My view of history makes it impossible for me to believe in
an all-loving God who “notes the passing of every sparrow”, but, on the other
hand, my knowledge of statistics and my educated-laymen’s view of science also
does not permit me to dismiss the existence of a supreme intelligence or God-creature.
For instance, how could an all-loving God allow leftists in
the USSR, Nazi
Germany or in China
to commit, on a monumental scale, mass-murder of their fellow citizens in order
to further some ideology? This is
exactly what happened to many millions of people in those and in other
countries temporarily ruled by those who recognized no constraints. Obviously, I don’t buy the ‘free-will’
As an aside, those who object to my singling out leftist
movements for disdain should remember the scale of things. For example, history tells us that during the
entire Spanish Inquisition, fewer people were killed than that accomplished by
a few radical Muslims on 9/11/01.
We live in a finely-balanced universe. Many physicists have noted that the slightest
difference or change in many forces and relationships would long-ago have blown
our world into smithereens, and that our universe seems designed to support our
planet and life. This point of view has
become so widespread that some atheists have invented (out of whole cloth) the
notion of the ‘multiverse’ to explain it away.
(The multiverse would have an infinite number of universes so that a perfect
one like ours could be explained as happening by accident – just as they
explain the origin and development of life as accidents.)
When you also contemplate the statistical probability of
life occurring accidentally out of the brew of primeval earth, you also realize
that it was an impossibility, just as scientists like Dr. Behe have proven to
my satisfaction that major changes in life forms could not have happened
through macro-evolutionary accidents.
Evolution is limited to minor changes such as birds’ beaks evolving over
generations to best deal with available food sources. Darwin
did not have the use of an electron microscope to guide him in his research,
and was not able to see the incredibly-complex world of the living cell.
Where does this leave me?
It leaves me with the humble opinion that I will never know the mind of
God, but that He is there, somewhere. My
guess is that He operates in a time frame beyond my conceptual ability, and
that He makes slight adjustments from time to time as He proceeds with His
grand plan. Unfortunately I also believe
that praying to Him may do the prayer some good, but nothing more.
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