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Is God real?

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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by U15450739 (U15450739) on Sunday, 7th October 2012

    This is the most discused question in the World. I'm just interested in your views, reply with your opinion!

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    Posted by U15371933 (U15371933) on Monday, 8th October 2012

    As a Muslim i would say of cause !!!!
    because we couldn't be here by chance i mean the world is far to complex to have come to existence by chance or coincidence
    why i believe there is a god:

    we are bought up thinking that everything we must verify as touch and feel, what i would like to ask those who don't believe in god is- do u think if god could be touched or felt and seen would that be god ? My point is that we don't need scientific evidence to prove the existence of god we can just make a rationale decision.
    and god would'nt have just created us and thats it said live life no he would'nt just give us the keys and say go
    we as humans make manuals so are we saying tht god is less than us ofcause he gave us a manual - i believe its the Qur'an
    so i think what we should be tlking abut is not if god exists but what is the book that god sent to the whole of humanity ???
    i think that the only possible cause of the universe of this world of life is god
    i think its the only answer that makes sense who agrees??

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    Posted by Han Ban (U14706661) on Wednesday, 10th October 2012

    Yes and no. While my goddess is the world around us, I believe the only way I believe in her is through the spirituality nature gives me, there is no real, physical being of my Gods and Goddesses, but there is a true calling and inspiration from nature. My Gods and Goddesses are no more real to anyone else, in the same way the Christian, Jewish or Muslim God is any more real to me. I'm not saying I'm on the one true path, but I believe all faiths are a way to the Goddess, as long as you put into practice what you preach; because in my faith's eyes you have to do something to prove your worth, rather than just 'praying' or reading a book. If you want to live a good life you must do good deeds, helping strangers and enemies, as well as friends. You don't even have to be religious to do that.

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    Posted by Karrthus (U14823473) on Thursday, 18th October 2012

    it depends on what god you are on about

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  • Message 5

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    Posted by U15371933 (U15371933) on Thursday, 18th October 2012

    There is only One God !!!

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    Posted by Han Ban (U14706661) on Friday, 19th October 2012

    Not if you're a polytheistic :D!

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  • Message 7

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    Posted by The Marshall (U14786179) on Friday, 19th October 2012

    He does exist, but he will not appear in front of you, you must first make the connection, only then will you know he truly exists.

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    Posted by U15456567 (U15456567) on Sunday, 21st October 2012

    I am a religious Hindu and yes, I beleive that there is a god. In my opinion, there is a god, however I do not want to to stir my beleifs on anyone else's beleifs as I have full respect for each and every religion; whether Christianity, Islam, Judaism etc. I have total respect and devotion towards every religion and their beleifs. I shall not talk bad of any religion, because at the end of the day we are all humans and we all have every right, whether black, mixed race or white, I have full devotion towards every religion. Moreover, I beleive in Humanity; in other words, I do not want any person to feel hurt by anyone.

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  • Message 9

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    Posted by U15371933 (U15371933) on Sunday, 21st October 2012

    I agree with u as in the quran it says ‘for me my religion and for u ur religion’

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  • Message 10

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    Posted by U15472350 (U15472350) on Monday, 22nd October 2012

    Hi,
    It depends on what religion you are really.
    If you're a Hindu, you will believe in many gods, but if you're a Buddhist or a Quaker, you wont believe in a God.
    So there is not only one god smiley - smiley.
    Thanks for reading. smiley - smiley

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    Posted by U15492444 (U15492444) on Tuesday, 6th November 2012

    I personally believe that God is not something you can 'prove' in the human/scientific sense of the word. Rather, God is something you have to experience, in that one cannot simply become a Christian within a matter of seconds of being told apparent 'proof. Instead, they must experience God and develop a relationship with him overtime.
    However, recently my RMPS teacher informed me that a notable person did infact have a sudden realization of God. That person is Clive Staples Lewis. She told me that Lewis was traveling on a bus and by the time he stepped off it, he was a Christian!

