The Existence of an Eternal Being Part 2 of 3
Summary: Every event and agent is present because of a previous cause. You can’t have something happen without a cause. People, places, and things do not appear without some one or an action causing them to appear. Therefore, since we cannot have an infinite regress, there must be one “thing” that exists without the request causality. That “thing” must have always existed and all material in the universe must originate from it and I surmise that it must be God.
I think that everyone outside of theoretical quantum physics would agree that every event that occurs has a cause. You didn’t just wake up one morning to find that you gained 100 pounds, just like you wont lose it without a cause. You did too much couch surfing with many 16 ounce curls instead of jogging and 20 pound curls. The leaf on a tree moved because the wind blew it.
There are two types of causality which are different primarily because of intentionality, but here are the general differences
- Event causation – An event occurs because of another event. An example of event causation are the Direct TV commercials that end “get rid of cable and upgrade to Direct TV like “Big Fatty Face” “When your cable goes out, you get stressed” . And a bunch of events happen that lead you to a bad end, one that you did not intend on occurring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXHdoreQ5i4
- Agent causation – An event occurs because of some sort of sentient being that intended to cause something to happen. I threw a baseball into a glass window and it broke.
You can’t have anything occur that did not occur without causality. If they did we would live in a random universe where we could not predict any event, be able to understand the natural world, much less come up with scientific laws.
In the the movie The Matrix Reloaded, there is a scene that lays out causality well, even though in the middle of the scene it gets a little R-rated. The Merovingian is answering a question/statement from Morpheus “you know why we are here”. Here is his response:
There is only one constant in the universe. It is the only truth. Causality. Action – reaction, cause and effect. Causality. For there is no escape from it. We are forever slaves to it. Our only peace is to understand it to understand the WHY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkQYFwyX0k8 This is not a new concept. Aristotle said “we do not have knowledge of a thing until we have grasped its why, that is to say, its explanation” or it cause. “Why is it here”, or “what caused it to act in such a way”. The questions presuppose the ability to rationally come to the actual answer.
When we look back in time and continue to ask “what caused that?”, we cannot have an infinite regression, but we must come to event or agent in which it was not acted upon. If not then we are saying that the universe did not have a beginning, which theologian and cosmologist both agree that is false, the universe did have a beginning. Stephen Hawking says that there is no need for a God because there are many universes that spontaneously existed out of nothing. So, what Hawking is saying is that there was nothing one moment, and the next there was not just our universe but many.
To believe the way Hawking does is simply a philosophical fantasy that not only requires more faith than believing in a creator God, but it also requires you to suspend logic. The theistic explanation at least is plausible, and I believe the most rational conclusion to the question “where did the universe come from”. The answer God!