Infinite Regress- Eternal Regress-
Cause and effect
I discovered this premise of what is commonly refferred to as infinite regress while engaging with two brilliant men that write on hubpages. I wanted to find out how some of the deepest thinkers could arrive on the conclusion that there is no God. I also wanted to challenge the strength of what I believe. So many of us arrived at faith because it is the popular belief among those close to us. Others find themselves searching for purpose and end up choosing Christianity because it is the common belief among the people. Still others because they see themselves as sinful and they have heard that Christ came to save sinners. Those who have really thought through all the possibilities on their way to faith are few by comparison. The two people that I mentioned above are among the few that have really dug into the possible origins of existense and have concluded that God does not exist.
Hopefully this hub will help in the event you come across such people. Not only to protect your faith from their onslaught of logic and reason, but also so you can tear down the stronghold that keeps them prisoner.
Their reasoning goes like this. They assert that for something to exist, it must meet these 2 criteria.
1) It must have shape. Defined boundaries. Like our bodies, or a tree or a rock or water broken down to it's essence since it is land that defines waters contours. They even cite, correctly, that air has a shape in the form of it's molecular structure.
2) It must have location. Simple enough.
They contend that God does not meet these 2 criteria therefore He does not exist. We contend that God trancends this definition of existense, therefore they do not apply to Him.
This arguement satisfies no one. It will not free most of them from unbelief. When we consider that existence does in fact exist. We must ask... How? For us to simply say God created it does not confront the stronghold keeping so many dear souls prisoner. The stronghold is logic and reason. It must be torn down with like weapons. They are indeed mighty through God. Let me explain. With logic and reason alone, we would conclude that it is impossible for any matter to exist, yet it does in fact exist. Logic and reason says that without some "cause" the only thing that could possibly exist is the void of space, or infinite eterrnal nothingness. Makes sense right? So we conclude that matter had to have a cause for being. What caused the existence of matter?" Nothing"? How could "nothing" cause anything? It's like multiplying by zero and expecting that it doesn't always equal zero.So we are left with "Something" caused matter into existence.
Infinite regression or more accurately put Eternal regression can be stated like this. If "A" exists, there must have been something that caused "A" into existence, let's call it "B". Well where did "B" come from? Let's call it "C" and it goes on and on infinitely... Until an "Uncaused cause" is introduced. This is an existence that has no cause. I call "it" HIM. Eternal Almighty God. The alternitve is an endless array of cause and effect that could not have a beginning point because we are back to where did "C" come from? Let's call it "D". Any other uncaused cause is multiplying by zero again. Eventually you would HAVE TO have an uncaused cause. For matter to be eternal is impossible. For it to never have a beginning, or a point where it didn't exist, flies in the face of reason. For nothingness or the dark void of space to be eternal is one thing. It's nothingness. When you introduce "somethingness" into the equation, it had to come from somewhere.
The Uncaused Cause
Have you ever wondered about the boundary of space? To think that there can be no end to it's vastness? That no matter how fast we travel and for how long, we would never find it's boundary because one doesn't exist. That's how big God is.
Have you ever wondered about how long eternity is? Have you ever considered that eternity past is just as infinite as eternity future? It blows my mind to think in these terms, but that's how long God has existed. NEVER has there been a time when He was not God. Keep adding zeros to any other number of years for all eternity and you will NEVER reach His beginning! Or His end.
Can you imagine the power to create matter from nothing? Or light? Or life? Could an inantimate object do that? Could the Sun cause the atmosphere that protects us from it's unbridled effects? Or give us the air we breathe? Or the spark of life. Or cause complex beings with self awareness and the ability to think and reason to exist? That's how powerful God IS!!!
In the end, the two I mentioned in the beginning of this hub, remain unconvinced. They believe matter is eternal and is ultimately the agent of causation for the existence of life. To me, THAT takes more faith than most Christians have.