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  • Message 12

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    Posted by Rhiannon (U14886903) on Tuesday, 13th November 2012

    Hi! I count myself an agnostic theist, and, though I believe that God is real, I do not know His true form or even if He actually exists. Though this, I believe in many Christian aspects, but this subject for me is a strange one - I do believe in God, yet feel a lack of evidence to support this belief.

    Rhiannon xxx

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  • Message 13

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    Posted by ZirconLaughingBoing (U15069896) on Wednesday, 14th November 2012

    We are to perfect for just to appear from nowhere.The earth is perfectly placed in the solar system ,everything around us are just perfect for life to maintain there must be a creator AKA GOD!

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  • Message 14

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    Posted by U15492444 (U15492444) on Friday, 16th November 2012

    Yes. Did you know that if the Earth was just one mile closer to our Sun - we'd burn to death. And if the Earth was just one mile farther from the Sun - we'd freeze to death.
    Thus, the odds of our Earth being places in this perfect position is astronomical!
    There must be a divine explanation.

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    Posted by U15371933 (U15371933) on Friday, 16th November 2012

    i agree with u brother!
    smiley - smiley

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  • Message 16

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    Posted by U15309946 (U15309946) on Saturday, 17th November 2012

    Personally I think YES,
    because although many have there own scientific beliefs I think God started this whole universe, it may have developed through scientific evidence, but I think God is the main reason why we are all here and alive.
    I think God is around us, helps us when we are down, and we should return the respect he gives us.
    Also the stories you here, on Jesus, guru, Shiva
    they cant all just be a myth right?
    So I think God is real, especially because I'm religious smiley - smiley

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  • Message 17

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    Posted by Han Ban (U14706661) on Saturday, 17th November 2012

    What is nothing and nowhere?

    But we're not perfect. Our bodies are far from perfectly 'created' and surely if society was perfect there would be no wars, no murder, no hate of any kind? The drama and complexity of every day life would vanish if life was 'perfect'. We just have to consider how complex human relationship and interactions are, to realise a simplistic explanation of 'perfect' is not adequate. Besides how do you know the earth is perfectly placed in the solar system? There could be somewhere else where the earth would thrive just as well, if not better.

    And the point of natural selection is the realisation that only things with a minor upper hand can survive this harsh, difficult world, the weaker an animal is the more likely it is to be wiped out (unless they have a defense mechanism, e.g. they're fast, they can hide in their surroundings, they can survive in deep tunnels underground).

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  • Message 18

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    Posted by U15492444 (U15492444) on Saturday, 17th November 2012

    Yes for all we know there may be other locations where Earth would also thrive. But there are FAR less of those perfect locations than there are catastrophic locations. There is probably over 10 trillion possible positions in which our Earth could have arose in our the Milky Way, and only one of those positions is perfect for sustainable life.

    And I wasn't talking about life here on Earth but since you mentioned it I suppose I'll have to include it here. Our world was perfect before The Fall of Mankind and now we have a CHOICE to establish a relationship with God; so yes you are right, if everything and everyone was absolutely perfect then there'd really be no point in life because we wouldn't have a choice i.e. we'd all be obedient robots.
    Therefore, the reason why there are wars,genocides et cetera is because many humans have chosen to live without God and follow the betrayal set by Adam & Eve.
    The only place which could be described as perfect is the Kingdom of God.

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  • Message 19

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    Posted by Han Ban (U14706661) on Saturday, 17th November 2012

    And you have evidence to support this statement? Not even I know, perhaps you could be right, but I highly doubt we are the only highly evolved species within this universe. And of course it depends whether you see humans as a perfect species because right now we're actually destroying the only place we know of, that can support us. So we're clearly not as highly evolved as we like to think.

    Then why do so many theists do bad things in the name of their God? And don't tell me they're not 'real [insert religious believer], because clearly they believe they are. If all religious people are so good, then why do they do so many bad things if they're told that it's not right to do them? I disagree with your opinion that only atheists take part in genocides, if we look at history then the majority of genocide has been done with religious persecution or backing in mind. Adolf Hitler, for example, was a Catholic and believed what he was doing was favourable in the eyes of God. If he believed in God and believed he was doing right, does that mean he's in heaven?

    Why is everyone obsessed with getting to this magical world of perfection, rather than perfecting their own world they live in?

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  • Message 20

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    Posted by U15501150 (U15501150) on Sunday, 18th November 2012

    Well, that is a controversial question! I don't believe so as there is no plausible mechanism for it! Sorry

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  • Message 21

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    Posted by U15028730 (U15028730) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    yes because where did everything come from it didnt apper from no wear. god creted it. he made us like this. the world cant just grow beutifuely can it? look at our body how it is made thhey way the blood goes round the body how we hve certain features etc.. no one can make ANY, any think like this but only god can

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  • Message 22

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    Posted by U15456567 (U15456567) on Sunday, 25th November 2012

    Yes, this principle should be applied in life.

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  • Message 23

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    Posted by KatyKat96 (U15528184) on Wednesday, 5th December 2012

    Are you a pagan??

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  • Message 24

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    Posted by Fauzia (U15529174) on Thursday, 6th December 2012

    In my opinion I suggest that God definately exists, if you carefully think how can 7 billion people be created in a complex structure with each organ having a function and a job of it's own. Surprisingly each and everyone in the world have different fingerprints and that is a fact... there is no one with the same fingerprint as each other!!! So if you really think about these points it does make you realise that there is definatley a creator behind this... which is God! smiley - smiley

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  • Message 26

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    Posted by pockpock (U14907132) on Saturday, 30th March 2013

    Not necessarily. It is mentioned many times in the Vedas that deities are ways to understand the qualities of God, not God Himself.

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  • Message 27

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    Posted by U14851657 (U14851657) on Monday, 1st April 2013

    I personaly do not belive that god is real. I wish there was someone watching us, looking after us. But if he/she/it was real, why would innocent good people suffer. Anouther thing I do not understand is, if god is forgiving, then why is there hell? Also im quiet sciencly. Though maybe there is something/someone out there.

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  • Message 28

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    Posted by cookiemonster (U15506286) on Wednesday, 3rd April 2013

    This is the most discused question in the World. I'm just interested in your views, reply with your opinion!  I don't believe in god, if someone came to you randomly and told you he was god would you believe him? No.
    BECAUSE THERE IS NO GOD!
    and even if there was what has he been doing for so long that is keeping him from answering peoples prayers or getting rid of suffering?
    You can prove God exists and you can't prove he doesn't but it's pretty unlikey isn't it?
    The bible says so many things and then says god is forgiving? Let's see the bible says (and the bible is "gods" words that homosexuality is wrong but it's love is it not? shouldn't everyone be able to love who they want to?
    It also states that having slaves is okay and allowed, it's not okay to treat another person like thay are worth less than you...

    Thats the end of my rant otherwise i'll be going on for days.

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  • Message 29

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    Posted by Fauzia (U15529174) on Thursday, 4th April 2013

    This is the most discused question in the World. I'm just interested in your views, reply with your opinion!  I don't believe in god, if someone came to you randomly and told you he was god would you believe him? No.
    BECAUSE THERE IS NO GOD!
    and even if there was what has he been doing for so long that is keeping him from answering peoples prayers or getting rid of suffering?
    You can prove God exists and you can't prove he doesn't but it's pretty unlikey isn't it?
    The bible says so many things and then says god is forgiving? Let's see the bible says (and the bible is "gods" words that homosexuality is wrong but it's love is it not? shouldn't everyone be able to love who they want to?
    It also states that having slaves is okay and allowed, it's not okay to treat another person like thay are worth less than you...

    Thats the end of my rant otherwise i'll be going on for days. 
    Believe in God is the most important thing in faith. If someone does not believe that God exists then he is in deep astray. Let me tell you a short story, once there was an atheist and asked a scholar “If God exists, why can’t He be seen? Where is God?” The Atheist thought since he cannot see God then God does not exist.

    The scholar slapped the Atheist’s cheek hardly so the Atheist felt so much pain.

    “Why did you slap me? It’s very painful”

    The scholar asked, “There is no pain. I cannot see pain. Where is pain?”

