Is the Universe Eternal?

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There are two ways of looking at the universe. One way is to claim that energy is eternal. If this is the case, then an intelligent designer is not a necessary cause for human existence.

Another way of looking at the natural world is that an intelligent creator is the source of all energy, and this higher power programmed the laws of nature.
The first law of thermodynamics seems to support the eternal nature of energy by stating that energy cannot be created or destroyed. However, the first law is not based on observation but is an assumption open to interpretation by experts who arrive at different conclusions when presented with the observable facts within the natural world (Geisler & Howe, 1992).

The second law of thermodynamics, on the other hand, supports the conclusion that the universe had a definite beginning. This law states that the amount of usable energy in the universe is decreasing over time. If the universe was eternal, and did not have a beginning, then the amount of usable energy would have been depleted long ago.

Is the universe eternal? No, the universe had a definite beginning according to scientific theory. If the universe had a beginning then it must have had a definite cause. Logically, it makes more sense to believe in an intelligent designer who created the natural world than to assume that the universe created itself by chance.

Stephen Beagles

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