Believing in God is in tune with the natural inclinations of men, but does this belief is with sound reasoning? Science states that the universe had a beginning. Science has discovered that the universe is expanding, and if we were to reverse this expansion, the universe would shrink down to nothing at all.
Scientists don’t know what was before the Big Bang, however one thing they do agree upon is that the universe is not eternal and had a beginning.
How did the universe come to exist? Did it come from nothing? If it comes from nothing, nothing comes.
For example, if you heard a loud bang, you would never assume it just came from nothing. Or would a pink elephant just pop out from nothing into your living room? Obviously not! So the universe could not have just come out of nothing.
Did the universe create itself? This is irrational because that would require it to be in existence and non-existence at the same time. It is like saying a mother gave birth to herself!
Or does the universe come to exist because it has a creator? This is the most logical and rational conclusion. Quran says:
أم خلقوا من غير شيء أم هم الخالقون – أم خلقوا السماوات والأرض بل لا يوقنون
“Or were they created by nothing, or were they the creators (of themselves)? Or did they create the heavens and the Earth? Rather, they are not certain.”
The creator is powerful as it created the universe. When we observe the planets, solar systems, galaxies, stars and everything else in the universe, this indicates that the creator must have an amazing amount of power and ability to be able to put the universe into existence.
Anything that is ordered indicates intelligence. Do you agree?
For example, if you were walking on a beach and saw the word ‘hello’ written in the sand, you would conclude that there is an intelligent that wrote this because the letters are ordered. You would never assume it happened by chance.
Or if you woke up in a factory and saw all the systems and machines manufacturing jeans, you would naturally conclude that there is an intelligence that manages this factory because it has order.
Ponder upon the order in our solar system. Our solar system is highly ordered with intricate systems, laws and patterns which indicate that here is an intelligent designer.
Let’s look at some examples of our ordered and perfectly balanced solar system:
The Sun’s distance from the earth
The Sun is at a perfect distance from the earth. If the Sun was slightly further away, we would freeze and if it was any closer we would burn.
If the gravitational force was altered, this would have a massive effect on our existence.
If we did not have an ozone layer protecting us, we would be dramatically affected by the Sun’s harmful rays.
If the axis of the Earth was altered, this would create chaos and our Earth would be uninhabitable.
Size of the Sun, Earth and Moon
If the size of the Sun or Earth was different, we would either be too hot or too cold. If the Moon was a different size or did not exist, it would affect the gravitational force which stabilizes the Earth’s axis.
This would have a huge effect on our seasons and would increase the speed of the Earth’s rotation so that one day would only be a few hours long.
The order in our universe indicates the intelligence of the creator! Quran says:
إن في خلق السماوات والأرض واختلاف الليل والنهار لآيات لأولي الألباب
“Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the Earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.”
From the arguments above we can conclude that the best explanation for our existence is that there is a creator of our universe who has an amazing amount of power and intelligence.
Parts of this article
Come Now, Let Us Reason Together (Part 1 of 4): The Existence of God
Come Now, Let Us Reason Together (Part 2 of 4): The Oneness of God
Come Now, Let Us Reason Together (Part 3 of 4): Revelation
Come Now, Let Us Reason Together (Part 4 of 4): Prophethood
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