Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

Why is there something

Leibniz’ Contingency Argument

by Clayton Kraby

“The first question that should rightly be asked is, ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’” This is the question Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) posed in regards to the origin of the universe as a part of his argument for the existence of God.

Here is a brief and simplified explanation of what has come to be known as the Leibniz Contingency Argument, or the Leibniz Cosmological Argument (cosmology being the study of the origin of the cosmos, or universe).

The logic of the argument goes like this:

1. Everything that exists has an explanation of its existence.

2. If the universe has an explanation of its existence, that explanation is God.

3. The universe exists.

4. Therefore, the explanation of the universe’s existence is God.

As with all such logical arguments, if the premises are true (points 1-3), then the conclusion must be true (point 4). The question is whether or not the first three points or more likely to be true than they are false.

Certainly, everyone would agree that the universe exists, so at least we are safe with point number 3.

But what about points 1 and 2? Is it accurate to say that everything that exists has an explanation for its existence and that the sole explanation for the existence of the universe is God?

Premise 1: Everything that exists has an explanation for its existence

In our everyday experiences, we expect there to be an explanation for the things we encounter. Common illustrations of this given are wandering in the woods and discovering a pocket watch.

We would not be intellectually satisfied with saying that the pocket watch is just there. We would explain its existence by concluding that it was left there by someone…

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11 thoughts on “Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

  1. God created the universe out of nothingness. The universe is expanding at an ever increasing rate and will one day die out as a star is extinguished every second eventually leading back to nothingness. Where will god be then? Or do you think there is some other plane of existence? That would explain the multi-verse theory which would then leave god out of the equation. Any idea?

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    • The Bible teaches that God is Creator AND Sustainer of the universe. It could not exist or continue to exist without him. If God disappeared, everything would disintegrate. Creation has a beginning and it has a final chapter—the renewal of all creation. Scripture speaks of new heavens and new earth—renewed, freed from evil and glorious. This is the Biblical perspective on our story—it’s not going to fizzle out, it’s going to end well!

      Regarding the multi-verse, I suggest the following article:
      http://www.evidenceunseen.com/chapter-4-what-about-the-multiverse/

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      • Thanks. But that’s the perfect example of a non-answer. Quantum physics perfectly explains something out of nothing. And what you described isn’t anywhere in the Bible. If it makes you feel better to believe that no matter what happens to the universe and the billions of galaxies that god chose you, and only people that believe like YOU,you will live for eternity. C’mon, you gotta do better than that.

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      • Where does the Bible support that God is creator, sustainer and redeemer of the universe? Here it is:

        “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col. 1:16-17).

        “And upholding all things by the word of his power” (Heb. 1:3).

        “And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Col. 1:20).

        “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more” (Rev 21:1).

        The last part of your paragraph was made up by you. I said nothing about that.

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      • No,but you infer that is your belief. But quoting the Bible doesn’t make it true or for that matter make any sense. You must live a privileged life,and by this I mean access to clean water,food,health care, and a ways and means to support your family. God must love you, and to hell with the three thousand innocent children and mothers who just died during this conversation without that opportunity. When you wake up to the fact of all the pain and suffering happening in the world around you while you obviously have the luxury of talking to me, you might just once want to ask yourself “why me?”. Oh vanity of vanities.

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      • Jim, as a matter of fact, I have lived most of my life, by choice, in a third world country surrounded by a lot of poverty and suffering. I have had the opportunity of reaching out to assist many people in need. I don’t say that to boast. It only happened because when I was broken and needy Jesus brought healing and help into my life. I am here to pass on some grace to others in need.
        You identify as a “truthseeker,” and that is a very good thing to be. In your quest I encourage you to check out Jesus. He loves you more than you can ever know, and he is beautiful beyond all comparison. I find it impossible to argue with such goodness. If you are ever going to find the truth, you’ll need to find it in him.

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      • “ Acceptance of the unacceptable is the greatest form of grace .” We are all going to die,no happy ever after. You offer no valid reason for your claim. It’s just your fear of death,of nothingness,of never seeing mommy and daddy again. I never traveled to a third world country to help them or preach. I’ve always helped people in my own community,homeless,drug addicted,just plain down and out. All because it’s the right thing to do,for no other reason than helping my fellow man get through this game called life. As for Jesus, I would love to hear more from you on the subject, I have some things to do and I hope we can talk again.

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  2. Acceptance of the unacceptable is the greatest form of grace. Not sure who said that but I like it. I want to talk more but I’m very tired at the moment. I never went to third world countries to help them,but I’ve always helped people in my own community. Food,shelter,a job,encouragement,a little lift to help get through this thing called life. Most never even got my name or why.

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  3. Did Jesus become the son of god at his baptism,birth,or his resurrection? Guess it depends on which gospel you’re reading. The Bible is a conglomeration of many different books,letters and authors. Was it intended for the reader to cherry pick which passages to follow? Shall I carry on through life like Job,”the lord gave,and the lord taketh away. As it hath pleased the lord.” It pleased the lord to kill all ten of his children? Just to test him or on a date from satan? How do you simultaneously fear AND love somebody? I respect your beliefs and the path you have chosen,I just need some better answers than “ Jesus loves you.”
    “ Wherefore expect me,saith the lord,in the days of my resurrection that is to come,for my judgement is to assemble the Gentiles,and to gather the kingdoms,and to pour upon them my indignation,all my fierce anger;for with fire of my jealousy shall the earth be devoured.”

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