Without Excuse

by Johnny Carlton

Copyright 2012 Johnny Giesbrecht

Johnny Carlton is a writer of suspense thrillers available as e-books at www.amazon.com

Atheistic philosophers claim that their belief about the origin of the universe is just as logical as that of those who believe in God.  They tell us, “We can’t explain how the universe got started, but neither can you explain where God comes from.”  Thus they attempt to destroy our argument that the existence of the universe proves the existence of the Creator, God.

But the atheist (as well as the Christian who has succumbed to confusion on this point) is overlooking an important factor:  To our Prime Cause, namely God, we attribute a conscious mind and a will; the atheist’s prime cause, whatever it may be, can have no such attributes, for if he allows consciousness and will in his prime cause he is no longer an atheist.

Maybe the atheist will say he doesn’t believe in any prime cause, conscious or otherwise; but that doesn’t work, for it still comes out the same way:  The material, Godless universe he believes in, that he believes existed in some gaseous form before there was any life and that eventually evolved life, of necessity becomes his prime cause; and it has no consciousness and no will.

Although we cannot explain God from a normal cause and effect standpoint, it is infinitely more logical to believe in a basic Power who consciously supports his existence by his own will, than it is to believe in a non-conscious something that supports itself without any power of will, and makes things without any power of will, and changes things without any power of will.  A something without will would have no driving force to set anything in motion.

Without consciousness there can be no will, so the Prime Cause must be a conscious being.  Therefore we have a logical right to conclude that without a conscious mind willing things to happen there can be no universe–no anything.

In other words, the atheist’s self-creating material universe has no consciousness and therefore no will with which to motivate its support of itself or to effect changes; whereas, conversely, the God we believe in has a conscious mind and has a will with which to support his own infinite existence, and with which to create, and with which to effect changes within the universe he has created.

This is why the Bible says, in Romans 1:18-20 (NIV):  “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

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