If you are someone who does not believe in God and that He is not the Creator of the universe, then you likely believe that all existence had a natural origin. If so, here are just three things (on the cosmological side of the debate) that really puzzle me and I’d like to understand this better from your perspective.
How do you explain everything suddenly emerging from nothing? Most credible scientific organizations associated with cosmological study agree that everything – every star, every planet, every atom… everything is traceable back to the same point of origin at the same point in time. There had to be something that existed prior to the beginning point of all known matter that caused it to come into existence. I believe sound logical reasoning insists that there had to be a creator. How could there not be? I’d like to know.
How do you explain that the universe is accelerating in its expansion? Basic scientific logic would lead anyone to agree that any projectile from an explosion will immediately begin to lose speed on its movement away from its point of origin assuming that there is resistance applied against it. Even in a pure vacuum devoid of any other counter forces the best the projectile can do is to maintain its original speed. Basic physics. Yet, the celestial objects in our universe accelerate away from their point of origin. Some postulate dark matter and/or dark energy account for this acceleration, but there is no empirical evidence of that – it remains hypothetical. Even if dark matter and/or dark energy does exist and might be causing this acceleration, its collective influence would have to be perfectly balanced else it would impair every projectiles trajectory, but it does not. Don’t you think this is a wildly speculative explanation for this acceleration?
How do you explain that pure chance would account for the incredibly perfect balance that our universe has? I’m no astrophysicist, but there are many accounts from those who are and their accounts corroborate that the extremely delicate balance of physical parameters our universe has could not have naturally occurred. The odds that even one of these parameters would be perfectly balanced are extremely unlikely, but multiply that by twenty or so of these necessary values and the likelihood becomes absurd, well beyond normal reasoning. Does anyone seriously believe this balance happened by chance?
Oh, and just in case the answer to all of these questions is multi-verse theory then I simply can’t accept that. The notion that there is a “universe factory” that is continually cranking out randomly configured concurrent universes and we just happen to be lucky enough to get the one with the perfect hair and teeth is, to me, quite laughable.
Science today seems overrun with theory [such as dark matter, dark energy, dark fluid, dark flow, dark galaxies, dark radiation, quintessence, et-cetera, et-cetera, et-cetera] and wanting of empirical evidence. Still yet, we theists are supposedly the only ones who embrace conjecture. Kind of like the pot calling the kettle dark, isn’t it?
If there is only one universe, you might have to have a fine-tuner. If you don’t want God, you’d better have a multiverse. – Bernard Carr
Without any explanation of nature’s fine-tunings we will be hard pressed to answer the ID critics. One might argue that the hope that a mathematically unique solution will emerge is as faith-based as ID. – Leonard Susskind
To sustain the belief that there is no God, atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, “I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge.” – Ravi Zacharias