Take a second and notice what you are sitting on. Where did that chair come from? What happened before the chair you are sitting on became physical? The manufacturer had an idea. The idea being, what it will look like, its function, its dimensions, its purpose, etc. That idea is intangible, and it is not something physical. The chair that you are sitting on proves that causality exists, and everything that is TANGIBLE came from something INTANGIBLE. Simply put, the spiritual is the cause, and the physical is the effect. Just like your chair!
DOCTRINE #16: GOD'S EXISTENCE
Causality proves the existence of a First Cause. The First Cause is God. Every question a person has after this fact is focused on God's Identity, not God's Existence.
Question: Do you believe you recognize God as the first cause?
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If you need it, here is the support from the Word of God...
"1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." (Genesis 1:1)
(God is the First Cause, nothing preceded Him. God is spiritual. He made everything and brought order by speaking it.)
"6 By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made, And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth." (Psalm 33:6)
(The invisible God, through invisible words, made the visible. God has also given us the ability to create with our words.)
"20 For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse:
21 because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened." (Romans 1:20-21)
(The order that we see everyday proves the existence of a supreme being, we do not have an excuse. Order shows intention and purpose; order cannot be random. If you shook computer parts in a bag would it form into a working computer? If you saw a chair in the middle of a field you would know a man was there. Do you know anyone who enjoys traffic?)
"1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament showeth his handiwork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, And night unto night showeth knowledge." (Psalm 19:1-2)
(Creation itself speaks to us of God. The sky, the day, the night... creation has an order. The sun rises and sets, the earth rotates, the seasons change.)
"1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none that doeth good.
2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there were any that did understand, That did seek after God.
3 Every one of them is gone back; they are together become filthy; There is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And call not upon God?
5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was; For God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: Thou hast put them to shame, because of God hath rejected them.
6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Then shall Jacob rejoice, and Israel shall be glad." (Psalm 53:1-6)
(This was the entire passage from Psalm 53. The passage started with the FOOL saying there is no God. God looks at the causes to see if people have understanding. If people did, they would seek after Him. Why? They would be looking for a cause behind what they saw, which would eventually lead them to a Creator, a First Cause! God asks if the fool has knowledge. The devil knows God exists, even the devil has knowledge! The people chose to reject God (cause) and the effect was that God rejected them. If people chose to accept God, He will bring them back and they will rejoice.)
"9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10 to walk worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy;
12 giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love;
14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins:
15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
16 for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him;
17 and he is before all things, and in him all things consist." (Colossians 1:9-17)
(Verses 9-17 are one brilliant, and beautiful sentence! This spoke of causality and order. The CAUSE was being filled with knowledge of God's Will and ALL spiritual wisdom and understanding. The EFFECT was to walk worthy and bear fruit and give thanks to God who created all things... things that are visible and things invisible.)
"6 And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him." (Hebrews 11:6)
(One of the requirements to please God is to believe He exists. How can I please my wife if I am not married? The other is that you believe in CAUSALITY. You must believe that He is a rewarder of them that seek after Him. Notice, both of these requirements require faith. We will be getting to "faith" soon...)
Okay, we have learned that causality does exist, and there must be a first cause: God. The Bible called you a fool if you don't believe in God. How would you feel if God considered you a fool?
If there is a God, who sets order to things, what role does that order play in our lives? If He created the universe and set the world into motion, there was a plan. If there is an effect for every cause; does that mean the FIRST Cause, God, is in total control of every situation? "Oh, no! Are we going to open up that predestination and freewill can of worms?" YUP!