Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Finger Lakes NY
If you believe in evolution, and that evolution favors the development of traits that allow for survival of the fittest, then why did humanity develop mentally so far beyond all other animals? We don't need morality to survive. Yes, without it, individuals would have problems, but the race itself would survive. We don't need emotions to survive the other animals survive on instincts. Why would every other animal have evolved instinct but man alone developed a higher intelligence? Why is it only man has developed not just one but many different forms of sophisticated language? Why do we have love, and loyalty, joy, and an ability to appreciate beauty? Why do only humans create art and music, while other animals have only limited sounds? Why does only man have an intellectual understanding of his own mortality? Seems to me that's a negative, in terms of evolution. Why does only man care about bettering himself? When it comes to it, why do humans feel the need to believe in a higher being if God Himself didn't create us with that need?
I, personally, cannot look at the incredible beauty and diversity of the natural world and believe that it happened by chance. Caterpillars EVOVLED the ability to create cocoons and emerge as butterflies? Seriously? Or take the sugar maple. It propagates using seeds that scatter using thousands of tiny little helicopters. Sorry, not accepting that happened by some kind of cosmic trial and error. It's all just too complex to have just ... happened ... somehow.
I've heard of God spoken of as a Great Physician, a Great Creator, a Great Artist. I like to think of Him as a Great Composer. All of creation one great symphony. Symphonies don't happen by chance. Nor, once created, are they played without oversight of a conductor. I believe that God is both Composer and Conductor, and that each life that lives is playing its part in that greatest of all music.
And to those who question why God has allowed evil in the world? I personally like Tolkien's answer to this one - that without the darkness, we couldn't appreciate the light. The darkness makes the light that much more beautiful.
The road goes ever ever on, down from the door where it began... JRR Tolkien