To our minds, the entire problem of the “first cause” is a paradox. The spontaneous existence of the universe, without God, makes no sense, yet we also can’t make sense of God’s own origins either.
At first glance, it appears to be a stalemate between the theistic (belief in God) and atheistic viewpoints. However, let’s look more closely. If we assume that God created the universe, then we leave open the possibility that God, being infinitely wiser than ourselves, can possibly understand His own origins and resolve the paradox for us.
If we assume the universe just exists on its own, then we run into a more serious difficulty, because we cannot, ourselves, explain our origins. This limitation is not based on the current state of science or technology. Whatever we do to explain the origins of the universe (for example, finding some physical cause to the Big Bang) within the framework of human knowledge simply pushes back the causal chain one more link.
It’s like a detective looking at a complicated crime scene, or Continue reading “If God created the universe, who or what created Him?”