the universe most likely didn't cause itself

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theists say God could have caused the universe. atheists say the universe could have caused itself. but the problem is we have reasons to think otherwise. 

1.  lower energy states come from higher energy states. something had to cause the first maximum energy state of the universe. as far as we know it from our reality, an energy state greater than the universe must have caused it to occur, because we have no reason to think the universe could have caused itself given it had a maximum energy state as a beginning. 

2. existence should have an infinite beginning given it looks like there's an infinite end. i acknowledge there could be a finite end, but from what we can tell existence will be forever more even if it's emptiness. an infinite ending of our universe cannot have a finite beginning that we see. something else must be the infinite beginning. if i'm wrong, how can a finite beginning cause an infinite end? how does that series play out out of nowhere?

i acknowledge that there could be evidence that contradict these principles... the problem is that we see no such evidence in the universe, all we have is speculation that these presumed principles are faulty. 
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God/Universe/Cosmos = finite set of occupied space, that, eternally exists, in whatever state/phase/energy etc other labels want to apply. Simple to rational, logical common sense pathways of thought.

To go off on any other pathways than the above is likened some conspiracy-like non-sensical.

Universe may be a mystery but it is no secret ---secret conspiracy by aliens or other----.

It is irrational non-sense to even consider occupied space something-ness coming from non-occupie space nothing-ness.

Why do people forgo rational, logical common sense for off the wall, ---brainless---  irrational illogical lack of common sense pathways of thought?

There are various reasons;

1} ___?____,

2} ___?____.

3} ____?___.




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Well first things first.
Can we get a rough approximate.  

The approximate age of the universe ?
The approx  age of  planet earth ?
And the approx ummmmmm "age" of God ?

(A)
14 billion. 
4 billion.
10,000 years

(B) 
10,000
10,000
10,000

Orrrrrrrrrrr

( C ) 
? Dunno 
?
?

Give it a guess.  

B
Or C 

Two answers seem feasible and one seems ludicrous? 
What answer seems the most far fetched? 
Can we eliminate one ? 
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lower energy states come from higher energy states. something had to cause the first maximum energy state of the universe. as far as we know it from our reality, an energy state greater than the universe must have caused it to occur, because we have no reason to think the universe could have caused itself given it had a maximum energy state as a beginning. 
Exactly. In fact, the claim that the universe started itself violates some of the laws of science. But atheists are quite willing to contradict science in order to keep God out of the picture.
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The sentence.   ( The universe started itself )  instantly  trips that mechanism in ya head. 
But just when ya start to realize it is silly. 
In comes the statement / sentence.  ( God started himself )    from the " nothing "  

Soooooooooo.
We've boiled it down to two possibilities.  
( A )  The universe started itself. From the "nothing"  
Orrrrr
( B )  God started it or himself.  From the nuff nuff

A or B?

Both these options sound silly BUTTTTTTT. 
One sounds hellerious , . How do i spell that word?  Sillly.

One makes you want to think.
The other makes you laugh. And is barley worth putting it into any sort of consideration. 
Something like that.  

A God either exists or it doesn't aint a 50 / 50. 
Is it?
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Whats your percentage for.
God existing  ( ________ ) 
God not existing  ( ________ ) 

Hey do you think a atheist could answer this 
 God existing  ( ___ 0 % ___ ) 
God not existing  ( _____ 100 % _____ ) 

I'd hate to be asked this question. 

Good day. 
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The laws of thermodynamics show that the universe will eventually end in a heat death. 

The end is finite. At some point we have to rely on God to take us to the dimension of heaven.
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The universe started itself. From the "nothing"  
Orrrrr
God started it or himself.  From the nuff nuff
Fake. The universe is inanimate matter. God is not.

