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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Darwin's Black Box

Asked in a recent Gallup Poll:

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings."

12% - Man evolved from a single cell organism with God playing no part.

31% - Man evolved but the evolution was God-guided.

53% - God created man exactly how the Bible described it. [Give me back my rib.]

(I assume the remaining 4% were Scientologists that believe we were created by Aliens and dropped off thousands of years ago to harvest the Earth for the superior race.)

57% of Republicans believe God created man according to the Genesis account.

44% of Democrats do.

This naturally leads me to ask the follow-up question:

What in the world is wrong with Americans?? Weren't we paying attention to our high school biology teachers when they clearly explained that God cannot exist???

Or how about the university Historical Geology professor who said anyone that still believes in the Biblical account of Creation is an ignorant yay-hoo and should be locked away . . . oh, and that poor people on food stamps should be fed dog food because of its high nutritional value.

Wow . . .

How have we ever survived so long with such gross and rampant ignorance?

1 Comments:

Anonymous Ballsack said...

Science has proven many things: the earth is round, gravity, the speed of light is a constant, etc. Or at least it appears these things have been proven. But therein lies the problem: appearance. Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Have you ever touched something so cold that it “burned?” I could keep going, but you get the point and have undoubtedly questioned this yourself. But, none of these things are reality, rather they are merely our human perception of reality. The same can be said of science. Our perception of the events around comes from inside us; thus, it’s hard to know if anything science has “proven” is really true. But, this is not even the strongest argument against the “proof” offered by science. Science, which is obsessed with “proof” over assumptions, makes an assumption each and every time it sets out to prove something. Science assumes that the world tomorrow will be like the world today. How do you prove this? Look back for billions of years and say “well it’s always been this way.” That proves nothing about tomorrow. We could wake up tomorrow and the world could be totally different. Up would be down, black would be white, cats and dogs sleeping together, mass hysteria.

But, why would God do this? That’s the real question. Why would God make it so we have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge but no real way to find the answer? Maybe the desire for Truth is the answer, or at least our answer. Maybe God makes things unclear so that we do question and search for the answer – maybe this searching that we do has a purpose far greater than we can ever imagine. Maybe the “searching” is the role that we humans are designated Maybe God is playing a big game of Mousetrap – he pushes the ball and watches all the pieces in place. The boot kicks the bucket, we search for answers, and life goes on. The boot doesn’t know why it kicks the bucket, we don’t know why we search for answers, but that doesn’t mean they don’t serve a purpose. Or maybe Camus is right and life is meaningless. Who knows? We certainly don’t. We don’t really “know” anything. That’s the point. Maybe God only lets us “prove” want he wants us to “prove.” Maybe this “science” that we see is merely a stimulus which God knows will get us to react in a certain way. Maybe you saying “this is totally impossible” will send you rolling through a series of events which eventually makes you end up right where God wanted you all along, stuck under a plastic net.

Many people feel beliefs destroy the search for Truth. Your refusal to accept the Bible as accurate in any form is a belief in and of itself – I believe the Bible is unbelievable. You’re closing the door on a possibility, however illogical and unlikely the possibility may be, that there is no possible way your relatively infinitesimal human mind could even begin to fathom, much less prove. Humans are too arrogant to believe that they might have absolutely no idea what’s going on – and that’s ok, that’s our nature, and hopefully it serves some greater purpose. But, we need to open our minds to the possibility that what we think we have “proven” might be totally, 100% wrong.

I'm not saying God does exist, but I am saying your inability to accept the possibility that you are wrong and your certainty in God’s non-existence shows your ignorance regarding your own existence. But, hopefully at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter, because it’s possible you are still doing what God wants you to do all along. Not to say that you don’t have free will, but I’m guessing an all-powerful, all-knowing being could predict your next step and plan accordingly – but that’s a whole ‘nother argument. Arrogance, belief, certainty – these destroy the search for Truth, but God doesn’t ask for any of these. He only asks for faith. I’m not sure I can give it to him, but from moment to moment I’m willing to sidestep my arrogance and at least accept the possibility that I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, and God might be exactly what the Bible says he is. Saying God cannot exist is just as ignorant and unscientific as saying God does exist, although far more arrogant.

3/09/2006 1:51 PM  

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