Lifeless, Impersonal, Non-intelligent Gas or Matter
In the last post we concluded that, since it is unreasonable to begin with nothing, whatever we begin with must be eternal in the sense that it had always been in existence. Of the two options we have, there was either eternal, lifeless, impersonal, non-intelligent gas / matter or an eternal, living, personal, intelligent being. As we aim for the most reasonable position, we can ask a fundamental question, “What is more likely to produce a universe in which there is life, intelligence and personal beings?” When one chooses to begin with lifeless, impersonal, non-intelligent gas / matter, there are a lot of difficult explanations to offer regarding the origin of life, intelligence and personality. How does non-life produce life? How does that without intelligence produce intelligence? How does a non-person produce a person? These are significant questions that must not simply be dismissed.
To answer such questions proponents of lifeless, impersonal, non-intelligent gas / matter look to random chance over an extended, very long period of time. There is no proof or even evidence that time and chance can produce the intricacies we see in the universe and in our world. Many defend this position by talking about it as though it is scientific fact. However, integrity and honesty (of which we have no need of in a postmodern culture) would lead one to admit that such a position is a matter of belief and trust, otherwise known as “faith.” A person choosing this view has no right to criticize someone’s faith in an eternal, living, personal, intelligent Being while they have faith in lifeless, impersonal, non-intelligent gas / matter. In fact, it is less reasonable to believe in and defend lifeless, impersonal, non-intelligent gas or matter as an origin of the universe as the origin of all we observe.