Human beings only experience the tiniest fraction of the universe, and how something so vast could just come into existence is beyond imagination. Traditionally, people have attributed the existence of the universe to god’s creation. However, that explanation has serious flaws when confronted with the who-created-the-creator argument. Is it more rational to assume the universe or god came first?
To say something could come out of nothing goes against human intuition and science in some ways. However, in recent times, science has discovered that this does, in fact, happen. At the quantum level at least, things can pop in and out of existence, and out of nothing, if it is only for a very short time. From this fact, theories, well beyond the scope of this article, have arisen to explain how the universe might have come into existence.
Of course, nobody can really fathom how something could come out of nothing. Everything people have can be traced to explainable natural forces or to the work of human hands. Therefore, it is a lot easier to assume the universe and everything in it simply had a creator rather than from processes in complicated theories.
However, if people are going to assume a creator had to have come before the universe, then did not the creator have to have a creator? Something had to have come first. If a creator could just pop into existence or always exist, why could not the universe do the same? Matter coming into existence is hard enough to imagine. However, to assume a being, with intelligence and the power to create the universe could pop into existence and then create the universe out of nothing is even harder to imagine. Putting a god in first seems like it is adding a needless layer of complexity to it all.
Some would argue that saying the universe came into existence on its own is saying that the universe created itself. However, saying a god came into existence first is saying that god created itself. Either way, there is no answer that really satisfies human intuition and perhaps never will be.
That leaves people with one of the following choices:
- The universe always existed or came out of nothing.
- God always existed or came out of nothing and then created the universe out of nothing.
- Some other force, be it aliens or other types of gods, somehow came first and created the universe humanity currently knows.
For those who think the simplest answers are the best, the first option is the clear winner. There is no need to assume other forces just came into existence before the universe around us. While science may never take us to the very instant of creation, it has taken us close. To assume another creation of a being with such power would come before the universe, is making an already difficult problem seem that much more complex. Although this does not appeal to more traditional thinking, it should appeal to those looking for the most likely answer that does not make needless assumptions.