Argument against God's existence using location outside of the universe

by Matt Slick

An atheist said he could demonstrate that God could not be the creator of the universe.  I am attempting to recount his arguments to the best of my ability.  He said in order for God to exist, he would have to exist in a location.  That would mean that such a location would have to be part of the universe since it is a "location;" and you can't have a location outside of the universe.  So, it doesn't make sense to say that God exists outside of the "universe of locations," while he himself is in a location.  Therefore, God cannot be the creator of the universe.

The first problem with this argument is that it assumes God exists in a location the same way we do.  This is an assumption that cannot be validated.  Second, location is in reference to another object or objects.  I am located here by the chair.  You are located over there next to that rock.  But, if there is only one object in all existence, how can it have a location?  Third, the analogy of location, which we are familiar within our experience and which is restricted to this universe, cannot be applied to the biblical God who is outside of this universe.  Such a proof would be found in a logical argument and not an inference based on an analogy.

So, the argument fails to show that God cannot be the creator of the universe.





About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.