As you start your week in the world today, I thought it may be helpful to remember why you believe what you believe. Ultimately our faith is all about God. An increasing number of people in this world believe there is no God. If you are reading this article, then you likely do believe in God. Why do you believe God exists? Here is one reason for you to think about today: Matter Demands a Maker.1
This is also called the Law of Cause and Effect or the Cosmological argument. It says, “Every material effect must have a cause that came before it and is greater to it. Therefore, the universe must have a cause that came before it and was greater than it.”2 This is a law based on the first law of thermodynamics which says “In nature, matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed.”3 This means, in nature, matter or energy cannot come from nothing. Therefore, if something does it exist, it must have either existed eternally or created SUPERNATURALLY.
Furthermore, this Law of Cause and Effect means that every effect must have an adequate cause. For example, when you go to the grand Canyon you wouldn’t assume that a baby dug it with a shovel as that would be an inadequate cause.
Therefore, when we deal with the question, “What is the cause of the universe?” There must be some big explanation for the cause since the universe is so gigantic! Some suggest that a “Big Bang” was the cause. This explanation says that “Allegedly, about 14 billion years ago all of the matter and energy in the Universe was concentrated in a tiny ball of matter that exploded, causing the eventual formation of galaxies throughout the Universe.”4However, when the supporters of this explanation are asked, what caused the big bang, they say that no one knows for sure.
The Bible gives us a different and in my opinion better explanation. It says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
God is the cause that is more than adequate for the creation of the universe. In John 1:1-3 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Someone might ask, “What then is the cause of God?” It must be understood that the first law of thermodynamics, which says, “In nature, matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed” only applies to NATURE. God is SUPERNATURAL and ETERNAL therefore he does not have a cause nor is can he be measured with the scientific method. John 4:24 says, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth”
I hope you have a wonderful week and that you can be a true worshiper of God who seeks him daily. He is the ultimate cause of all things!
- This title is taken from the Apologetics Press book, Lyons and Butt, Reasons to Believe (Montgomery, AL: Apologetics Press, 2017).
- Lyons and Butt, Reasons to Believe, 10.
- Lyons and Butt, Reasons to Believe, 11.
Lyons and Butt, Reasons to Believe, 11.