“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)
– the Bible starts with the presupposition of God’s existence
– it is not really a beginning, but an “unbeginning,” since God as God has never not existed
– if there was nothing to begin with then there would still be nothing (nothing from nothing leaves nothing)
– nothing is incapable of producing something
– so there clearly was something to begin with or there would still be nothing
– what is it that has been there from the very beginning – from all eternity?
– could unthinking, inert matter be eternal, “running amok” even to the “creation” of the universe and human beings (see postscript)?
– it would appear that inert matter was radically incapable of producing itself – or being the cause of everything else – since it lacked any ability to think and design
– it seems logical that something far greater than inert matter would be needed at the very beginning
– inert matter did not flower into organic life until late in the history of the universe
– the Bible says that God has life in Himself (John 5:26)
– Only God makes sense as the Eternal Unbeginning of everything else since by His Eternal Attributes He has the POWER and KNOWLEDGE to bring forth the unbelievably immense and complex universe we live in.
CONCLUSION: It is beyond all peradventure that something cannot be derived from nothing, so that there has to be an eternal cause or principle of all other things that has always existed. Only God can meet this job description, and in the person of Jesus Christ he manifests his complete dominion over the physical universe, even to the point of rising from the dead.
“In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1).
P.S. Michael Corey, in discussing the possibility whether our “wondrous universe could have evolved by blind chance” quotes the distinguished University of Montreal psychiatrist Karl Stern as labeling such a view of the universe as “crazy.” He further quotes Stern as saying: “And I do not at all mean crazy in the sense of a slangy invective but rather in the technical meaning of psychotic. Indeed such a view has much in common with certain aspects of schizophrenic thinking” (God and the New Cosmology, p.220). Stern is basically maintaining that it is flat out irrational to believe the universe came about by chance or accident.
REFERENCES: Father Faber talks about God’s unbegiining life. I am relying on the article in the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics under the title, “Principle of Causality” beginning at page 120. I do believe the argument is irrefutable.
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