In my last post I introduced the Cosmological Argument to you and in this post I want to address some objections or questions that may come up from those you share with. If you missed the Cosmological Argument click here to read it first.
The most likely response to the Cosmological Argument that you may get is a question, “Who made God?” This is a key question in Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion. Apologist Sean McDowell notes “While rhetorically powerful, this objection misses the point of the argument. The claim is not that everything has a cause. Rather, everything that begins to exist has a cause.” Think about it, if God was caused, then you would have an infinite regress without a beginning. Remember our conclusion from the last post.
Since the universe is physical, finite in space, has a beginning, and slowly running out of energy we can then say the cause had to be outside the physical, (i.e. non-physical) infinite, timeless, changeless, and powerful. Sounds a little like the God the Bible describes.
While this doesn’t point to a particular God, like that of the Bible, the character traits that are given this creator/beginner are the same as the God of the Bible. God is non-physical, infinite, timeless, changeless, and powerful. This type of being does not need a cause.
Another objection you might hear from someone is that the universe caused itself to come into existence without the aid of anything outside itself. This is as it sounds, absurd. It that were possible, why wouldn’t other things come into existence all by themselves also? Why don’t we have people or basketballs randomly appearing in the universe? The laws of nature cannot explain how this might be, this is the ultimate magicians rabbit out of the hat trick.
One last objection to the Cosmological Argument might be to the premise that the universe does not have a beginning. Someone may want to challenge your statement that you make on a beginning. They may point out that the recent work of Stephen Hawking, a brilliant Astrophysicist and mathematician. Hawking says that the beginning of the universe can be avoided because time has been rounded off at the final moments before the Big Bang Singularity. The way that Hawking got this to work in mathematical equations was with the use of imaginary numbers combined with Einsteins equations. Unfortunately these numbers do not work out when you replace the imaginary numbers with real numbers in real life. “But if the universe can be eternal and uncaused,” as Sean McDowell states “then why can’t God?” What is most unreasonable is to suppose that the universe arose, uncaused from nothing.
As always, questions, comments, discussions are welcome. If you can think of any other objects feel free to post them in a comment.