Dallas Willard in his new book, Knowing Christ Today, has an amazing chapter, chapter 4, on this very question. He points out that there was a beginning to the physical universe.
That’s a ground breaking scientific discovery. Once there was nothing and then there was something. They call it “The Big Bang.” Cosmologist looking into our universe can tell that it is still expanding from that cosmic boom long ago. Galaxies are moving farther apart and space itself is growing.
There is a physical law that says every physical event has a physical cause. It just makes sense. Events don’t just happen. You just don’t fall over. Someone pushes you. Dents don’t appear on your car. Someone hits you in the parking lot. Coffee cups full of coffee, sugar, and half and half don’t appear, someone brings it to you. TV’s don’t appear, they get purchased and brought home from Best Buy. Behind every physical event there is a cause.
Picture for a moment a huge row of dominoes falling in front of you. As you look down to the left you loose sight of the fallen dominoes as they pass over a horizon. Do you think the dominoes started to fall on their own? No. You would know that somewhere there was a first domino that started the string of events, and behind that domino a cause, a force that was other than a domino – a finger, an earthquake, a rush of wind.
What caused the boom, the bang that scattered light and heat and all the elements for our universe, all the laws to govern it, creating time as we know it?
Forget about evolution for a moment. Evolution is about life, organisms, people. That’s another topic. This was before evolution. How did matter, rocks, dirt, star dust, planets inorganic matter come to be? Science has told us there was a beginning.
It didn’t spontaneously happen. There had to be a cause, a cause outside the physical / material because there was nothing physical around. The best answer is a being without the limitations of time and space, a personal being with amazing power and freedom.
Col. 1:16-17 – 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.