Reform Mormonism was brought up in another thread. R.M. is not a movement which I am familiar with but I did a google search that brought up their Gospel Doctrine blog. Within the blog there is a hypothetical conversation between a Reform Mormon and a Christian. I thought it interesting as it then applied the First Law of Thermodynamics. I don't claim to be a physicist or any expertise in sciences. I barely got through them with the B's I fought kicking and screaming for so be patient with me if/when anyone chooses to respond.
“In its simplest form, the First Law of Thermodynamics states that neither matter nor energy can be created or destroyed. The amount of energy in the universe is constant – energy can be changed, moved, controlled, stored, or dissipated. However, this energy cannot be created from nothing or reduced to nothing. Every natural process transforms energy and moves energy, but cannot create or eliminate it….The First Law of Thermodynamics is one of the absolute physical laws of the universe. Everything in the entire universe is affected by this law, as much as time or gravity… A burning log in the fireplace seems to violate the principles of conservation of matter/energy. Burning the log appears to create energy and destroy matter. In reality, the energy and matter are only changing place and forms; they are not being created or destroyed. The wood in the log has chemical potential energy, which is released when it is burned. This released energy appears in the form of heat and light. The matter of the log is changed into smoke particles, ash, and soot. The log’s total energy and mass before burning are the same as the mass and energy of the soot, ash, smoke, heat and light afterwards.”
This is the hypothetical conversation:
CHRISTIAN: Do you believe that God created the universe?
REFORM MORMON: No.
CHRISTIAN: Who do you think created it then?
REFORM MORMON: No one created it. The elements from which all things are organized are eternal; they have no beginning or end.
CHRISTIAN: But everything has a beginning.
REFORM MORMON: Where do you believe God came from?
CHRISTIAN: God has always existed.
REFORM MORMON: So you believe that God has no beginning?
CHRISTIAN: That’s right. God has no beginning.
REFORM MORMON: But that contradicts your other belief—that ‘everything has a beginning.’
CHRISTIAN: That doesn’t apply to God.
REFORM MORMON: If it doesn’t apply to God, why shouldn’t it apply to the universe in general?
CHRISTIAN: I don’t know. It just doesn’t. It’s a mystery.
REFORM MORMON: But you’re accepting as true two ideas that are mutually exclusive. On the one hand you’re saying that everything which exists has a beginning, but on the other hand you’re saying that God, who also exists, has no beginning.
Am I off base for recognizing the, albeit strong and appropriate, logic as presented in this case?
What is the LDS response to the First Law of Thermodynamics?
10 a. Collectively and individually, you are loved with an everlasting love that delights in each faithful step taken. God yearns to draw you close so that wounds may be healed, emptiness filled, and hope strengthened.
b. Do not turn away in pride, fear, or guilt from the One who seeks only the best for you and your loved ones. Come before your Eternal Creator with open minds and hearts and discover the blessings of the gospel anew. Be vulnerable to divine grace. -D&C 163:10