In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:1-3, ESV).
Let’s talk about how we got here. And while discussing us, let’s throw in the sun, moon, stars, earth, mountains, insects, air, and my wife’s cat.
Everything has a cause; it doesn’t just happen.
I read once that Ronald Reagan was talking to a dinner guest about the existence of God.
Reagan said, “Let’s consider an airplane. Did that plane design itself? Someone who claims that the plane designed itself over time would be considered crazy. And yet some say the same thing about life, which is incredibly more intricate.” (Please note that this is an OGV remembrance.)
There is a more philosophical way to explain the cause of the universe by using a cherry pie. I will get to the cherry pie later (unless I eat it) since cherry pie is my favorite.
I believe our existence proves God’s existence. If there isn’t a cause, then how did we get here?
As one philosopher more intellectual than me writes …
If there were not at least one uncaused cause in the whole of reality (i.e., everything that exists), then the whole of reality would be constituted by only caused beings – that is, beings that require a cause in order for them to exist. Yet without a cause – impossible.
This smarter-than-me scholar continues …
Denying that there is an uncaused being within the whole of reality is an intrinsic contradiction. Therefore, there must be at least one uncaused being in the whole of reality.
Back to me.
Let me paraphrase the smart guy, “If you, me, others, mothers-in-law, and my wife’s cat are caused, then there must be a cause. It is illogical to say something that is caused doesn’t have a cause.”
You might ask, “How can the cause not be caused?” Actually, if you had philosophical and theological training, your question would be a few paragraphs with long and difficult words. Intellectualism has certain protocols, even if they make no sense at all.
So, to simplify, let’s stay with, “If we are saying we are caused, and God is the cause, where does God come from?”
Good question. Thanks for asking!
Now back to the extremely intellectual guy that I am quoting for an answer to your question …
That’s like saying, “I ate the whole pie but fortunately, I saved you a piece!”
Yes, he did say this! So, I need to interpret it again.
You can’t have a pie of cause and reject the entirety of the needed cause because you didn’t see the baker making the pie. When it comes to a philosophical argument – you can’t have your pie and eat it too!!!!
Though having no Creator would be a good explanation for my wife’s cat.
The argument of cause must accept causation even if we don’t understand how it works because it is illogical to say that we exist without a cause.
Thus, God exists.
We may not understand the eternal existence of God, and we won’t until we see His face, but we can’t deny God as the cause simply because we can’t explain Him, especially when all of creation demands the Word of creation to make sense.
Logic demands an airplane to have a designer, and fortunately, someone bakes cherry pies.
My grandmother would bake cherry pies and leave them in her kitchen, anticipating the family dinner later in the evening. Once left unattended in her kitchen, I ate the entire family dinner cherry pie.
After this incident, I almost met my Creator prematurely.