The moon is encircling our planet earth. The earth is flying around the sun, together with the other planets. And the sun is orbiting the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, together with many other stars. Our galaxy belongs to a heap of galaxies. And many heaps of galaxies are forming our universe. All of these bodies are made up of atoms. The atom consists of protons, neutrons, and electrons. And the proton and neutron are made up of still smaller parts: of quarks and interacting particles.
Everything in physics has a cause. So we must ask ourselves: Why is there a universe? Why does it exist? Why are there energy, matter, physical laws, fundamental constants and shapes? And why do they contain information and mathematics? Does information and mathematics exist independently of mankind? Or does one find it only in the mind of human beings? - Here are a few of the opinions, beliefs, and assertions, which I have most commonly heard from students, scientists, and non-scientists in East and West:
"The universe is eternal. It has no beginning and no end. Mass can be changed into energy, and energy into mass, as proved by Einstein’s equation E = mc². Energy cannot be destroyed. Thus, the universe has always been there. It has no beginning." - "First there was matter. Man needs a brain, in order to think. His brain is matter. Thus, matter must have been there first." - "Man is the highest form of matter. Above man, there is nothing: no God and no angels." - "I only believe, what I can see. I cannot see God. So I cannot believe, that there is a God." - "The beginning of the universe has no cause. It arose through chance, through a pure coincidence, a lucky strike. The universe is the most astonishing of all coincidences. It is a result of the accumulation of chance-events (luck). There is no purpose, no design in the universe. It arose by itself out of chaos." - "Every information, known to man, is based on an energetic/material carrier. Thus, information must be the result of energy/matter."
"The teacher said: First there was the earth. Much later, mankind arose on this earth. The earth is matter. Man has a mind, a spirit. Thus matter was there first, and spirit is the result of matter." - "You must not ask: ‘What was before the big bang?’, because there was no ‘before’, since the universe has just begun with the big bang."- "You must not ask: ‘Why is there a universe?’. This question is not allowed, for it lies beyond the limits of natural science. Each one may believe here, whatever he wants, for one can neither prove nor disprove him." - "You must not ask ‘Why?’, because physics does not deal with that."
Someone will say: "From the scientific point of view, one can neither prove that God has made the universe, nor can one disprove that God has made the universe. One can only believe it." - "The birth of the universe is a historical event. It lies beyond the realm of experimental science. It occurs only once. Thus, we cannot know, why there is a universe." - "We have not been there, when the universe arose. So, we cannot know, if God has made it, or if it has evolved by itself through chance, through some lucky coincidence."
Someone will say: "If you have energy and enough time, anything will be possible, because the upward-drive toward a higher order, toward life, is contained already within inorganic matter itself." - "The chance-evolution of the universe must be true, because every serious scientist in the world believes in it. Belief in evolution is scientific. Belief in creation is unscientific. Belief in creation is naive."
"Religion is the opiate of the enslaved people, the raw brandy, making them drunk, so that they cannot think anymore clearly." - "Science and religion are opposed to each other. Evolution is based upon knowledge, creation upon ignorance." - "Every serious scientist believes in evolution. The scientist must know, because he has studied this at the university. Only a few ignorant and mentally sick persons still do believe, that God has made everything." - "Every normal person believes now in evolution. If he still believes that God has made everything, there must be something wrong with him in his head. He should be severely punished for his error, because he is an enemy of the people."
Some students and scientists will say: "We do not know, why there is a universe, because we still know too little about it. We must wait, till the scientists have found out more about this. And that might still take a long time. So, it is useless to think about this now." - "Man’s brain cannot understand, why there is a universe, why there is matter. Thus, we should not think about his. - If God made everything, who, then, made God?" - "Everything comes from Nature."
Some scientists will say: "If we found out that God has made everything, our work as physicists would be finished. We would have nothing left to do then anymore." - "Science is only dealing with what is there, not with why it is there!" - "If one sees no way out anymore, one just says: God made it!"
When reading now the different chapters of The Universe - Its Cause, ask yourself, please: Which one of these arguments, objections, and opinions is true? Which one is false? - Which one is logical? And which one is not logical? - Which one is provable? And which one is not provable? - Which one is scientific? And which one is not scientific?
The Universe - Its Cause is absolutely neutral toward all political controversies. It has nothing to do whatsoever with any religious organization or group. I myself only am responsible for its contents.