How to defend a belief in the existence of god

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Faith and religion are some of the most sensitive and personal topics that can be addressed. They often form the bedrock of a person’s morals, ethics and worldview. As a result, it can be painful and shocking when these beliefs are challenged by other people.

Disputes over small details of faith are usually not a big deal among people. There are times, however, when one person questions the most fundamental and basic tenets of another person’s religion. In such cases, the person who i being questioned i often shaken, angry or feeling oddly betrayed by the first person’s skepticim. One of the most common ways this happens in the Western world is when those who believe neither in God nor in the afterlife claim that He does not age. What should a Christian do in such cases? How should they respond to people who say there is no God?

Think about how they said it.

Find out why they think God does not exist.

Stand up for your beliefs.

Prepare for specific topics.

Pray for them.

A person who does not believe in God is completely unaware of the wider world. They don’t realize that there is so much more to this material life. They lack the comfort and sense of purpose that believers have. They may feel lost or, if they have forsaken God after a tragic event, they may experience a deep sense of loss and regret. They no longer believe, but they are still somehow aware of who they have drifted away from and from whom they have drifted away. Pray for these people. Pray that they will remember God and find a way back to Him. Believers may try to lead people to Him, but those who don’t believe must make that choice for themselves.

When people say that God does not age, the believer must remain calm and argue with compassion. Ignorance of the rest of the world is a tragedy, but the faithful can only do so much for those who don’t believe. When it really comes down to it, people have to decide for themselves if they want to open their minds and hearts and believe.

How to defend a belief in the exitence of god

Theism is the belief in the existence of at least one god – nothing more, nothing less. It doesn’t depend on how many gods you believe. This does not depend upon how ‘god’ i defined. It does not depend on how the believer comes to his faith. It does not depend on how the believer defends his faith. That theism simply means “believing in God” and that nothing else can be difficult to understand as we rarely encounter theism in isolation.

Who is Teita?

If believing in a god is theism, then anyone who believes in the existence of at least one god is. They can believe in one god or more gods. They can believe in a god who is transcendent in our universe or in the gods that dwell around us. They can believe in gods who are actively helping us or in a god who is not interested in humanity. If you know that a person i a theit, you can’t make any automatic assumptions about what their god i or i not like, so you have to ask. Of course, they may not even know it, considering how many believers have not thoroughly thought about the details, but it’s still up to them to explain.

Variations of theism

Over the millennia, theism has emerged in several varieties: monotheism, polytheism, pantheism, and a few others that many have not even heard of. Understanding the differences between different types of theism is necessary not only to understand the religious systems in which they appear, but also to understand the diversity and diversity that exists for theism itself.

Theism and religion

Many seem to believe that religion and theism are actually the same, so every religion is theistic and every religion is religious, but this is a fallacy that is based on many common misconceptions about both religion and theism. Indeed, it is not uncommon even among atheists to assume that religion and theism are actually equivalent. The truth is that theism can live independently of religion and religion can exist without theism.

Theism versus atheism: the burden of proof

The idea of ​​the “burden of proof” is important in debates because whoever has the burden of proof has a responsibility to “prove” their claims in some way. To some extent, the burden of proof (or just support in most cases) always rests with whoever is the claim, not who just listens to the claim and therefore who might not initially believe that the statement is true. In practice, this means that the burden of initial proof rests with the theist, not the atheist.

Is theism irrational?

Theim doesn’t mean very much, at least not inherently, since it doesn’t mean anything more than believing in the exitence of at least one god of some sort. Why or how someone believes it so doesn’t matter any more to the definition of theism than why or how someone doesn’t believe in gods matters to the definition of atheism. One of the reasons this is important is that it has important implications for the question of whether theism is rational or irrational.

What is God?

When the statist claims that a god is aging, one of the first questions atheists should ask themselves is "what do you mean by" god "? After all, without understanding what statist means, attestation can’t even begin to judge a proposition. same reason, if he is not clear on what he means, he cannot adequately explain and defend his beliefs.

When confronted with the challenges of their beliefs, some Christians fail to make arguments beyond their personal relationship with God.

