Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 4 months ago

Is the answer to why there exists something rather than nothing ultimately 'it just does'?


Zaphod, It doesn't sound like there's any reason behind that though. Why 'must' it always exist? Why can it not not-exist? Just cuz?

Update 2:

Why should anything exist necessarily? Space and time began to exist. The laws of physics fail at the big bang. That seems to defy logic as what was before and how can anything exist without being in space and time? A lot of things seem to not make sense and I'm wondering if the answers to the ultimate questions might not make sense too?

Update 3:

Maybe it can't not-exist because it would be illogical. Something must exist and be eternal because there couldn't just be nothing. Maybe it would even be impossible for there to just be nothing. But if the universe (or God) exists necessarily, then why is it necessary? Who or what decides that it's necessary? Could it be that it just is?

27 Answers

  • Mike W
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    To start off, there's the question of would the universe exist if there were no one around to observe it. Going by that logic, the universe exists because we're here to observe it. Couldn't tell you if it was the idealists or the materialists who came up with that.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    No. The answer to why there is something rather than nothing is that God created everything for His good pleasure... and that includes YOU.

    He is even jealous for your love....

    The word Gospel means “good news”. It’s pretty important to understand that. The Bible is not a book that tells us what we have to do to earn salvation, it is a book that tells us what God did to earn our salvation.

    What he did was send Jesus. Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves and he paid for what we had done in his body on the cross.

    God created human beings and intended for them to be ruling creatures. We were supposed to be under God but over everything else. We were supposed to rule over creation under the guidance and authority of God’s Word and to function as conduits for all the blessings of heaven. That’s how it was supposed to be, but unfortunately, the Bible tells the story of how our first parents, Adam and Eve, fell into sin by choosing to rebel against God’s Word in order to become autonomous ruling creatures.

    Basically, they wanted to be gods unto themselves, deciding good and evil. From that point on, humanity has been on a downward spiral moving further and further away from God and our original design and glory. The heart of the Gospel is the Good News that Jesus has come as God in the flesh and has obeyed God perfectly and has therefore won the right to all the blessings God originally intended to give to men and women.

    Furthermore, through his sacrificial death on the cross, he has paid the debt that we owed to God for disobeying his commands.

    There is therefore no need anymore for us to hide from God. In Jesus, we can come home and we can be restored. The climax of the Gospel is the great news that he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where he now intercedes on our behalf.

    He gives the Holy Spirit to all his people and he slowly but surely, changes our hearts, reforms our desires and teaches us how to be the children of God we were always intended to be.

    For now, Jesus remains in heaven, changing the world one person at a time, but one day he will return and judge the world in righteousness. He will remove from this world all sin and all causes of sin and he will restore the cosmos to a state of peace, prosperity and flourishing and all those who have received him as their Lord and Savior will participate in his rule and enjoy his goodness forever.

  • 4 months ago

    just stop doing Weed it will all make sense

  • P
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    No it isn't although people have been inventing their own reasons for thousands of years which then become a myriad of different belief systems.

    It's just that we have not definitely identified any evidence to suggest exactly what it is or the process by which it came about. Any arguments tend to be circular reflecting this paradox.

    Self awareness and consciousness at least enable the question to be asked but what about before this?

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  • 4 months ago

    That's not an answer to that question. The answer is "we don't know".

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Nothing that is unreal can exist.

    • small
      Lv 7
      4 months agoReport

      On the other hand, whatever seems to exist is in fact unreal (transient).

  • small
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    One possible answer could be that existence as we realize it is merely an illusory aspect of nothingness itself........ there is an idea in the ancient Indian philosophy which postulates that everything that manifests physically is "MAYA" which is defined as what seems to exist but is in reality non-existent.

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Existence is ex-, forth, and sistere, cause to stand; thus the first meaning is that which causes to stand forth, be.

    Ontology is the contemplation of being; causality is primarily in the atom-based mode a circular reasoning, which presently finds no basic understanding of "Energy" or of "Causation." If one such as Christ Jesus says "I know from whence I come, and to where I go," that is a Truth-claim that either has Gnosis or is fanciful, and in either case is not able to be evaluated by the materialist on the premise of God Is, I Am; the believer takes it as faith, and the reductive materialist assigns a psychological condition to it. Thus the answer to why there is something is ontologically varied, i.e., either God, or as unknown "it just does."

    Epistemological understanding is similar: either one "knows" or "realizes" God, I Am *that* I AM, Plotinus' One Mind Soul-individuation, Plato's Noesis, or one is in scientism and atomism, Kantian phenomena, with a logically honest "agnosticism" re Noumenon that is physically unknown by most, but a will-force that is, according to Schopenhauer, noumenally accessible as a kind of human "I am that I am."


    The Path of the Higher Self;

    The Self-Aware Universe;

    The Mindful Universe;

    Light Is a Living Spirit;

    Beams from Meher Baba;

    The Slightest Philosophy;

    Autobiography of a Yogi;

    Soul Survivor by Leininger.

  • 4 months ago

    one must meditate so that the mind does not wonder

  • 4 months ago

    "It just does." doesn't answer the question at all. I think it would be better to say, "I don't know." That still doesn't answer the question, but at least it doesn't sound as stupid.

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