WHY would we believe in a God?! -Other than the fact we wish to.
- First Cause?-
Many Christians suggest that, for the Big Bang to have happened (or the creation of matter and energy to happen) it needed a ‘First Cause’. Many scientists believe that space and time began with the Big Bang’s singularity and so did not exist before: hence that nothing whatsoever (or a reality beyond our ability to ‘find out’ about) predated our Universe…so the answer to the question ‘what came before the Big Bang?’ is ‘nothing’. However this brings an elephant into the room. How could the singularity take place if the Laws of Physics (which, after all, need not apply outside of our reality) did not predate it?
Stephen Hawking answers thusly, “The conclusion of this lecture is that the universe has not existed forever. Rather, the universe, and time itself, had a beginning in the Big Bang, about 15 billion years ago. The beginning of real time, would have been a singularity, at which the laws of physics would have broken down. Nevertheless, the way the universe began would have been determined by the laws of physics, if the universe satisfied the no boundary condition. This says that in the imaginary time direction, space-time is finite in extent, but doesn’t have any boundary or edge. The predictions of the no boundary proposal seem to agree with observation. The no boundary hypothesis also predicts that the universe will eventually collapse again.”
In other words, space and time are NOT infinite but are boundless in the same way the World has no ‘stepping off point’ (walk around it-if you could- you’d reach no boundary) but it is finite in its extent (there is not an infinite amount of planet Earth). According to Hawking ‘imaginary time’ (AKA time that flows, say, ‘horizontally’ to our ‘linear’ time is responsible for Physics ‘existing’ for the Big Bang and, hence, no outside influence beyond our self-reliant reality is needed. Reality is self contained and reliant and did not come from pure oblivion or any outside cause.
Obviously, it goes without saying, many Christians will not agree with this statement. However, I cannot locate any rebuttles to this argument. What (if any) rebuttles exist to refute Hawking’s idea of a self-created and reliant reality?
- Thought without a brain? This goes against what pretty much every neurobiologist believes…and they’re somewhat experts in that field. If your brain matter is damaged, under developed, growing differently…it all alters your thinking. If I hit someone over the head with a brick, I doubt their capacity to think well would be great afterwards.
Now, thought itself may or may not comprise of matter or energy (logically it would seem not to)…but it’s certainly made conscious by neurons and electro/chemical reactions! This has been proved again and again by tests and an understanding of ‘which parts’ of the brain produce the most electro/chemical ‘action’ when certain thoughts occur.
How would thought (God’s thought) have pre-existed matter if matter is compulsorary to create consciousness? Why would we think it could…not only could, but ‘most likely did’? Why on earth would our own minds continue after death when our brains have stopped? (we cannot possibly suggest that brains have nothing to do with our consciousness- that is provably not the case- and if so, what would you suggest they are there for then?!)…
And I don’t get the whole ‘self evident’ truth line of thinking where people say ‘just read the Bible and have faith’…if we trusted our emotional faculties to that degree (that whenever we get an inkling, we accept that sense of suggestion as a factual truth finder) all types of havoc would cut loose- as Scrooge answers to Marley’s ghost when it asks, “Why do you doubt your senses?”…“Because a little thing effects them. You might be a crumb of cheese, a blot of custard…there’s more of gravey than of grave about you!”
We KNOW we dream. We KNOW we hallucinate. Why would we ever trust that small voice that says, 'Pah! Throw logic to the wind- there’s magic and wish fullfillment in this World!" If I bowed towards ‘suggestion’ I’d hate everyone my prejudice first reacts against, I would believe my own sense of righteousness in any argument without consession…I’d behave and react on a sense of whim!
The more and more I seek (and I have been doing so for 8 years) the more the arguments for God seem fanciful in the face of the hard, unkind but unsentimental and unbias Universe.
There is obviously no knock down argument for God’s existence (or everyone would believe in Him) but I would at least like Him to seem a ‘likely’ scenereo! I do not believe in magic and do not like the word ‘supernatural’ being used in the search. If it cannot seem reasonable (even in a crazy- ‘out there’- logic sort of way) it probably isn’t.