Im not giving you a hard time, i just have a few queries…
Do you not believe in EVOLUTION and SCIENCE?
(dinosaurs, man came from the ape..etc)
Do you not think the bible is full of CONTRODICTIONS?
(adam and eve were the only two people so where did everybody else come from)
Do you not think its something that people choose to believe in in order to feel that life has meaning?
Im not being awful, i just really dont get it!
I dont want preachings, i just want proof…..
Let me preface my thoughts by stating that I am not an Evangelical Christian, so I have a broader interpretation of Christianity. With that said, let me answer your questions.
":Do you not believe in EVOLUTION and SCIENCE?
(dinosaurs, man came from the ape..etc)":
Evolution and science are not necessarily contradictory to religion. For example, evolution could be considered *how* the Divine created the ":what.": This is my argument, as I do believe in both evolution and science, as well as the Divine. There are many who denounce evolution saying that it is theory–it is not. Darwin’s ":Survival of the Fittest": (a term that was not coined by him) is theory, but opponents of evolution have lumped the two together. While evolution is not simply ":man came from the ape,": it does lead us to observe microcosmic and macrocosmic changes in the world. Theologically, evolution can be considered the ":tool": the Divine used to create everything.
In general, religion can be considered to be similar to philosophy–both of which are humankind’s attempt to, through mythology and ideology, understand the world in a way that is more meaningful than a scientific approach. Actually, the science of today originated from philosophy and religion.
":Do you not think the bible is full of CONTRODICTIONS?
(adam and eve were the only two people so where did everybody else come from)":
Of course, but contradictions can be found in any field, including that of science. There are three main problems that can be found with the Bible, though:
First, the text was written over many years by a handful of people. This could easily lead to contradictory content. Of course, you must be sure what you are reading is correct, which leads to the next problem.
Second, the majority of the Bible has been transliterated, which means it was translated from Hebrew/Aramaic to Greek/Latin to English/French/etc. This means that much meaning has been lost. The only way you can honestly say the Bible is full of contradictions is to read it in the original languages. Much insight can be found by doing so.
Third, the Bible is incomplete. There are many ":books": and documents that have not been included in the text. This is due to the watchful eye of papal administration.
I personally don’t take too much stock in the stories of the Bible–they are simply written in the mythological/archetypal language of the human psyche. They are wonderful stories and can speak to a person in very meaningful ways, but they are just stories. It must be noted, however, that an increasing number of these stories are being backed-up by archaeological evidence.
":Do you not think its something that people choose to believe in in order to feel that life has meaning?":
Not necessarily. Unfortunately, there are many who ":believe": in Christianity just because that is what their parents (or parental figures) believed. All mythology (Christian mythology not excluded) speaks to our base understanding, which relies on symbols and archetypes. All humans use myth to create their realities (Atheists not excluded). These myths can be a Creator God, a Sacrificial God, Science, or no God at all–the same archetypes are there.
Since pre-history, human beings have strived to better understand the world in which they live. This brought meaning to their lives. However, they have had many ":tools": to accomplish this task, tools such as science, religion, mathematics, and philosophy. Each of these tools were created to bring meaning and understanding to a person’s life.
ehhh its no use ":god planted the fossils, hes testing us, ": *sigh*