Where did we come from? Why are we here? How did the universe and everything in it come to be in existance? Is there a God that created all of this?
When I ponder these questions, I often consider how the universe seems to be in harmony: planets moving in an ordered fashion, the process of birth and death, the geometric designs and patterns found through out the world, and all the beauty that surrounds us. I also think about the chaos of the universe: natural disasters, disease, and evil.
In some ways, believing in God is understandable. How could creation exist if there was never a creator? How can we have so much order and common patterns if there were no intelligent designer?
However, that leads to another question. If everything needs a creator and if nothing can just happen or exist without something causing it to exist, then how can God be everlasting? Where did God come from?
God is an all powerful being and he created the rules, so maybe the rules don’t apply to God. Still I am left with more questions than answers.
I also think about what I learned in my science classes. As far as I understand, our universe started with an explosion.
The big bang theory tells us the universe is expanding. At some point, the elements and conditions were perfect for this explosion that started this expansion of the universe.
Where did those elements come from? What caused the heat and pressure to reach such levels that an explosion occurred and started this expansion process?
When I consider what science has to say about our origin, I am left feeling confused and with more questions than answers.
Maybe the two are not exclusive. Maybe God was responsible for the explosion and that is how God created the universe.
I will probably never truly understand the origin of life or have all my questions answered. I guess this is were faith enters the equation.