God Is Eternal, Infinity Is A Paradox
When debating atheists, there are often times encounters with a person who believes there was some overall cause of the Universe’s creation, and there could possibly be some kind of intelligent cause, or a force that made everything. Usually, they will say some kind of energy caused everything. But then they would say something else caused that energy force to exist, and whatever caused that force to exist had something that caused it to exist as well; and so on until you go on to infinity. This is the kind of logic some use against the idea of God creating everything. They say something must have created God.
What happens with this kind of argumentation is that often times a non-atheist will argue back at an atheist and say, then who created the force that created God? The atheist says it was something else, and this argument would go on for infinity if it were possible. This would be a waste of time, and some people actually believe that the Universe is infinite both with its history and future direction. They would say matter has always existed and always will. This is with the view of the scientific rule in mind which states, “Matter cannot be created nor destroyed.” Surely, matter cannot be created by anything within Creation, but s omething outside of it created all matter.
Many atheists and people who do not like the idea of an all powerful, all knowing, and everywhere present God will still want to believe that everything that exists has a cause. They say the Universe exists, therefore it had a cause. They apply this to God and say that God exists, therefore God had a cause. This is the wrong idea.
Just because something exists does not mean it had a cause. The true understanding of all Creation is that whatever has a beginning has a cause. The Universe began, therefore it had a cause. So, an animal had a beginning; it had a cause. A tree had a beginning; it had a cause. An asteroid had a beginning; it had a cause and so on. All of these things have something that caused them to exist such as a seed being planted, animals mating and birthing another animal, and an asteroid breaking off of something and entering gravitational fields, and thus becoming asteroids. But God did not have a beginning, therefore He had no cause. Nothing caused God to exist because He exists Eternally outside of all Creation: matter, energy, time. God is timeless and eternal because God in fact created time.
Infinity cannot exist and God is not infinite. God is timeless and eternal. Timelessness and eternality are a different concept than infinity. God very well could make something go on in one direction infinitely, but the idea of an infinite universe is a paradox. For instance, If we had an infinite number of events that have occured and we are in one spot on the number line, or timeline, then the next event we cause will be added onto that exact same amount yet that number will have not changed one bit and would still remain infinite. No extra actions or any actions taken away would have changed anything. It remains infinite. There is no infinity + 1, or an infinity – 1. No matter what, everything remains infinite. The best understanding of the infinity paradox is discussed in detail with a philosophical and mathematical concept called “Hilbert’s Hotel” presented by German mathematician David Hilbert (1862–1943). Logical Paradoxes, a website that deals with such issues explains Hilbert’s Hotel,
“Hilbert’s Hotel is a (hypothetical) hotel with an infinite number of rooms, each one of which is occupied. The hotel gives rise to a paradox: the hotel is full, and yet it has vacancies.
That the hotel is full is obvious. It has an infinite number of rooms, and an infinite of guests; every room is occupied. That the hotel has vacancies is a little more difficult to demonstrate.
Suppose that a new visitor arrives; can he be accommodated? At first it seems that he cannot, but then the hotel clerk has an idea: He moves the guest in Room 1 to Room 2, and the guest in Room 2 to Room 3, and so on. Every guest is moved to the next room along.
For every guest, in every room, there is another room into which they can be moved. This leaves Room 1 vacant for the new visitor. Although the hotel is full, then, the new guest can be accommodated in Room 1.
It is not only one new guest that can be accommodated; in fact, Hilbert’s Hotel has an infinite number of vacancies. By moving every guest to the room the number of which is double the number of their current room, all of the odd numbered rooms can be vacated for new guests. There are, of course, an infinite number of odd numbered rooms, and so an infinite number of new guests can be accommodated.” (www.logicalparadoxes.info)
If one understands this concept, the hotel can have an infinite number of rooms full, as well as an infinite number of rooms empty. It makes no sense and does not work in the real world. Infinity is a paradox. A paradox is a self-contradictory and false proposition of any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature. God is non-contradicting and is not a paradox.
The Universe is not infinite because it had a beggining and at some point down the line all of the causes traced down through time and history can be attributed to one great cause that had no cause: God Almighty. Atheists do not want to submit to logical sense when it comes down to discussing the origin’s of the Universe, so will always try to avoid such ideas when arguing; but you can use this if you run into a typical athiest college student who thinks he knows everything.
God Almighty is timeless and eternal!
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