INTRODUCTION TO A COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

  • Evidence for God based on the Origin of the Universe
    Some skeptics claim that they would believe in God if they could witness a miracle yet we have something much clearer in the origin of the universe since it is scientifically verifiable. If you would consider something appearing before your eyes that was not a trick or an illusion as evidence for a miracle then why not the entire universe out of nothing? Most scientists believe that the universe is 13.7 billion years old but some recent speculative theories posit an origin to the Big Bang. However, developments in cosmology have now made the notion of an eternal universe scientifically infeasible. Alexander Vilenkin does not mince words in describing the implications of the 2003 BVG theorem which he co-authored with other leading physicists: “With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind the possibility of a past-eternal universe. There is no escape, they have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning.” According to the BVG theorem, not even space and time can be extrapolated into the infinite past.
    Thus, the universe came into existence not from any previously existing spacetime but out of absolutely nothing. Note that not even quantum fluctuations operate outside of space and time.  A few physicists have speculated about the possibility of a universe popping into existence out of absolutely nothing but this has been soundly criticized even by atheists. There is no physics of non-being and there is no justification in extrapolating physics to apply a realm in which there is no matter, energy, space or time. No experiments can be performed outside of space and time. Thus, it is a category error to think that science will ever discover how a universe can be created out of absolutely nothing. “Nothing” has no properties and therefore no potential for creating universes. Even Lawrence Krauss who advocated a universe originated out of nothing reluctantly admitted that he meant “nothing” in terms of a quantum vacuum not “absolutely nothing”. Thus we have scientific evidence for something impossible based on the assumption of atheistic naturalism. The inference to a supernatural cause for all of nature is more rational than for most conceivable miracles that one could witness. If nature itself had a beginning that includes a beginning to space and time, how could there plausibly ever be a naturalistic explanation. Some scientists are still trying to find a way that the universe could be infinitely old, but as Vilenkin recently wrote: “Allthe evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning.” Thus, there is good evidence for theism.


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