The Absurdity of the Alternative

For a brief time in my mid-teens, I became an atheist.  I did not believe that an unseen, unprovable God could exist.

What finally convinced me that God does exist is the absurdity of the alternative.

If there is no God, then the entire universe created itself, from absolutely nothing, for absolutely no reason whatsoever.  A random, uncaused Big Bang of nothingness caused everything.  And this is far more absurd than believing, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Think through the absurdity of the following implications of atheism and the Big Bang:

  1.  All of the matter and energy in the entire universe – billions of galaxies – came from absolutely nothing.
  2.  The laws of nature, math, and logic – those absolute, universal constants that bring order to the universe – were accidentally caused by a ginormous explosion.  Explosions should cause randomness, not order.
  3. Nothingness shouldn’t explode.  And nothingness shouldn’t cause everything.
  4. Intelligence came by chance from non-intelligence.
  5. Consciousness came by chance from unconsciousness.
  6. All of the information in the universe, from DNA codes to Shakespeare, is a result of chance.
  7. All of the things that make us human – our thoughts, emotions, morality, reasoning, loves, hopes, and dreams – are not real; they are just random, chance chemical reactions, and came from nothingness.

If God does not exist, matter and energy should not exist; the laws of nature, math, and logic should not exist; intelligence and consciousness should not exist; information should not exist; and humanity should not exist.  Yet, they do exist.

If not God, then what?  God must exist; the alternative is absurd and preposterous.

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7 Responses

  1. Can’t we just accept the fact that we may not know what happened billions of years ago to create us?? I find humans are so afraid of not knowing that they would attribute something to mystical properties rather than admit they don’t have all the answers and work towards a better way of finding out.

  2. ahhhdb, your response indicates some things you believe you DO know about origins:

    1. You presuppose that it happened billions of years ago.
    2. You seem to presuppose that anyone who concludes God created does so out of fear.
    3. You presuppose that it is impossible to know the truth about origins.

    None of these presuppositions can be objectively demonstrated as true.

    My argument is simply that it is nonsensical to believe that everything that exists came from absolutely nothing, all by itself, for no reason whatsoever. Yet, that’s exactly what atheism requires.

    God must exist, because the alternative is preposterous and absurd.

  3. exactly, amen

  4. wrong.

    Most people, like you, think that there is a beginning and a end to everything.

    We live in a INFINITE universe. Time is Man-made.

    Obviously, nothing cannot be something.
    Something has to exist in order for something else to exist. Something was there already.

    This does not mean it is “God”

    • Both “Big Bang” proponents and young-earth creationists understand that the universe must have had a beginning. We just disagree as to how and when.

      On what do you base the belief that the belief that the universe had no beginning? If the universe has always existed, how do you explain the fact that it is expanding? How do you account for entropy?

  5. We have no way of knowing for sure. The belief in God is not a rational thing–it is based in faith, which is a more subjective (not objective or rational) experience.

    • Mark – Thanks for commenting.

      I completely agree that belief in God is a matter of faith. However, I disagree that faith is necessarily not objective or rational. True, some people have a sort of “blind faith” not supported by any sort of rational thought. I would argue that all who claim to be atheists fall into this category – there is no rational way to demonstrate that God does not exist (or that anything else does not exist, for that matter).

      The Biblical concept of faith is different. Biblical faith involves taking all the evidence, then looking beyond just the evidence. Evidence and logic are rationally consistent with faith in God through Jesus Christ, rather than contradicting it. Atheists must hold to their beliefs despite the absurdity of their reasoning. It is the atheist who must have a “blind faith” – not the Christian.

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