I think sin was the fall of man.A huge one at that. At one point in time, I feel that things were at harmony. And I feel the story of Adam and Eve give a glimpse of what happened and why.
I've done breakdowns of the Genesis creation myth many times. Now I don't know if you believe in it literally, so I'll just say this...
The god you believe in is supposedly omnipresent and omniscient. It knows everything
Your god supposedly created humans to his specific design. So, as the designer, he is directly responsible for his creation's strengths, weaknesses and overall capabilities.
Your god supposedly invented all the rules and moral codes by which his creation would be judged. Since he is supposedly omniscient, he knew perfectly well in advance that his creation would be unable to abide by his rules.
Since supposedly he designed humans, he made up the rules and he already knew that humans would fail his test.... who is responsible then for the "fall of man"?
Your god, that's who. According to your beliefs, we were set to fail by him.
Of course I don't believe any of this nonsense... I'm just pointing out how an omnimax being in this case would necessarily
be to blame for everything.
I do believe in supernatural healing but as well, I believe that its perfectly OK to seek medical attention and the study of modern medicinal treatment and remedies. I firmly believe that "All" healing is of GOD.
So we're back to giving your god credit for everything. That's fine, if your god is willing to take credit for all the bad stuff too. 7.6 million children died in 2010 alone before reaching the age of 5.
You can credit your god for that too... since he knows full well in advance how many more millions will die year on year without any 'healing' being provided to them.
From my understanding, Scientist can't really give a good explanation for gravity. I'm sure there is a reason for it's existence. But what appears to us as the laws of the Universe and we may be able to somewhat explain how it works, has no bearing whether or not it is by design. It very well could be. I believe this but others, maybe not. But an explanation of how and why something works has absolutely no bearing as to why it even exists in the first place.
Explain why your god exists in the first place. Why does a god exist?
The usual answer I get is that he just does. That he has always existed and will always exist... but I never get a reason as to why
Gravity does not have a purpose or a reason to exist ... it just does. By plugging a god as a cause for the existence of gravity you have only moved the question back one step further ... but the question is still there. Why does a god exist?
The fallacy you are committing here is called Special Pleading
Where you suggest that everything requires a cause except for this one thing that doesn't.
And if you believe in Evolution, at some point you have to ask yourself who or what set this process in motion.
It's called Abiogenesis
Has it always existed like this? As determined, Scientist have determined The Bang as the focal point. But absolutely nothing has any relevance for purpose.
The big bang event is as far back as science can take us at this time... and there is no evidence to suggest that it had any purpose.
And if there doesn't need to be any purpose, then I guess I could have been no better or worse having not heard of it in the first place. So it really doesn't matter at all.
It matters if you give a crap about what's real and what's actually true. Reality is what it is ... and it matters to me to know the truth about the origin of our universe is and its ultimate fate. The big bang theory is the best we have at this point in time.
So if History repeats itself as it has shown us. All of this knowledge is useless in the long run because no one would exist to utilize this knowledge. And things may or may not start all over from the beginning again. Who knows...?
It's useful to us now. It's useful to humanity for as long as it exists. When life ceases to exist in the universe, it won't matter anymore.
Just because something won't matter in the far future doesn't mean it doesn't matter now.
Scientists can put the comma where ever they want. At any given point, that can change to.
The scientific method is a self-correcting process. As we learn more and more about the universe we correct our theories and make them more and more accurate over time. What's wrong with that?
It's better than plugging in some supernatural god and then assume that it requires no further explanation. Then there's no point in trying to discover anything new is there?
No, I don't feel their explanations are magic. Really smart dudes in their fields actually. But seriously, there are still species living on this planet that we have not discovered and yet here we are trying to explain existence w/ the immaculate Big Bang theory. Money would be better served feeding to poor and sheltering the homeless.
For that matter, I could say that the money you spent on this computer your're typing on would be better spent feeding the poor.
You clearly don't understand the benefits of furthering our understanding of cosmology and quantum physics as an investment into our future. If we learn to convert energy into matter one day we may very well be able to house and feed all the poor. If we learn to harness atomic energy in a way that is safe, clean and renewable we may eliminate pollution one day. We may very well beat death on day via genetic engineering and populate other planets and solar systems in the far future. Science is our only hope of improving ourselves and our quality of life.
Do you realize that the vegetation on this planet is not nearly as nutritious as it once were. Or at least what is being fed to people with all the pesticides and preservatives. It pales in comparison to what was being produced naturally in nutritious value 50 years ago.
The food industry is not perfect... but overall life expectancy has been steadily going up and the percentage of the population dying from disease has gone steadily down.
Here's a source:http://www.efmoody.com/estate/lifeexpectancy.html
You can thank science for that.
And about prayer...
This is something that is personal between you and
Corrected the above sentence... because really that what prayer is ... a person talking to him/herself.