Before you say, “I don’t believe.” Chapter 7

Do you really believe that everything that exists came about from nothing?

How can anything come from nothing, let alone everything?

We have already considered aspects of the wonder of all that there is in our universe when we examined the reasons Christians believe in God. We live in an amazing world. Where did it come from?

Did something come from nothing? Did all the billions of stars come from nothing at all? Or has something (or Someone) always existed? Either matter is eternal with nothing bringing it into existence, or there is a supreme, eternal power beyond our finite comprehension.

It is the axiomatic principle of cause and effect that something cannot come from nothing, that every effect must have an adequate cause. When atheist Professor Steven Jones of UCL was asked on a radio phone-in programme how something came from nothing and how life came from non-life, he simply fell silent until the questioner asked another question, because the host of the programme intervened to ease Steven Jones’ embarrassment at not being able to answer the question. Bertrand Russell, a noted unbeliever, once said in a radio debate, that the universe is “just there, and that’s all.” That does not satisfy the logical mind.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that everything in the universe is running down, as from a starting point. Matter is not eternal. The only conclusion one can come to is that there is an eternal, intelligent Mind, which was the first cause to explain the existence of the universe.

The Bible presents us with God, the divine First Cause, who brought the universe, the world and everything in it, into existence. These in turn, serve as evidence for His existence. The Bible says, ‘For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so people are without excuse.’ (Romans 1:20)

No more reasonable explanation for the beginning of our planet and universe exists than the words of the Bible, ‘In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth.’ Who, apart from the God of the Bible, is sufficiently powerful to be the cause of all that we see and know?

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