"Why something rather than nothing?"  Seems a good question until you realise it means, "Why has something popped into existence from literally nothing at all!"  Religion hopes you will think the answer to the question is, God is the reason anything exists.

The Reason

There is an argument, "The universe popping into existence for no reason makes no sense. The universe popping into existence because God had a reason to make it pop into existence does." But that is to say it can't pop into existence unless there is a reason. The meaning of popping into existence is that there does not NEED to be a reason! The argument is confused.

If God did not have to make the universe and still made it, then in reality there is no intrinsic reason for the universe and our lives in it. If there is a reason it is not intrinsic. Religion says that life has no meaning if there is no God. It has to be referring to intrinsic meaning for it is clear that many non-religious people adore their lives and feel they have importance. So one can develop a sense of non-intrinsic meaning. But the problem is that even if there is a God there is still no intrinsic meaning.

It is more rational to give up on intrinsic meaning. In doing that you will find meaning and that meaning will not depend on God or anything like that. It is cruel to have people seeking intrinsic meaning in God.

Even if there is a God there does not need to be a reason for existence. An artist might create a painting because he can and have no real purpose. It is nonsense that God will only make if he has a reason.

God might make a meaningless worthless universe hoping that we might create meaning. A good person will live up to the purpose for which they were made. A better person will live up to the purpose they make themselves in a meaningless universe. If there is no meaning or if it cannot be known if there is, the person will bestow meaning.

This is the proper wording for the argument, "Why is there something rather than nothing? The answer is God being understood as goodness." In other words, good is a person and good has made all things and that is why there is something rather than nothing. That is what the why means. It is about the purpose. To use a creator as an explanation for why there is something is merely to talk about where things came from as opposed to the purpose of why they exist.

Does the question lead to a refutation of God?

If religion is right, there cannot be nothing for they say God is the only being that needs no explanation for his existence so there had to be something. So the answer for religion would have to be that there simply can’t or couldn’t be nothing. If it was impossible for there to have been nothing we cannot understand this. Reason says it was possible for there to have been nothing. It follows then that we cannot understand why there is something rather than nothing and so the question gets us nowhere. To answer that it's answer is God is to do a conjuring trick.

The question, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” then makes no sense for an honest religionist. That is because he says there could not have simply been nothing as proven by God and reason says there could. To make the question make some sense it is necessary to shelve the doctrine of a necessary being (or a being that couldn’t exist) a doctrine guilty of inferring that there having being nothing is logically impossible. Thinking about the question disproves this God.

The Last Word

God making things but not using anything to make them is absurd. That is not making. Making implies there is something there to be turned into something else. And it turns God into a magic worker or a witch from the fairy stories who are able to make things appear out of nowhere. It is occult - pure and simple. It is more extreme than turning the prince into a frog. God might be the magician but it's still pure hardcore occult. It is even more magical than having witches for God is the infinite magician. The question, "Why is there something when there could have been nothing at all?" is just an attempt to make all that nonsense look intelligent.


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