While no one can deny the sincerity of someone’s feelings, individual testimony is seldom enough to convince a skeptic – or even a truly curious one – of the truth of Christianity.

Without objective evidence of Chritianity’s validity, it can be almost impossible to share the gospel in a culture that considers theology to be neither truthful nor consitent with human reason. In this regard, apologetics may be one of the most effective tools that people of faith have in their arsenal.

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The advantages of apologetics

In an email to The Western Journal, Catholic author and apologist Trent Horn pointed out why Christians need to apologize. Contrary to popular belief, Horn pointed out that apologetics i more than learning how to refute nonbelievers’ arguments.

“First, apologetics can help strengthen a believer’s faith and provide additional evidence to help them know Chritianity i true,” he wrote. “It can also help quell doubts that may loom in the face of a seemingly insurmountable opposition to faith, showing that the objection has a plausible answer.”

Horn said another benefit of studying apology is that it helps believers present “more persuasive” arguments in the face of challenges. While he agreed that personal testimonies are “very important” to the Chritian faith, the scholar also noted that Chritianity i more than an individual’s experience.

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L’apologeta ha aggiunto che se i cristiani citano semplicemente la loro relazione con Dio come prova delle loro affermazioni teologiche, i facile per la società moderna accusarli di predicare semplicemente "le verità degli altri".

“Chritianity in’t true ‘for me’, it’s true for everyone because it i a fact that God exits and he became man in the person of Jesus Chrit,” Horn wrote. “But to determine if this is true for everyone, we need to gather objective evidence or evidence that everyone can investigate for themselves.”

"L’apologetica i uno dei modi migliori per presentare prove oggettive, filosofiche, scientifiche e storiche dell’azione di Dio nella storia della salvezza", ha aggiunto.

According to Horn, apologetics fits this opist more than the “subjective evidence” of Christianity found in things like “private prayer.” Although the apologist noted that prayer can be “persuasive,” any revelation from prayer is often limited to those who have “immediate access” to such experiences.

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"Infatti, alcune persone come me, che spesso non sentono molto profondamente la presenza di Dio in esperienze soggettive come la preghiera, possono avvicinarsi alla conoscenza di Dio attraverso tutte le prove oggettive della sua esistenza e le opere miracolose nella storia del cristianesimo".

Avoid the traps

Despite the potential benefits of learning apology, Christians should be careful not to get lost in the bondage of winning debates to persuade people.

“I think there are some people who see ‘winning the argument’ as an end in itself instead of as a means to bring someone into relationship with Jesus Chrit,” Horn wrote. “But our goal should be to win arguments by being ‘winsome’, or by being gracious while humbly offering substantive answers.”

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Un modo in cui un apologeta ha affermato che i cristiani possono convincere gli altri i convincerli gentilmente di "cattive notizie" sulla loro "visione del mondo non cristiana".

“Specifically, the ‘bad news’ i that it i false and cannot meet their deepest desires as human beings made to spend eternity with God,” he wrote. “Apologetics can help us show them that this is so, and remove obstacles to the acceptance of the gospel in the form of refuting various intellectual objections against it.”

Share the truth with grace

According to Ephesians 4:15, one of the responsibilities of a Christian is “to speak the truth with love.” According to Horn, the best way an apologist can live this commandment is through dialogue.

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The apologist added that this may include asking people to explain their beliefs and why they believe their understanding of the subject is true.

“With a kind question, we can help a person see the errors in his worldview, and then put our Christian worldview in its place,” Horn wrote. “But thi approach also involves finding common ground to show the person i not as from the truth as he might think and genuinely litening to the person’s concerns.”

"Facendo domande, ascoltando e trovando un terreno comune, un cristiano può molto efficacemente" dire la verità nell’amore "condividendo la sua fede".

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When confronted with the challenges of their beliefs, some Christians fail to make arguments beyond their personal relationship with God.

While no one can deny the sincerity of someone’s feelings, individual testimony is seldom enough to convince a skeptic – or even a truly curious one – of the truth of Christianity.

