In my philosophy class today my teacher made an argument for the existence of God that I’m sure a lot of people have heard, but he laid it out really well so I thought I would share.
1. Every thing in the physical world has a physical cause. If you can find a counter example you should win a Nobel prize.
2. Nothing can cause itself to come into existence. I don’t think anyone really believes this is wrong.
3. There cannot be infinite causes because that means there is no first cause and without a first cause there can’t be a first effect, and without the first effect you can’t get any other causes or affects. We currently have intermediate effects so there must have been a first cause.
4. There was a first effect outside of itself.
5. There must be a God that is supernatural, and since God exists outside of the physical world God doesn’t need to meet the 1 statement.
The only thing the argument doesn’t cover is the specifics about this God. However, in my Sacred texts class the teacher (who isn’t Christian) said “Jesus was a reformer”. I don’t really care about the reformer part, I was interested in the word was. Jesus WAS. My non-Christian teacher who is teaching me the history of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism agreed that Jesus existed. There are also other historian smart folk that agree Jesus was bebopping around a couple thousand years ago, though they don’t believe He was God. After we establish that there is a God of some sort, and that Jesus did exist…. I think the Lion of the Tribe of Judah can defend Himself (: