The world is not 6,000 years old.
All valid points and thanks for the link and chatter.
I'm at a personal crossroads in my own life regarding faith/religion. I was raised in a common bible belt Alabama baptist church, my father is currently a Pastor at a non-denominational church. I started having questions about God, science and all of that a few years ago.
I have many questions that probably shouldn't be brought up in a Dr. Carson thread, but at this point in my life, I feel like there is a God. Being honest, I don't think it's the way that the modern church has made it out to be or wants it to be.
The short version of why I am at that point and am currently seeking answers to is, at some point something was created. If you go back to the beginning of everything, religious belief or science, at some point something had to be created from nothing. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around "somthing just is" or in this case "the universes just were". What, who, how, or when all that happened I doubt we'll ever know in our lifetime. That's just where I'm at personally.
Its a tremendous question one we will probably never know the answer to in this life , or aspect of "this life". Religion to me is a deeply personal thing that can be interpreted in so many ways depending on so many factors. When I look at it over thousands of yrs, even the most popular religions have changed with society. Today you have Hollywoods famous "Kabbala" and Jews for Jesus. Its really people taking what they like from certain religions and just forming their own.
And I think that's great if it makes you feel spiritual and just plain better. But it also signals to me that religion might be very much man made. But I am human and I want and need to believe in something like everyone else. I think Believing in a god or some sort keeps us divided from the animals. Keeps us from killing, keeps us "Human".
I believe very much in "Karma". You get what you give out of life. So who is balancing that? Their is a spiritual entity out there somewhere. Do I believe in a heaven and hell? heaven just might be a made up story like the Jihadist 40 virgins . And as I get older and closer to the evitable I just may "humanly" choose to believe in heaven to make myself feel better about dying. To feel better about a loved ones passing so I can convince myself I'll see them again. Who knows? Who is right and who is wrong?
You should believe is what makes you feel better. That's why I don't approve of the Religious right constantly injecting religion and their beliefs in every speech. Its what's holding back the GOP from becoming truly great and the main party. They need to change. Fundamentally I agree with it all. The family values, the core of the GOP is me. God , Freedom , and the American way. But let people choose who that god is for themselves.