reply to post by Spiritfilled
I am straight out going to post this before I read any further into the thread.
Please Excuse any parallels to other replies.
I agree with you in the notion that all of us are more than just the sum of our parts.
I really believe that living things are unique in the universe.
Then again, it all pertains to your definition being of alive, and conscious.
There may be levels of existance that we are not even aware that we don't know that they exist.
More importantly, a biosphere such as the Earth itself has been referred to as being a living breathing entity in and of itself.
While religion serves it's purpose, rest assured, the purpose does not benefit human kind as a whole.
Do your research.
Religion, in some capacity, has been the cause of more wars on Earth than anything else.
The religions perpetration is the real lie, and the real evil.
the foundation of any religion should not be of tolerance, but of acceptance.
To tolerate something is to believe something is not correct, but you allow it to exist anyway.
To accept, is simply that.
Acceptance of the whole, perfections and flaws included.
We may not have the technology to create consciousness, but we have the biology for it.
Which is the point.
Religion is an overbearing leap of faith, that needs to be accepted as if it were true, without question.
Those that rely on that, never look for further answers.
I am not saying that "a GOD" does not exist, but who is anyone to try and make anyone else believe.
If you have read anything of the bible, even of the newer versions, it is repeated over and over again, learn the lessons to be learned, from the
To deny evolution is to deny the creator, and deny the self.
Evolution, philosophy, and religious aspects can all exist together.
The problem is, most are just to stubborn to yield, even a tiny bit, so that they might see a larger picture.
They have to be correct in every aspect and there is no room for conjecture, or speculation.
Before anyone ever accepts any religion at all, remember one simple fact, your book was written by a human being.