Personally, I believe that God created a universe in which the fundamental laws of nature made the natural rise of not only life, but intelligent life, inevitable. That being said, the more I come to understand how the universe works the harder it is for me to accept that this vast cosmos is all here for one particular version of one particular religion of one particular species on one particular planet.
Originally Posted by namith
There is simply no evidence and no need for a divine creator to be found in nature, even at the most fundamental level of the origins of the big bang. The vast amounts of physical evidence embedded in our universe, the inconsistency of Christian beliefs throughout the centuries, and the consistent failure of the church to be on what we now recognize as the "right" side of issues both moral and scientific have led me to conclude that either:
- God created a deceptive universe/scripture
- There is no God
- Many of the things we believe about God aren't actually true
Currently I'm leaning heavily towards that last conclusion. The tipping point for me was not accepting evolution, it was when I truly examined what I wanted from my faith - the hard truth, or the comforting fable.
So. . .do I believe in God? I think so. . .am I a Christian? That is a bit more of a work in progress.
". . .But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable."
Carl Sagan, The Pale Blue Dot