Without objective evidence of Chritianity’s validity, it can be almost impossible to share the gospel in a culture that considers theology to be neither truthful nor consitent with human reason. In this regard, apologetics may be one of the most effective tools that people of faith have in their arsenal.

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The advantages of apologetics

In an email to The Western Journal, Catholic author and apologist Trent Horn pointed out why Christians need to apologize. Contrary to popular belief, Horn pointed out that apologetics i more than learning how to refute nonbelievers’ arguments.

“First, apologetics can help strengthen a believer’s faith and provide additional evidence to help them know Chritianity i true,” he wrote. “It can also help quell doubts that may loom in the face of a seemingly insurmountable opposition to faith, showing that the objection has a plausible answer.”

Horn said another benefit of studying apology is that it helps believers present “more persuasive” arguments in the face of challenges. While he agreed that personal testimonies are “very important” to the Chritian faith, the scholar also noted that Chritianity i more than an individual’s experience.

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L’apologeta ha aggiunto che se i cristiani citano semplicemente la loro relazione con Dio come prova delle loro affermazioni teologiche, i facile per la società moderna accusarli di predicare semplicemente "le verità degli altri".

“Chritianity in’t true ‘for me’, it’s true for everyone because it i a fact that God exits and he became man in the person of Jesus Chrit,” Horn wrote. “But to determine if this is true for everyone, we need to gather objective evidence or evidence that everyone can investigate for themselves.”

"L’apologetica i uno dei modi migliori per presentare prove oggettive, filosofiche, scientifiche e storiche dell’azione di Dio nella storia della salvezza", ha aggiunto.

According to Horn, apologetics fits this opist more than the “subjective evidence” of Christianity found in things like “private prayer.” Although the apologist noted that prayer can be “persuasive,” any revelation from prayer is often limited to those who have “immediate access” to such experiences.

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"Infatti, alcune persone come me, che spesso non sentono molto profondamente la presenza di Dio in esperienze soggettive come la preghiera, possono avvicinarsi alla conoscenza di Dio attraverso tutte le prove oggettive della sua esistenza e le opere miracolose nella storia del cristianesimo".

Avoid the traps

Despite the potential benefits of learning apology, Christians should be careful not to get lost in the bondage of winning debates to persuade people.

“I think there are some people who see ‘winning the argument’ as an end in itself instead of as a means to bring someone into relationship with Jesus Chrit,” Horn wrote. “But our goal should be to win arguments by being ‘winsome’, or by being gracious while humbly offering substantive answers.”

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Un modo in cui un apologeta ha affermato che i cristiani possono convincere gli altri i convincerli gentilmente di "cattive notizie" sulla loro "visione del mondo non cristiana".

“Specifically, the ‘bad news’ i that it i false and cannot meet their deepest desires as human beings made to spend eternity with God,” he wrote. “Apologetics can help us show them that this is so, and remove obstacles to the acceptance of the gospel in the form of refuting various intellectual objections against it.”

Share the truth with grace

According to Ephesians 4:15, one of the responsibilities of a Christian is “to speak the truth with love.” According to Horn, the best way an apologist can live this commandment is through dialogue.

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The apologist added that this may include asking people to explain their beliefs and why they believe their understanding of the subject is true.

“With a kind question, we can help a person see the errors in his worldview, and then put our Christian worldview in its place,” Horn wrote. “But thi approach also involves finding common ground to show the person i not as from the truth as he might think and genuinely litening to the person’s concerns.”

"Facendo domande, ascoltando e trovando un terreno comune, un cristiano può molto efficacemente" dire la verità nell’amore "condividendo la sua fede".

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Learn how to effectively fight for God.

Imagine. You’re having a wonderful morning in church praising our loving God. You celebrate that by sharing your news on social media just to get someone to jump into the comments and start attacking you. They shout “Christianity is false!” through the keyboard and the whole day seems to dry up.

In today’s world there will be people who do not believe in God, Christianity or religion as a whole. Atheists can be your best friends, family, colleagues, or complete strangers. This’s okay that these people don’t always share their values with you, but sometimes it’s necessary to argue back. You want to stand up for your Christian faith, but you may not really know how to do it.

