“The biggest waste system on Earth is life itself – what an inefficient imperfect creation” and thank God for it!

Raffaello,_studi_per_madonne_col_bambino

This was supposed to be a post about editing. And it is. Yet stumbling upon an atheist site got me thinking on a grander scale about the whole process of creating. Evolutionary biologists have never found the smoking gun proving mammals crawled up out of the sea and I’m fine with that–they can create whatever belief system they want. Geologists jump through hoops trying to explain how sediment over millions of years filled up the space around an upright tree trunk in the side of a rock wall.  Christians will never be able to physically prove anything either, but the reason I’m not so down on God is because I basically believe the story of the fall of man and I’ve written novels. Let me explain before you accuse me of being a flat-earther.

Raphael_-_The_Miraculous_Draft_of_Fishes_-_Google_Art_Project

The atheist website gave me this to think about:

“Let’s assume for a moment that the universe and everything in it was created by a single mind. If this is the case then It created a pretty wasteful universe. Blue tits can lay up to 12 eggs in a good year but will be lucky if 8 leave the nest. The other 4 simply die within the nest box because life is too tough and cruel for such young innocent creatures. Of the 12 eggs laid, just a “lucky” 2 will generally make it to the following year to have young of their own.

Consider the countless creatures that walked the Earth millions of years ago that are now extinct and have no descendants such as Tetraclaenodon which lived in the Paleocene period 75 million years ago, or the Syndyoceras that lived in Miocene period 30 million years ago. These creatures struggled against all odds for generations, ultimately to succumb to extinction. What was the point?

Why create such a system? If, however, life is governed by the mechanism of evolution and not the work of a single mind then this endless waste in the pursuit of environmental adaptation is understandable. Otherwise, it fails to make sense and is actually sadistic.

Consider the countless creatures that walked the Earth millions of years ago that are now extinct and have no descendants such as Tetraclaenodon which lived in the Paleocene period 75 million years ago, or the Syndyoceras that lived in Miocene period 30 million years ago. These creatures struggled against all odds for generations, ultimately to succumb to extinction. What was the point?

Why create such a system? If, however, life is governed by the mechanism of evolution and not the work of a single mind then this endless waste in the pursuit of environmental adaptation is understandable. Otherwise, it fails to make sense and is actually sadistic.”

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If, let’s say, God created a perfect earth  teeming with wildlife all able to eat from the fruits of the earth, but he gave us free will to screw it up and we did, then why blame God? The easiest way to shut someone up who questions the religion of atheism is to label them as stupid–kind of a lame argument to me especially when you consider how wrong we’ve been about so many of our scientific theories in the past (even debating if T-Rex was actually just a gentle vegetarian.). All of this fascinates me. Evolution is a theory. There’s no scientific method that’s proven it ( remember the 4 steps in high school?).

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So some of us choose faith in a seemingly crazy Bible story (maybe foolishly) and consider the wastefulness of creation not some sickness of a god, but an obvious sign of the suffering of a fallen world. Some people cry foul. How are innocent children or hedgehogs responsible for sin? And it’s a tough question, but how is it fair in an evolutionary mind set either? We all agree that life’s not fair and never will be.

580px-Raffaello,_pala_baglioni,_deposizione

What does any of this have to do with writing novels? On a very small scale as a writer creating worlds you’re working with damaged goods. You’re brain’s not perfect, it’s not always even evolving (how many writers are one-hit-wonders?). Many writers obsess over the same themes throughout their careers. My novel was 1200 pages long. What a waste of time and words, right? No, of course not. Creating does lead to waste in this world because we’re not gods. About half the words in my book were the wrong ones or at least unnecessary. Does this mean I’m saying babies who die or chipmunks who get hit by a car are unnecessary or some victims of an imperfect God creating a bunch of crap? When I read Biblical scholars or the Bible or Darwin or even Bill Nye the Science Guy with an open mind I still come to the conclusion that it’s all just faith and I choose based on history, science and experience to believe there’s some kind of moral story being played out here. As our highly intelligent modern leaders plot the next war I can’t see any evolution.

Paintings and wasteful drawings by Raphael

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