Something is stopping evil from dominating the universe
Multiverse theory might be inevitable, but every possible world is not, and there’s a simple reason for it.
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When you start thinking of what absolute chaos would have to dominate a universe that includes us, a basically impossible world, you would have to come to the conclusion that not only are we very lucky, but infinite myriads of other worlds are not. They’re dominated by evil. But, the very presumption of the necessity for eternal cosmic inflation brings about another necessity, God. If you’ve ever asked yourself why we’re here, you have to ask yourself, once, if we’re here through divine providence. As it turns out, the answer may have to be yes, and this obviously returns profound implications for multiverse theory. (Physicist Sean Carroll…Rogan)
See, the slightest, non-zero possibility must exist for an all-aware being able to manipulate all the energy of ontogenesis for one purpose, the avoidance of his own demise. That is, if we truly take ontogenesis for what it is, the probability of literally everything, all being self-existent. This is the first premise of multiverse theory, after all. (Multiverse: One Universe or Many) The corollaries of the theory become immediately apparent, once one considers what might be true after presuming everything is possible. But, the sticking point is that, somehow, we’d like to find a reason for there to be a finite list of possibilities, rather than an infinite one.
That would be a terribly presumptuous request on our part though, unfortunately. See, somewhere, included in all this possibility for things to happen would have to be us, our universe, and hence our brain. All the things we observe now to be “possible” by virtue of knowing they exist would have had their initial conditions formed within the probable outcomes of this original condition of the cosmos. And that implies one other very profound initial condition, that all the knowledge, wisdom, and facility we have was present there in this initial state of the universe. Some things that then seem like an impossibility to us become extraordinarily inevitable, and one of these is an all-powerful, personal, thinking, and self-preserving diety.
There would be absolutely no reason for such a mind to then allow anything but that which was beneficial for this entity’s preservation to happen. In fact, the power to both direct and determine every aspect of the formation of things would have been entirely dedicated to this one purpose, the elimination of all things that are not beneficial to his preservation. Only, that’s not what we observe in this world, is it? No, what we see now is so far afield of a benevolent all-powerful policeman running things that it gives pause to any credence that would include “the elimination of all evil” as a primary goal for such a being.
But there was one element of this initial cosmos of possibilities that cannot be discounted. If we were a part of this grand purpose from the beginning, then a few more things become quite inevitable. Mainly, it cannot be dispensed with that in a universe including us, our existence implies two inevitabilities that complement one another, our lack of power to create ourselves, and our lack of wisdom, our lack of everything necessary for preserving life at all for that matter. Simply put, we can’t be God.
But why would we be a necessary component of his purpose, to eliminate evil, if our frailty immediately introduces the clear possibility of evil into the universe? It seems the very first thing that would make sense to remove the possibility of evil would be to remove us entirely. Except for one other profound implication of God’s self-existent being, one which we feel every day and take for granted to the point that we hardly notice we’re doing this ourselves. That is, to avoid the most basic evil of all, the opposite of self-preservation, this virtue of avoiding evil must have a target upon which its opposite, benevolence, is expressed. We experience this as our basic need for relationships. But for God, this has a far reaching significance to which we owe our very existence.
Without a way to act on virtue, you can have an infinite amount of it, and you can try to sustain yourself with it, but it ends up being meaningless without someone with which to share it. So as it turns out, the very first thought of God had to be, us. In fact, that is the very first rule, the Golden Rule, of all that is holy, over all that is evil. Let’s define this difference right now. To be holy, not evil, one must give their very best to someone else. If God didn’t do this, he knew he’d simply collapse in on himself, having everything, but no one to share it with. We do this as a matter of course, but God had to make this decision for nothing less than his own existence, and ours. (Nee)
This is the very essence of the fact of our existence now. It depended entirely upon what this all-knowing, all-powerful being decided about our universe, from the beginning. Would he avoid evil entirely and simply shrivel up into an oblivion of evil himself, choosing not to create any “others” with which to share himself, or would he open the cosmos to the possibility of evil by taking a chance on us? Well, as it turns out he didn’t leave anything to chance. By choosing us, by choosing relationship, he also chose one other necessary evil. He chose his own sacrifice, the only way to save us, and to assure the ultimate elimination of evil itself, by erasing it with his own virtue.
If he didn’t decide to both make us and also save us from ourselves, then he would have had to take on oblivion without us. But the only alternative was to suffer our fate for us, and not allow evil to take us entirely, but preserve us as well. Somehow, God knew all of this from the very beginning, and chose us over…well, not us. This is the infinite wisdom that must have been from the beginning. And it implies the inevitability of this struggle to destroy evil entirely by the very fact of our existing at all. We’re here because of one thing and only one thing, God’s love.
What the inevitability of infinite multiverses, true or not, cannot tell us is why we’re here at all, sorry anthropic principle. Our existence has profound implications, far more profound than the inevitably evil, chaotic cosmos it would have to imply if we owe our existence to it, alone. No, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too, in this case, either. There’s either a clear probability that nothing at all is impossible, or there’s something that chose us out of nearly impossible odds. And anyway you look at it, both of these point directly to an all-knowing, loving God who decided to give us everything that was his, just to have a relationship with us. We have every reason to believe we’re here because someone wanted us to be, not because our place is just a pocket inside a cosmos dominated otherwise by infinite, unfathomable evil. And those are the choices, I’m afraid. Faith seems like a no-brainer to me. We all have it, so we should put it in the one who died to save us from ourselves, IMHO.
Spiritual Authority, Watchman Nee, Christian Fellowship Publications, Inc., New York, ©1927
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