In comes the statement / sentence.  ( God started himself )    from the " nothing "  
The only person who says God "started" himself is you. Implying this is Christian doctrine is dishonest. I don't mind you being dumb, but dishonesty will be challenged.
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theists say God could have caused the universe. atheists say the universe could have caused itself. but the problem is we have reasons to think otherwise. 
More accurately, I think, atheists say "the universe appears by all evidence available to have 'begun' at the big bang." THeists say "God created the universe." This leads to questions:
  • What created god? Answer is usually "nothing, God's eternal." Next question:
  • Why can't the universe then also be eternal? Answer "because it's not god" / "it's made of matter." Next question:
  • Then what's god made of? I've not hear a coherent answer on this one, feel free. 
The issue you might be having is that no one knows or can know what was 'before' the big bang if that even makes sense. THe question of why is there something rather than nothing has fascinated humanity forever, and still no good answer to it. Me, I just accept that there's no good answer and it really has no impact on my life or anyone else's, ever. THeists assign a cause without justification. Some people think the universe is a cycle of big crunch to big bang, on and on. 

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THe question of why is there something rather than nothing has fascinated humanity forever, and still no good answer to it.
I agree with the analysis that any claims about how the universe began fall into one of three categories:
  • The universe is eternal
  • The universe came from nothing (or is self-created)
  • Something caused the universe to come into being.
Option 1 violates the Laws of Thermodynamics. Option 2 violates reason. That leaves option 3.
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Option 3 leads to infinite regress. 
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The laws of Thermodynamics as far as we understand, came into existence at the point of the Big Bang. What could you possibly know about whatever laws would have applied to the universe if it existed in some other form prior to the Big Bang?

Also, cause and effect is an observed law of the universe. How could you possibly know if it applies outside of the universe?

Both of these questions are of course rhetorical, the answer is that you have no idea and neither does anyone else. Same with your God proposition. It’s all just baseless speculation.

And BTW, cause and effect is a product of time, something God supposedly presides outside of so claiming he caused the universe is incoherent.
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Q1: What caused God?
Q2: Why couldn’t your answer to Q1 apply to the universe?
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Option 3 leads to infinite regress. 
So do you agree with option 2, that the universe is self-created?
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No, I don't know. 
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The laws of Thermodynamics as far as we understand, came into existence at the point of the Big Bang.
This statement requires one to believe that the Laws of Thermodynamics did not exist prior to the Big Bang. If you have no idea what laws may or may not have been present prior to the Big Bang, how can you possible make such a statement?

And BTW, cause and effect is a product of time,
By your own logic, how can you possibly know if this applies to God who is outside the universe?
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No, I don't know.
Do you believe it is possible for something to come from nothing on its own?
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Take out the 'on its own part,' it adds nothing of value to your question, and it assigns agency unnecessarily to whatever 'something' is. I don't have any reason to believe that, no. Generally 'something' comes from 'something.' 
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The only reason I add that is to distinguish between something coming from nothing without a cause or with a cause. If God created matter and energy when there was previously no matter or energy, I would consider that to be something coming from nothing in the physical sense. Without God, this would be physically impossible.

Generally 'something' comes from 'something.' 
Generally?
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Yes, generally, as I don't have any evidence that something can come from nothing does not mean it's impossible, just that it's not been shown to be possible. 

If God created ....
What created God?
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1.  lower energy states come from higher energy states. something had to cause the first maximum energy state of the universe. as far as we know it from our reality, an energy state greater than the universe must have caused it to occur, because we have no reason to think the universe could have caused itself given it had a maximum energy state as a beginning. 

2. existence should have an infinite beginning given it looks like there's an infinite end. i acknowledge there could be a finite end, but from what we can tell existence will be forever more even if it's emptiness. an infinite ending of our universe cannot have a finite beginning that we see. something else must be the infinite beginning. if i'm wrong, how can a finite beginning cause an infinite end? how does that series play out out of nowhere?
So let me see if I understand this:

The universe exists - and we can make a variety observations of it. Ageed.

