Religion is a very important part of most people's lives.
It is cental to everything we do, how we think and how we approach life and its' challenges.
As a Realist I view most situations, problems and life in general, very objectively.
Also, I am a little bit of a pessimist rather than an optimist. I tend to identify problems in order to begin making a solution. My view of life and the universe is very simple and objective and I base my beliefs on Science. Our universe is roughly 13.5 billion years old, our earth 4.5 billion years and we humans roughly 250 000 years. Our closest living relative is the chimpanzee as we share 98% or our DNA with them.
Science paints a very clear and consistent picture of how our world started and how we had come to be. It does not however teach us how to cope with life's challenges and problems. Traditional Religions saticefies the need we have for guidance, optimism and hope and continued peer support. It however fails at proving itself as the truth of how we came into existance.
It is clear from all scientific studies on Religion and everything immediately related to it, such as human genetics, etc. that all Religions are purely inventions of the human mind for the human mind. There are very practical and understandable reasons why man invented Religion for himself. One of the most obvious ones is that even scientificly mided people, of any age in history and the present, cannot answer the most enduring question of all time: How did we come into beign?
One of the plausible theories on the birth of our universe is the "Multiverse" theory.
Simply put, our universe exists inside another universe which could also have billions more universes. The problem with this theory is the very same problem with the idea that a god / gods had created our universe.
The problem is that whatever created our universe, could not have created itself. Therefore, the god / beign / process that created our universe must also have been created by a higher god / beign / process in another dimention or unverse outside that one, and so on. So it is very much a paradox that we perhaps would never solve.
Two things are very certain though:
1. Scientic information that we had gathered on our universe and ourselves are very accurate and proves some of Religions claims wrong ( such as the claim that we were created at once and that there was no evolutionary process at work ).
2. Even though Science has surpassed Religion on answering most questions we had of our world and ourselves, we still need Religion's guidance, social support systems, otimism rather than pessimism, etc.
No matter what one's Religion, as humans, we can relate to each other. We understand each other's needs for a prosperous and productive life, a peaceful living environment, a bright future, etc.
We should always strive for creating a better life for ourselves, our families and future generations.
Thank you, be sure to join me again for more on the "Future of Religion" and other topics.