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Fight For A Place in the First Efficient Cause Who and what is God Why do some people adamantly conclude that a God exists St Aquinas goes from believing that there must be an efficient first cause to the conclusion that God is that cause Why must Aquinas make such an extraordinary jump from there being a cause to assuming that this cause must be God In a scientific point of view wouldnt it be just as plausible to make matter the first cause After all according to the Law of Conservation of Matter matter cannot be created nor destroyed Matter is the substance that any physical object is composed of Matter is closed and finite with no beginning nor end The best explanation to the existence of God through St Aquinass argument is that God does not exist as the first efficient cause The argument for God as presented by St Aquinas attempts to show that the existence of the world and everything within it can only be explained if there is a God who is the first efficient cause The argument states that it is impossible for any being to be the efficient cause of itself because then it would have to bring itself into being and to bring itself into being it would have to exist before it existed If a being exists it is because some being before it caused it to exist Therefore if no first cause exists neither will any other being exist Therefore there must be an efficient first cause -- God St Aquinass argument assumes that a first cause is needed to explain the existence of anything St Aquinas also assumes this first cause to be God How can anyone rationally conclude that there is a God from the simple statement that a first cause is necessary for the existence of anything A first cause does not prove God it only assumes
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