Ask the Patriarch 21
What do you believe?
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I’ve been reading all the topics. Actually I can not relate what are you trying to explain about your views or the views of the agnostic. Can you tell me what is your belief about the existence of man on earth? What are your views about this? Where does man come from? Since you do not believe in God and of course you do not believe in God’s creation of everything, please elaborate?
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The Patriarch replies:
I am not sure what your difficulty is in understanding the position of an agnostic.
Quite simply it is that we state we do not know whether god(s) exists or not. Asked "Does God exist?" we do not answer "Yes" or "No," We answer "I don't know." It is the honest answer.
Many agnostics go on to say that the question cannot be answered. And I would say that the very definition of god used by believers guarantees the question cannot be answered.
"Can you tell me what is your belief about the existence of man on earth? What are your views about this?"
The answer is "man exists." I base that upon my own daily observations.
"Where does man come from?."
The answer is that man evolved. We have a common ancestor with other primates. All the mammals, including primates have an earlier common ancestor. And all animals, including mammals have an even earlier common ancestor. The question you really should be asking is "Where did life come from?" There are a lot of different theories, but no firm conclusion. I tend to think that the self-replicating organic crystal may have been the first step.
"Since you do not believe in God and of course you do not believe in God’s creation of everything, please elaborate?."
I don't see any need to elaborate on my questioning of "God's creation of everything." There is absolutely no real evidence that any supreme being was required to create everything. And the whole "theory" of god opens up the unanswered question of where that god came from.
Where did your god come from? Did your god, in creating everything, create itself also? How?
Why do you believe your version of creation? - which presumably includes creating Adam and Eve? Why do you think your god actually had to create man, rather than creating life and letting man evolve, or by creating a universe with conditions in which life, then man could evolve? Why is your version of creation somehow superior to that of the Navajo? or that of the ancient Greeks?
Why is your version of god better than all the other versions of god? Or better than versions of "no god?"
Tita, the whole issue of creation is difficult, whether it be the first true man, first life, or the first instant of the universe. All of these issues are currently just beyond the limits of human knowledge. And placing responsibility in the hands of some hypothetical supreme being is really no more than saying "I don't know either."