The Existence of God (1) The Cosmological Proof

Man has always tried to prove the existence of God apart from faith. Man has tried to prove through philosophy and rational reasoning that God exists, but that has always been futile. Philosophy and rational reasoning are always fallible and subject to change. It is only through faith that man can know God. Hebrews 11:3 says that, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (On a side note, when this passage says, “by the word of God” it is not speaking about the person of Christ. Rather it is speaking about the word, or saying of God. There are two words for word in Greek, logos and hrema. Hrema, as far as my studies have shown, is never used to speak of the person of Christ; whereas logos is used in John 1:1 and always when the Bible wants to specifically speak of the second person of the trinity.) That was a rather lengthy side note but this distinction is important when it comes to explaining what the passage is really trying to point out. The writer is not intending to prove that Christ created the world, as he already proved that in Hebrews 1:2.Its emphasis is on the fact that we understand the creation of the world by faith and faith alone. In my next several blog posts I will prove that man can only know God by faith and that all the different methods to prove God’s existence are in error.

To start with there is the cosmological proof. The cosmological proof says that God must exists because of the laws of cause and effect. Everything must have a cause; trees have a case, weather has a cause, man has a cause. Since all these things have a cause the whole world must have a cause. That leads to the conclusion that God must be the cause.

However, it is easy to see the problem with this argument. Since everything must have a cause then God must have a cause. If you follow this reasoning you can never get out of the law of cause and effect. In connection with that, God is self-existent. Since God is self-existent He can have no cause, nothing could have caused God. As Isaiah 45:5 – 6 states, “I am the LORD, and there is none else, There is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:  That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, That there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.” God is so great that there is none else besides Him. He is absolutely incomparable and man is nothing compared to Him. Thus the cosmological proof can never be used to prove the existence of God.

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