I think God can be found by examining the way the world works.Quote
The problem with "finding God" is that you never know what you have found. When all you have is a nail, everything becomes a hammer.
Yes but you are examining God by looking at a small subset of what He made. God is not in the oak tree anymore than I am in the model airplane I made in 6th grade.
(RMG's reply:But the laws of how the tree lives and how it fits in to the rest of the world will give insight into God. There is a spark of God in everything.)
Man is a better example because man was made in God's image.
(RMG's reply: Considering man's inhumanity to man many times, I prefer to believe that man isn't living up to his Godlike potential.)
Most creatures on Earth generally act the same but only one built an MRI machine.
(RMG's reply:Recently, they're implanted monkeys with computer chips and the monkeys played video games. See Popular Science over the last 4 months or so. Real big things are in store).
I remember reading a book or article that stated that man, from an anthropological basis, came into being "suddenly". Their theory was that man was a space traveler. The Bible uses the Garden of Eden. But both recognize that man is special and separate from the other creatures. That's a good beginning IMHO
(RMG's reply:I believe that genetic experiments will cause mutated animals with human like thought and abilities.)
Yes but the animals will not be able to implant the chips themselves. Only man can do that. The only reason a monkey can play a video game is because man taught them (and made the video game).
(We'll see how long it'll be until the monkeys evolve, I'm sure we'll be able to invent mondeys with 5.0 gig). Yes, man is doing the operations but man didn't get here by himself either.
We are partnering with God by engaging in scientific endeavors.
Man's "inhumanity" is proof of man's fallen nature. We resort to our animalistic roots so to speak. It's also weighed by man's ability to love each other and act with grace.
(Man's fallen nature or man's true nature? Man is a wanting animal. That is, I believe if he doesn't attach himself to the divine.
And I believe no religion has yet been adopted that fully does that.)
We tend to think of God as a celestial old geezer sitting in a floating version of Atlantic City loving us all day long.
(RMG's reply: I don't. The world is a turbulent, violent place many times and God is the author of all of this pain and misery as well as the good. The Devil is merely a subcontractor).
A fat Mr Rogers so to speak. I'm guessing it doesn't work that way. For all we know, he could be sitting by the door with a rolling pin. We don't know. But if you look at the best in people, I beleive you get a glimpse of God.
(RMG's reply: Seems to me that God shows you the face that you give him. Karma.)