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Do you think that if more people understood evolution, more people would "believe" in it?

I've noticed that many people don't understand the basics of evolution.

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great question...yes I do. ignorance and denial seem to be running amuck these days. most people don't try to understand because they don't care or don't wanna think anything but what they were taught growing up.

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Totally agree. Thanks for the answer :)
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I'm a Christian so I don't believe in evolution. I believe that God created the world.

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Evolution is not accepted by many people due to religion...

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Lots of the people who don't believe in evolution don't want to even try to understand it. They would rather just keep believing that god created everything.

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I'm not sure if those who refuse to embrace even the possibility of evolution have evolved enough to grasp it. I mean, it's totally cool if you try.
Elective Ignorance is also problematic. If you can avoid those who are selectively ignorant, you may be able to persuade some to understand evolutionary science.

Best of luck. Do keep me posted about this endeavor.

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i only believe in adaptation. really you believe we came from single cell organism which turned into fish and one day is like what the hell what am i doing in the water im going to just flop around on land until some how i grom legs then ill turn into a monkey then into a human

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This response is an excellent example of the question. If this comment really described evolution I wouldn't believe in it either. You obviously have absolutely no idea how evolution works, and have made your decision based on pure gibberish, apparently gleaned from creationist liars. Perhaps if you took a few minutes to read a little you would realize just how idiotic your comment is. Not one single thing you said has anything even remotely to do with the science of evolution.
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Nice one^
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I appreciate the answer, but you don't seem to understand how evolution actually works.
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yes it actual does and what im saying is evolution is bs i believe adaptation cause that is possible evolution is not so if want to believe that we come from monkey go ahead cause thats just stupid......
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thats to rghurst'
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I am Christian but I know a lot about evolution, that is why I don't believe it. Because it has to many flaws to make it correct. That is the reason I believe God made all things

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And the bible doesn't? Ha!
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I agree Joseph
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A thousand geniuses in a dozen different fields of study have spend 150 years proving that evolution is real. But you think there are "flaws" in it? What makes you think you're so much smarter and better informed than hundreds of geniuses who have spent their lives studying these things? Pure Ego. Pure chutzpah!
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Well there happen to have been many Christian geniuses that have made their points against evolution. Why do you believe in evolution, I know that many different species have changed form at different parts of history but none as large as a monkey turning into a man. I will admit they are a lot like us in many aspects but it still doesn't add up quite right. I've never been asked this question before and you seem to know what you are talking about, and I'd rather not fight about it but what is your personal beliefs on evolution?
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@joseph...hang in there..an atheistic view can never offer hope or proof. God doesn't need anyone to prove His existance, so if they don't believe...He still exists. ask them about "KANT"...a good read.
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heres a problem with believers: their only resources to offering proof of gods existence is books or some kind of article. even a first person account of what happened, and i mean first hand account, still does not prove anything.
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Your comment betrays your ignorance. Evolution does not claim that monkeys turned into humans. If this is one of the "flaws" you claim, rest assured it's not part of evolutionary theory.
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and for joseph... okay, so you dont agree with evolution because of how teachers incorrectly explain it or how its improperly explained? you dont agree because those who teach it to you cant explain it to you because your closeminded by your own religion?
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I never called monkey to humans a flaw. That is what evolution is. I try not to ignore others beliefs sorry if I did. If I where not a Christian I would still not believe evolution. I have been taught it before, and yes being Christian means we dont believe it but I still know about evolution.
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And also I don't get my beliefs from the bible, for all I know a random guy could have written it. I had doubts on my belief and believed evolution is true every now and then. Then I got a book about both different sides. If you want to believe in yours go for it but read our side to just to make sure. And read it open minded. Maybe you will think differently. And I'm not gonna be like a crazy person and force you into my belief lol but you should check it out. I read your side anyway
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You keep insisting that you know all about evolution and that it says that monkeys turned into humans. That is absolutely not true. You clearly do not know anything about evolution. You have been told falsehoods and believe them, and now you think you've come to a rational opinion. But since your opinion is based on lies, it is wrong. If you were to actually study the science, you might still not believe it, but at least you would know what you don't believe in. I don't believe that the Earth came out of a rat's ass, does that justify my disbelief in the Bible story of creation?
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Nope evolution has a lot more than just monkeys turning to humans. Y'all have other ideas too. From my prospective, most atheists are macro evolution. Maybe you are not I dont know. I do believe in micro evolution though, like how some animals can change color or small changes in shape
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Evolution doesn't have anything "turning into" anything else. You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about, but you keep insisting that you do. As long as you refuse to even do some basic research and clling to your ignorance, you will continue to make foolish statements like this.
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You keep saying I'm ignorant of your side, when you haven't even seen mine. I have seen both. Maybe some people who believe in evolution ideas are different than the others, but I believe in one God who created a things. And I'm not blocking myself from seeing the other side nor my religion ever kept me away from it.
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What proof do you have for your side except theories? You just keep saying the same thing over and over. That I'm ignoring your side and know nothing. I'm sure you know a lot about evolution but you don't know alot about God so until then you can't say anything bad about my side
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As long as you believe lies about evolution such as the ones you repeated here you will never have the chance to make up your own mind. It doesn't matter what I know about creationism (there's not much to know), what matters for you is that you don't know anything about evolution but insist that it's wrong!buoyed cheating yourself by not trying to find out what science is about.
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Well if you can't prove my side is wrong why should I listen to your side being right, anyway we kinda need to stop doing this cuz im getting tired of not getting anywhere with you lol
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People don't want to understand it because the people of their church and a book tell them it's wrong. Even if they were wrong they would turn a blind eye to the truth because they are indoctrinated. The people who don't accept evolution discount logic and facts; they have a corrupted data processor and cannot regulate data properly any longer until the corruption is corrected. However if they did understand it they would be forced to recognize an even greater lie and behave even more irrationally or realize they have been wrong.

