Must the Creator Have a Reason for His Existence?

by Lenny Esposito

This morning I had a quick discussion with a person who was trying to argue that the complexity of the universe is evidence against the existence of God. He claimed that if a Christian was to argue that the complexity of the universe points to God’s existence, then as God is infinitely more complex than the universe (his actual term was “complex to infinity”), it makes it even more probable that God was created. He wrote, “less complex things have a far better chance of being eternal than an almighty god.”

Such an objection isn’t uncommon among atheists. I’ve seen it frequently myself. As with a lot of retorts, this objection looks sound upon first glance. However, there are at least three rather large mistakes in reasoning in his assertion, they are important for Christians to recognize.

Not Everything That Exists Must Be Created

The first problem is one I’ve dealt with quite a bit. The questioner assumes that if one claims the universe has some kind of cause for its existence, then in order to be consistent, it’s fair to ask what was God’s cause? But the assumption itself is wrong. Christianity has never taught that whatever exists must have a cause. That would lead to a fallacy condition known as an infinite regress. For example, if one assumes the argument “because the universe exists, it requires a creator which is God,” then the next step would be to ask what brought God into existence. Based on the premise, the answer must be some kind of “God-creator.” But of course, the following question is “What created the God-creator?” The premise forces one to answer “A God-creator Creator?” The conversation would devolve into an endless series of “but what create THAT?” with no resolution in sight.

This is why Christians don’t argue “Whatever exists must have a creator.” Christianity holds that whatever begins to exist must has some kind of cause for its existence. That’s a far more reasonable claim…

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