There are two major ideas about how the universe came into existence, The Cosmological Principle and the Anthropic Principle.
The Cosmological principle infers that God must exist since all things in nature depend on something else. Thus ,God is necessary to “create” the universe.
The Anthropic Principle posits that the universe is the way it is because intelligent life developed to observe it. God isn’t necessary because our ability to perceive the universe is the cause.
We think, and the universe is. The universe exists because we are here to consider it. A difficult concept, but consider the topic.
The main problem with the concept of God is it is man-made and subject to all our imperfections.
If cosmology requires a cause for everything, who made God?
The answer is simple, we did.
Religion has been used to divert, subvert, and exert control of humans since man first thought up the idea.
The Bible was not written by men but by men transcribing the word of God. Thus, it is divine and must be true.
As God so clearly put it, “I Am who Am.”
There, done, explained. God has always been and created it all.
Theologians think we came along one of two ways. Cosmological Theologians, which include my friend Kent Harrop, think God started the process. Something had to. They concede the idea of the Big Bang (and perhaps a pre-Big Bang) as scientifically possible but God made it happen.
Others, those who believe the Bible to BE the word of God, believe he did it all in 6 days then rested. With the occasional flood thrown in as sort of an Earth 2.0 reboot and upgrade.
Which begs the question why would an omnipotent being need to rest? Or need a flood to restart things?
One of the arguments for a “creator” of the universe is the time necessary for evolution to develop complex intelligent life. Our current understanding of the age of the universe doesn’t allow enough time to fit with macro-evolution.
Cosmological theologians might allow for an occasional God intervention to explain this.
I see it as a limitation of our current state of knowledge, albeit a temporary one.
Yet just recently astrophysicists have discovered the “Blue Galaxy.” This is a small galaxy (1000 light years across) with a small number of stars just recently formed. Scientists believe it contains the fundamental conditions of the post-big bang universe in an undeveloped state.
This, as they say, changes everything.
What does this mean? It means we learn something new every day that adds to our scientific knowledge. The need for a supernatural explanation for natural phenomenon lessens with each discovery.
Once, we believed the Sun resolved around the earth. We got that wrong and, once the evidence was verified, we changed the theory to match the evidence. This isn’t disingenuous, it is the scientific method.
That is my point, theories change based on new evidence. Doctrines fight against anything the contradicts it.
I think humans underestimate themselves. I love listening to the music of the Church; Gregorian Chants, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor, and, of course, Stairway to Heaven. These pieces, created by humans acting under a misplaced belief in divine inspiration, are just a few examples of the potential of mankind.
My point, you ask? Not only is God unnecessary, he gets in the way of our human potential. Just for arguments sake, assume there is no god. Look at all the good things man has accomplished as simply a product our innate intelligence and drive to seek answers.
God adds nothing to the equation.
Along with all the good we’ve done, we must take responsibility for the evil. We cannot seek forgiveness from a mythical God to assuage our conscience. Our faults, our responsibility.
To borrow some words from the Bible (or Jesus Christ Superstar, I can’t remember which) “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
God isn’t there to forsake anyone. There is no God listening.
But the universe, in all its undiscovered wonders, is. We should be looking there for the answer, not to a figment of wishful thinking.