This was in my email, and I found it an example of why dialectic does not change anything. If the premises are correct, the logic is that there is a God and he is not of our making. But this only convinces the socially blind.
The rest of us are moved by rhetoric.
The ellipsis is because his defense of premise two has a wonderful comment: numbers never made anything. Even a computer chip needs silicon or gallium.
- Everything that exists has an explanation for its existence, either in the necessity of its nature, or in an external cause.
- If the universe has an explanation of its existence, that explanation is God.
- The universe exists.
- The universe has an explanation for its existence (from 1 & 3).
- The explanation of the universe is God (from 2 & 4).
- Conclusion: God exists.
This argument for the existence of God made by German Philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646 – 1716) is logically airtight. This means so long as the premises are more plausibly true than false, the conclusion is unavoidable.
Premise two is made obvious by the fact that whatever created the universe could not be part of the universe. And since the universe is all of space-time (including matter and energy), it follows that the creator of the universe must be space-less, timeless, and immaterial. There are only two candidates that meet this description:
- Abstract Objects (like numbers)
However, abstract objects do not stand in causal relationship with anything. 2 + 2 never put 4 dollars in my pocket.
That leaves us with only one candidate, God.
Haden Clarke, Help me Believe
This is excellent, but it leads to religion: the form of salvation, without the power. To love, one needs Christ. For none of us can stand before a righteous God.
And we know this, though we try very hard not to think of it.
If there is a God, then there is a true justice, a true accounting, and true standards. For the God of the universe has to be constant, or the universe will collapse.
Finally, if there was a way we could save ourselves, then the cross of Christ would not be needed. God did not need to become incarnate — and today[s passage makes it very clear that Christ considered himself God — and then die for the atonement of my wrongdoing.
It is only through that we can stand with the resurrected saints in the time to come and rejoice. Be among them. Do not converge with the decay of this time, where even logic is considered oppressive, and engineering a consipiracy. They are doomed to destruction.
Do not be them. Do not be like them.