Christianity Answers Life’s Biggest Questions better than Atheism
by Ryan Leasure
Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the purpose of your life? How are you supposed to live? What happens after you die? These are big questions — massive questions actually, too significant to simply brush aside. For if you neglect thinking about these critical questions, you’ll miss out on so much this life has to offer.
Therefore, if you want to live the good life — if you want to live it to the fullest — you need to base your life on the worldview that best answers the biggest questions in life.
Due to space constraints, I’ll only address how both atheism and Christianity answer these questions, though I realize other worldviews exist. Let’s look at these big questions in turn.
WHY IS THERE SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING?
Every scientific model points to a definite beginning of the universe. Scientists agree that the universe itself is not eternal, but that space, time, and matter all came into existence simultaneously. This understanding has led to different conclusions.
For the atheist, since nothing supernatural exists, there must be a naturalistic explanation to the origin of the universe. Atheists have proposed two main theories. Either a universe generator beyond our present universe has produced billions of universes including ours, or a black hole caused our universe to come into existence. Both explanations, however, raise the obvious question: How did the universe generator or black hole get there? Those things aren’t nothing. This explanation only kicks the can down the road. Furthermore, there is no evidence for the multi-universe generator or a black hole creation.
In the end, most atheists admit they simply don’t know how the universe came into existence. I can appreciate their humble honesty, but I’m not sure I’d want to base my life on a huge question mark such as this.
Christianity, on the other hand, affirms that God created the universe out of nothing. After all, if space, time, and matter came into existence simultaneously, whatever caused it to come into existence must be spaceless, timeless, and immaterial. Furthermore, this cause would need to be personal in order to choose to create, and all-powerful to be able to create the universe. All of this data fits nicely with the opening verse in the Bible. Genesis 1:1 declares, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…
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