Written by Jason Petersen
A common objection by atheists to any first-cause argument is asking, “Which God?” Oftentimes, when an argument is presented, such as the Kalam Cosmological Argument, or the Argument from Motion, the atheist will say: “Well, you haven’t proven that it was your god that created everything.” This article will be addressing this question.
The Shortcomings of the Objection
Before the question is directly dealt with, it is important that readers take two reasons why this objection doesn’t help atheism:
1.) The objection does not affect the truth of Christianity.
Even in a world where God exists, particularly the Christian God, people can and will invent their own gods. (Deuteronomy 32:17, Joshua, 24:2) God knew that this would be the tendency of humanity so God made a direct command to us to not invent gods to worship instead of God himself.(Exodus 20:1-5.) Such being the case, certainly such an objection does nothing to make Christianity less likely to be true. After all, if Christianity is true, we would, according to scripture, actually expect that people would invent their own gods.
2.) This Objection Contradicts the Premise of Atheism.
Atheism is a denial of the existence of gods.[ref] To even suppose that it could be another god does nothing to help the atheist’s case. If ANY god created the universe or set it into motion, atheism would be false. The atheist must focus on supporting their own worldview, rather than asking about other gods.
The Problems with the Objection
Note that both the Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Argument from Motion require a cause that can exist independently of the universe. Atheists often don’t realize that many of the alternative gods that they posit such as The Flying Spaghetti Monster, Zeus, Thor, etc. do not meet this criteria. Most of the gods that have been conceived are physical beings, and are, therefore, made of matter. As such, they can not exist independently of the universe, because the fact that they are made of matter makes them a part of the universe. Therefore, they could not have created the universe, because they actually would exist within the universe. Based on these facts alone, we have eliminated the vast majority of the candidates for who created the universe.
Further, Christianity is the only religion that has direct proof and evidence of its validity. For instance, as the Apostle Paul remarks(1 Cor. 15:3–8), we have evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No other religion has direct evidence of their gods.
Thus, we can easily narrow down all of the possible gods that could have either created the universe or set it into motion to none other than the God of Christianity. Of course, one could take the Isaiah 45:5 approach and say that by proving the Christian God, all other gods have been falsified.
1. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Atheism and Agnosticism, <https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/atheism-agnosticism/> (17 February 2014).