Evolution or No Evolution – is that even a question…

A while ago I stumbled upon a video which claimed to prove that evolution is real, or at least very likely. I decided to watch it, because though I do believe evolution is real, I don’t know any prove for it. Which might be good since I’m a firm believer. The video is not very long and explains it very well. You don’t have to be a science major to understand it. Clearly, since I am not one of those either. It’s interesting to watch.

 

As always I did what you should not do on Youtube: I scrolled down to read the comments. I picked out two completely different ones to show the contrast:
Evolution is a silly science fiction fairy-tale told by atheists in a sorry attempt to replace the true eternal word of GOD. All of the alleged so called evidence is imagined and can never be demonstrated or proven by visual assessment. They use their uncontrolled imaginations and delusions as their source of evidence.
If there IS a god of some kind then he obviously HATES humans, animals and the earth itself. Killing and suffering are non-stop on this planet, and have been for hundreds of millions of years. What kind of a cackling sadistic shithead would create such a world?
Obviously the first one comes from a creationist, the second one from an atheist. Now let’s take a closer look at both of them. The first person claims that evolution is the effect of imagination. He says it is ‘so called evidence’. Which I find pretty ironic seeing that the video does give a very good explanation as to why evolution is the most likely option. He also claims that this is all but an excuse to replace the true word of God. The scientist in the video states he believes in God as well. To me it doesn’t seem to be a thing of proving that God doesn’t exist. It’s about proving evolution is real.
The second comment is the opposite. I do agree for a part. If people really believe that God exists and created us the way we are today, then why did he make us such cruel creatures? He wants us to be good and forgiving, but if he’s so almighty then why did he give us evil? Isn’t it highly unlikely that someone¬† who created everything the way it is now would be happy with the result?
I also started looking around on Google to know more. And that is the moment where I got here. Someone asked if evolution is real. Someone answered in what seems a very logical and clear way. I think this part of one of the answers is something very interesting to keep in mind while talking about this topic:
A scientific theory is quite different from a fact. A theory doesn’t say THAT something happens (so the creationists are wrong here too), but attempts to explain HOW something happens. For example, the theory of gravity doesn’t say THAT gravity happens (we can see that much without any theory), but attempts to explain HOW gravity happens. Why do all massive objects exert a gravitational pull on each other? That’s what the theory of gravity seeks to answer.
The person saying this does believe evolution is real. Then there were other comments, like this one:
No, evolution is completely false. Although it doesn’t seam like it, but there really is not a single piece of evidence to support it. Scientists (BTW, creationists can be scientist too and some of the world’s greatest inventions were created by creationists (its all there, just search it)) who believe in evolution, when they see certain things, tend to just make the wrong types of assumption.
The typo there is not mine but his. Just sayin’.
Also this comment:
Absolutely not. Do you really believe we evolved from monkey’s or gorillas? (…) Is evolution logic? lets be honest. It is more logical for there to be a God than it is for us to form from a bunch of mollocules, or rain, or rock. and so on and so forth. (..) Not everything is meant for us to understand, but I know that God is real.
This was followed by the encouraging to read the Bible.
Of course.
But you see, this is the thing I hate. This girl from the comment above doesn’t seem to know what scientist say that evolution is. They don’t say we have evolved from monkeys, but we have a common ancestor. Seeing the physical similarities doesn’t make that so surreal. Plus: apparently 98% of our DNA is similar to that of a certain kind of gorilla. Plus: in the video above the guy clearly explains why it is so likely that we would share a common ancestor with the monkeys. That is one point that above all shows that this girl is not the one who should be commenting here.
Is evolution logic? Let’s be honest. It totally is when looking at the scientific facts, that as far as I know never claim that we have something in common with rain. Thank you very much.
Not everything is meant for us to understand – but creationist always need prove that is complete and cannot be ‘unproved’. They tend to say there is no proof for evolution.
On the other hand, what is their proof for the existence of God? Let me cite something I once read.
‘Everything that starts to exist has a reason. The universe started to exist. Therefore it has a reason. God exists’.
For people who throw away so much evidence because of little details that aren’t explicitly explained, I find this a sad way of reasoning. And that, people, is why I hate creationism. They close their eyes and just want to hear what they think is true. They don’t want to listen to anything else. They don’t to think about it. Why do they refuse to consider the fact that they might be wrong? I too have to admit that I’m not always right. But that’s okay as long as you are open to other opinions.
Also, they believe everything stated in the Bible is true. They believe a book. A book. With stories that you can never witness alive. How can they not see that that is a weird thing to do? I too could write a book. Why wouldn’t that one be true? And what evidence do they have for it to be true?
‘Because it is the Bible’ doesn’t count as evidence.
I do think it is possible to believe in God and evolution. It is possible that there is a God, but he’s clearly not almighty. Even if you believe he has created the world, then evolution might still be real. Maybe God finds it exciting to see how things evolve.
But above all you shouldn’t throw away clear indications just because you want to believe a book.
Via 9gag

Via 9gag

Also, creationists trying to defend themselves make a lot of typos. Man, even I am better at English and I’m not even a native speaker.
By the way, WordPress won’t allow any white space today. I’m sorry for the long, long text in just one part. That was not my intention at all.
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Because we will go to heaven

When I was in primary school, we were obliged to pray before and after our lunch. I don’t think any of us really understood what we did, or why were doing that. The little prayer we had to say contained ancient Dutch words which I didn’t fully understand until I was 11 or something. It was just something we did because we had to, and we were young to wonder why we were doing that.

