The argument: 1) Whatever begins to exist has a cause. 2. The Universe began to exist. 3. Therefore the Universe had a cause.
The argument’s first premise analyzed: 1) Everything that begins to exist has (or had) a cause. This is obvious to the point that it is self-evident. Atheist and some philosophers, however, do a good deal of word gymnastics to say this is not so. There are only two options known to man concerning existence. First, something begins to exist. Second, something always existed. If something begins to exist, then it is evident the second option is ruled out concerning that particular thing. If it begins (or began) to exist, then it had a cause, otherwise one would find themselves in the irrational position of saying that something came into existence from absolutely nothing. To the common man this needs no further demonstration.
The Scripture addresses something similar. In Hebrews, this is recognized in the following words: For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God (Hebrews 3:6, ESV). To the philosopher, especially an atheistic one, words mean little if they can’t be dissected to the point of confusion. The word house refers to that which came into existence, or “begins to exist.” The declaration that the builder of all things is God pertains to the initial point of creation wherein God placed within the hands of man his building materials.
While the first premise is irrefutable, that does not stop man from rejecting what the Lord said. The great philosophical writer Solomon wrote three-thousand years ago: He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end (Ecclesiastes 3:11, ESV). The word eternity is not initially related to man, but only to God; it becomes related to man via God’s creation of man. With the creation of man by God, there is coming a time when God will bring His creation (man) to judgment.
Related to this judgment are the following words:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, (Romans 1:18-21, ESV)
The law of rationality says that one should only draw conclusions based on the evidence. “So the atheist stands in the dark mist of irrationality – holding to a viewpoint that contradicts the evidence.”[i]
[i] Jeff Miller, Science vs. Evolution, Apologetics Press, 2013, p. 13.