I have read many articles on this website regarding Christianity, Evolution and Atheism. Always, after reading the comments I walk away feeling frustrated, saddened and concerned. It seems that a lot of people just criticise and insult each other and try to ‘’out-prove’ the next person. I have wondered that if these discussions had to take place in person, would people still say the things they say to others.
It’s my understanding that one of the things that unite human beings, across continents, across the ages, across all the differences you can think of, is a quest – a hunger – for knowledge. We humans want to KNOW things: ‘’ why am I here?’’, ‘’how did I get here?’’, ‘’what’s all this stuff around me?”’ and “how did it get here?” (among many other questions of course).
Some people have found “answers’’ – or rather solace - in religion, some in science and others (maybe most) just continuously ponder such things in hope of one day finding an answer often changing their minds between different beliefs and non-beliefs. Most commentary on the News24 articles has been in the form of debating Christianity vs Atheism or Evolution vs Creationism. In my opinion religion has many flaws and yet so does science. The Bible, although thought to be the word of God by many, was compiled by men who considered themselves holier than others (rather un-Christian of them don’t you think?) As a result the ‘’Word of God” is wrought with errors, omissions, mistranslations and who knows what else. The science that many base their beliefs on these days is flawed and inconsistent - It is ever-changing – which is great, but hardly anything to cling to as cold hard evidence. To me science is a wonderfully beautiful, complex, ever-changing thing, but it’s also merely a study and experimentation of things around us according to how we see/experience it, measured and quantified with instruments/tools made by us, humans, which means it is subject to error. Sure there are many things that have been definitively proven and are impossible to deny – but the findings are still relative to our current understanding. Which means there are so many more pieces of the puzzle that are missing – so how can one base their beliefs on something so infantile in its discovery? Richard Dawkins said in an interview that there is so much that science cannot explain, including the origins of the universe. And that he said in 2012! Yet so many non-Christians refute Christianity (and other religions) because there is no proof for God and cling onto the Big Bang Theory and Evolution as irrefutable fact.
What about the idea that God created science. What if He created science to create our universe (or multiverse)? Maybe our universe was created by a bang (or implosion or whatever) made by God himself. Maybe God smashed two rocks together and BOOM here we are? Could God have created organisms on earth with an ability to evolve? What if God isn’t anything what religion has tried to describe all these centuries? What if He does exist but differently to how we expect?
I don’t see why God - and religion - has to be continuously criticized because of the errors of men.
I hope that all people (Christians, Atheists and everyone in between) can have an open mind to all kinds of ideas out there. I think it’s important for us, no matter how firm our beliefs, to always think, “Maybe I’m wrong’’. Such an attitude creates an environment for learning and growing. Instead of an ‘’I’m-right-you’re-wrong-and-you’re-an-idiot-you-can’t-teach-me-anything’’ attitude. What does that actually accomplish?
There is a lot to learn out there about life. I like to think that in every culture, every form of belief, every philosophy and yes even in every religion, there is at least a spot of truth to find. A common theme I have found in all the teachings that I have come across is that of love and respect for all life. Human beings get that very wrong a lot of the time, but at least there is that common universal ideal to live up to. A question I have for evolutionists and atheists (sorry to put you in boxes) is what do you think of love and respect? I think I can almost perceive an evolutionists response, but why would an atheist see a need to respect or love anything? Surely from an atheist’s perspective, you are born you live you die. Anything that happens in between life and death is inconsequential? So why not just go crazy? Also if you are an atheist (and I can only speak to those who comment here) do you immediately believe in evolution? Besides evolution, how else could one explain the emergence of life?
I have some questions for those around here who believe evolution to be true. I would really like to have answers to these questions, so if anyone knows or even if anyone doesn’t know, but just has an idea of a possibility, please answer!
1. So the big bang happened, earth came into existence and now you are sitting with a big round rock (earth) with water right? At what point did LIFE occur? How did we go from dust to single-celled micro-organism? To eventually grass, to plants, to trees, to bacteria, to animals and then to humans? My main concern though is the point between no life and life. Did life “’pop’’ into existence when the conditions were correct? If so HOW? Why?
2. After so many billions upon billions of years, why are we the only species that shows evidence of intelligence in the unique way that we do? Why haven’t other species been able to create things outside of their immediate instinct?
3. It also seems that ancient civilisations understood far more about our universe than we do now. Which means they were more intelligent. Which means they were better. How does the idea of evolution fit in here?
4. How is it that trees evolved to bear fruit – to sustain the life of another species (just one example of many)? If humans weren’t there to eat vegetables then vegetables would not have a purpose so vegetables would just be plants. So why are there some trees that are fruit bearing and some that are not? Why do we have plants bearing veggies and plants that do not. Because in my opinion, for evolution to be true, you should be able to look at any individual species alone and so ‘’ok, this evolved from that and this is how it has improved’’. So what did an apple tree evolve from and why does its development of apples make it better than its former ‘’model’’ without the apples?
5. Is our feeling of a purpose just a figment of our imagination? Why do we as human beings, want to do more than merely live? How did that feeling evolve?
6. How did the intelligent mind evolve? Sure one can say out of a demand for survival, but HOW did it happen, when could the turning point have occurred and under what exact circumstances?
7. Why does it seem like human beings are the only species that seems to do things contrary to the principles of the survival of their species?