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bradahh

Yes. That's if people could open their minds past all the religious smoke screens they live behind.

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thumbs up bradahh (brother)!
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I agree that some people don't want to understand it because they've been told it's evil. It's very unfortunate that current religion rejects science in this way. I think what would help more than anything is if people understood the nature of science, not as a certain set of answers, but as the spirit that seeks to constantly improve its understanding of the world so we can operate within it with integrity. I also hope someday scientists realize the importance of communities of faith and work to understand and harness their power. We all have so much to learn from each other.

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Yes

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I'm Christian, so I don't believe it. I'm not saying that I agree with it, but what would you say to someone who doesn't believe in evolution, if they asked for proof that it's real?

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How many weeks do you have to spend learning about all the billions of facts that support evolution? Oh, you only have 2 minutes to talk about it? Then you are one of the deliberately ignorant. Don't "demand" proof then refuse to look at it. That's just lying to yourself!
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I'm just asking...
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rghurst just told you that you can find it anywhere, you just choose not to learn about it, and gain knowledge on the subject. It's true! It's in school, on the news, in thousands of articles.
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By God. He created everything. Including you and me. :)
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I think that rghurst and Indigenous_Genius have spent too much time around Christians that actually do refuse to look at evidence, that they have gotten the wrong idea of creationists. We look at the same evidence, but because of our prior beliefs, come to different conclusions of the evidence. We get different explanations of the evidence, but one side is wrong. I look but see no evidence for evolution, while at the same time see animals like the Poruguese man-of-war that could not have possibly evovled, so I believe creation. So please, stop calling us who actually give answers hypocrites.
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@Jesuslnc77, The evidence for evolution comes from a wide variety of things, including, but not limited to, the fossil record and how the fossils are dated, our knowledge of genetics, some extra unused features that some animals have left over (whales still have leg bones from when they were terrestrial and went back into the ocean and became aquatic, and similarities between the bone structure of current animals and their extinct relatives.
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Messanger64, I don't mind you telling everyone about you're interpretation of fossils, genetics, and your faith in dating methods. However, I have to point out that whales don't have leg bones. I know what you're talking about, and I also happen to know that those bones support muscles that the whale uses for reproduction. They're not about walking, they're for making baby whales.
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From the answers I've seen on this site, including some of the ones above, I am dismayed by the lack of respect for science and the unabashed embrace of magic in the 21st Century. I agree that if people actually understood what scientists have learned most would accept evolution for what it is--as close to a scientific fact as you can get. Instead, we get the "I believe in God, so I must reject all rational thought" responses like those above. It's amazing that we still allow doctors and engineers to practice in this country, instead of witch doctors and magicians, which these people insist on believing as valid alternatives. Unfortunately, as long as the lies that make up "creationism" are allowed to be perpetrated among our youth in the false cloak of religion, this will not get any better.