Responding to the criticisms, here are some suggestions. These common arguments are easy to refute when used correctly. Share your wealth of knowledge about God with others so they can learn and understand why you became a Christian.

"Non ci sono prove dell’esistenza di Dio".

"Non ci sono prove dell’esistenza di Dio".

Unfortunately, this can be difficult to argue because what one personally believes to be sufficient proof will not be sufficient proof for another. The typical argument here i that there in’t any physical evidence. However, one thing that really needs to be emphasized is that Christians have never claimed to believe in a physical God. It would be contrary to many Christian beliefs if the physical God who manifested were ever present. Christians believe what Pimo says that God is spirit. Asking for material proof of his existence does not go hand in hand with beliefs. This, of course, is not always good for atheists. We can still try to show them examples of God in our life when we present this topic.

Answers to difficult questions about God and life

The universe presents overwhelming evidence for God’s exitence (Psalm 19:1). Ma nessuno può essere fatto credere in Dio. In fact, God’s infinite nature makes it impossible to apprehend Him directly (1 Timothy 1:17; 6:16). Because God i Spirit, conclusions about the ultimate beginnings of the universe need to be drawn from the created world and God’s actions within it. Here in the created world, the evidence for God’s eternal power and divine nature i so overwhelming that belief in Him i the only reasonable option (Romans 1:20). While some aspects of God’s nature–Hi holiness and love, for example–have been obscured by the Fall (See the ATQ articles, Why Would an All-Powerful God Permit Evil? and Why Would God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People? ), it i dibelief in God’s exitence and power that i irrational, not belief.

Assuming that the universe is just a cosmic accident is contrary to everything we experience. Everything we’ve ever encountered with our senses has a cause: why not the universe?

There is a remarkable human tendency to ignore the obvious. We all take many of the most important things in our life for granted (safety, family, health). Likewise, we all tend to take the universe and its secrets for granted. Instead of asking the obvious questions, “Why is the universe, and why am I here?” and “What is the universe like?” let a superficial understanding of scientific knowledge rob us of the proper sense of wonder.

The Bible provides us with basic truths about God:

  • Era lì "in principio" prima che accadesse qualsiasi altra cosa (Genesi 1:1; Salmo 33:9; Isaia 57:15; Giovanni 1:1-3; 1 Timoteo 6:16).
  • It has no beginning or end and is unlimited in time and space (Ps 90: 2,4; 93: 2; Isaiah 40:28).
  • Everything else that exists, minerals, water, plants, animals, angels, demons of the lower plane (Ps 33.6; Isaiah 45.12; Colossians 1.16; Revelation 4.11). Only God is the eternal, uncreated, different, completely different order.

God created man in his image (Genesis 1: 26-27), but we are still part of the material world. Each of us has had a specific beginning and is limited by our third dimensional experience and the passage of time. Being immersed in time and space, we become overwhelmed and confused as we try to understand the eternal God (Job 36:26; Isaiah 40:28).

Many people simply ignore the overwhelming experiential and natural evidence for God’s exitence. Ultimately, faith comes down to decisions of the heart. A mind darkened by a rebellious heart cannot see God (Isaiah 44:18, 20; Romans 1: 18-23). 2

Eternal God is transcendent, he is not part of creation. God’s exitence cannot be “proven” in the way that science can prove or diprove a fact about the material world (Hebrews 11:1). We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image, aware of our own exitence, and capable of choice. Choosing to believe that there is no God and that the universe is simply a fantastically complex case will inevitably lead to the conclusion that life is absurd and meaningless. A meaningless life is at best a hopeless struggle and always ends in despair. But if we believe in the God of the Bible, we not only have a reason to live, but the certainty that we will see the kingdom of God with our own eyes.

Poiché l’Alto e l’Eccelso, che abita nell’eternità e il cui nome i santo, dice: "Abiterò in luogo alto e santo, con colui che ha uno spirito contrito e umile, per ravvivare lo spirito degli umili e vivificare cuore di un pentito» (Isaia 57:15).

