The supernatural origins of the universe.
The objective of this post is to demonstrate that the origins of the universe are supernatural, of necessity; that there is no other option to consider.
By definition, the universe and everything in it, comprises the natural realm.
We know that the universe is not eternal into the past; it had a beginning.
Meaning thereby that everything natural is not eternal; all of it had a beginning, or a point of origin.
Meaning thereby that whatever caused the universe to start existing (i.e. whatever caused the natural realm to start existing) must be beyond the realm of the natural i.e. it is super-natural.
In other words, the existence of the universe is owing to supernatural causes; by definition.
Or to put it slightly differently, the supernatural origin of the universe is an analytic truth; it is true by definition, not by empirical observation.
That’s the rationale for stating unequivocally that the origins of the universe are supernatural.
If you were looking for evidence that shows the existence of the supernatural, that’s what you just read. Feel free to stop reading now.
However, if you feel that the rationale is rather anticlimactic, that perhaps the rationale is a bit too simplistic, then you might want to consider a few other details.
What do we mean by the term ‘natural’?
Amongst the various meanings on dictionary.com, here are the ones that are pertinent to our discussion:
• existing in or formed by nature
• of or relating to nature or the universe
So we are using the term ’natural’, to refer to everything — space, time, matter, principles or laws and forces — that is contained within our universe.
What’s more, each of these natural ‘quantities” (i.e. space, time, matter, principles/ laws and forces) came into being along with the universe. We could state it like this — the birth of the universe gave birth to space, time, matter, principles/ laws and forces.
What are the implications of the universe having a beginning?
What we’re going to state next might sound obvious, however it needs to be mentioned so that we can be absolutely clear about the implications of the universe having a starting point.
If the universe is not eternal into the past, what that means is that the universe had a point of inception before which it did not exist.
In other words, the state of reality that existed prior to the inception of the universe was a state in which natural ‘quantities’ such as space, time and matter did not exist. Consequently, there were no natural forces in existence, which meant that there were no natural laws or principles to govern them.
What we can safely conclude from this is that the state of reality which produced the universe was eternal (i.e. without time), non-spatial (i.e. having no connection with space), immaterial (i.e. without matter). Which means that this state of reality was not governed by the laws and principles that govern our natural forces.
Do we know whether this state of reality had any forces at all?
Well, something needed to happen for this eternal, non-spatial, immaterial state to produce time, space and matter, along with all the forces and laws of the universe!
In other words, some mechanism was necessary to bring a non-existent universe into being. We are referring to this mechanism as a ‘force’ or ‘power’. What’s more, we are saying that this force/ power is a supernatural one that is not governed by the physical laws and principles that govern the forces in the universe.
What does this mean for you?
If the origin of the universe is owing to supernatural causes, then we can safely conclude the following:
• The essence of reality is supernatural: It is the supernatural reality that gives birth to our natural reality. Meaning, we owe our existence to a supernatural cause.
• The universe is evidence that the supernatural exists: Skeptics and so-called ‘rationalists’ are always asking for evidence of the supernatural. The universe is sufficient proof of this. To go a step further, every human being is natural evidence of the supernatural. The Bible corroborates this — In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
• If the universe itself does not suffice as evidence for the supernatural, nothing will: A corollary of the previous point, this basically means that skeptics and so-called ‘rationalists’ have no idea as to what might constitute evidence for the supernatural. So when they ask for evidence, they don’t really know what that entails. They are unable to assess any evidence because they do not know what the evidence looks like. Hence, any time they ask for evidence they should not be indulged. The Bible states it like this — The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
• The universe is not caused by a supernatural force but a supernatural Person: You might say — Hang on a sec! I can understand how the origins of the universe can be attributed to a supernatural force. But how does that automatically imply that the force is actually a person? Where’s the logic in that? Fair question. And we will respond to it in another post. However, for now, suffice to say that this supernatural Creator is Jesus Christ — For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17
Before you go, in case you were wondering why we’re insisting that the universe had a beginning, maybe start here:
Mathematics of Eternity Prove The Universe Must Have Had A Beginning
Did The Universe Have A Beginning?