A REASON AND PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING (PART 4)
For whatever reason, man does not have the ability or capability to understand, or even have knowledge of, everything there is to understand or be aware of. Rarely do any of us reach the end of all there is to know of a subject. Man’s overly ambitious zeal for control, and his rapacious desire to be seen as knowledgeable, has often lead him to premature conclusions. Man wants to know it all and thinks he can understand it all, but the plain and simple fact is he CANNOT! To discount something, to simply attempt to shrug it off as having any real, tangible significance, based on our limited understanding, is to mesh limited knowledge with sinful ignorance. To ridicule something, to discount something simply based on one’s ignorance of it is a fool’s folly. The Christian does not always understand everything that happens in his life, but is assured by God, the Sovereign God, in His Word, that “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). This verse alone demonstrates the complete Sovereignty of God in His ordering all things to work together for the good, and not to the detriment, of all His people. This Scripture shows clearly that there is a very real reason and purpose for everything, and that those reasons and purposes have a goal. That those purposes are not merely premeditated and predetermined, but that they exist because of a Sovereign God Who is in, and has, total control. It’s no surprise, nor is it a rarity for a finite creature to not have an explanation which makes sense of all that occurs in his life. Man is a limited being. There are things that exist which natural man cannot see, and some which he is not even aware of, concerning which he can never reach a logical, rational and accurate conclusion. Consequently, some foolishly dismiss any notion of that which they are unaware. Many rule out the possibility of the existence of God based on their limited knowledge of what they are aware of, coupled with their wealth of ignorance concerning that which they are, and are not, aware of. It may be argued that a seemingly insignificant single event, or decision, in one’s life that passed as quickly as it came had no reason or purpose behind it, but when in hindsight we look back on our lives and see that single event was actually part of a series of events which all linked up perfectly to create a momentous time in one’s life, our initial view, along with the theory of coincidence, is revealed as a laughable and completely implausible and infantile one.
One thought leads to another, one action leads to another, one event leads to another whether they are your thoughts and actions, or someone else’s. Everything always leads to something else. The reason why you are where you are in your life today is no mystery. We all sometimes ask ourselves, quizzically, ‘How did I ever arrive at this point in my life?’, because we fail to put two and two together. Often we only see what we want to see, or are cognisant of only part of the equation, the factors which caused our being where we are today. We are where we are because of what we have done, by our decisions as well as our reactions and responses to what others have said or done to us, or to others. No mystery at all. Every effect has a cause, and every cause has a reason. There are consequences to every thought, every word and every action. There are also reasons, and, therefore, consequences as to where the earth, and every other planet and stars, are positioned. “The influence of position and distance” are far reaching. For instance, “Together, the gravitational effects of the moon and the sun effect the Earth’s tides on a monthly basis. Seasons are a direct consequence of the Earth’s tilted rotation axis…” If position and distance were not exactly so, there would be far reaching consequences which would affect the earth’s weather, gravity, etc. A closer look at the details of our lives, our thoughts, actions, words and how we respond to others and events, often reveal the reason as to why we are where we are in our lives, and even who we are, what we are like, etc. As with the pixels in a picture, our lives are made up of all that has happened to us and how we have responded. Simply because one cannot see the wind does not suggest for a moment its force and impact cannot be felt, or is only an illusion. After all, “Everything that we can see is made up of things that we cannot see—unseen particles”.
Merely because one is not aware of an event having occurred does not mean it cannot, or will not play any part in a person’s life. How often have we seen a news story of a person killed in a car accident, or in some other tragic event, and thought ‘If they’d only decided to stay home that day, or taken a different route to their destination’, etc. No one can know the significant, or insignificant, role a person will play in their lives at the time of that person’s birth. No one can foresee the precise details of what will result, both short term and long, from a decision to do this or that, but they nonetheless exist. A perfect example is the true story of two young women shopping in a supermarket in England. One woman broke the heel of her shoe. The other woman walking down the same food aisle, ‘just happened’ to have a tube of superglue in her bag, and reattached the heel to the shoe. Grateful, the other woman invited her for a coffee, and the two did not only become great friends, but eventually sisters-in law! Things cannot be both coincidental and consequential. Consequences rule out coincidence as a viable ‘alternative explanation’ of connecting events. As everything is the result of consequences, there can, therefore, be no such thing as coincidence. Consequences are the ripples of our lives. Everything can be traced back to a preceding cause. Consequence has no limits and no end. If the cause of an accident can be traced by looking back at the circumstances, decisions, actions and inactions of those involved, as well as the condition of the road, weather, and vehicles involved, then the same can be applied to our lives. Such an investigation never concludes with coincidences, but only consequences. If you put your hand in the fire it will be burnt, that is obvious, but who can tell what will result by taking a particular road, or what did not occur because of one not taking a different road? The consequences of not doing something are just as real as those which occur from having done something. Things are just meant to be, and they are meant to be because of the reason and purpose behind cause and effect. What will be will be because the Sovereign God wills it to be. This does not exclude man’s responsibility, for the consequences of our doing and not doing, our obedience to God, and our disobedience can never be denied.
