By Tom Quiner

Who made the universe?

Did the universe just come into being out of nothing with no cause?

Atheists say yes, theists say, no. Theists believe this intricate universe had an intelligent designer.

Dr. Peter Kreeft, author and philosopher, tells a funny story to put the debate into perspective:

When the first moon rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, two U.S. scientists stood watching it, side by side. One was a believer, the other an unbeliever. The believer said, “Isn’t it wonderful that our rocket is going to hit the moon by chance?” The unbeliever objected, “What do you mean, chance? We put millions of manhours of design into that rocket.” “Oh,” said the believer, “you don’t think chance is a good explanation for the rocket? Then why do you think it’s a good explanation for the universe? There’s much more design in a universe than in a rocket. We can design a rocket, but we couldn’t design a whole universe. I wonder who can?”


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  1. Bob Roelf on January 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    This topic is sure to generate some stong opinions Tom. You begin by asking if the universe came into being out of nothing with no cause.

    Perhaps the universe has always existed. If so, no cause or beginning is necessary. Yes, I know about the big bang and various other theories on how the show got started. We humans tend to think of time within the framework of beginnings and ending. Maybe there is no beginning or ending or even “time” for that matter. Is there any reason why we can just have an infinite series of big bangs and big contractions, or even many different universes.

    My bottom line – I believe some questions cannot be answered by we humans. As my deeply religious friend always tells me “Its a matter of faith Bob”. I respect his answer.

    OK – time for the rest of you to weigh in.

  2. Brian on January 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    But who designed the designer?

  3. maxine bechtel on January 15, 2011 at 6:51 am

    It is difficult for some to realize there IS a Being who is Omnipotent (All-powerful). Omniscient ( All-knowing) and Omnipresent (Everywhere-Present), but because HE made it possible for us as flawed humans to know Him, because of the sacrificial death of the God-Man, Jesus Christ, the Creator of the universe, we CAN have faith, which in itself is a gift (Ephesians 2:8, 9) and to believe and trust in Him.

  4. bryan on January 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Two Vikings watched a thunderstorm.
    The believer Viking said, “Isn’t it wonderful that thunder just happens by chance?”
    The unbeliever Viking objected, “What do you mean, chance? I imagine it has a cause, even if I don’t know what it is. Some Greek guy says it’s sound waves caused by air being superheated by lightning.”
    “Aha!” said the believer Viking, “if it’s lightning, and not chance, then it must be Thor in his chariot. Boo-yah!”
    The unbeliever Viking said, “Thor vs Chance are not the only two possibilities.” And he pushed the other over so that he sat down hard on his horned helmet.

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