    “The pain is here,” the Atheist pointed his cheek.

    “No, I cannot see pain. Do you see the pain?” asked the scholar to the villagers.

    The villagers said, “No!”

    “So, though we cannot see the pain does not mean that the pain does not exist. So is the God. Just because we cannot see the God does not mean that God does not exist. Though we cannot see Him, but we can see His creations.” Said the scholar.

    The argument of the scholar is very simple. Yet, the argument that God does not exist just because human’s sense could not sense the existence of God is very wrong.

    How many things that could not be seen or heard by people but exist?

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    Posted by Han Ban (U14706661) on Sunday, 7th April 2013

    That's not viable evidence because pain can be seen just on a very microscopic level, it's the triggering of the pain receptors and that then leads up to the brain which says 'Ow that hurts, I won't do that again' (in a basic form), but when you do cause pain and place someone in a brain scanner it can be seen. There are also physical and vocal reactions that are still justifiable manners of expressing pain. Therefore, your argument is defunct. And this would also mean we would still be able to feel God (if he really is slapping us about!) and obviously that is not the case either, this is then a weak example of proof.

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    Posted by Fauzia (U15529174) on Tuesday, 9th April 2013

    That's not viable evidence because pain can be seen just on a very microscopic level, it's the triggering of the pain receptors and that then leads up to the brain which says 'Ow that hurts, I won't do that again' (in a basic form), but when you do cause pain and place someone in a brain scanner it can be seen. There are also physical and vocal reactions that are still justifiable manners of expressing pain. Therefore, your argument is defunct. And this would also mean we would still be able to feel God (if he really is slapping us about!) and obviously that is not the case either, this is then a weak example of proof.  More than 85% of the people in the world believe in God. Less than 15% are atheists. So if a person is objecting something which is accepted by the vast majority then the onus lies on the person who makes the claim to substantiate his claim.

    For example, if i say that shakespeare did not write 'Macbeth', it is my responsibility to prove it. Similarly if you say that there is no God, then it is your responsibility to prove it.

    God created everything, including the scientific laws, and including people with ration and enquiring minds who use science to investigate creation. But the laws of science can not prove something outside of the creation within which they exist.

    Creation itself is proof of God's existence. Science tells us that matter and energy do appear from nothing. Design does not happen without a designer. Information does not arise from chaos.

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    Posted by Han Ban (U14706661) on Wednesday, 10th April 2013

    My point was this was an example of weak evidence, not that it was evidence at all. But to maintain a scientific claim means it has to come under scrutiny and as this claim was arguable and cannot hold up to other evidence, that makes it a weak claim.

    Secondly, you are overlooking one of the basis for scientific evidence, which is just because something is correlative does not necessarily mean it is true. For example, just because there is a great number and wider access to violent video games does not necessarily mean it is the cause behind real violence. To be a good scientist you have to look at all the reasons. So just because a large number of people believe in a 'god' does not mean there is a god. Your argument also fails to mention the different ways people see or worship their god, god is different for everyone (not only externally, but internally as well), so it makes more sense for not just one god to exist, but thousands (and if we are talking personally then millions).

    "God created everything, including the scientific laws, and including people with ration and enquiring minds who use science to investigate creation. But the laws of science can not prove something outside of the creation within which they exist."

    This is a strange argument to use, seeing as Galileo proved that the earth went round the sun and the sun remained fixed. He was then killed for this, even though the evidence he produced was conclusive. Where was your loving God who encouraged inquisitiveness, in this equation? If God had created the sun thus, then why did his own people refute such a claim as working against God?

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  • Message 33

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    Posted by The Marshall (U14786179) on Wednesday, 10th April 2013

    God created the world. Everything else has been a consequence of Human actions.

