The Universe A Perfect Creation?

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People are always telling me that the universe is a perfect creation. They go further and assert that it was created especially for us humans – not so much for everything else that winds up as food on our table, clothes on our backs, shelter over our heads, or comforts for our pleasure.

Well… ATTENTION

I’ve got news for you. The world is in fact positively hostile. Everything out there is trying to kill you. And a great many things right here on Earth are also not only trying to kill you, but have been doing so for ever; quite successfully too. It’s in fact much worse – the universe is not only hostile, but fucking indifferent too.

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light. – Stanley Kubrick

Think about it…

The only thing that is actively trying (unappreciated, I might add) in all the known universe to save your bacon, is your fellow human being (sometimes the odd dog or cat). And yet we behave in the most appalling manner towards the fellow members of our species. If I have to spell out the ways in which we do this, you are truly beyond redemption and the sooner you hurtle off this rock, the better for all of us.

Credulous at best your desire to believe in
Angels in the hearts of men
Pull your head on out your hippie haze and give a listen
Shouldn’t have to say it all again
The universe is hostile, so impersonal
Devour to survive… so it is, so it’s always been – Tool, Vicarious

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5 thoughts on “The Universe A Perfect Creation?

  1. OK, I’ll bite.
    Based strictly on observation, I would agree with you. The world is not an inert object like a rock. There are moving forces, and if you get in the way, you could be swallowed up or crushed.
    But this same sense of observation tells me that there is order and design to this world. The most obvious example is the human body, which cannot be explained by mindless, random forces we call evolution. People will see human adaption as proof of evolution, but you have to go back to the beginning. Everything we know about the world tells us that things left to themselves decay or fall into disarray. Only intelligence acting on things makes things. If you found a table on the moon, you would say that somebody has been there rather than that the table was formed through natural causes by chance.
    If there is an intelligent cause for this whole thing, I would have to rely on this intelligent cause to explain to me how this thing works, if I am to understand it for more than what I can observe. Has this intelligence communicated to human beings? It’s logical to me to assume that it would mostly likely have been through one of the major religions in the world. Which one? Only two have shown any interest in spreading its message throughout the world: Islam and Christianity. Islam has only done it through violence and intimidation. The Christian message is one of love. It has been Christians who have started hospitals, universities, and who have given countries written languages.
    I find the choice easy. I understand that others don’t see it that clearly. They have had bad experiences with churches and Christians. It’s that human thing. People screw things up. But I don’t see a problem with the message: God became man in the person of Jesus Christ to show us how to live and to die for our sins that we might have a new life with God. They call that the gospel, which means the good news.

    • Hi lacraig,

      Thanks for biting.

      “But this same sense of observation tells me that there is order and design to this world. The most obvious example is the human body, which cannot be explained by mindless, random forces we call evolution.”

      You have actually observed but a tiny miniscule of the universe, and yet you boldly claim that you see design. Just no. The human body can and has been explained by evolution, among other scientific spheres. Do yourself a big favor and go read it up. Google is your friend, not some mythical sky thingamajig.

      “If you found a table on the moon, you would say that somebody has been there rather than that the table was formed through natural causes by chance.”

      William Paley’s Watchmaker Analogy has been debunked, roasted and crushed so many times, it’s just not funny anymore. Just no.

      “Only two have shown any interest in spreading its message throughout the world: Islam and Christianity. Islam has only done it through violence and intimidation. The Christian message is one of love. It has been Christians who have started hospitals, universities, and who have given countries written languages.”

      I may be biased, but if you told the millions (were they still alive) if Christian imperialism and colonialism was fun, non-violent occasion for them, you’ll have to run for your life. As for Christians starting hospitals and universities, and giving written languages, I think many older civilizations including the Greeks, will have a field day roasting you. History can be Googled too.

      You find the choice easy because you probably like the comfort of being told what to believe, or accept the bare little you research for yourself. You’re not doing yourself any favors.

      Finally, I’d just like to say that I’m not marketing Google (use a public library if you want). Google will provide tons of rubbish with the good stuff. You have to be careful, skeptical and above all enthusiastic to learn.

