Do you believe in the scientific theory of evolution or...

@UK_Shree (3604)
January 20, 2009 10:00am CST
...do you have religious beliefs about life and our purpose on Earth. Also, what factors influence your views and beliefs?
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@baileycows (3669)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I believe in creation fromt he Bible. I don't believe in anything else.
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@UK_Shree (3604)
21 Jan 09
Hi there, thanks for your response. Have you always been religious?
@celticeagle (117189)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Jan 09
I believe in evolution. I question the traslations done on the Bible. I wonder what the truth is. I respect the Lord and his teachings as they are represented but I don't necessarily agree. I have alot of questions. Not much makes since. I doubt that God would care for alot of the things churches do in his name.
@UK_Shree (3604)
21 Jan 09
Thanks for the response celticeagle, I sometimes have wondered too whether many aspects of various religions are man-made
@celticeagle (117189)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Jan 09
I very much think so. It is all the interpretation one gives the Bible. I firmly believe that. And I question which is the correct. And I question what God would really want us to do. I don't recall him ever preeching in a church. It was outdoors wasn't it mostly? So what with these big, fancy churches?
@UK_Shree (3604)
21 Jan 09
I assume that most religious buildings are not beautiful by requirement, but instead are made with love from disciples who make them attractive out of their love for God. However, I do think that God might be looking down on Earth and wondering why religions are fighting with each other - is it just because somewhere along the line, people kept disagreeing about what God wants of us, and what his scriptures mean?
@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
20 Jan 09
One of the two has actual evidence. Guess which one I believe ;)
@UK_Shree (3604)
21 Jan 09
Hi there, thanks for your response. Yes true, science is based on evidence and proving things, but what are your views on the millions of people that go solely by faith
@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Politeness forbids me to comment. HINT: What did PT Barnum say was born every minute?
@UK_Shree (3604)
22 Jan 09
I do understand what you are saying even though you are being a tiny bit indirect. I am not saying these are personal views of my own, I am merely trying to feed a debate which people obviously have strong views on. Rather than berating anybody, can this topic not be discussed in a civilised manner?
• India
21 Jan 09
I don’t have any religious beliefs about the existence of life. I am more into the scientific evolution of life starting from the simplest life forms in water to where we are today. However, many religions have evolution in their texts and most agree that life started first in water. A part of my belief is shaped by similar anecdotes being present in my religion, Hinduism.
@UK_Shree (3604)
23 Jan 09
Hi there thanks for the response. Yes, many of the religions claim to have links to scientific facts
@TravisE (445)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I don't believe that the scientific theory of evolution, and a religious structure of beliefs about our purpose on Earth are mutually incompatible. The evidence for evolution is staggering. It's also true that it does not explain the time frame. For random chance to have come up with a biological organism over the time period of the postulated age of the universe is the equivalent of a hurricane blowing through a junk yard filled with separated car parts assembling a working Ford Mustang. There is some force either pushing evolution forward, or pulling it along (that distinction is meaningless in the end.) But, that does not violate the usefulness of studying the causes, conditions, and outcome of evolution.
@UK_Shree (3604)
23 Jan 09
Hi there, thanks for your response. I like your analogy about the hurricane and the junkyard...really interesting
@kholid78 (341)
• Indonesia
21 Jan 09
I believe all of science, a bit or hugh part of them must come from God. So as human who has been given a brain we must thinking, learning, researching, comparating howmuch percent that issue/theory/science can be trusted. In this case, I believe The scientific theory of evolution for 33%. It's true that its very sensible and erudite. But I didn't there as a witness. Lol Qur'an said world was created through 7 phases. Each phase need so many years. So then it's so perfect to arise a life. What is form of first life that time? What is form of the follower life? Only god knows. yes I believe World evolution from scientist for 75%. I believe Animal and plant evolution from scientist for 24,9% But I believe Human evolution from scientist just for 0,1% I mean the evolution was happenned in the world but not absolutely as scientist said.
@UK_Shree (3604)
22 Jan 09
Thanks for your response to this topic
@cdparazo (5769)
• Philippines
21 Jan 09
I still believe that man is created at the image and likeness of God, so its a religious one. However, I don't discount science either and the discoveries of those skulls. I still believe that there is a very good explanation for those that we still have unearth.
@UK_Shree (3604)
22 Jan 09
Thanks for the response. It's great that you are able to see both sides.
@spalladino (17926)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Besides my faith, all you have to do is to look around you and you will see that things didn't just *happen* to form as they did. The atmosphere, the plants, the animals all the way down to insect life and including sea life, the earth itself, the seasons and the tides...all work together for our survival. I cannot believe that it all happened by accident. Evaporation of water masses cause clouds to form in the atmosphere, bringing rain that feeds the plantlife. We breath in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Flowers are pollinated by insects in order to produce seeds and the polin also serves as food for the insects. How do birds know about migration? Or salmon? Or sea turtles? The rotation of the Earth which causes the seasons to come and go as regular as clockwork decade after decade. We're too interconnected, too interdependent for it to be by chance. It was by design.
@UK_Shree (3604)
22 Jan 09
Thanks for the response - yes, we are all connected to each other, both our own species and others
@soooobored (1187)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I believe in both. I definitely subscribe to evolution, but belief in evolution doesn't have to exclude belief in God. The god I believe in create life forms capable of change and resistance to environmental pressure... he's not disempowered by this, he's just left with time to focus on other things.
@UK_Shree (3604)
22 Jan 09
Thanks for the response. I find it quite interesting that you are able to believe in both,. Very few people that have responded (as you can probably see) feel the same way
• Thailand
20 Jan 09
Hum, let me think. Do I believe in a Bronze Age fairy tale or do I believe in facts developed through careful observation and adherence to the scientific method? I guess I will have to chose facts over ignorance.
@UK_Shree (3604)
22 Jan 09
Thanks for your response. Yes many people want cold hard facts before believing anything
@randis1 (112)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I believe in the scientific theory of evolution AND I have religious beliefs about life and our purpose on earth. To insinuate that the two must be separated by an "either/or" is a false dichotomy. The factors that influence my beliefs are 1) The evidence for the truth of Christianity; 2) My relationship with YHWH; 3) A broad study of evolutionary theory and the creation/evolution debate. BTW, Intelligent Design need not be separated from evolutionary theory.
@UK_Shree (3604)
21 Jan 09
Hi and thanks for your response. It's interesting that you believe in both. I have not come across many people that agree with religion and science when it comes to the existence of human beings and everything else on Earth
@htechpro (40)
20 Jan 09
I believe in the religoin and our purpose of life in the earth. W all here for a test, which can lead us to haven and hell depends on the outcomes. However the Science has different opinion which is the theory of evolution. Its only the fact which can be proven. However the science is discovered by religious beliefs and experiment if you look back at the history of discovery science. It is our way of life which God has given use the ability and resources to findout and live our life as the way its been commended.
@UK_Shree (3604)
21 Jan 09
Thanks for the response and welcome to myLot
@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I believe that God created our world-and others-through an evolutionary process that abides by the laws of nature that we recognize today. Scientists say that the more they discover, the more they believe in God. There is some force that orders this universe and I choose to believe that it is God. I don't know if he cares about us but I look upon him as a parent that loves His children. I believe in Satan, too, because everything has an opposite and his existence and the ongoing battle with God explains away many of the senseless tragedies in this world.
@UK_Shree (3604)
21 Jan 09
Thanks a lot for your response. I have met many religious people who are very educated, often in the field of science. And yes, many of them say that it is God, not science and atoms which is the reason we are here