inside and outside the Bible.

Nowhere does the Bible suggest that God intends for believers to blindly, mindlessly follow without ever questioning. The undeniable proof of His existence and the evidence of His love and power is evident at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is this single event that is the center of human history and the pivotal moment in the Bible.

 

I'M A HISTORIAN. I AM NOT A BELIEVER,
BUT I MUST CONFESS AS A HISTORIAN
THAT THIS PENNILESS PREACHER FROM
NAZARETH IS IRREVOCABLY THE VERY
CENTER OF HISTORY. JESUS CHRIST IS
EASILY THE MOST DOMINANT FIGURE
IN ALL OF HISTORY.

~THE NON-CHRISTIAN, HISTORIAN, H.G. WELLS


 

Once I became one hundred percent convinced that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, all other challenges to faith are minor and inconsequential. The only conclusions that can be reached about Jesus Christ is that He was a legend, a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. Which conclusion have you reached? If you don't yet trust the Holy Bible as a reliable witness, then please read the evidence that comes from historical extra-biblical sources. The evidence is overwhelming, for those willing to take time to study it. If it's true that Jesus Christ died for our sins, then was resurrected from the dead (as I declare), then our acceptance or rejection of Him will have eternal consequences for us all.

 

CHRISTIANITY, IF FALSE, IS OF NO IMPORTANCE,
AND IF TRUE, OF INFINITE IMPORTANCE.
THE ONLY THING IT CANNOT BE IS MODERATELY IMPORTANT.

~C.S. LEWIS

 

 

 



Your brother in Christ,
Gene

 

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