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Religious people believe we have a higher power, some powerful power somewhere that is running the universe, and this power is what they call God. But the higher power is nothing that they can describe. It’s an imaginary power. The only honest answer to something that isn’t know is to say, “we don’t know”.
When you say that you believe in a higher power, you are making a huge logical jump from, “I don’t understand how could happen” to “a higher power exists”.
Not only is that an unjustified jump, it doesn’t help you in any way. Because we could simply ask: Where did the higher power come from?
If you want to imply that a higher power created humans and all, remember that every religion has origin stories, and none are more or less plausible that the other.
Instead of believing in a higher power, you could learn from the people who have been studying these issues of origin of life for decades. There are tens of thousands of them (maybe hundreds of thousands) and they’ve done far more than “thinking about it for a while.” They’ve done real experiments, real research, real math and real science, and we can all learn from their efforts.
Take evolution for instance. Evolution is a fact, and well understood. Once you have any kind of life that reproduces itself imperfectly it’s not just likely, its inevitable. Abiogenesis is a bit more complicated, and there are more holes in our knowledge of it than there are of evolution, but we’re getting there. The Big Bang – that gets complicated, and yes, there are unanswered questions, but we’re learning more day by day and will probably get to an understanding of it within our lifetimes.
We don’t have a higher power!
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