Everything, and everyone, is connected to the will of God. Everything has a purpose, and the reason for that purpose is to lead each and every one of us into fulfilling the will of Almighty God. God does whatsoever He wills, and so everything is connected to the will of Almighty God, hence the reason and purpose behind everything and everyone. “…our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased” (Psa. 115:3). “Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did He in Heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places” (Psa. 135:6). “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11 cf. Isa. 43:7). “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory for ever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36). “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?” (Dan. 4:35). A large number of people, even many who claim to believe in the true God, recoil at the thought of a God Who is Sovereignly in control of all, and all things. Nevertheless, “For by Him all things were created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” (Col. 1:16-17). Anything created by God is for God, and, therefore, there is reason and purpose for everything. Each person and everything that happens in a person’s life is like a piece of a puzzle that creates individual pictures which all interlock perfectly to form the big picture. “There is no doubt that small causes can combine with others and contribute to major effects—effects which typically seem to be chaotic.” These effects seem to just come out of the blue all of a sudden, but, like the ripple effect, they all stem from something else, and they also invariably lead to something else. No matter how far apart the ripples are, they all come from one cause, and are the immediate consequence of the preceding ripple. “What at first glance appears to be random behaviour is completely deterministic—it only seems random because imperceptible changes are making all the difference.” Yes, small causes can and quite often do contribute to major effects, but no effect has ever come from the complete absence of cause. An effect is an outcome, and an outcome cannot be without a preceding cause.
Nothing occurs for no reason, for there is a reason for everything which occurs, seen or unseen, knowable or unknowable, understandable or not. The impossibility of something occurring, or existing, for no reason, is evidenced in the fact that it would have no conceivable cause. Occurrence can never precede cause, therefore, every occurrence is due to some cause. Everything has a reason because everything that happens as well as everything which does not happen is the will of God. Cause (God) and effect is an essential rule in the manifestation of God’s will. If something occurred for no reason it would do away with cause and effect as an objective and absolute rule. Consequence would, therefore, not exist and coincidence would rule the day. Everyone has heard stories of a person missing a flight, or cancelling their travel plans at the last minute, only to hear of that plane’s crashing on take-off, or suffering some other mishap. Others have met with disaster by being ahead of schedule only to be involved in a road accident. Unexpected, ‘chance’, meetings by certain and particular events taking place at an exact time because of decisions and choices have led to all sorts of unforeseen situations from marriage to murder. Merely being a few minutes early or late for an appointment, or meeting, because of a green or red traffic light has worked to dramatically change the course of people’s lives. The days which people choose to do this or that also has an effect on one’s life. If there is reason and purpose to our lives then everyone we meet is in accord with God’s predestined plan for each and every one of us. Major, as well as subtle, changes happen to us all the time because of the various relationships we all have, and the relationships we do not have. Things that happen as well as things which do not happen often combine to bring all sorts of unexpected and unintended results. Just because there are things in life which we never planned, or saw coming, does not mean they have no reason, or catalystic event behind them. The purpose to our lives is made up of events and decisions that join seamlessly to form what we call life. It’s like one constant and continuous event governed by the will of God, but which appears to us as a collection of random, unrelated, inconsequential, events. Everything that occurs in life conspires to make us the person we are today. It’s all connected because all is a continuation of God’s will. Being in places people should never have been in were it not for some unforseen circumstance, etc., has led to situations which fitted hand in glove with other situations that all combined to play out God’s will for us all. “There is no doubt that small causes can combine with others and contribute to major effects—effects which typically seem to be chaotic.” What may seem to be is not always what actually is.