From that, you unilaterally declare that the rules of causality must apply as we observe them to the entire physical reality in which we live; even though a) you have absolutely no basis on which to speculate that this is so, and b) the laws of physics and specifically quantum theory have already torpedoed every notion of classical causality you could have.

You then go on to state, matter-of-factly, that there are various limitations and rules of the universe or any potential physical reality that contains that cannot be violated; despite having utterly no basis of any kind, in any way to draw that conclusion.

After making those two specific and completely unjustified assumptions; you then seem to assert or at least imply, that there is no possible physical, or metaphysical configuration, of any kind, of our deeper physical reality that can possibly lead to the existence of this universe given those undemonstrable unjustified assumptions; you make this assertion with absolutely no justification, and no demonstration.

From those two unjustified assumptions, and unjustified assertion you then appear to suggest that any possible physical configuration of the universe that does not boil down to some personal entity with a consciousness, a will, and some desire to create that exists as some deeper layer of reality - and who is immune to the same underlying assumptions you use to Preclude a physical cause: is someone more likely.


This is not a coherent argument and can be countered with the simple sentence 

.... either that, or the ultimate laws of physics and causality of our reality do not have the same constraints or limitations as our subset of it.

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What created God?
Nothing. Do you believe that it is possible for there to be an uncaused cause?
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This statement requires one to believe that the Laws of Thermodynamics did not exist prior to the Big Bang. If you have no idea what laws may or may not have been present prior to the Big Bang, how can you possible make such a statement?
Simple. First, take note of the phrase “as far as we understand” that you conveniently missed. Then, take note of the rest of my statement that you conveniently cut out…

“If you have no idea what laws may or may not have been present prior to the Big Bang, how can you possible make such a statement?”

Notice the implicit assumptions within the question;

1. That the universe itself may or may not have existed in some other form prior to the big - we just don’t know

2. That *if* the universe existed in some other form prior to the Big Bang, the laws of thermodynamics may or may not have applied - we just don’t know

So no, the statement taken in context requires nothing but for the person on the receiving end to read it and understand what is being asked.

Would you like to answer the question now?

And BTW, cause and effect is a product of time,
By your own logic, how can you possibly know if this applies to God who is outside the universe?
Once again, let’s go back to the rest of the statement you conveniently cut out;

“…something God supposedly presides outside of so claiming he caused the universe is incoherent.

The statement wasn’t an assertion about the nature of God (reminder, you’re talking to someone who doesn’t believe there is a God), the statement was an assertion about the lack of coherence to claiming that a being who presides outside of time follows a law that is by definition, a product of time.

So could it be true? Sure, in the same way that anything is possible. But to believe it’s true is a whole different thing, that requires you to hold the idea of it inside your head, which you cannot possibly do without throwing out the 2nd law of logic (non-contradiction).
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What created God?
Nothing. Do you believe that it is possible for there to be an uncaused cause?

Q1: What caused God?
Q2: Why couldn’t your answer to Q1 apply to the universe?

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Nothing. Do you believe that it is possible for there to be an uncaused cause?
Ah, the exit from infinite regress through the door marked "special pleading." I don't know what an 'uncaused cause' looks like under your lack of definition. Please clarify because it sounds an awful lot like you believe something can come from nothing, which would run counter to your argument against the universe being able to come from nothing. 
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Do you believe that it is possible for there to be an uncaused cause?
Yes. Or specifically - I believe that the nature of reality or metaphysics allows our rules of causality to exist without itself being predicated on those same rules of causality.

But that’s it.


The issue here is one of equivocation - what theists mean when they say “some uncaused cause”, is “some uncaused cause - that has a mind - a consciousness - has a specific will - ability to alter events at will - is some how indistinguishable from reality itself and appears to have some degree of interest in creating a universe and human affairs.”


Nothing about philosophically accepting the first inherently necessitates pulling all of that other unnecessary nonsense into the definition of that first cause; and certainly not through sneaky implication - the undistributed middle being  swept under the carpet with such statements as “that first cause is god”