Causal Arguments for the Existence of God

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There are several Naturalistic Arguments for the Existence of God

  • By Naturalistic, we mean they are derived from what is observed in Nature

All of these are based on the Causal Argument which has 2 central ideas:

  • For every Effect, there must be a Cause
  • No Effect can be greater (qualitatively or quantitatively) than its Cause

Once you understand these two premises, you are left with only 2 possibilities for explaining existence:

  • There is an endless Chain of Causes that is both Infinite and Eternal
  • There is a First Cause (an Uncaused Cause if you will) which alone is Infinite and Eternally Greater

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Yet we know the Physical and Chemical Laws science has established make it impossible for the Universe to be derived from an endless Chain of Causes

  • The Law of the Conservation of Mass tells us that this Universe does not possess the ability to either create or destroy matter 1
  • The Law of the Conservation of Energy tells us that this Universe does not possess the ability to either create or destroy energy 2
  • The Law of Entropy tells us that this Universe is winding down towards randomness and disorder 3

Combine these Laws together and you have a Universe that can not be self-existent

Instead, there must be an Uncaused Cause or an External Cause that Supernaturally Engineered this Time-Space-Matter Continuum

  • The Universe must have been engineered / stocked with Mass by another Cause that does possess the ability to create Matter
  • The Universe must have been engineered / stocked with Energy by another Cause that does possess the ability to create Energy
  • The Universe must have been brought into being by another Cause that establishes order and design out of disorder and randomness

With this as our background, let’s look at the 4 Naturalistic Arguments for the Existence of God (the Uncaused Cause) and how they show up on the pages of Scripture