Everything that begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Today would have never arrived if there were infinite days and no beginning. All matter is constantly changing and thus entropy demonstrates that energy is becoming less usable. Causality affirms everything that began to exist has a greater cause. Therefore, the universe began to exist, and the universe must have a cause.
The universe is full of effects for which every effect must have a sufficient greater cause. The universe is mass and energy in motion. Mass is stored energy, and energy is the ability for motion. Motion is an effect that must have a cause because an infinite regress is impossible, and so every motion is set in motion and is not eternal, and therefore, all motion was set in motion. This is all to say again that the universe had a beginning as everything within the universe had a beginning.
The universe had a beginning with only three considerable causes. Either the universe exists by necessity, began by chance from nothing, or was created by a Creator. Does the universe exist by necessity? Nothing exists by necessity that begins to exists or that would have already existed and always existed. Furthermore, the universe is contingent and thus cannot exist because of necessity. Something could possibly exist by chance. However, the probability that the universe came to exist from nothing is impossible. Nothing comes from nothing. An effect cannot exist without a cause. Something cannot come from nothing. Could one cause have created all material things — the universe? Every effect has a cause and every material thing is changing thus showing that nothing material is eternal. Therefore, there must exist one great cause at the beginning of the great chain of cause and effect that consists of the universe. This cause must transcend matter to have caused matter to exist. Therefore, the cause must be metaphysical — supernatural.
Identifying the Cause
Is the cause of the universe something or nothing? There must exist something since nothing has no effect. Does the cause create an effect? The cause must create or there would be nothing. Is the creating cause mindless or a mind? Natural laws operate the same way repeatedly and only upon what already exists. If the cause were mindless, then it would operate repeatedly without choice. However, for the cause to create something unique, then the cause must operate as a mind and by choice. Since chance cannot create anything with complex order without intelligence, no creator can create with order without a mind. The cause must be personal. The Creator must be a being, an intelligent person. Must the creator have enough intelligence to cause the grand effect of everything that exists? This must certainly be true since no part of the universe can originate from chance. Can the Creator create without power? No. The Creator must have all power as the great original cause for the grand effect of the universe. The Creator must be all-powerful. This Creator is an all-powerful personal Being who caused the universe and transcends the universe. By definition, this is God.
The premises above leave one undeniable conclusion that all physical effects have one metaphysical all-powerful supremely intelligent Creator who is the great cause and genesis of everything in existence. This confirms Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Also Psalm 19:1 affirms, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” In Romans 1:20, the apostle declared, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
Nature’s God should compel more questions: “Would the all-knowing Creator contain and be all Truth?,” “Would He know all virtue and be the example of all virtue and the epitome of virtue?,” and “Would He be below and submissive to virtue or greater than virtue having created virtue, or would He be virtue in His essence?”
Read more: “Love Exists Because God Exists.”