Argument #7 = Existential Causality

Premise #1 = I know I exist. This is an undeniable fact.

Premise #2 = There is potential that I not exist, so I am not necessary.

Premise #3 = There are only three possibilities for my existence:

  1. I am uncaused;
  2. I am self-caused; or
  3. I am caused by another.

Premise #4 = By Premise #2, I cannot be uncaused nor-self-caused.

Premise #5 = A necessary Being is the First Cause of all potential, unnecessary beings.
It is pure actuality and no potentiality

Premise #6 = A necessary Being has no potential to change (i.e., changeless).

Premise #7 = A necessary Being has no potential to change in time nor in space
(i.e., timeless and spaceless).

Premise #8 = A necessary Being has no potential to come to be nor cease to be (i.e., eternal).

Premise #9 = A necessary Being has no potential to be divided (i.e., cannot be destroyed).

Premise #10 = A necessary Being is withoiut limitations.

Premise #11 = A necessary Being is uncaused.

Premise #12 = A necessary Being is all-powerful.

Premise #13 = A necessary Being is all-knowing.

Premise #14 = A necessary Being is all-good.

Premise #15 = Therefore, by default I was caused by another who is necessary, uncaused, infinitely perfect. This is the Christian definition of God.

Dr. Norman Geisler, Ph.D. in Philosophy from Loyola University; Co-founder of the Southern Evangelical Seminary (Charlotte, North Carolina) and the Veritas Evangelical Seminary (Murrieta, California):

“The theist need not claim that everything has a cause. Rather, he or she can return to the claim of existential causality which claims that every finite, contingent and changing thing has a cause.

If this principle is sound and leads to an infinite, necessary, and unchanging Being, then this Being need not have a cause. God will be the Uncaused Cause of everything else that exists. This is the direction taken in developing proof for the existence of God. ”

For Deeper Study:
Book 2, chapter 1
On-line lessons 65-68
Live classroom 12

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