Facts such as believing that everything somehow came from nothing—that there is no uncaused first cause; i.e., God. What that means is that He was the cause, the reason, behind everything, but He Himself had no beginning. If you want me to explain how that could be, how anything, including God, could always have been, all I can tell you is it beats me. We Christians accept it by faith. The Bible says, “In the beginning, God…” The freethinker mocks my acceptance, but his problem is bigger than mine. I am convinced that God was the cause of everything. The freethinker claims that nothing was the cause of everything. What he is forced to do is completely suspend disbelief, an attitude defined as “a willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe the unbelievable.”
Nearly all scientists agree that in the beginning there was nothing—no time, no space, no matter. There wasn’t even emptiness, only nothingness. Then suddenly, somehow, Bang! Nonexistence became existence. In less than an instant, nothing somehow became our unbelievably vast and exquisitely-tuned universe. After man somehow came into existence from nowhere, equipped with conscious awareness, the ability to think, to communicate, and to observe, he called the process whereby everything had come into existence “natural law” or “physics.”
Christian author Eric Metaxas wrote, “The fine-tuning necessary for life to exist on a planet is nothing compared with the fine-tuning required for the universe to exist at all. For example, astrophysicists now know that the values of the four fundamental forces—gravity, the electromagnetic force, and the ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ nuclear forces—were determined less than one-millionth of a second after the big bang. Alter any one value and the universe could not exist. For instance, if the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fraction—by even one part in 100,000,000,000,000,000—then no stars could ever have formed at all. Feel free to gulp. It would be like tossing a coin and having it come up heads 100 quintillion times in a row. Really?”
Secular materialists—those who believe that matter is all that has ever existed, even though they can’t explain where it came from—acknowledge that prior to that single instant of the Big Bang there was no “natural.” They admit there was an unnatural time and space before natural time and space, that something, sometime, somewhere, somehow existed before the material universe. That which preceded the natural was, of necessity, “beyond the natural” and, therefore, was supernatural—literally, outside the realm of the natural.
Albert Einstein agreed that denial of God is foolishness. He said of non-believers: “The fanatical atheists are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against traditional religion as the ‘opium of the masses’—cannot hear the music of the spheres.”
He added, “I am not an atheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws.”
Who knows? Just maybe, given enough time and chance, science could eventually catch up with God’s Word. Now there's a thought.