No, the principle is, ‘Everything has a sufficient cause’.
Just a moment’s thought confirms this—something which had no beginning has no need of a cause.
Such a cause would not be subject to the law of decay and so would not have a beginning. Furthermore, the cause of the universe had to be incredibly powerful; the sheer , and you are exalted as head above all.
Dominos image ©Stock Photo.com/Luis Portugal If a creator God needs to have been made by a creator, that creator would also need a creator who needs a creator …
like an infinite chain of toppling dominos, which is an impossibility. No stars would be still churning out energy and we would not be here.
Furthermore, a cause has to be sufficient, or adequate.
‘You were found in a cabbage patch’ is not a sufficient explanation for your existence.
Some have proposed one universe giving birth to another, but again, there cannot be an infinite series of such births and deaths, as each cycle must have less energy available than the last and if this had been happening for eternity, the death of everything would have already happened.
This principle of causation is so fundamental that if I said that the chair you are sitting on, which must have had a beginning, just popped into existence without any cause, you might justifiably think I need a psychiatric assessment!
That means it would have to have had a beginning itself and you have the same problem as cycles of births and deaths of universes.
So the cause of the universe’s beginning must have been of space-matter-time.