Purpose and design (Evolution)

by Balance_Maintained @, U.S.A., Saturday, April 29, 2017, 05:51 (870 days ago) @ David Turell

TONY: Only this... IF it was only to cure his own boredom, why would he put up with the crap from us after allegedly coming so darn close to wiping us off the face of the earth. Why go through all the headache and heartache of it all when he could have just wiped us out if the only reason we mattered was to alleviate his boredom.

dhw: Because the crap, just like the sweet scent of love, empathy, charity, could all be part of the show. The very fact that he does NOT wipe us out suggests that he is not fed up with it. I offer this merely as one hypothesis. But if you think he’s sick of all the crap, perhaps he’s simply turned his attention elsewhere. I’m only looking for logical explanations of life’s history from a theistic perspective. Your Bible will no doubt offer other alternatives.

David: Note that the Bible tells us He is very forgiving if you are contrite enough. The meaning of Yom Kippur!

Indeed! But it also said that at one point he regretted making mankind and wanted to destroy it.

Genesis 6:5-8

5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”


It is also worth noting that Genesis 9 is Biblical confirmation that God does/did indeed tinker with living creatures after the initial act of creation. He made creatures afraid of mankind which amounts to changing their basic instincts and behaviors. So, the weaver bird nest is a possibility too!

What is the purpose of living? How about, 'to reduce needless suffering. It seems to me to be a worthy purpose.

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