A strong reason in our faith is embedded within the argument of the first cause.  Thomas Aquinas has four arguments to support his argument of the first cause.  His arguments all support how there must be a first mover.  Without a first-mover, nothing can be put in motion.  A ball can not move from one place to another without an initial movement.  How can humanity, the world, and all existence move on its own?  It needs a cause, a push.  If there was no cause, and not eternal, necessary, and immortal beings who were the first cause of the universe then when everything eventually dies,  nothing could be reborn.  If the universe has always been here for an infinite amount of time and there is still life, there must be a being that “cannot possibly cease to be”.   There also must be a first cause of perfection and values.  No matter what position you are in there will always be something more perfect, or better than you.  There must be the first cause of perfection or value that allows us to identify with the concepts of right and wrong.  Unless our understanding of better and worse is wrong, and we are equal to everything in this world, there must be a standard for perfection to confirm this pecking order.  There must be a “Most Perfect Being” to create such a hierarchy.  There is no better or logical explanation as to who created all beings, concepts, planets, and the universe other than the first mover, God.

 

The argument of the first cause is a great example of why faith should be put in God. Nothing can move on its own, it needs a first cause.  For humans, that is their parents.  There is always a beginning motion.  For example, the sun grows grass, the grass feeds cows, the cows become steak, the steak is cooked in a barbeque, and somebody eats the steak.  There is always a beginning motion.  Without the inventor of the waffle maker, there would be no waffle maker, without the waffle maker no waffles.  Our existence came from a first cause, humans cannot cause themselves.  Without a creator, there are no creations.  God is the Universal Designer, he is the creator of life, the universe, and everything.  There is also a first-mover within changes. For example, you can never cross the same river twice because all the water from the first river you crossed has flowed away, and has been replaced by new water.  The rushing water creates new change.  This is also the philosophy from the ship of Theseus.  Whenever anything happened to the ship the crew would replace it, but instead of throwing it away they kept it and built an identical boat.  In this case, the people replacing the parts of the boat are the cause of change, or the water changing the shape and wearing down the pieces changing it more and more every second.  Some argue if everything needs a cause then what caused God.  The answer is that everything in motion needs a cause, especially if it is imperfect, or dependent.  God is God, he is the Uncaused Cause.  He is the Self Explanatory Being, the Unoriginate Origin.  We do not know how God causes the universe, but if there is no cause, there is no effect. no creator, no creation.  He who helps people become the best versions of themselves.  God is the Most Perfect Being.  Without a perfect being, there would be no hierarchy of perfection in this world.  It is as the quote from St. Jeromes, and Tim Duncan goes, “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.”  There must be a first cause of perfection, a drive for accomplishment.  Whether you are the best or the worst, you must continue to drive for perfection, to become closer to God, the Most Perfect Being.  

 

Choosing whether or not to believe in God is like having a miracle pill that has a 50-50 chance to save a loved one’s life.  If they take the pill and it works they survive, and can continue to live happily, if they take the pill and it doesn’t work nothing happens, there are no side effects.  If you believe in God, and he exists, you get eternal life and happiness, and if God does not exist you lose absolutely nothing.  If you can not lose and can gain everything the best solution is to go all in.  This is demonstrated in the “Skeptics prayer.”  We risk everything if we believe too little.  It is as if Christianity is God’s marriage proposal to the soul of humanity.  God gives us time and freedom to choose, the quality of both true love, and mercy.   God gives us a chance to be better, he gives us time to become the best version of ourselves, but we cannot be our best without God.  Humans can be good without God, but they can be even better with God.  It is our choice to accept or deny God.  If you honestly seek God you will find him. The agnostic says the right thing is not to wager at all.   But to honestly seek Him, you must commit, you can not just observe life, but rather participate in it.  You must choose to embark on your journey and gain everything or lose nothing.  It is like going to a grocery store that sells everlasting happiness. The honest seeker will go to the grocery store willing to find the truth, but the agnostic will neither go towards the grocery store nor run away, trying to figure out if it is real or fake.  The agnostic must take a chance to find the truth.  “The only chance of winning eternal happiness is to believe”  The only way to find out whether or not you will receive eternal happiness is to commit to God and seek him, for you can not lose if you go all-in for God.

 

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