Amazing stories of reason and purpose for everything and everyone abound. Something happens to you in life concerning which you have no idea why, other than to seemingly get you angry and frustrated. We think to ourselves, ‘What purpose could this possibly serve in my life’, only to see weeks, months or even years later exactly what it was all about, and why such an event was so important. Every day, ‘seemingly insignificant’, decisions can lead to disaster. “One of the most infamous moments in music history is February 3, 1959, otherwise known as ‘The Day The Music Died’. That day, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson, all famous musicians, were killed when their small plane crashed in Iowa. As it turns out, they were only on that plane due to a rash, and seemingly inconsequential, decision by Holly. They had all been on the road for a while and were beginning to run out of clean clothes. They were scheduled to take a bus to their next show in Minnesota, but Holly really wanted some clean underwear and convinced the others to charter a plane with him so they could arrive early and do everyone’s laundry. This desire for fresh skivvies proved to be fatal.” How often big changes take place in our lives because of our supposedly insignificant daily decisions which are quickly forgotten in the wake of significant events occurring. “On the evening of October 14, 1912, outside the Hotel Gilpatrick in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, president Theodore Roosevelt (routinely) folded a 50-page manuscript in half and slipped it into the breast pocket of the Army overcoat he was wearing. He was headed to an auditorium nearby to deliver a campaign speech. As he stood to wave at the waiting crowd, a man shot him point blank in the chest with a Colt .38 revolver…the gun was aimed at the side of his chest protected by the thick papers of the speech. The wad slowed the bullet to prevent it from entering his lung, and he went on to deliver the speech.” The ripple effect is never ending. “Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” No decision is without consequence, and so, no effect is without cause, reason, purpose and ultimate meaning. Even the things we do not do and do not say have a lasting ripple effect.
There is cause and effect behind everything, and this very fact is proof positive that, of course, everything is linked, and that there is someone behind the linking. Cause and effect IS order. One simply cannot have the enormous, yet orderly, complexities of the universe without there being someone even bigger than the universe to have set all things in it in order. If there were no cause and effect everything would be freewheeling. “There is no room in the universe for a ‘something’ outside and independent of Law. The existence of such a ‘something’ would render all natural laws ineffective, and would plunge the universe into chaotic disorder and lawlessness.” That which lies behind cause and effect is reason and purpose. Without reason and purpose there could be no cause behind the cause, and, therefore, no effect. All we would have would be a chain of useless, meaningless coincidences. “…dismissing coincidence as a matter of chance assumes that coincidences are inherently meaningless or insignificant. Without supporting evidence, this assumption is hardly scientific. Vast numbers of ‘coincidences’ arise from hidden causes that are never discovered…” But there are no coincidences in the ripple effect. Each ripple comes from the preceding ripple, and all find their origin in that which caused the water to ripple in the first place. Consequence rules the day. “The principle of cause and effect embodies the truth that Law pervades the universe; that nothing happens by chance (or coincidence), that chance is merely a term indicating cause existing but not recognized or perceived…the definition of ‘chance’ is as follows: ‘A supposed agent or mode of activity other than a force, law or purpose…How could there be something acting in the universe, independent of the laws, order, and continuity of the latter? Such a ‘something’ would be entirely independent of the orderly trend of the universe, and therefore superior to it”, and beyond God’s rule, which would be impossible. The ripple effect is never ending, far reaching and always orderly. Chance, or coincidence, would also do away with the entire principle of the ripple effect. “A ripple effect is a situation in which, like ripples expand across the water when an object is dropped into it, an effect from an initial state can be followed outwards incrementally. Examples can be found in economics where an individual's reduction in spending reduces the incomes of others and their ability to spend. In sociology, it can be observed how social interactions can affect situations not directly related to the initial interaction and in charitable activities where information can be disseminated and passed from community to community to broaden its impact. The concept has been applied in computer science within the field of software metrics as a complexity measure. The concept has also been applied to financial markets to describe the impact of a given event and how it propagates through the players in the industry and its effect on stock price and stock coverage.” “Where there is life there is a pattern, and where there is a pattern there is mathematics. Once that germ of rationality and order exists to turn nothing into a cosmos, then so does mathematics. There could not be a non-mathematical Universe containing living observers.” Many scientists who once believed that there was no order in the universe, that the universe was nothing but a collection of random, chaotic—therefore, meaningless and coincidental—events, have learned much over the years, and now see that far from being a chaotic universe it is one which is very orderly, and, therefore, ordered (commanded), which reveals the fact that there is One Who has set all things in order. There is rhyme, rhythm and reason behind it all. But one cannot have rhyme, rhythm and reason without an orchestrator. Rhyme, rhythm and reason do not, cannot, simply happen by chance. Chaos cannot set its house in order. There may be method to one’s madness, but there can be no chaos in order, therefore, how can order ever have evolved from chaos. How can chaos not only produce order, but in the process cause itself to disappear? How could chaos ever change its essential, core, characteristic? Like a tiger, chaos can never change its stripes.