  1. There are many biblical examples of willful people ignoring the most spectacular demonstrations of God’s presence and power. Consider these: Pharaoh ( Exodus 11:10 ), the Israelites ( Exodus 32:1-4 ), Ahab ( 1 Kings 18:38-39 ), Jesus’ enemies (Mark 3:22 ). Return to the article
  2. Today the ideology of naturalistic evolution is losing ground. Both laymen and scientists are increasingly realizing that the universe and the life in it are too complex to be mere coincidences. The so-called “Big Bang” (mentioned over 3,000 years ago in Genesi 1:3) set in motion a series of creative events so complex and perfect that all of man’s accumulated scientific widom i just beginning to explore them. Within the limited time frame of merely 15-20 billion years (if current estimates are accepted), a feat of cosmic engineering has occurred on such a vast scale that objective observers are being silenced and humbled, just as Isaiah was humbled by hi viion of God’s inconceivable greatness ( Isaiah 40:21-23 ). Return to the article

When confronted with the challenges of their beliefs, some Christians fail to make arguments beyond their personal relationship with God.

While no one can deny the sincerity of someone’s feelings, individual testimony is seldom enough to convince a skeptic – or even a truly curious one – of the truth of Christianity.

Without objective evidence of Chritianity’s validity, it can be almost impossible to share the gospel in a culture that considers theology to be neither truthful nor consitent with human reason. In this regard, apologetics may be one of the most effective tools that people of faith have in their arsenal.

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The advantages of apologetics

In an email to The Western Journal, Catholic author and apologist Trent Horn pointed out why Christians need to apologize. Contrary to popular belief, Horn pointed out that apologetics i more than learning how to refute nonbelievers’ arguments.

“First, apologetics can help strengthen a believer’s faith and provide additional evidence to help them know Chritianity i true,” he wrote. “It can also help quell doubts that may loom in the face of a seemingly insurmountable opposition to faith, showing that the objection has a plausible answer.”

Horn said another benefit of studying apology is that it helps believers present “more persuasive” arguments in the face of challenges. While he agreed that personal testimonies are “very important” to the Chritian faith, the scholar also noted that Chritianity i more than an individual’s experience.

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L’apologeta ha aggiunto che se i cristiani citano semplicemente la loro relazione con Dio come prova delle loro affermazioni teologiche, i facile per la società moderna accusarli di predicare semplicemente "le verità degli altri".

“Chritianity in’t true ‘for me’, it’s true for everyone because it i a fact that God exits and he became man in the person of Jesus Chrit,” Horn wrote. “But to determine if this is true for everyone, we need to gather objective evidence or evidence that everyone can investigate for themselves.”

"L’apologetica i uno dei modi migliori per presentare prove oggettive, filosofiche, scientifiche e storiche dell’azione di Dio nella storia della salvezza", ha aggiunto.

According to Horn, apologetics fits this opist more than the “subjective evidence” of Christianity found in things like “private prayer.” Although the apologist noted that prayer can be “persuasive,” any revelation from prayer is often limited to those who have “immediate access” to such experiences.

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"Infatti, alcune persone come me, che spesso non sentono molto profondamente la presenza di Dio in esperienze soggettive come la preghiera, possono avvicinarsi alla conoscenza di Dio attraverso tutte le prove oggettive della sua esistenza e le opere miracolose nella storia del cristianesimo".

Avoid the traps

Despite the potential benefits of learning apology, Christians should be careful not to get lost in the bondage of winning debates to persuade people.

“I think there are some people who see ‘winning the argument’ as an end in itself instead of as a means to bring someone into relationship with Jesus Chrit,” Horn wrote. “But our goal should be to win arguments by being ‘winsome’, or by being gracious while humbly offering substantive answers.”

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Un modo in cui un apologeta ha affermato che i cristiani possono convincere gli altri i convincerli gentilmente di "cattive notizie" sulla loro "visione del mondo non cristiana".

“Specifically, the ‘bad news’ i that it i false and cannot meet their deepest desires as human beings made to spend eternity with God,” he wrote. “Apologetics can help us show them that this is so, and remove obstacles to the acceptance of the gospel in the form of refuting various intellectual objections against it.”