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    Posted by cookiemonster (U15506286) on Sunday, 5th May 2013

    I am an atheist but i understand yur veiw of god. Personally i do not believe he is real and even though i am an atheist i do believe in things we cannot see or touch like for example i believe in gravity and more personal feelings like love or hurt.
    I also don't believe it should be up to atheists to prove god is not real if people who believe in God show us some proof without saying the same old arguments like he has to be real our world couldn't be put here for no reason- well why can't it be, not everything has to be put here by some higher form of being.
    I also don't agree with some of the things the bible, the quran or other holy books say, for example we are all equal except if you are homosexual (but that doesn't maen everyone is equal does it)
    most holy books were written ages ago when people were still trying to explain the happenigs of the world. For example there is a story in the bible saying moses parted the red sea, Experts at the National Center for Atmospheric Research are hypothesizing that seven hours of 60 mph winds could have exposed miles of mud flats in the Red Sea, allowing moses t escape- i know it seems pretty ulikely but its more likely than a random guy parting the sea.
    So i do not believe god is real

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    Posted by U15717319 (U15717319) on Tuesday, 7th May 2013

    I find religion fascinating, and although I am mostly Buddhist, and we don't believe in a god, I do think there could be a god out there. I say this for two reasons; although I completely believe in the theory of evolution etc. there is no explanation of where the first two particles that collided came from, and what, in the huge expanse of space, brought them together with the force required to create the universe? My other reason is that I have had some major health complications when I was a child, and by all means I should be dead as a result of them. Obviously, however, I am not. I made a miraculous recovery (mostly thanks to the doctors and medicines) but also maybe a bit of divine intervention. anyway, whether you believe in a god, in any form is entirely up to you, but those are the reasons for my beliefs.

    Sincerely, a Buddhist, Christian, part Hispanic, part Native American.

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  • Message 36

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    Posted by PinkSquashCow (U14823758) on Wednesday, 8th May 2013

    I agree with you i am a catholic and i believe in god no doubt so tank you for telling people this xx

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  • Message 37

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    Posted by Sasha (U15739216) on Tuesday, 28th May 2013

    I am a Buddhist so in my religion I don't believe in a God due to the lack of evidence and the only way to personally encounter God is to have a numinous experience, which in my belief is unlikely. I am not saying that Jesus, Prophet Muhammad and the others who encounter God are making up stories however most things that cannot be proven by science are unlikely to be true.It has been argued that Buddhism may not be a religion because we don't believe in God ,that is the main purpose of a religion ,but we do have a main belief in Nirvana(enlightenment).Personally I believe God is just a state of mind to people and that overcomes evil, that is just my opinion.

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  • Message 38

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    Posted by U15740595 (U15740595) on Wednesday, 29th May 2013

    I totally agree with your view here, I believe that the Earth it's self is the spiritual being that we should be worshipping as ,regardless to anything else, she is the thing that is keeping us alive.

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  • Message 39

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    Posted by Han Ban (U14706661) on Tuesday, 4th June 2013

    Yay! She is beautiful :D and we are very lucky to live here. Blessed be.

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  • Message 40

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    Posted by U15748193 (U15748193) on Tuesday, 4th June 2013

    I personally think that there are billions of planets, and only some of them are good enough to have life on them. Therefore life only exists on near perfect planets and we only think the Earth is perfect because we wouldn't exist on an imperfect planet and be able to moan about how bad it is.
    I also believe in Evolution which means that even if the Earth isn't completely perfect for life, Humans and animals on Earth have become Earth perfect and so Earth and it's animal's fit together perfectly, it's the way world's work.
    However God is also a viable explanation for such perfect fitting together, but I'm just pointing out another possibility.

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    Posted by KIP (U15749230) on Wednesday, 5th June 2013

    This is the most discused question in the World. I'm just interested in your views, reply with your opinion!  I as an atheist find it difficult to believe in a God as my scientific brain seems to not find sense in the biblical stories and for example the creation story as they are just stories and there is no proof they existed..

    For me, I must have a logical explanation to things, and with God I am yet to find strong evidence that he exists. No one has seen him. No one has heard him speak. No one has ever had proof that he exists.

    I wish I did believe in a God , but for me science and fact seem to over rule a gods existence.

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  • Message 42

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    Posted by Krazmaz (U2369239) on Thursday, 6th June 2013

    While religious beliefs can be stated, definitive answers to the question cannot be made, as if they could then there would be no discussion.

    That's my answer, anyway.

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