“One of the strongest direct evidences for special creation is the existence of innumerable highly complex systems in the universe, systems composed of components occurring in a pattern of ‘order’ rather than disorder…highly ordered systems could not arise by chance, since random processes generate disorder rather than order, simplicity rather than complexity and confusion instead of ‘information’. For example, consider a series of ten flash cards, numbered from one to ten. If these are thoroughly and randomly mixed, and then laid out successively in a linear array along the table, it would be extremely unlikely that the numbers would fall out in order from one to ten. Actually, there are 3,628,800 different ways in which these numbers could be arranged, so that the ‘probability’ of this particular ordered arrangement is only one in 3,628,800. (This number is ‘ten factorial’, written as 10!, and can be calculated simply by multiplying together all the numbers from one to ten). It is obvious that the probability of such a numerically ordered arrangement decreases rapidly as the number of components increases. For any linear system of 100 components in specified order, the probability is one in 100!, or one chance in 10 to the power of 158 (a number represented by ‘one followed by 158 zeroes’). A system requiring such a high degree of order could never happen by chance. This follows from the fact that probability theory only applies to systems with a finite possibility of occurring at least once in the universe, and it would be inconceivable that 10 to the power of 158 different trials could ever be made in our entire space-time universe.” Randominity cannot produce order. The only consistency in randominity, is randominity. The only consistency in chaos is the fact that it is chaotic. The essential element of chaos, randominity, cannot be separated from that which is chaotic.
“Astro-physicists estimate that there are no more than 10 to the power of 80 infinitesimal ‘particles’ in the universe, and that the age of the universe in its present form is no greater than 10 to the power of 18 seconds (30 billion years). Assuming each particle can participate in a thousand billion (10 to the power of 12) different events every second (this is impossibly high, of course), then the greatest number of events that could ever happen (or trials that could ever be made) in all the universe throughout its entire history is only 10 to the power of 80 x 10 to the power of 18 x 10 to the power of 12, or 10 to the power of 110 (most authorities would make this figure much lower, about 10 to the power of 50). Any event with a probability of less than one chance in 10 to the power of 110, therefore, cannot occur. Its probability becomes zero, at least in our known universe. Thus, the above-suggested ordered arrangement of 100 components has a zero probability. It could never happen by chance. Since every single living cell is infinitely more complex and ordered than this, it is impossible that even the simplest form of life could ever have originated by chance. Even the simplest replicating protein molecule that could be imagined has been shown by Golay to have a probability of one in 10 to the power of 450. The probability of a typical DNA chain is one in 10 to the power of 600.” To ignore statistics like these, and then speculate that life and the universe both came from something we do not know and have no evidence for, is to ridicule oneself. To choose to believe something we do not know based on no known evidence, or an inadequate means of calculation, rather than to be led by that which we do know and the conclusive evidence for it, is an exercise in self-mockery.
The chances of the existence of any part of the universe being by chance are so astronomical as to make it not merely improbable, but thoroughly impossible. The chances of a shredded telephone book that has been thrown up into the air, and having all its pieces fall neatly into place as per its original state are absolutely zero. “The degree to which the constants of physics must match a precise criteria is such that a number of agnostic scientists have concluded that there is some sort of ‘supernatural plan’ or ‘Agency’ behind it.” Even these men see that not only must there be a God, but that He is no casual observer of the universe, but an active planner and designer of all. Paul Davies, a non-Christian British astrophysicist comments: "There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all....It seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe...” “This ‘fine-tuning’ for life is also seen at the atomic level. For example, if the ratio of the electron mass to the proton mass wasn’t just right, molecules essential for life such as DNA couldn’t form; unless carbon and oxygen nuclei had just the right energy levels we could not exist.” As Paul Davies even admits “The impression of design is overwhelming”. We applaud Mr. Davies for his honesty. Another respected scientist, Michao Kaku, says: "I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence. To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance." “The laws [of physics]…seem to be the product of exceedingly ingenious design...The universe must have a purpose”. Purpose comes from mind, and purpose shows planning and design, which in turn shows reason, and, therefore, meaning which is why there is reason and purpose for everything.
The list of things that could not be if they were not precisely so, and things that could not be if other things were not just so, is almost endless. A comparatively brief list of such things now follows: “Scientists have developed a series of conditions that were or are essential to the existence of the universe or earth or life…If the electromagnetic force were slightly stronger, electrons could not be shared between atoms, molecules could not form and life would be impossible. If the strong force were slightly weaker, nuclei with multiple protons could not exist and hydrogen would be the only element in the universe. If the strong force were a bit stronger, hydrogen and heavier elements would be too rare to permit life. If gravity were slightly stronger, all stars would be more massive than the sun, but their planets could not sustain life. If gravity were slightly weaker, all stars would be smaller than the sun, and no heavy elements could be created in such small stars. If the relative magnitudes of the electromagnetic force and the gravitational force had differed by a modest amount, then it would not have been possible for stars to create elements heavier than helium, and therefore life could not exist. No two orbiting electrons in an atom can be in the exact same state. This fact and similar ones are incorporated in a natural law called the Pauli exclusion principle. Without this principle, all the orbiting electrons in an atom would not be restricted to various shell orbits, but all would be in the innermost shell. This means that chemistry, as we know it, would be impossible. The composition of the sun’s radiation is dependent on a precise balancing of gravity and the electromagnetic force, and a precise relationship among the mass of the electron, Planck’s constant and the electromagnetic force. If the sun’s ultraviolet component varied slightly up or down, then certain chemicals essential to life could not exist. Water is far more transparent to the visible light spectrum than it is to infrared and ultraviolet radiation. Had this been slightly different, sight would have been impossible since eyes are mostly water. For this situation to occur required a fine-tuning of gravity, the mass of the electron, the electromagnetic force and Planck’s constant.” (Planck’s constant is a physical constant that is the quantum of action, and central in quantum mechanics).
