Apr 18, 2014 fbook icon twitter icon rss icon

How Did the World Come to be?

To begin, let me be careful to tell you what this opinion/position will address and what it won’t. This is not an argument in favor of religion, though, if the question posed was, by definition, one regarding religion, I might offer such). Rather, this question is one that can be asked and addressed within the framework of any academic, spiritual, or experiential discipline or sphere. Does (a supernatural) God Exist? -- This is a meta-question, the answers to which, enriched by the detail of narratives and instruction, laden with values and guided by worldviews as much as forming them, the range of classical-religions (for the most part) might be understood to respond or expound upon.

As such, I will focus on two areas of consideration to make my case for the existence of God, the first of which, presented in this section, we will refer to as Argument #1. This argument looks at the question of the beginning of the Universe, whether temporally or spatially. Theories of, or beliefs in, a Divine source for the Universe are as ancient as humanity itself – at least. They constitute the longest standing range of explanations for the source of our world. They also constitute the most agreed-upon range of explanations believed by human beings – throughout history and still today. Lastly, each and every other explanation for the source of our world is lacking in one fundamental area; they cannot explain without significant problems on the one hand, or an articulation that resembles one of Divinity without the label on the other hand, what existed prior to the world. The existence of (a) God(s), without beginning and without end, spatially or temporally, solves this problem.

To recap, Argument #1 of my response to my first subordinate question “How did the world come to be?” consists of three components, the third of which is most important, while the first two are worthy, as well, of serious consideration:

1. Theories of, or beliefs in, a Divine source for the Universe constitute
the longest standing range of explanations for the source of our world.

2. Theories of, or beliefs in, a Divine source for the Universe constitute
the most agreed-upon range of explanations believed by human beings –
throughout history and still today.

3. Each and every other explanation for the source of our world is lacking in one fundamental area; they cannot explain without significant problems on the one hand, or an articulation that resembles one of Divinity without the label on the other hand, what existed prior to the world. The existence of a God, without beginning and without end, spatially or temporally, solves this problem.

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