Even assuming that, the staggering complexity of the human genome points more to a Creator than to a theory of an upward-stumbling process of natural selection.
IS THIS YOUR BRAIN ON GOD?
How does the capacity for reasoning, present in us all, produce such varied perceptions and conclusions? One would assume, with all that we share in common as human beings, that our individuality and deep moral/spiritual convictions emanate from choices arrived at via personal experience, culture and learning, combined with the exercise of our own wills.
How do you genetically explain a reasoned faith… one that is born of observation, investigation and objectivity… where weird manifestations, visions and superstitious propensities are just not present? (Oh, and no epilepsy, either)
Does the distinction between the commonality inherent to all human existence and the individuality we exude with its multitudinous configurations depend entirely on the human genome?
People of faith have a "God spot" while faithless people do not?
Determinism? Biologically pre-programmed? Even assuming that, the staggering complexity of the human genome points more to a Creator than to a theory of an upward-stumbling process of natural selection.
GENOME - (...the full DNA sequence of an organism) "the human genome contains approximately three billion chemical base pairs”
Maybe we all really come from God as created in his image, but some of us have been hampered because we were born with a "skeptic spot" that keeps us from reasoning properly about Him. For some, anything that puts God in doubt gives them a buzz from their cranked up skeptic spot.
Even if there really is a God spot, then I will refuse to accept its existence until they show me where their skeptic spot is. Can't have one without the other...
Also, if they can find my God spot, then I want them to show me my peanut butter spot, my hot sauce in my oatmeal spot, and my Robert Johnson blues spot. Why do I crave these things? Please tell me that I do not have a blog spot, too. (no wait, I do)
I find it demeaning that some in the scientific community apparently pretend to diminish my capacity to reason and make personal decisions on moral grounds... that I cannot help myself for believing in God... I was born with a God-spot.
If it's true, then they should be kind to me. Maybe they need to revisit a recent musical treatise on the subject by one of their philosophical contemporaries: "Born This Way", by Lady Gaga. Hey, if they are right, then she is, too.
In spite of them, I still feel like an individual with the capacity to think for myself. I do not feel like a Neanderthal because I accept the Bible as God's Word. In fact, the way God constantly forces me to see myself as what I really am, makes me think that I have never been more of an objective reasoner than I am now with an open Bible before me.
Sure... that also means that the people I listen to earn the right to be listened to. Just because someone raises their voice, thumps a pulpit and turns purple in the process does not mean that they have my attention more than do others. I never wanted to be a mindless follower. Jesus never wanted mindless followers.
True Christians have responded to the call of Jesus Christ... something pure and clear and unadulterated that exists independently… outside of us.
"Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. " (John 10:25-27)
Saving faith in Jesus Christ is not about the human genome; it is about God's election. Now there is a mystery worth unraveling!
(first posted Feb 05, 2012)
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