“If the radioactive decay rate of protons were greater, humans and large animals could not survive the excessive radiation. A lower decay rate would have resulted in too little matter to sustain life. Life isn’t possible without carbon, and the formation of carbon is critically dependent on the relationship of the strong force to the electromagnetic force. If the weak force had been slightly stronger, that would have decreased the production of heavier elements; if it had been a bit weaker the ‘Big Bang’ would have resulted in no water on earth. Both situations would have doomed life. The masses of the neutron, proton and electron must be almost exactly as they are, else life could not have happened. If the expansion rate of the early ‘Big Bang’ had been a hundred thousand, million, millionth less than it was, the universe would have collapsed back upon itself before stars could form. If the expansion rate had been that same tiny bit greater, no stars could have formed. If the universe had been less uniformly distributed, it would have become mostly black holes and of course no life could exist. If the universe had been more uniform, there would have been no stars and again no life. The above list of conditions is small compared to the full list. Proponents of intelligent design argue that the accidental fulfilment of all the known conditions is so unlikely that the sensible conclusion is: The universe was designed.” Design is not exclusive to the universe, but is also evident in the existence of everything within the universe as it is in each person and in each person’s life. If there is cause and effect, there is reason and meaning. According to the law of cause and effect, for every action there is a reaction, there must necessarily have been an initial cause, an initial action which began everything. What caused the first cause which caused the first effect is a question which, if left unanswered, or ignored, disqualifies anyone from the right to refer to the law of cause and effect as an explanation for anything. The universal law of cause and effect proves there are no coincidences, and so all that is, must be the direct result of design and consequence.
Arthur L. Schawlow, Professor of physics at Sanford University, adds: “It seems to me that when confronted with the marvels of life and the universe, one must ask why and not just how”. If there is a how behind everything then there must also be a why. The cause tells us how, the cause behind the cause tells us why. If it exists there must a reason for its existence. Nothing could exist without a how and a why, without a law and consequence. Frank Tipler, Professor of mathematical physics concludes: “From the perspective of the latest physical theories, Christianity is not a mere religion, but an experimentally testable science". The greatest scientist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein, said the following “In response to a young girl who had asked him whether he believed in God, he wrote: ‘Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe—a Spirit vastly superior to that of man’.” Other scientists, physicists etc., are not so forthcoming with their views, choosing rather to allow their voices to be stifled by the politicisation of science and their own prejudices. Despite most people’s opinions of scientists, that they are unbiased, purely objective thinkers who are beyond the influence of, even immune to, prevarication and to favouring only that which ‘proves’ them right and that they are always honest, objective thinkers who only allow themselves to be guided by provable facts, many allow their worldviews to influence their science: “A rather unhealthy interaction occurs when science is misused to argue for a particular worldview. For example, atheists—both scientists and non-scientists—have a long history of loudly claiming that the results of science prove that atheism is true. When atheists make such claims in their writing and speaking, they are seldom careful to differentiate where the science ends and their worldview claims begin. They tend to thoroughly mix scientific results with their worldview claims so that it is difficult for a non-scientist to tell the difference. This type of writing and speaking has caused the entire scientific community to acquire an atheistic reputation…even though only a few scientists mix atheism with science in this way.”
