How many explanations are there for the existence of our universe?

This article is from Hank Hanegraaff, The Complete Bible Answer Book—Collector’s Edition (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008)
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Philosophical naturalism—the worldview undergirding evolutionism—can provide only three explanations. First, the universe is merely an illusion. This notion carries little weight in an age of scientific enlightenment.

Second, the universe sprang from nothing. This proposition flies in the face of both the laws of cause and effect and energy conservation. As has been well said, “Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could.” Or, to put it another way, there simply are no free lunches. The conditions that hold true in this universe prevent any possibility of matter springing out of nothing.Third, the universe eternally existed. The law of entropy, which predicts that a universe that has eternally existed would have died an “eternity ago” of heat loss, devastates this hypothesis.

There is, however, one other possibility. It is found in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” In an age of empirical science, nothing could be more certain, clear, or correct.

For further study, see James W. Sire, The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, third ed. (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1997); C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan, 1952).

-Adapted from Fatal Flaws

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible
qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—
have been clearly seen, being understood from
what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

Romans 1:20

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