Why couldn’t the universe have its source in some mysterious cosmic energy that existed from eternity past? The answer is simple—because of the second law of thermodynamics, the law of entropy. Energy could not have existed forever, building up to a “big bang” that created the stars and planets. It would have entropied before it “banged”—and explosions do not create order. Had the universe been here forever, everything should now be the same temperature; heat always moves to something cooler.
Furthermore, energy has neither the intellect nor personal qualities to bring about the incredible design in life and the existence of personal beings. Intelligence and personality are nonphysical and could not have arisen out of energy or matter, so must have preceded them.
Not some force, but a personal being of infinite intelligence and without beginning must have designed and created the universe. This is not the impersonal “first cause” of philosophy, or the competing, capricious, and evolving “gods” of paganism, much less the “Force” of Star Wars. The Creator can only be the “I AM” who revealed Himself to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus:3:14), the self-existent One without beginning or end, of whom Moses in the Bible says, “From everlasting to everlasting, thou art god” (Psalm:90:2).
Obviously, intellect and personality are entirely different from matter and not the stuff out of which it is made. Therefore, the universe is neither part of God nor an extension of God. This means that everything we can see, whether with the naked eye, with a telescope, or with an electron microscope, came from nothing. That is impossible, but we are driven to this conclusion by logic itself. To imagine, however, that life and intelligence sprang spontaneously of its own initiative and power from dead, empty space would be totally irrational. Therefore, something other than the universe and its components must have always existed.