Everything in life has a cause behind it, and yet many still irrationally prefer to believe that things happen by chance for no reason or purpose at all, even the creation of the world, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Man has a tendency to believe what he wants to believe, preferring to never challenge what he believes, rather than properly investigate and study the relevant subject matter so as to make sure he is not believing that which is simply not true, and, therefore, not real. There is no such thing as an accident, that is, an occurrence which was not the result of decisions and consequences, in an ordered and orderly world. Napoleon Bonaparte once stated “There is no such thing as an accident; it is fate misnamed”. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, also said the same thing. But what of fate, Messrs. Bonaparte and Freud? Is there no cause, no guiding hand, behind fate? If not, then one would have to say that fate is merely an accident, too. If things are merely accidents then there are no leading causes, and so accidents become things which happen not as consequences, but by sheer random chance, or coincidence. Simply because something was unintended, unforeseen or unplanned, does not mean that it is not a consequence. Consequences will occur no matter what our intentions are. How many people have been killed at the hands of those whose intention was to cause no one any harm. Occasionally, accidents we are involved in are the result of someone else’s decision. The motorcyclist who loses control on some gravel carelessly left on a road after road works may not have done anything particularly wrong, however, his decision to travel down that road, coupled with the road worker’s carelessness, or conscious decision to not bother sweeping that gravel off the road, was certainly a contributing factor which led to the inevitable ‘accident’. ‘Accidents’ are always caused by someone who did, or did not do, something. Accidents don’t just ‘happen’, they are caused. Accidents are always the result of action, or the action of non-action. Accidents are not intended by those involved, but they are always the result of some action and/or non-action on their part, or that of others. Accidents are always caused by someone, and if there is cause then there must be fault. Cause, which always produces consequence, reveals the one who is at fault. If there is an effect then there MUST be a cause, and there is always a cause behind the cause. Nothing which exists is without cause, therefore, there must be a cause behind every cause, otherwise, how would a cause ever have come into existence.
Whether it’s the mind of God Who created the wind that disperses a plant’s seeds, to hurricanes which destroy properties and lives, to a toddler whose decision to play with matches caused the house to burn down, everything has a precedent cause, and is, therefore, an effect. If two cars have collided there is a cause, and, therefore, a reason why they have collided. Two cars colliding is no coincidence. An accident is an effect. Though accidents are unintended the results are always inevitable. If one could trace all the events which lead up to a particular ‘accident’ one would not be at all surprised at the consequential result of those events, decisions, etc. Despite what appearances might suggest, the drivers of the two cars which have collided cannot be said to have been at the precise moment and point of collision purely by chance, for their being at that particular geographic location was the evidential result, or effect, of whatever decisions they made or did not make prior to the collision, i.e., accelerating faster, driving slower, stopping at a red light or driving through an amber light, etc. Even events which occurred days, weeks, months or even longer prior to the collision are contributing factors. What if one of the people had never been born, what if they’d never gotten a license to drive? What if they’d decided not to go out that day at a particular time? For every action there is reaction. For every action, or non-action, there must be a cause, a decision, and, therefore, a reason. There is no room for coincidence in an orderly universe. Coincidence simply cannot exist in an ordered, consequential, universe. These are the basic rules of order. The fact that such a law exists within the universe, shows that such a law exists for the universe. If there is a cause then obviously there must be a reason, and therefore, meaning behind the cause. However, to stop at ‘there is a cause behind the effect’ and proceed no further, is to deny that there was a cause behind the cause which caused the effect to occur. “Science demonstrates that the universe is ordered. E=MC2 is a formula that is both simple yet complex. If the universe is chaotic, then this formula would be meaningless. Scientists make discoveries about the universe because it is ordered. Are we simply lucky to have an ordered universe? Or is it more logical that the universe is ordered due to intelligent design? Does order in a room come by random chance or does it come by effort and intelligence?...‘the order of the Universe is not an assumption; it is an observed fact’…the simplest definition of science is the search for rules…” No such search could be successfully conducted in a chaotic, unplanned and disordered, universe. There cannot be order without rules, and, if there are rules, there must essentially be a rule maker. Rules do not come out of thin air, they are no accident. Rules are made and put into place by mind. Reason and purpose equal order and design.
