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Did God Evolve?


The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo (1475-1564) in the Sistine   Credit: Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Evolutionists sometimes discuss the function of the appendix. What is the purpose of that small thing in our body, and why did it evolve? A similar topic is; why do we have religion, the worship of God? Religion is like a spiritual appendix, we can’t explain why it evolved, but it seems to be in everyone.

Recently, a writer for the BBC commented on the development, or evolution of religion, among humans.

If we start with the belief that the universe started from energy, with a “Big Bang” explosion, and then life emerged through some natural accident, the most advanced species today is a large ape, us. If you believe, you will see. We can picture apes in a tree with a sense that something in the world is bigger than them. After millions of years of evolution, that vague sense of something could become a god that we worship. If people are the result of evolution, so is God.

In the article, this evolution of religious thought is explained:

“Say you’re out in the savannah and you hear a bush rustle. What do you think? “Oh, it’s just the wind. I’m perfectly fine to stay right where I am.” Or, “It’s a predator, time to run!”

Well, from an evolutionary perspective, the second option makes the most sense. If you take the precaution of fleeing and the rustling ends up being nothing more than the wind, then you haven’t really lost anything. But if you decide to ignore the sound and a predator really is about to pounce, then you’re going to get eaten.”

So primitive ideas grew into complicated ideas about God and religion, but it’s all made up. Rustling in the grass evolved to become God, our creator and heavenly father.

If you believe something, you will see it everywhere. Believe in God, and you will see evidence that God is acting in the world; believe in evolution, and you will see the results of evolution everywhere. A believer might be offended by the idea that God evolved, but an evolutionist will easily believe that the divine being is a complicated idea, a concept that we developed, or evolved, from something simpler. The “truth” depends on our starting point; we are all believers in something.

Get on bus number five, and I know where it will take you. Every choice has a logical conclusion.

The academic discussion is dense, but it ends with “we just don’t know.” Religion and the worship of God is common to all human beings, and evolutionists can’t explain why. This is a strange missing link.

There is another way. Did God evolve, or were we created? Choose and then believe. In the Bible, Joshua spoke to the people of Israel “Choose this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) There is a logical conclusion to that choice.

In the ancient book of Ecclesiastes, we are told that God is bigger than our understanding. We just don’t know; we can only choose.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (3:11)

I saw every work of God, and that a man is unable to comprehend the work that is done under the sun. Despite his efforts to search it out, he cannot find its meaning; even if the wise man claims to know, he is unable to comprehend. (8:17)

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the bones are formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. (11:5)

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4 Comments

  1. So much of the explanations for ‘primitive’ belief or the origins of religion seems to assume that the urge to uderstand the world is the driving force in all the stories generated in oral tradition or religious texts, etc. That misses the possibility that statements about the world may well be motivated by other considerations. Is a God of thunder a misunderstanding of Thunder, or is he an attempt to endow moral concepts with the power of thunder.

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    • smcintos says

      Thank you for your comment, and I apologize for taking so long to answer. I was working out of town.
      Notice that you can only speculate about what “may well be.” With God, we are all believers, and we choose what we will believe.
      Also, anthropologists have never found a ‘primitive’ religion. Our worship of anything divine is always complex, which contradicts the Darwinian model.

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  2. Actually, I was answering speculation by pointing out possibilities youdidn’t account for. And no, the complexity of religious belief doesn’t contradict “the primitive model.”

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    • smcintos says

      Thanks again for the comment. My point is that this debate is inconclusive for everyone, at this time. All we can do is believe, for or against, informed or not. It’s an interesting topic with no end in sight,, except what we choose to believe.

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