I went to a Catholic school, in case you actually wonder why we had to pray. There are still many Catholic schools up here, but it doesn’t mean anything more than having ‘Religion’ as a course and perhaps praying every now and then. I wouldn’t even able to do a full prayer now… But I also didn’t do my Confirmation. I won’t be going to heaven.

The point is, nowadays religion has become exactly that prayer for me : it’s obligatory, you don’t ask questions, but you also don’t really know what you are doing and why. Don’t get me wrong, I respect faith, but religion is different. Religion means rules and sin and judgement. Religion means someone will tell you what God wants you to do in order to get a place in heaven. Religion means you are always wrong somehow…

There is a now girl in my student house now, who goes to church and bible study every week. Though I know I shouldn’t judge, I seriously can’t get my head around that. Faith I can understand somehow (though I can’t believe in a god), but how do you accept people telling you the same stuff over and over again? ‘You’re a sinner who should do good’? Of course you could say ‘how can you go to dance class every week?’ and I would have to admit it’s something I’m passionate about, so perhaps she is passionate about God.
But honestly, when I heard this, it sounded more as if she was raised in the conviction that she had to go to church and bible study. She was brought up in this kind of family. Did she even have a choice? Does she want that choice?

I know I wouldn’t be able to just swallow and nod. I don’t like authority. I mean, authority can be good, but it’s a typical trait in my family to not accept people telling us we’re wrong when we’re not. You can be just wrong, or you can have someone saying you’re wrong when you’re convinced you’re doing something good. We’re not the kind of people who just bow and change their way. We are the kind of people that will say ‘I’ think I’m right’. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I am just unable to go to church.I like churches, but not the mass. Everyone is sitting there on these uncomfortable chairs and they hear someone say ‘you’re born a sinner!’ and they think ‘yes, I’m a sinner’ and they pray and they trust that they will go to heaven.

How? How can you be convinced of the fact you were born a sinner? How can you stand someone telling you you were a bad person when you were born? And how can you believe a prayer will make up for everything? Religion can’t undo what you have done, whatever the rules say. The rules are just there to make you comply. Every and each rule is made to silence the people. If it’s not made for that, it’s certainly used that way.¬† Did you know that the celibacy is the result of the Church fearing that her wealth would be divided over the children of the priests? There’s a reason behind every rule, and most of them aren’t made for your peace.

Most people who claim to be the closest to God, are the people who are the biggest assholes. They are the ones who have always claimed to know what God wants. They are the ones who made up the rules. They are the ones silencing you. But it’s okay. A few confessions and prayers and everything will be allright. After all, God will forgive them, right? The fact that they are the least forgiving doesn’t matter. They shouldn’t be as forgiving to sinners. Why would they? They are the people who are right and good. They are allowed to judge.

Because they will go to heaven.

Life Choice # 3 : God or no God?

Because other people might say some interesting things as well.

Next year, a very Catholic girl will move in with us in the house we share with some students. Apparently, she’s from a quite strict family. For example, her sister can’t live together with her boyfriend until they get married. They’re that kind of believers.
It will be surely interesting to live together with her, because I’m not a believer. My family has never been that Catholic, and I haven’t been to church often. In Belgian schools, you often get a course called ‘religion’ though, so I do know some things about the Catholic faith. But as I grew up in a society that believes in science above all, I never really believed in a god.

One of my closest friends is a believer too, but she’s a more subtle one. And I really have no problems with that – I think faith can be a good reason to do good things, and it can be a great support in hard times too. Some people just go to far. All those rules and limits, because of what after all? How can you know for sure that God (seeing the fact you are sure he exists) wants you to not drink alcohol, or anything? Do those limits really make you a better human being?

I highly doubt that. It’s not just Catholic faith, every religion has these strict rules I couldn’t live by. My inner rebel always questions them. You won’t help the world if you lock yourself away to just meditate for 13 hours each and every day. That’s just a fact. There’s a border between believing in something and doing stupid things because of that. Never cross that border. Only take the good things of religion, like helping other people.

After all, you cannot prove that you are not doing it in vain. Helping people is good anyways, but blowing up yourself – will it bring you to a god? How can you be so sure there is a god? I wonder what it feels like to be sure of the existence of this ‘something’. Perhaps it’s there, perhaps it isn’t. I can’t say there is no god at all, but I just see no prove of that. Just like we can prove evolution is real, and there’s no point in saying it isn’t. Creationism really pisses me off. Yes please, deny everything we can prove and replace it with something you can’t prove at all – without listening to other people! As I said before, I think this has a lot to do with the environment you’ve grown up in. Perhaps I had been a believer if my family went to church every week. If there would be a ‘something’, by the way, I think it would rather be a thing that doesn’t resemble human beings as much as God is supposed to do. It would probably be something we can’t imagine. But that’s only my thoughts on the subject.

So I’d go for the no God, though I obviously cannot be sure. What do you think? Do you believe?

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