A quote from something other than 'In the Beginning'! I'm celebrating with a popsicle.
So far we agree.When we set out to explain why and how something happens, we must use the evidence, facts and experience available to us if we are to arrive at a logical conclusion. Using available evidence, experience, facts, observation and experimentation, we know that the universe had a beginning and that before that beginning there was no universe and therefore there was nothing. We know this because of the Law of Causality (for every cause there is an effect and for every effect there is a cause). Based on this law, we can use the following logic:
1. The universe exists.
We don't actually know this. Please present evidence of this.2. The universe had a beginning.
I thought the currently accepted hypothesis is that the universe expanded from a singularity, beyond which we cannot see in time. To assume nothing existed before the singularity is a hefty assumption.
See above.3. Before the beginning of the universe, there was no universe.
See above.4. Since there was no universe, there was nothing.
See above.5. Since the universe does exist, it came from nothing.
See above.6. Nothing comes from nothing by any natural cause.
This one should have tipped you off that you were probably making a stupid assumption on point 2.
Presto chango!7. Therefore the cause of the universe is supernatural.
Ok.8. Life exists.
This law may or may not be universal.9. Life always comes from pre-existing life of the same kind (the Law of Biogenesis).
We don't know that.10. Life cannot come from nonliving matter by any natural cause.
Presto Chango!11. Since life does exist, the cause of life is supernatural.