  2. There are so many errors In this comment that are not really worthy of a reply…but here goes…the old argument from design just will not do, read Darwin…’Christians started hospitals, universities, and given countries written languages’. Do me a favour! You need a history lesson!
    ‘God became man in the person of Jesus Christ’… and then this omnipotent, omnipresence God had himself/herself killed? Do me another favour! It’s an easy choice to believe the fables of ignorant stone age desert dwellers. This is the 21st century. Why not start thinking for yourself!

  3. I was trying real hard to be brief. I was probably too brief. Before I became a Christian, I first had to answer the question whether there is a God. If there is no God, then evolution is the standard explanation for life as it is now. But I see what I call six impossible miracles of evolution which, to me, require more faith than any religious fundamentalist is ever asked to show.
    The first impossible miracle, as I see it, is how life started in the first place. The human body, for example, is made up of things like carbon, water (think, sugar), nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, and magnesium. The simplest life forms would need at least the carbon and the water.
    Carbon is perhaps the easiest atom to bind with other atoms, but the carbon molecules found in living cells are really unusual. I understand that the protein molecules are joined in ways that they would not join if left to themselves. It’s like somebody made them fit.
    Frankly, I don’t see how life could have formed by itself in the first place. How did carbon and water and whatever else join together to form life? And is life just certain molecular formations? What would animate carbon and water molecules to move and reproduce itself?
    But let’s suppose lightning struck a piece of wet dirt, and it came to life (the first miracle). There would need to be a second miracle immediately after. Unless this living thing were able to metabolize energy, it would die within seconds. So this lighting would have to strike again immediately and form a metabolic system.
    But another miracle is needed very soon after. Unless this thing could replicate itself, it would disappear from history, and life would end. We know today that this requires things like DNA or RNA, a written code that makes up the blueprint for the current and future life forms.
    And this was all supposed to have happened without outside intervention, strictly on its own.
    Then the fourth impossible miracle is to me the ‘most impossible.’ Sex. Up to this time, every living thing could reproduce itself by itself. Now we are asked to believe that these living things, strictly by accident, random mutations, essentially divided themselves into two camps, each developing a complementary reproductive system over maybe a million years, a system that was not needed, and which eventually replaced the system of self-reproduction.
    Then after these millions of years, when the complementary reproductive systems were ready, these living organisms were in close enough proximity to each other to engage in a new act, and all the necessary codes of transmitting information to an offspring were written, again separately yet forming one coherent new code when joined. Again, by chance, random actions.
    The human body is the most complex, sophisticated thing in the world, and we are supposed to believe that this is the result of random, chance changes. We are supposed to believe that eyes, brains, a neurological system are all the products of mindless events, which is contrary to everything we know about life. If you went to the moon and found a computer there, or even something as simple as a table and chair, you would say that someone had been there. You would not say that these things evolved by chance over millions of years. Yet this is the essential premise of evolution. Like finding a Michaelangelo painting in the ground and asserting that this formed naturally by nature without any human involvement.
    I can understand the idea of design with regard to the world not being evident to everyone, so I suggest intelligence as the more fitting word.
    The sixth impossible miracle. As evolution would have it, it would seem to me that humans are a product of chemical reactions, and these would govern the actions of the being. But humans have thoughts. Are thoughts just a response to a chemical reaction? How would my thoughts in response to your thoughts be caused by chemicals? There is no physical interaction. I hear or see words, and my mind chooses how to respond. It is not instinctive; it’s deliberate. It can go either way. I can choose to or not to respond.
    There is a self that can think and choose a course of action based on reason and not on chemical impulses, and this is separate from any physical processes.
    So because of these six impossible miracles, I cannot accept the idea that all of life and the world as we know it is the result of mindless, random events.

    • Hi

      First off, evolution does not say anything about how life began. Evolution explains how life developed after it began. Abiogenesis is waht you’re looking for. Even though we don’t have all the answers for how life began, we’re not prepared to just accept that Goddidit. Science is slowly unravelling all the mysteries and I’m prepared to wait for reasoned and scientific answers.

      “The human body is the most complex, sophisticated thing in the world, and we are supposed to believe that this is the result of random, chance changes.”

      It’s complex all right, but very flawed. You can Google all the “design” flaws if you like. Seems your designer was not exactly on his game.

      One final thing. A fact remains a fact whether you believe it or not.

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