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Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Game of Chance in this Thing Called Life

Yesterday, the Pope gave lead his Easter Vigil in Rome and said that humanity is not a random product of evolution.  He said it was wrong to think at some point "in some tiny corner of the cosmos there evolved randomly some species of living being capable of reasoning and of trying to find rationality within creation, or to bring rationality into it."  I pose this question to you all; when you play the same numbers every week in the lottery hoping to win and never do is insanity, so if we all go based off the same story of creation that God put us here just because is sort of the same concept.  When we look at the cosmos there are billions upon billions of stars out there that we have no idea what is going on around them.  I don't know about you, but I like those odds.  What is the chance that we're on this measly little planet orbiting one of countless stars in this universe and we are the only specimen of life that exists?  That is just about as absurd as saying that Jesus buried dinosaurs to test our faith.  Then to argue that evolution happened but did not impact us humans is an invalid argument.  Based on Genesis, all creatures, including man, was created by God, so why would humans be the only ones left out of the evolutionary process?  Each culture throughout time has its own story of creation ranging from "In the beginning..." to a turtle walking out of the sea with the world on its back.  All have influence from a greater power.  Why can't that greater power be math, physics and chemistry?  All living creatures on this planet have the same genetic material in their DNA, showing that we all come from the same pot that the soup was cooked in.  Mutations occurred over millions of years allowing changes to happen to create different species in this unique ecosystem.  Evolution is not a matter of faith like creation is.  We have evidence in the fossil table showing changes occurring over millions of years to different species leading us to where we are today.  Genesis is words on a page, no proof; this does require faith.  Think of Santa Claus.  We all know that Santa is not real, but he is an idea that we use to commercialize the holiday season and get kids to go to bed early one night of the year.  Yet, despite the falsehood of the concept of the jolly old fellow in the red suit, we continue to tell our kids generation after generation that Santa is real and it requires a belief system, when in fact, we as adults know better.  Stop letting yourselves be blinded by the fallacy of fear.  Religion is fueled by fear; the fear of not gaining the ultimate prize in heaven and burning in eternal damnation.  Look at the evidence objectively not subjectively.  Yes, my ancestors were tree climbing, fig eating, poop slinging chimps and I'm proud to say that.

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