Making Sense of God – Part 2
Channel: Ashraf Schneider
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Peace, blessings and mercy upon y'all. Welcome back to our page. In this latest series of videos we're working towards piecing together an understanding of God, whose glory and majesty actually exceed human understanding. Thankfully, God has given us both intuitive and highly academic rational proofs for his existence, within his creations, from the universe itself to the cells that make up each and every living creature. Today, we're going to focus specifically on the creation of the universe, and the empirical proof Scott provides for us within His Word of his own existence, and the creation of our entire universe. Thus, let's satisfy our inner science nerds, and look at the
cold, hard facts. Nobody knows us better than our Creator. And so God knows that we will at some point in our lives, face crises of faith, which is why he addresses us directly in the Quran, posing as a series of questions which appeal to rational thought, answering these questions logically, rationally, then serve directly to prove the existence of God. And, in this specific case, his creation of the universe. The questions God poses are designed to allow us to ponder on the origins of our existence, not as philosophers but as cynics, appealing directly to the kind of critical clinical reasoning that denies of faith are likely to employ in attempting to discredit the
existence of God. God in his infinite wisdom provides us with the exact tools we need to prove his existence not only to those who've already discovered his majesty, intuitively, but even to those who require so called empirical evidence to justify faith. When it comes to his creation of the universe. God engages us intellectually by presenting a number of superficial reasonable explanations of how the universe came to be. He presents the arguments of the assertion and undermines them in one fell swoop, before presenting what we must conclude the only possible and rational answer in the Quran in chapter 52, verse 35, to 36, God asks man, how he believes the
universe came to be he asks, Were they created by nothing? Or are they their own creators, or did they create the heavens and the earth? In fact, they have no firm belief in God. In this verse, God is then essentially presenting us with four possible explanations for the creation and existence of both the universe and ourselves. In option one, we were created by nothing at all, and the universe was created by nothing. In option two recreated ourselves and the universe created itself. Option three, we were created by something that created itself first, and our universe was created by another creative thing. option four, we and our universe were created by something greater than we
are capable of comprehending something absolute and eternal, which was not in itself created by anything or anyone else. When you think about it, the creation of the universe and the creation of man are similar on a cosmic scale. We both had a beginning, and we will both have an end. Philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, they all agree that the universe had a beginning, before which it did not exist. So let us focus on this example of the creation of the universe without which we would have no planet to call home anywhere. Since the universe had a beginning. The possible explanations for its creation, like odds are, that the universe was created by nothing,
that the universe was self created, that the universe was created by something created, and that the universe was created by something uncreated. Let's explore option one, that the universe was created by the absence of all things, including matter, energy, material, and non material objects, and any and all causal chains, to look at the universe and ourselves as something that came to be from no potential no matter nothing at all, is quite a tricky idea to wrap our heads around. basic logic would dictate that from nothing comes nothing, from something come something with nothing to start a causal chain, ie no action, there can be no reaction, we always assume a causal chain, and the
absence of one would leave us scratching our heads. If, for example, a herd of car showed up in your apartment in the blink of an eye, you'd have several questions right? You wouldn't be able to explain how they got there, and their presence would be completely illogical. So the idea that nothing created the universe and created us is equally illogical. In option two, it is proposed that the universe and then kind of self created, but this is a logical fallacy in and of itself, because we know that the universe did not always exist. It had a beginning. How could the universe have created it?
Self if it did not always exist before itself, think about it this way, how could I create myself if I hadn't even been born yet? Could a woman give birth to herself? It seems ridiculous when we think about it that way, right? Similarly, option three leads us down a rabbit hole. Because if the universe was created by something else that was created, which was created by something else that was created, which was created by something else that was created, where does it all end? It would be turtles all the way down, not making any sense. Try thinking about it this way. Imagine you had to walk into an office building, that is your only goal. But the security guard says you can't come
in without the permission of his manager. And his manager says that you can't come in without the permission of the building owner. And the building owner says that you can't come in without the permission of the current tenant. And the current tenant says that you can't come in without the permission of a supervisor, on and on and on. How can you ever enter the building without the existence of one person who has the authority and power to grant you access without deferring to somebody else's authority. In that same way, for the universe to have been created, there must have been a creator who did not first have to be created, or to defer to someone or something else. by
process of elimination, then we left with option four, that the universe was created by something that was not in and of itself created, or reliant on anything else for its creation, that leaves us with God, as the creator of ourselves and the universe being the only viable rational option. The Universe had to be created by something, it couldn't have created itself, and it couldn't have been created by another creative thing, ad infinitum. Or we'd have no beginning which we know it does. So that leaves us with the only logical conclusion being that the universe was created by something independent, and uncreated. And Who could that be, but God, one of God's defining characteristics is
that he is absolute and eternal, he was not created, He is the first with no beginning and the last without end, he may have created the world from nothing, or from the immaterial, but it is his world and power, then that started the causal chain which brought the entire universe and us into existence. He is the first and the last, the Most High and most near, and he has perfect knowledge of all things. As it says within the Quran. In chapter 57, verse three, God then provides us ample highly academic resources by ways of which we can rationalize our faith. based on empirical evidence, the proof he provides us on his own existence is irrefutable. In part three of this video
series, we'll be further exploring the scientific proof Scott offices up for his own existence, and hopefully, you'll be able to see just how much of a divine miracle it truly is that our universe exists and is capable of sustaining our lives. From the watercycle to the times, everything on earth has been perfectly orchestrated by God to allow us to thrive on this planet. And as you may have already come to realize that could have never happened by accident. If you have any questions about any of the content I've shared with you today, I look forward to connecting with you in the comment section. Alternatively, you're always welcome to message our page. May the Almighty bless you with
goodness there's like a lot here.