“The worst moment for an atheist is when he is really thankful and has no one to thank.” — G. K. Chesterton
I believe in science. I believe in natural selection and evolution as the ways God set(s) the universe in motion.
Atheism does not explain why evil exists. Atheism views everything as complex groupings of cells and processes. Atheism claims morality is possible without God but doesn’t explain where morality comes from, how it evolved, or how it can exist without absolutes. The Merriam-Webster definition of morality is, “[a set of] beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior.” If morality is relative, nothing is right or wrong. Rather, what is right or wrong changes depending on perspective, so what is right or wrong is not constant. Therefore, morality cannot be properly distinguished. In essence, “morality” cannot exist if it is always different from person to person. Murder and larceny are just choices people make, and suffering therefore is a choice.
My spiritual, intuitive mind can respect others’ beliefs, but I cannot embrace this nonbelief as an option for myself.
If atheism were true, why do people have different opinions, perspectives, and personalities? It is not entirely the complexity of the brain doing all this. The way the brain works, if evolution is true on its own without God, we should all be the same, as animals. It cannot all be put on separate experiences either.
I have been an introvert since I was three years old. I had no experience at that age that shaped my brain to believe reading was more fun. I had no experience that made me believe I shouldn’t rely on other people to define my happiness or ability to have fun. I had no experience that told me crowds are uncomfortable.
Education, being financed by the government and being liberal in nature, should have made me liberal. Yet I still believe in God, not to have an “imaginary friend in the sky” (every part of that mockery is wrong), but because I recognize that I have a mind, soul, and spirit. My brain contains all three in its miraculous construction. This trinity dictates how my brain understands concepts; my brain does not control how this trinity forms.
I do not write this as an attempt to prove atheists wrong or to convert them. I do not pretend to try. This is to explain why I turn to God as the answer, and why atheism is not a compatible worldview with my understanding.
I have compiled a list of aspects that differentiate humans from the rest of the animal kingdom. It is ever-expanding, but I will leave the current version here.
1) Recognize and appreciate music (contours of sound) in our minds and through our bodies, beyond the boundaries of mere communication
1b) Recognize and appreciate the beauty of art through eyes and ears, and create the beauty of art through mouths, hands, and bodies (evidence shows apes and dolphins, among other animals, can create “art,” but whether these animals recognize it as such, and especially whether they appreciate it, is debatable)
2) Complex and numerous languages
3) Ability to read and write (record thoughts and comprehend others’ thoughts)
4) Capacity for spirituality and idea of the divine
5) Capacity to comprehend science and conduct experiments (including technology)
6) Politics, morals, ethics, social mores
7) Knowledge and fear of death (While animals do have the self-preservation instinct, they do not know that they will die. They do not have inclinations about the future – they live in the present. Also, past events shape their instincts, but they do not recall these events as vivid memories like humans do.)
Man is both an evolved ape-man and a separate creature. To protect and have compassion for creation, we must be a part of creation. All sentient beings have eyes, are able to eat, having beating hearts, are able to breathe. We are designed to recognize this in order to connect with them.
Why are our brains so highly functioning, while other animals do not have such capabilities? Why did our weak, fleshly husks become the dominant species (ahead of lions, tigers, wolves, and other large predators)?
We are the result of intelligent design via evolution.
The result of evolution shows us that we are the chosen creatures of God, to be like Him, to grow as his children into sub-creators with Him. The process of our evolution shows that in this mortal realm, we are as animals: both to show compassion and protection for them, and to recognize that we are not purely divine. Only God is divine.
Everything we are that is higher than animals is for the purpose of creation beyond procreation. Everything except the knowledge of death, and that is meant to keep us humble in the knowledge that we are God’s children, not God itself.
God bless with mother earth’s bliss.