What does the Beginning of the Universe actually mean?

The reason as to why theists call their God spaceless, timeless and immaterial is the recognition of the fact that if the universe has a beginning, then that beginning can never be from a source that already contained space, time, matter and energy.

Universe primarily means its space, time, matter and energy. Therefore when we say that the universe has a beginning, we mean to say that its space, time, matter and energy have a beginning. Now the question is: can the universe have a beginning from a source that already contained space, time, matter and energy? If the source already contained space, time, matter and energy, then that would mean that space, time, matter and energy were already there. If space, time, matter and energy were already there, then that would further mean that the universe was already there. If the universe was already there, then why do we again say that the universe has a beginning?

The above reasoning shows that if the universe has a beginning at all, then that beginning can never be from a source that already contained space, time, matter and energy because in that case it will imply that the universe was already there. Therefore the beginning of the universe will always mean that it can begin from zero space, zero time, zero matter and zero energy only. As the universe can begin from zero space, zero time, zero matter and zero energy only, so the total space, total time, total matter and total energy of the universe should always remain zero, as otherwise one will have to explain as to whence appear the extra space, extra time, extra matter and extra energy that were not already there at the beginning.

So for a universe having a beginning this question must have an answer: how does the total space-time of an ever-expanding universe always remain zero?

Only a beginningless, eternal universe will not give us any such trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “What does the Beginning of the Universe actually mean?”

  1. The problem of the god creator hypothesis is that you are trying to explain the origin of something ( the universe) by appealing to something else (god) without explaining where this new thing come from. Saying that god has no beginning by definiton is a cop out, you attribute properties to something we have no evidence or knowledge of. Only 3 options here
    a) The universe began to exist with a first cause out side of itself
    b) The universe did not begin to exist and there was always something
    c) Our binary logic and the concept of beginning or not valid not enough to explain the existence of the world

    Like

  2. Perhaps you have totally failed to understand what I meant to say in this article. Here I did not at all try to explain the origin of the universe by appealing to God. What I wanted to emphasize is that if the universe has a beginning at all, then that beginning can never be from some already existing space, time, matter and energy, because in that case it will mean that the universe was already there. If the universe was already there, then how can we again say that it has a beginning?

    So the beginning of the universe will always mean that it will begin from zero space, zero time, zero matter and zero energy. So in case the universe has a beginning, this question must have an answer: how does the total space-time of an ever-expanding universe always remain zero.

    Up till now there is no satisfactory answer to this question provided by the scientists. So, all these origin-theories are incomplete and unsatisfactory.

    Like

  3. Well I presumed that when you said “The above reasoning shows that if the universe has a beginning at all, then that beginning can never be from a source that already contained space, time, matter and energy” you were advocating that if the universe has a beginning it is then spaceless, timeless and immaterial…aren’t they the usual attributes of god ?

    Like

    1. Yes, those are the usual attributes of God. But I am not at all advocating here that this theistic God is the creator of the universe. I am only trying to find out the reason as to why theists describe their God as spaceless, timeless and immaterial. That is all.

      The reason is that the universe can never begin with some ready stock of space, time, matter and energy; it will always start from null value of them. So, if there is a creator God at all, then that God must necessarily have to be spaceless, timeless and immaterial. There is no other option open here.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s