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rghurst- When you said that nothing I said was true and called it anti science rubbish if you would take the time to check it out instead of swallowing your teachers word for it you would find that the Biologist Crick was the one who said it was a mathematical impossibilty for DNA to form naturally. This didnt cause him to believe in GOD however but it did make a point to believers, the statement about the information contained in the human body is true as well, if you would just take a few minutes to check these things out instead of closing your mind to any evidence that comes from our side.
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Lets use some 5th grade math and examine one of your claims that you repeated here: that the information in one human would fill enough 500 page books to fill the Grand Canyon. The human genome has, as a high estimate, about 40,000 genes. Each gene codes for a protein, most of which have less than 20 amino acids. so to be conservative, one gene has about 60 bits of information (it takes 3 crosslinks to code for one amino acid). To give you the benefit of the doubt, lets beef that up by a factor of 13 to 1000 bits per gene. Thus, using very high estimates, the human genome contains about 40 million bits of information. One page of a book contains about 25 lines, with about 30 characters per line, or roughly 800 bits of information. A 500 page book would then contain 400,000 bits of information. Thus, it would take about 100 books to contain the 40 milllion bits in the human genetic code. Let's multiply all of this by 100, and you still only get about 10,000 books. The Grand Canyon holds about 20 cubic miles of space. I think 10,000 books would not even be visible if dumped into the Canyon. So, your "fact" (which you obviously copied from some Creationist website) is easily shown to be uuntrue, Had you taken 2 minutes to think about it, as you urge me to do, you would not have made a fool of yourself here. The point is that creationists just make stuff up, and they can't even to grade school math to check to see if it makes any sense. And gullible people, who also can't do math, simply repeat this idiotic rubbish and claim that those of us who actually know something are ignorant. Similarly, your claim that one person claims that DNA could not form naturally is just one man's opinion, it isn't science. Even if he was famous, we don't just take his word for it. That's how non-scientists work. Your reliance on non-science to claim that science is wrong is the very point of the original question--you have not made any effort to find out what evolution is, you just repeat stupid stuff you find on the internet.
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Thanks for your answer and all your comments rghurst :) You are very educated on the topic and pwning everyone ;)
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When evolutionists say the evidence is overwhelming, all you have to do is do a little research and discover that from fossil records to advanced biology there isnt any proof of evolution, not one fossil has been found of a transitional creature, and from the simple cell to DNA biologists have said that theres no mathematical possibility of these occurring naturally. The information contained in the make up of a man would take so many 500 page books it would fill up the grand canyon, I would suggest you visit real scientific websites if you want reasonable answers.

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Its this sort of ignorant anti-science rubbish that we're talking about. Nothing you said here is true, it's all stuff that creationists have made up to sell their books to the gullible.
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@rghurst...what do you have against your maker?...was wronged once from a church so now you're into evolution, r u kidding? do you not realize how ignorant you sound to others? your belief offers no hope for humanity, just sorrow because when you die, thats it...kinda sucks doesn't it?
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So your basis for believing in something isn't whether it's true or not, it's how it makes you feel? There's a sound basis for scientific inquiry!!
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Belief is all about emotion and childhood nostalgia. Neither Arizonacharlie, nor you Kevin, understand evolution nor atheism. I was never wronged by any church or religious person, I just started pushing down ignorance, and read the facts that I was so afraid of. The puzzle finally fit together, and the evidence is overwhelming. Why would it hurt people to read about evolution? Because they are afraid of the truth.
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Genius and rghurst - No one gets off this planet alive and i know nothing we say causes you to be afraid, but friends when i say you need to watch what you say as time doesnt slow down for anyone, dont be caught dead without Jesus.
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Always the last resort of those with no answer: threats. "if you don't believe what I believe you'll be horribly punished." How pathetic.
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rghurst- Obviously the only argument you can come up with is our side is ignorant, so the only way to find out is to wait and see. So get together with your unbelieving friends and have a good laugh, in the meantime time will become your enemy and your downfall.
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personally i dont think they would believe in it. one can argue with a believer and the believer will still not budge. this is because most believers use the same technique, ignore every good point you make and talk to you about their religion. or when they see the going is getting tough theyll give you a sob story. but no they wont believe in it even if they still understood evolution. i mean they have too many misconceptions about what evolution is.

