Why the Universe cannot be infinite.
Hello, everyone. This is my first time posting a forum and I am very new to the website. Below I will be posting my opinion as to why the universe cannot be infinite. I'm not a scientist , nor philosopher, so if there are holes in the arguement please express them. I can be reached easier at my e-mail [email protected].
The universe that we can observe, the universe we know, is a real physical universe. If we possesed the means we could travel throughout it's space. We could visit various stars, see the planets, and build sandcastles on some far away moon. The universe we live in exists in our dimensions of experience. This physical universe, therefore must be governed by the laws we also observe, physics namely. Some of these (like gravity) are fairly easily observed. Planets and stars would not be able to form if matter had no gravitational force. However, time also is effectual in the universe. The same planets and stars that formed due to gravity did so according to the governing rule of time. It is my belief that if time exists anywhere in the universe than the universe cannot be infinite, as the two are contradictory. Infinty is only a conceptual idea, nothing that can be proven in this world. We have no basis of observation. Nothing in nature has "always been." If the universe is eternal (defined as always existing, never having a begining) there would spring a mathematical impossibilty, due to time. An infinite past would resulty in having an infinite number of events (creation of stars, etc.) and this would not be possible as each new event would add to the infinite. I hope I am being clear. Mathematicians can only work with infinite numbers in the conceptual realm, because it absolutley fails to work when applied to the logic of our universe. I will try to simplfy my statement above: How can someone add something new to something infinite? Doing so would show that the subject is not really eternal, due to the fact it has increased. The only answer we have is since time exists in the universe is that the universe must have a begining. Some scientists and philosophers have theorized that our universe was created by another larger "mass-producing" universe. This only makes my point larger in scope. And there are other evidences pointing towards the begining of the universe that helps to verify the claim, such as an expanding universe resulting from the Big Bang.
This also makes a second point. The idea God must have had a begining. As I wrote earlier, infinity is not observed in the natural. Therefore, if God exists He must outside the natural. Supernatural is the term we use. If God exists outside of our realm then there is no need that He be governed by the same laws that govern our physical realm. God is not governed by time, as He exists outside of time. God is transcendent of our universe. There is no need for God to have a begining if God is not essentially found inside our universe.
I hope this is clear enough to be understood. I am not the best writer and often stumble over words. These are just some of the basics from the Kalaam Cosmological Arguement. If there are any questions or objections please feel free to e-mail me or respond here (though I am more likely to respond sooner and more thourghly by e-mail.) Thank you.