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How did evolution get STARTED anyway?  "Something" can't come from "nothing"!  Why is there "anything"? Which came first ... the chicken or the egg?  Was there a FIRST chicken (or egg) which was "created"?  
If someone were to ask why you exist, you'd probably say it's because of your parents ... and if they asked why your parents exist, you'd say because of your grandparents, etc.  Eventually this leads to something which itself didn't exist, you agree?  

Although we think of science as the most secular of human enterprises, there’s a little-known "spiritual" in us all when we say, “it’s raining”, "it's snowing", etc.. WHAT or WHO is the “it” in phrases like that?

The word “nature” might answer that or "God", if that word weren't loaded with so much human hope and superstition.  Whatever is making it rain is something "out there" vastly different from us …but not so alien that we can't study "its" ways scientifically. 

As a kid one of my many movie heroes was "the invisible man".  What was so fascinating about him was his freedom to walk into a room without anyone knowing he was there.  Sometimes he got cold, of course, because he couldn't wear any clothes.  And, if he used "deodorant" someone might smell him.  (There's a chance they might smell him without deodorant too, I guess.) 

Anyway, now that I've grown up, I have a hard time dealing with invisible things.  It's easier to believe the only important things in life are those we can see ... Living in a city, everything appears to be man-made. 

We live in a concrete, asphalt, and steel jungle which shouts to us of the greatness of man!   (Unknown)  

Should we just Eat, Drink, & be Merry?

My time in this physical process is limited; generations come and go.  Right now I'm here, but at one time I wasn't; and, before long I won't be again.  It's not in my control! 

Existence is STRANGE.  First your aren’t, 

then you ARE, then you aren’t again.   (Ashleigh Brilliant)

Our lives on earth are short, and even if we use our intellects and imaginations to avoid atomic war, the problem of our individual fate still remains. 

Since we’re only going around ONCE in life, should we grab all the "gusto" like the Budweiser beer commercials suggest?  

If we collect more stuff, will life be more fun?  Or, will we find ourselves OWNED by the junk … afraid someone will steal it?  If having stuff makes us happy, why do we put it storage units?

All you really need in life is a little place for your stuff.  That's all your house is – a place to keep your stuff. If you didn't have so much stuff, you wouldn't need a house, you could just walk around all the time.  (George Carlin)

If God is all-loving and all-powerful (as many religions say he is), why doesn't he do something for the poor & suffering? Could it be that maybe he CAN'T, and that he isn't all-powerful?   

Logic would suggest he's either all-loving or all-powerful, but not both.  The conflict, I think, is between "our freewill" and his "all-powerfulness".  By definition they’re mutually exclusive ... either we're free from his control, or we're not.

Do you suppose that in making us in his image, God might have GIVEN AWAY some of his power?  Contrary to what many religions teach, there ARE things he can't do!  He can't demand that we love him, for example ... love is a free voluntary thing we give to someone or it isn't love!

He has also created a world of certain unchangeable laws which can be used for good AND EVIL.  The laws always hold true, no matter what.  C.S. Lewis wrote about the permanent nature of wood as an example.  It can be used as a beam for building houses, AND it can be used as a weapon.  

If we're about to be HIT with a wooden club, we can't expect a prayer to suddenly turn it into something soft ... otherwise our houses will fall down! 

God is also unable to know the feeling of "guilt" as we often do. Guilt is a uniquely human feeling only a sinner can know.

So, what do you think? 

Is the creator of the universe all-loving (and unable to do certain things), or all-powerful (and chooses not to help)?  It seems to me that his power has to be sacrificed to some degree in order to permit freewill.  It's the only way “voluntary love” could happen.  But, there's a tradeoff ... “voluntary HATRED” can also be the result.

If it's true (that he's not all-powerful) we should probably re-evaluate prayers we make asking him to control the actions of others ... like protecting the people of Ukraine from the Russian invasion.  

It also means that WE are the only ones able to alleviate a lot of the suffering in the world.  If we're going to do it though, we need to get started.  Our time is limited.  Our BLIP on the eeternal calendar is very small! 

As far as we know, there's no other intelligent life in the universe besides that on the earth. In fact, there may be no other life PERIOD!  So, as we face WARS, “climate change", and COVID etc.  

It's best if we never forget ... 

We really  ARE  our brothers' and sisters' keepers

Dick McMahon