There cannot be scientific rules, absolute, established, reliable laws and order in the universe without there also being a rule maker. The only alternative would be rules and order coming out of chaos, therefore, chaos would ironically and illogically be the father, overseer, or CEO, of all order. This is nothing less than the logic of madness. Why are there rules, design, order, laws of physics, etc? Where did the design, order, rules, laws of physics, etc., come from? Did they form themselves out of nothing? How can there be structure without design? Are we to blindly accept the rather infantile doctrine that things have developed and evolved over billions of years? Many have been conditioned to unreservedly accept the phrase billions of years as the panacea, the ‘solution’ or ‘remedy’ that must be unquestionably submitted to for all things unexplainable? Are coincidence and billions of years the answer to everything, the dictatorial, Orwellian, ‘explanations’ which we must all blindly accept? Coincidence and billions of years are merely ‘explanations’ which, dare I say it, the real primitive man has concocted for the things he cannot see, does not comprehend, and, therefore, rejects as probable let alone possible. The renowned physicist, and reputed ‘smartest man on earth’, Stephen Hawking, in his book ‘The Grand Design’ says “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.” “This type of reasoning of spontaneous creation is unorthodox because Physical Science has always postulated that gravity requires matter. This quote of ‘creation because of gravity’ is reverse-thinking; Gravity requires matter which requires the creation of matter. In other words, if no creator (or creation) then no matter; If no matter, then no gravity.” The idea of gravity as proof that the universe has created itself out of nothing, is nothing short of sheer lunacy. It may sound all well and good to those willing, or should I say naive enough to believe it, but what Hawking does not explain is WHY spontaneous creation. If he cannot explain how spontaneous creation occurred then he should never have made such an asinine statement. If he cannot explain how, then it is obvious he cannot and never will be able to explain why, for the why is always the cause of the how. The deficiency in Hawking’s theory is seen in his failure to address the question, ‘Where did gravity come from?’ Moreover, ‘How did it get here? Why is it here? Has it always been? If so, where is the evidence? Is gravity the only thing which has no source?’ Where does his so-called spontaneous creation come from? What is its underlying cause? Nothing? I mean, how silly do these people think mankind is, to offer it some ludicrous explanation which explains nothing, and promotes nothing as the mother of us all and expect it to be accepted as truth whilst offering absolutely no evidence! Are the parents which spawned the universe, chaos and nothing? Moreover, is spontaneity, somehow, supposed to imply the absence of origin, the non-essentiality of origin? If it is a thing then it, too, must have a source, a beginning. If it has an effect then it must have a cause, but where did this cause get its DNA to bring about the precise effect, or consequence, of its being, and how does it all fit perfectly together with everything else? Something may well seem to have appeared out of nothing, but everything has its source, and therefore, reason and purpose. Another has commented, “I thought that gravity was a function of mass, as per Einstein. How can you have gravity before mass and therefore how can gravity explain mass?” “Whether you believe in God or not, you have to agree that there has to be an origin (starting point, or cause) for everything in this world. If you say, it is the Big Bang, then you are saying that matter was the first thing. Ok let me ask you, where did matter come from? For something can’t just spring out of nothing. And we all know that matter wears out, it is not eternal. So, that first cause has to be eternal, uncreated, it has to be God, a being, the Supreme Being. He created all that is.”
God is the only Source which has no origin, and can create something out of nothing. God Himself is beyond spontaneity, for He is the Eternal Being. To say that something can create itself out of nothing is to say that it existed before it came into being. That everything came from nothing is to say that nothing is the creator of all, or that all creates itself from nothing. To say that something can create itself out of nothing, is to say that nothing is the origin of everything! Those who deny the truth that God is the Creator, ask that we accept that Nothing is the Creator. We are asked to believe that, somehow, something knew what it wanted to be, and, therefore, had the power to be, before it ever was. If anything could come into being independently of everything else, it would first need to exist. How could anything come into being of itself without there being a mind and will? How could nothing initiate the process of anything when it does not even have any “objective reality, or being’? How could nothing bring anything into being when it cannot even cause itself to exist? How can a two day old baby be expected to make a calculator when it has no idea what mathematics is! Where did nothing ever acquire the ability to do anything? There is nothing which has the power to create itself. Every living being can produce something, but nothing cannot even produce nothing, for how can nothing do anything. Nothing cannot even fail to do something, it cannot even attempt to do anything because it simply does not exist. Even spontaneity cannot come from nothing. Spontaneity cannot exist without that which causes it to be. If there is something that causes spontaneity, then it, too must be something, for how can nothing which is not do anything to be, or bring anything else into being. How could nothing do anything.
Nothing is far below zero. Nothing is far less than a negative number, for it does not even exist. You can look at a thermometer and see 0 degrees, or even -3 degrees, but there is never such a thing as no degree of hot or cold. Even zero degrees is a degree, but no degree whatsoever is impossible. If there were such a thing as no degrees at all, then there would be no weather at all. Zero degrees is a measurement of weather, no degrees is an absurdity. If you cannot subtract anything from something then there is nothing there at all. If 0 was not a subtractable number then there would be no such thing as a negative number. That which cannot be subtracted from, evidences its non-existence. Nothing has no positive value, or negative value, it cannot be valued at all, which is proof positive that it does not even exist. To even call that which does not exist, ‘nothing’, is like trying to describe an odour which you cannot smell. If the village idiot claimed that everything came form nothing, no one would give his claim a second thought, for it would be instantly recognisable as foolishness. But for some strange reason, if a scientist makes the same claim, somehow, it is thoughtfully considered, and even actually believed! Nothing is void of everything. Nothing has no character, nothing which can define it except its nothingness. To say that everything comes from nothing is to say that everything has no origin. That everything just began to be. That it did not take an Almighty Creator God to make it, but that all of creation just needed nothing to bring it into existence. That which did not exist brought everything into existence! Utter madness. Those who do not see or believe the truth are left with no other alternative but to hold to that which is error. There must be something before there can be spontaneity. There is nothing which can do anything before its own existence. Nothing can do nothing, it never has and it never will.
