Have you ever REALLY asked yourself that question?
“If God doesn’t exist, why does anything exist?”
1) Either no one and no thing brought everything into existence out of nothing, or
2) Someone or Some thing that existed outside of the universe, and is transcendent to the universe brought everything into existence out of nothing.
Those are the only choices that we have, but like my brain damaged seven year old, atheists act as though there must, there must, there must be a third choice. Here’s an example.
My wife was a parent supervisor this morning for the grade two class trip. Walker, who was going on the trip, didn’t want to ride his bike to school as he usually does. He wanted to ride to school in the car with my wife. However he was afraid she wouldn’t get there on time.
“So go on your bike and meet her there,” I said.
“No I don’t want to ride my bike today.”
“So go with Wendy in the car.”
“No, she won’t get there on time.”
“Walker, she’ll be on time.”
“No, she’ll be late.”
“Then go on your bike. You can leave right now.”
“No I don’t want to go on my bike.”
“So go in the car.”
“No, she’ll be late. I just know it.”
“Walker you have two choices, go on your bike or go in the car.”
“No, I don’t want to do those choices.”
That’s the life of an atheist.
Either matter is eternal (impossible) or
A supernatural and transcendent cause is eternal.
Atheist - “No, I don’t want those choices.”
Well, maybe not, but either Creator God caused everything to exist or nothing caused everything to exist.
Honestly now, if you didn’t have an atheist world-view to protect, which one makes the most sense to you? Which is the most reasonable view? A Supernatural Cause or Nothing as cause?
As an atheist, do you have enough faith to believe that Nothing can cause everything?
Because that’s what it takes you know - to be an atheist. It takes faith - in the truest meaning of the word. For there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that something can come into being without a cause. And there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to believe that Nothing can do ANYTHING much less “create” a universe.
Richard Dawkins has enough faith to believe that Nothing evolved to the point that everything came from nothing by nothing. Do you have enough faith to believe that?
It’s important to note that while "Something outside of nature created the universe" coheres with what Christianity teaches, it does not ARISE FROM what Christianity teaches. Rather, the conclusion that the Cause of the universe had to be external to and transcendent to the universe is based on logic, reason and science.
“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.
Robert Jastrow, “God and the Astronomers,” (New York: Norton)116.