Share the truth with grace

According to Ephesians 4:15, one of the responsibilities of a Christian is “to speak the truth with love.” According to Horn, the best way an apologist can live this commandment is through dialogue.

Advertising – the story continues below

The apologist added that this may include asking people to explain their beliefs and why they believe their understanding of the subject is true.

“With a kind question, we can help a person see the errors in his worldview, and then put our Christian worldview in its place,” Horn wrote. “But thi approach also involves finding common ground to show the person i not as from the truth as he might think and genuinely litening to the person’s concerns.”

"Facendo domande, ascoltando e trovando un terreno comune, un cristiano può molto efficacemente" dire la verità nell’amore "condividendo la sua fede".

We strive for truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Question: What are the cosmological arguments for God’s existence?

Answer: Cosmological arguments attempt to prove God’s exitence by observing the world around us (the cosmos). They start with what is most obvious in reality: things become. So it is argued that the cause of these things must have been a “divine type” thing. Such arguments date back to the time of Plato and have been used by eminent philosophers and theologians ever since. Science finally caught up with theologians in the 20th century when the beginning of the universe was confirmed. So today cosmological arguments are strong even for non-philosophers.

There are two basic forms of cosmological arguments and the simplest way to think about them is “vertical” and “horizontal”. • These names indicate the direction from which the causes are coming. The vertical argument is that everything created is caused right now (imagine the timeline with an arrow pointing from the universe to God). The horizontal version shows that the creature must have had a cause in the beginning (imagine the same timeline, only with an arrow pointing to the starting point in time).

The horizontal cosmological argument, also called the kalam cosmological argument, is somewhat easier to understand because it doesn’t require much philosophizing. The basic argument is that everything that has a beginning must have causes. The universe had a beginning; therefore the universe had a cause. That cause, being outside the whole universe, is God. It could be said that some things are caused by others, but that doesn’t negate the argument because those other things must have had causes too, and that can’t last forever. .

To illustrate the kalam, or horizontal cosmological argument, let us take a simple example: trees. At some point, all the trees started to thin out (because they are not always decaying). Every tree started with a seed (the cause of the tree). But each seed had its origin (its “cause”) in a different tree. There cannot be an infinite series of half-trees because no series is infinite. All series are finite (limited) by definition. There is no infinite number because even a series of numbers is limited (although you can always add one more, you are always on a finite number). If there is an end, it is not infinite. All sets actually have two endings: one at the end and one at the beginning (try to imagine a stick with one end!). If there were no primary cause, the chain of causes would never have started. So, at least in the beginning, there is a root cause, which did not begin. The first cause is God.

The vertical form of the cosmological argument is a little more difficult to understand, but it is more powerful. The vertical argument not only shows that God must have caused the “chain of causes” in the beginning, but it shows that he has yet to make things here right now. Let’s start by saying that things get tense. So while we often think of being as a property that things are a kind of “property” – that once something is created, being is only a part of what it is – it is not. Consider the triangle. We can define a triangle as a flat shape formed by connecting three points not in a straight line by straight line segments. • Pay attention to what is not part of this definition: existence exists.

This definition of a triangle would be true even if the triangles were not truncated at all. Therefore, the nature of a triangle – what it is – does not guarantee that it is (like unicorns – we know what they are, but that doesn’t make them). Since being a triangle is not part of the nature of the triangle, triangles must be triangles through something else that already exists (someone has to draw a triangle). So the triangle is caused by something else that must also have a cause. It cannot go on indefinitely (there are no infinite series). Therefore, something that does not need to be must be in order for everything else to exist.

Now apply this example to everything in the universe. Are any of them alive alone? No. So the universe must have had a first cause to start, and it also needs something to give it an existence now. The only thing that shouldn’t grow is what it is by its very nature. This i exitence. Thi something would always exit, have no cause, have no beginning, have no limit, be outside of time, and be infinite. That something i God, the “I AM” of Exodus 3:14. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims hi handiwork. Day after day he pours out the word, and night after night he reveals knowledge. ” – Psalm 19: 1-2.