The existence of God can be deduced by realizing that the present is not preceded by an infinite number of past events. This necessitates a beginning to the series of all events, and the existence of a creator who brought those events into existence.

Event: something that emerges into existence (begins to exist).

God: the beginningless creator.

We argue:

    • If the set of all events is emergent, then a beginningless creator exists.
    • The set of all events is emergent.
    • Therefore, a beginningless creator exists.

Premise 1: If the set of all events is emergent, then a beginningless creator exists.

The emergence of the set of all events would necessitate the existence of a being that brought this set into existence[1]. Let’s call this being “the creator”, because the proposed being brings things into existence, and that is all what we mean by “create”.

The creator that would bring the set of all events into existence, would either be:

    • With beginning (i.e. is emergent)
    • Without beginning

The creator cannot be emergent. For if the creator were an event, then the creator would have been part of the set of all events. Entailing the creator’s bringing itself into existence, which is clearly impossible[2].

Necessarily then, if the set of all events is emergent, then it was brought into existence by a creator that is not part of it. In other words, it was brought into existence by a beginningless creator.

Premise 2: The set of all events is emergent

The set of all events is emergent, because it is impossible for an infinite number of past events to have emerged into existence in the past. To claim that the past consists of an infinite number of events, is to claim that an infinite number of events were concluded. This is impossible because “infinite” is equivalent to endlessness, while “concluded” is equivalent to coming to an end. Thus, to say that an infinity concluded is equivalent to saying that an endlessness came to an end. This is contradictory, and is therefore impossible.

For example: it is impossible to finish counting all the negative numbers and finally reach zero. After all, there are an infinite number of negative number of negative numbers, so one cannot “finish” counting them all.

And since the past cannot consist of an infinite number of events, it must consist of a finite number of events. Which means that the set of all events emerged into existence.

Therefore, a beginningless creator exists.

Since the premises are both true, the conclusion necessarily follows. Therefore, a beginningless creator exists. And since a “beginningless creator” is what we intend when we say “God”, God exists.


 

[1] This is the case, because it is impossible for something to come into existence by nothing. Since “nothing” is the lack of everything, including the lack of ability to bring into existence.

[2] For X to bring itself into existence, requires X to first exist. If it did not exist, it could not bring anything into existence. Since non-existents cannot influence anything.

On the other hand, for X to bring itself into existence, requires X to first not-exist. For if its existence were not preceded by its non-existence, this would make it beginningless. And that which is beginningless cannot be “brought” into existence.

Thus, for X to bring itself into existence, requires X to both exist and not-exist simultaneously. “Exist” in order to create itself. “Not-exist” in order to be brought into existence. This is contradictory, and therefore impossible.

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