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My question to you sir would be, what do you profit if we do budge? you guys can offer us nothing, but as Christians we have a hope of Heaven, don't think you guys can top that..or can you?
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Kevin's answer confirms the comment - nothing about science, all about what happens when you believe something that's not true.
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what do you mean what do you profit. unlike believers, atheists arent so big when it comes to whether you believe or not. we dont really care as much as believers do. we just argue with you because we give you the other side. the one youre not looking at. but even if we did try we could top it. i mean theres thinking for yourself, not letting a book tell you what to do, enjoying life more because you dont believe there is a god, receiving credit for what you do rather than giving an imaginary being that didnt do anything the credit. theres a lot of stuff
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gobstoneninja- When you acccuse believers of not budging, how about how every evolutionist in the world answers our scientists by saying thats rubbish real science has proven evolution. No matter what the evidence or how many PHD's a christain scientist has our science is rubbish.With the introduction of the world wide web theres no longer any excuse for your ignorance.
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i completely lost you there. i dont know if you were offended or not by my comment but if youre a believer and you were offended then i cant see why. i mean the fact i say believers wouldnt budge obviously says that many of them actually believe what they say and they have real faith. i dont know why that would offend you. as for if youre a nonbeliever, so am i, but i still dont understand your comment
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I got lost too :D
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@IG: haha
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and why all the misconceptions? i mean evolutionists never say its rubbish; its usually the believers i hear saying "do you know how stupid that sounds?" my ex did that to me plenty of times when i told her my beliefs.
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and look at you though. you question is a top question! triple the thumbs up for that
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gobstoneninja- I was trying to make a point that evolutionists are just as guilty as christains about not budging, I just was unable because of bad grammer to make it. sorry
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To think it's rational that just the right kind of DNA or RNA could somehow magically align itself into proteins, and these proteins somehow gained the ability to replicate themselves, and as well find a protective shell into which they could continue to exist, mutate, and gain a complicated symbiotic relationship with itself (plants, insects, animals) and then continue to grow into such complicated beings like ourselves, would be equivalent to thinking that someday a tricycle will evolve into the starship enterprise, by complete accident. Yes, I believe in Star Trek.

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This is one of the standard responses to science. Basically, you are saying "I can't understand it, so it must not be true." Maybe you don't understand it because you have not taken the time it needs to learn about these things. Can you explain exactly how a computer works? If not, does that mean that computers don't exist?
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rghurst- Computers exist but they were created by someone who supplied the information, that was a bad example.
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no actually it wasnt. it was a great example. after all its scientists that provided the information about evolution itself and how it happened.
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Evolution is not just some mysterious theory about the past. It is always happening and it happens TODAY. Virues and bacteria start to mutate, and scientists must come up with new antibiotics to fight off infections. Apes have been seen using weapons to hunt and taking apart poacher's traps in the past 6 months. You can look up the multiple articles on those things, they're real.
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That is evolution at work, you don't even have to look at the past!
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of course not. the past only shows what used to be. what stuff once was like. new things happen and old things mutate, evolve, or just die out so the other can come into existence. too many look at the past rather then the present.
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To our science believers when you get off this site this morning, go check out what is envolved in the what DNA has to do to transmit information and what the proccess is with RNA and protien, like DR.Crick said theres no mathimatical way DNA can evolve naturally, and yet he still refuses to change his mind. There is a museum in Glen Rose Texas that has plenty of dinosaur fossills with human footprints showing man was on the earth with the dinosaurs, I know you wont because it has to be unscientific.
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The person who created the footprint hoax admitted to the fraud several years ago. He had chiseled human footprints into rock containing fossil dinosaur prints. Creationists insist on believing in things even when they know they're not true.
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no, even if more people were educated in evolution, there are many other factors that apply to their belief or disbelief. some of the factors can be religion, alternative education, and conclusions that they deduced themselves.

