Some believe that Human beings are the end result of lucky circumstances – that life began as an accident and became more complex through sheer chance. Others believe that Human beings are deliberately made by an all-powerful creator. We exist due to ‘chance’ or we exist due to ‘purpose.’
Those who believe in evolution believe that all life began as an accident. The assumption for this is that conditions were just right to make random molecules join together, begin replicating themselves, and eventually blossom into a perfectly balanced ecosystem.
Those who believe in God believe that we were made for a purpose by a Creator. The evidence of nature says that life on Earth is perfectly balanced and perfectly designed. Random chance could not have produced an orderly World as complex and diverse as ours.
Why does the answer to this question matter so much. It means everything to how we view ourselves, our World, and each other. If we believe that everything is a matter of chance, that once we die that there is nothing but oblivion, then it is harder to value what we have.
What if we think of emotions like Love, hate, joy, fear, or happiness as mere electrical impulses of the brain. What if we think that life is essentially meaningless, and that oblivion is all we can be sure of.
How can we really value another life. How can we really care about another person’s feelings if we see those feelings as part of mindless natural selection.
There is a question that troubles us all … from the time we are first able to think. And that is where did we come from? And this question is so compelling that we’ve invented the science of astronomy.
We’ve discovered these natural laws sSo that we can learn more about our origin and where we came from. This is what drives us! This is what we want to know! Let’s keep looking! Let’s keep searching!
We have come to be because of the Universe’s existence. And we are driven to pursue that, to find out where we came from. The joy of discovery, that’s what drives us.
And these questions are deep within us. ‘Where did we come from? What was before the Big Bang?’ To us, this is wonderful and charming and compelling! This is what makes us get up and go to work everyday.
We are, you and I, are somehow at least one of the ways that the Universe knows itself.
It fills me with joy to know that we can pursue these answers. ‘Where did we come from?’