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The Unknown Argument - The Fundamental Issue with a Great Creator
Essentially, we have two terrible theories for how we were created.
- In one, we were not created by any God, we spurred out of nothing (or as part of an infinite loop). We don't know how our existence out of nothing came into being.
- In the other, we were created by God(s), explaining how we came to be. However, no explanation of how the God(s) were created are known. No explanation of how they created matter out of nothing is known either.
The argument therefore is, because in both cases we essentially do not know how something came to being, a logical person would choose to believe that the less complicated theory, which is based on something that has less questions to it, is the more likely theory.
- With the first, less complicated theory, we do not know how matter came into being.
- With the second theory, we do not know how A) an entity capable of creating matter came into being AS WELL AS B) how this being created matter out of nothing, in other words - the exact same question as in the first theory plus a much bigger one.
Why then, would anyone choose the latter over the former?
I personally would see it as acceptable to say "both are not strong arguments" or "the first argument is stronger because it has less questions to it" but at no point is it rational to state that "the second theory has more answerless questions to it and so it has to be better than the first argument."
This is not at all considering of course, complexities such as how an entity with a personality that cares for what we on Earth (a minuscule part of the galaxy) do with our lives. That would open up even more questions because explaining how a being came to be with the power to create the universe is one thing, but explaining how and why he has a personality that specifically disagrees with homosexuality or abortion is another. Why would such an almighty being even care?
To Sum Up
We either have "mass was created out of nothing" which is illogical or "a being was created out of nothing [illogical] and somehow had the ability [illogical] to create mass out of nothing [illogical]" (and then have the ability to watch over you [illogical], judge you [illogical] and punish you [illogical] in a personal God).
Why then would you personally argue that there is a creator, or any more evidence for there being one than there not being one?