The First Cause of existence is made up of the causeless principles of “Right” and “Just”. That is all we can know about the nature of the First Cause based solely on human understanding. Anything else we come to know about the First Cause has to come from a source beyond human understanding; that information source would preferably and most accurately be the First Cause itself.
IF the First Cause was to give information about itself to humanity, how would we be able to know that it was authentically from the First Cause and not just some mindless gibberish that someone made up and introduced to a naïve and susceptible portion of the population, turning them into irrationally devoted fanatics (you know, like the “Twilight” books)?
First of all, the information source would have to accurately and consistently reflect what we already know about the First Cause. It would have to acknowledge that the universe is finite (had a definitive beginning), and that the First Cause is greater than and outside of the physical universe. The information source would describe the First Cause as immaterial (spirit), supernatural, transcendent, and eternal. It would have to present the First Cause as possessing all the information in existence (all-knowing). It would also have to show that the First Cause is always and completely right and just (that righteousness and justice form the core of all else that the First Cause claims to be).
The second, and perhaps most important criteria from an authentication standpoint, is that the information source would have to have self evident proof that it has a supernatural origin, so that no one could claim that it was the result of natural (human) volition.
It just so happens that one such information source exists. This information source claims to originate from the First Cause itself. It presents the First Cause with all the attributes that we understand it must have. This information source authenticates its supernatural origin by presenting information that originates from outside of time and space.
This information source is commonly known as the Judeo-Christian Bible. The Bible refers to the First Cause as “God”
The Bible presents God as a transcendent, eternal, all-knowing spirit whose nature is always and completely right and just. The Bible proves that it has a unique supernatural origin because it does something that no other book can do – it tells history before it happens with 100% accuracy. Examples of some of the many sites that explain this in detail are here and here.
Religion rears its ugly head
Now I know what a few of you are thinking right now – “AHA! I was wondering how long it would be before this Bible-thumping Jesus freak abandoned all pretense of reason and rationality and started trying to force God to fit into the logic of existence! Release the hounds!”
Well, please remember that I spent seven posts proving the existence of God without using the Bible. Why? Because as my “About Me” page says, I believe that God is true, and if He is, then He should be provable using objective measures.
Of course the Bible is not without controversy, and while it is not the express purpose of this blog to serve as an extensive source of textual criticism, it would only be fair to address some of the common concerns that many people have about the Bible. And I’ll begin doing just that in the next post.
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