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Cause and Effect

Created: 11/10/2023 - 0 Comment(s) Science and Faith

Can you imagine having a book without an Author or a building without a Builder or a painting without an Artist? Authors, Builders, and Artists are implied to exist because of the existence of their creations. God either exists or He doesn't exist. There are good arguments in favor of God's existence.  For example, there is complex design (such as the DNA molecule) and many physics constants that are perfectly balanced to ensure conditions are right for life to exist. Also, morality is seen in people all over the  world. They seem to have a conscience or an an inherent sense of right and wrong. How could that sense come from blind chance?  "How could such intelligence arise from non-intelligence?" (Does God Exist?, Bobby Conway, page 13)

The same logic applies to the Universe. Since everyone can plainly see the Universe exists, that fact implies or we intuitively think there is a  Universe Creator. According to Frank Turek in his excellent web article:  Does God Exist? God appears to have the following attributes:                        

  • "spaceless because it created space"
  • "timeless because it created time"
  • "immaterial because it created matter"
  • "powerful because it created out of nothing"
  • "intelligent because the creation event and the universe was precisely designed"
  • "personal because it made a choice to convert a state of nothing into something (impersonal forces don't make choices)".

The following are the classical 4 arguments for the existence of God:

  • Ontological argument - An ontological argument is an argument that states that God must exist because a God who exists must be greater than one who does not. [1]
  • The Kalam Cosmological argument - William Lane Craig states the argument as: [2]
    • "Everything that begins to exist has a cause."
    • "The universe began to exist."
    • "Therefore, the universe has a cause."
  • The Teleological argument - is the argument for Intelligent Design, and proposes that the Universe appears to have a purpose and to be specifically designed to fulfill that purpose. [3]
  • The Moral argument</strong> - this argument states: [4]
    • "A human experience of morality is observed."
    • "God is the best or only explanation for this moral experience."
    • "Therefore, God exists."

For a more in-depth explanation of this subject please visit: Does God Exist?

  1. Ontological Argument
  2. Kalam Cosmological Argument
  3. Teleological Argument
  4. Argument From Morality

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