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Is there Evidence Supporting the Existence of God?
Was it strictly by chance that life on this planet began? It's been suggested that the odds of the correct molecular mixture responsible for giving rise to the first living organism on this planet were similar to the odds that a whirlwind could create a perfectly functioning Boeing 747 out of debris in a junkyard. Needless to say, it would've been virtually impossible if this planet had been all there was to the world as we know it, but given the immense size of the known universe a large number of scientists still believe the beginning of life on this planet could've occurred by chance. Assuming they're right, is there anything we know about that serves as considerable evidence for the existence of God? If one were to summarize everything we know into one sentence, life exists on this planet, and there's a really big universe out there could perhaps be the best way to word it. While science has for the most part explained most of the known universe, and while life on this planet may very well have began by mere chance, has science provided a good explanation for what life really is?
In addition to the construction, presumably by chance, of the first living organism on this planet, by demonstrating that the fittest amongst species survive and, as such, with assistance from favorable genetic mutations, evolution leads to the development of stronger and more intelligent species, science has shown "why" life is, and how it's become what it is today. I wouldn't dispute any of that. But rather than provide a detailed explanation as to why only the fittest amongst species survive, it's offered the notion that the selection of the fittest species for evolution is merely accomplished by way of nature. In the absence of further detail, this notion seems to imply that the evolution from single-celled asexual organisms, as were the first known living species on this planet, to the intelligent homosapiens that exist today resulted entirely by chance.
However, to merely observe today's world one can clearly see that survival of the most fittest species is not a mere chance occurrence. Species compete for survival consciously. As such, the selection of which species reproduce and survive is accomplished by way of knowing efforts. It's these conscious knowing efforts that distinguish living organisms from mere matter. Thus, life can be defined as consciousness, and consciousness can be defined as an instinctive goal to evolve. Considering the outcome of evolution thus far, from single-celled organisms to intelligent homosapiens, it would seem the quest for perfection is the ultimate drive behind this goal. The only thing in this universe that we know of that's perfect is theoretical from a scientific perspective. Yet if life can be defined as the instinctive drive for perfection, as seems to be the case, would it be safe to assume that the existence of God is more than just theory? If nothing else, I think it clearly demonstrates that the existence of something divine is more than just a mere idea.