If nothing comes from nothing, then how pray tell can something come from nothing!! Have you ever tried to make something out of nothing? Some scientists are today saying that the cosmos came into being from nothing at all. “It had to happen, they say, because ‘nothing’ is inherently unstable.” How can something which does not exist, be unstable, or be in any kind of condition, for that matter, other than non-existence? That which cannot be affected can affect nothing. How can nothing even be brought into a conversation which concerns something, much less the origin of anything? And if nothing could be in any condition other than its own nothingness how could anyone ever figure out what that condition was, for surely nothing is undetectable. How can nothing be anything but nothing! No one can see, touch, smell, hear, or taste nothing so how can anyone pass any judgement upon it, or claim that anything comes from it! What can possibly come from nothing? What can be poured out of an empty box? How can nothing have any character outside of its non-existence? How can nothing have any kind of identifying element except for its nothingness? “Quantum mechanics tells us that there is no such thing as empty space. Even the most perfect vacuum is actually filled by a roiling cloud of particles and antiparticles, which flare into existence and almost instantaneously fade back into nothingness. These so-called virtual particles don't last long enough to be observed directly, but we know they exist by their effects.” But where did particles, antiparticles and virtual particles come from? If spontaneity came from these antiparticles, what causes them to flare into existence? Can quantum mechanics prove that there ever was an empty space from which things just simply appeared of their own accord? Just because these antiparticles and virtual particles exist now does not mean they have always been, much less that they materialised themselves out of nothing—that is, without a precedent cause behind them. A Science which insists there is no God has never and can never get to the bottom of the origin of the universe because the universe has a cause, and therefore, its cause must have an origin. All scientists can offer us is that something has always been, even if it was nothing, or that everything has come from nothing! In fact, the theories of quantum equation and general relativity say that the universe has no beginning. According to its Godless thinking, science has no other ‘answer’, hence it’s ridiculous statements which it expects the world to believe simply because it cannot arrive at, or perhaps will not accept, the truth.
“Let's say you have a large room. It's fully enclosed and is about the size of a football field. The room has no doors or windows, and no holes in its walls. Inside the room there is...nothing. Absolutely nothing. Not a particle of anything. No air at all. No dust at all. No light at all. It's a sealed room that's pitch black inside. Then what happens?” NOTHING! What could conceivably happen! The ‘interaction’ between nothing and nothing would produce nothing. Nothing cannot even produce nothing, so how, the question begs to be asked, can nothing be expected to produce something! You can stretch and strain your imagination to breaking point and still all you would have is nothing. If nothing could ever happen in such a room, how in the world could it have ever happened on such a grand scale as the endless universe? Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. Nothing plus nothing makes nothing. Nothing is NO THING! “Analytic philosophers say nothing is a noun, it seems like a name for an entity, but it’s not—it just means ‘not anything’”. One interpretation of nothing is that it is made up of nano-particles, things which cannot be seen. However, if this so-called nothing contains something, if it consists of something, then it can no longer rightly be called nothing. How can one describe nothing by referring to something? If nothing contains something then how can that nothing be no thing? The smallest particle in the universe is called a quark which exists inside an atom. But no matter how small the particle, it can never properly be labelled as nothing. If it has size and substance it is something. Nothing has no size and no substance, if it did it would be something. Imagine if the smallest thing in the universe was a thimble. How idiotic would it be to call that thimble nothing! Simply because something is microscopic in size does not in any way justify its being referred to as nothing. If one can point at something, then it cannot be nothing. Others argue ‘But what if nothing does not exist? What if what we believe to be nothing actually contains something, or even many things, which we cannot yet discern or comprehend?’ To entertain the hypothetical or illogical by imagining all sorts of things which have no proof, to live a life which gives credence and substance to potentialities which exist only in one’s thoughts and imagination is to be a candidate for a straight jacket. If nothing was made up of anything it would not be nothing, but something. Some scientists believe that there is no such thing as nothing. “In our universe, even a dark, empty void of space, absent of all particles, is still something.” However, nothing is truly indescribable. Anytime you try to describe nothing you have to picture something. Even if you picture nothing but black you are picturing something, and something is that which nothing has never been or will be. Nothing is not an entity, it is nothing. To picture nothing would be like trying to picture death. One can picture a dead body, however one cannot picture death. What does death look like? What does nothing look like?