I believe this has been touched on in an earlier post but thought I’d start my own. I know that I’m going out on a limb here. A number of times I’ve hesitated before submitting a post or response. I really thought about not posting this one. It’s a scary thing to open yourself up to criticism. But I feel strongly about this. I feel that some posters (who, I admit, are much more intelligent and informed than I am) can be extremely intimidating and people back off. Because of this I feel that only one dominant view is shown. I’m sure there will be some that will take the opportunity to pounce and ridicule. Hopefully it won’t come to that. We are all entitled to our own views. I wrote this very late last night and I’ve tried to clean it up as much as I can. It may ramble and repeat at times but I hope that for the most part it’s coherent. Any quotes by others are in italics, the rest are my own words.
Some say prove God’s existence? Can you prove to me that the essence of your being exists, or are we strictly physical beings, (controlled?) by chance, by nature. The mechanics can be explained to a point but how do you explain spirituality, the mind, to dream, to hope, to love, things that one can’t see? ; things that one can only see the effects of.
Personally I believe that Creation and Evolution can and do go hand in hand. I believe in God, not because of fear, but because for me there’s overwhelming evidence of God’s existence (Intelligent Designer if you prefer). Some people are so convinced about Evolution and discarding God; they won’t even consider the possibility that maybe an intelligent designer was responsible for creation. One only has to look at his own body, his own mind, his spirituality; to be in awe of their own being. I was fortunate enough to have two human beings grow inside of me. There is so much in this universe to be in awe of and yet some are so blasé about it all, that all this happened by chance. What puzzles me is how some people can be so morally indignant about a wrong and yet not believe. Where does this moral indignation come from? Does chance care? William Provine (prominent evolutionist) says that if Darwinism is true, then there are five inescapable implications; there’s no evidence for God; there’s no life after death; there’s no absolute foundation for right and wrong; there’s no ultimate meaning for life; and people don’t really have free will.
Putting aside Provines view about right or wrong, I think that most people will agree that there is a right and wrong. Who decides what’s right, what’s wrong? We simply evolved and what works for a time is what is used and if it’s no longer useful it’s discarded? Why does chance care if we care for one another, that we try to do the right thing? Why does chance care about our survival? If each person wants to survive, where did he get that desire to survive?
We have a desire to live, to love, to create. That’s how God created us. Chance doesn’t care if we create, if we love, if we survive. What about music, art, literature? What inspires these people to create beauty? Beauty in nature (created for no other purpose but for our enjoyment-flowers, birds, a snow flake), a new born baby, the love for our children, family? Why do we have joy, agony, tears, laughter, pain, pleasure? Where does that desire come from? Why all the senses, taste, feel, see, hear? For no other reason than survival? Yet we use all these senses for survival and pleasure. All this is chance, all of life is one big cosmic accident, with no purpose? We are spiritual beings. Why should we be? What’s the point when all this is by chance?
Maybe some feel that without God they are free to do what they want. I think the reverse is true. We truly are then just puppets with absolutely no control over our destiny. We are here, then we are not here. Whatever feelings we do have is controlled by evolution. You can’t personally claim it as uniquely you. That’s the way I see it anyway.
Why is that people all around the world have the same needs, the need to be loved, to love, to feel connected? Some will say it was necessary for survival. Why the need to survive? So many questions. One more that never occurred to me before. If we evolved, at what point is this evolving business over and what decides it?
Something is in control. Could it be that God truly exists?
P.S. I’m a little concerned about quoting others (even though I did quote two people) to support my views but am concerned about copyright infringement. Does anyone know anything about this?
Love every leaf, every ray of light
Love the animals, love the plants, love each separate thing
Loving all, you will perceive the mystery of God in all.