Michael Connors 06 May 2010
Introduction to Philosophy Midterm Opinion Paper
Does God Truly Exist?
For years the ideas and perceptions of the existence of a higher presence, a god, have been debated and argued. From the god’s creation vs. evolution to the heaven vs. hell, this topic has been torn apart time and time again but I’m here to set the record straight by giving you my opinion. I’ll tell you up front that you are entitled to your opinion but this is mine and this is how it is.
Let’s start with the creation vs. evolution claim. If humans’ evolved from chimpanzees then why is it that chimpanzees are still here on earth. Evolution only works when the adaptations and evolvements are put into effect due to survival of the fittest. So if humans were the fittest in that species during the evolving time frame, how is it that the chimpanzees, or weaker of the species, have still survived to this day. The theoretical developments that would prove evolution is the key to how humans came to be on planet earth doesn’t line up with how the scientific layout of evolution works leaving only the possibility of creation from a higher being. This higher being, god, has been thought to have created mankind for thousands of years. The story lays out that god created Adam and Eve in the garden starting the existence of man. According to archeologists and scientists who have searched and studied that area of the world, there have been several findings which lead to the creation of man being proven. Ancient drawings and historical writings on cave walls and stones have been discovered explaining the story of god and his creation of man thousands and thousands of years before our time even had started this debate. As the world has evolved and the stories have changed over time, the one thing that has remained a constant is the fact the billions of people believes in God and his/her power as the almighty to create mankind.
I believe in creation. I believe that God created the world. I believe in the bible story of creation, but I think that when they say that God created the world in six days that they might not have meant six days as in what we think of as a days. God could have used evolution to create the world, but I don't really know if I believe that he did or not. I believe that Adam and Eve were the first ...
Each religion across the world has their own variation of the history of God and the development of man but as I began to listen to all the different stories, only one seems to make the most sense to me. I think that the ideology that man adapted and came from apes is possible but my opinion is that in this situation God created Adam and Eve in that garden and from those two people, the people of the world were created.
The creation of mankind is not the only discussion of a higher presence. We talked about the before life time frame and now it’s time to talk about the after life timeframe. Is there a heaven and is there a hell? This debate has been an ongoing argument for thousands of years. I personally think that there most definitely is a higher location for post-life living. The way a person handles themselves on earth ultimately leads to whether or not you go to a better place, heaven, or to a miserable place of destruction, hell. Heaven has always been portrayed as a place where people the white gates are opened and those who get to enter walk on the clouds and oversea their loved ones from above. Meanwhile, hell has the image of a fiery, dark, destructively evil place. Believed to be in the heat and darkness of the center of the earth, hell is commanded by the Devil while the pleasantry of heaven is controlled by God and the angels. Between what I have always been taught and what my ideas of life after death it is my opinion that heaven and hell both exist just as God does. I think that if you live a life dedicated to doing the right things and taking care of those whom you care about, then you will succeed and in turn go to heaven at the end of your time here on earth. However, if you do just the opposite, live a life of torment and destruction with no regard to what is right and wrong, its hell you go to.
Although both the Ancient Egyptians and the Book of Genesis linked the creation of time with divinity, their relationship towards each other and the distinctions between the two differ. In Genesis God is the creator of time and stands apart from it. The Egyptians saw their gods as a part of eternity and the unending cycle of life and death. Ra was the God that first went through this process. He ...