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by Danielle Camorlinga
Let’s begin in the beginning; the beginning of the universe, that is!
(This article will attempt to explain in simplified terms the Kalam Cosmological Argument, so that it can be easily relayed to young children. Quick conversation examples and resources can be found at the bottom of the article.)
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
“I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.” Isaiah 45:12
The Bible is very clear about the universe’s origin: God made it. The Bible also teaches us that God didn’t make the universe out of pre-existing matter, but instead “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”(Hebrews 11:3) For people who don’t believe in God, they must try to find other ways to explain the universe’s existence.
Some of the ways that you have probably heard people try to explain the universe may include:
- The universe has always existed; it didn’t have a beginning.
- The universe sprang forth from nothing without any intelligent cause.
Each of these explanations have shortcomings that keep them from being good explanations of how the universe exists today.
The Universe has Always Existed; It Didn’t Have a Beginning
This first explanation requires the universe to have existed for an infinite amount of time. Infinity is a difficult idea to understand, and that is probably why a lot of people think this explanation is possible. The difficulty of our universe existing for an infinite amount of time can be illustrated in the following way.
Imagine there is an infinite amount of train tracks extending through time. The tracks have neither beginning nor end and they go on forever and ever. You are in a train car riding along the tracks, but for every track you may travel over there is always another in its place. No matter how many train tracks you cross there are always just as many train tracks ahead of you. You can travel over an infinite number of tracks and still have an infinite number of tracks ahead of you. Do you see how it is impossible to cross infinity? Similarly, we would never have been able to cross the infinite amount of time that it took for mankind to exist if the universe has always existed because there would always be an infinite amount of time left to cross.
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