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Given time, the truth is always realized by those who seek it. Some do not wish to know the truth if it threatens their beliefs, but we must continue to educate people. Fortunately our job is made easier with the help of science.

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caluvox- When you say the truth is always realized by those who seek it, how many minutes or seconds have you spent on websites with another view point other than evolution. I would venture to say none, so how can you make a statement about seeking truth if you dont seek it.
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I don't have another view point because the science of evolution is the truth. I'm sorry for you that, like the earth being the center of the universe, science has again laid to rest one of the misconceptions made by the bible.
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I find the whole debate entertaining. The fact that what we learn shapes how we think. I suppose if more people knew scientific principles then more people would believe in evolution. The same can be said for religion. If more people new religious principles more people would believe in creation.

At one point believing in evolution you would have been executed for heresy. I suppose one day for believing in God you will be executed also. Problem being is that Science detracts from God and God from Science.... To equally opposing forces...

I personally believe in Creation. I find it harder to believe in random chance than believe in God.... Evolution depends on mutations and adaptations for changes to occur. Also, I look at it this way, if all my life I trust in God and live according to his will when I die I go to heaven, and if there is no God I just die so what harm did believing in God do then? But if I choose to deny God and live as if he doesn't exist when I die and he is real, now I have an eternal problem!

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OK, how about I offer you this. Believe that I am GOD and do whatever I tell you to. I promise that when you die you will have everything you desire, including that you can come back and be a god yourself to others. Now that's a pretty good deal. Can you afford not to take it? If not, why not? By the way, all those Muslim murderers out there blowing up innocent babies were offered a deal like that. Are you a supporter of jihad? Again, if not, what's the difference?
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I do like your comment rghurst and no I am not a muslim or a supporter of jihad. I believe in God with Jesus Christ the True savior.

I see your point you are trying to make....and I will say this, I false religion is still false no matter how many people believe in it. This discussion is way to big for Ask.com.
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Indigenous_Genius: got that from a recent answered question but yes i do i understand evolution so yes

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Yes I did, but I was curious. You can be curious ya know :)
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I believe that it takes more than understanding evolution, but also you have to look at the wonderfully created world around you. I look at things like DNA and the distance between the earth and sun and can only wonder how people can possibly say it happened by chance. I think that the more people would study these two things, the better they would understand that there's something more that natural processes to explain the origin of everything.

Hope this helps - Zack

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The problem with this approach is that it says "whatever happened must have been pre-ordained." this means that there is no point in doing anything, including helping others or not killing people, since whatever happens, no matter how insane, is part of the Grand Plan. This sort of thinking is a recipe for total chaos. The second problem with this approach is that it does not support creationism. Anything could be in charge: aliens, people from the 6th dimension, my Uncle Pete. Saying that there's "something else" doesn't mean that YOUR version of "something else" is correct. In fact, the whole idea of one supernatural entity running the whole show is preposterously unlikely. There are many theories that have much more plausibility than that.
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I do believe that I said the origin of EVERYTHING. That would include aliens, if they exist, people from the sixth dimension, if they exist, and including your Uncle Pete. They would have had to come from something, and quite frankly, natural processes just don't cut it. Also, why would there be no point in anything if I said that God, who always existed, created the universe and everything in it?
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I believe most people do believe in evolution because common sense says science is credible. At the same time we cannot deny the faith or belief in something that you feel deep inside you.
And also science I believe, (believes in creation). I believe there is a higher power and it has created all things. But that higher power is a scientist and a wizard or an intelligence that can create with its own will. An Alchemist If You'll Please.

This intelligence knew it could take the elements of the universe in a melting pot introduce the necessary foundations were catalysts with his strength and will and desire to create the universe, thus the earth, life, intelligent life was created. Then as time went by he helped guide that intelligent life with hopes that it would evolve into something wonderful.(I guess we ..Have to apologize to it)

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