Where Do We Come From?

Where Do We Come From?

As the lovely human beings that we are, we are naturally curious about where we came from, why we are here, how we got here, and what our purpose is here on this beautiful planet. Every religion, culture, or indigenous people probably has their own origin story. This week on our podcast we discussed God and origin stories and whether or not it’s important that the two go hand-in-hand. Was God involved in creation? Is the creation story necessary, and does God interact with creation?

Origin Stories

Every society for which there are records has its version of the “origin myth,” where myth is used to mean allegory, not just fantasy. The product of the unique curiosity of the human mind, origin myths nevertheless tell more than how a particular people might have got here. They encompass a view of the world that tells people how they should behave now they are here. Origin myths are prescriptive, not just descriptive. They present a microcosm of society, of the way men relate with women, of the way “real people” relate with “foreigners,” and of the place of humans in the world of nature. It is not surprising, therefore, that ever since there evolved in the human mind that unique quality of conscious, of reflective self-awareness, origin myths have been central to the intellectual lives of Homo sapiens everywhere.
— Roger Lewin

As mentioned above, humans are curious creatures that want to know absolutely everything about everything so of course we would want to know where we came from. Origin stories exist for most religions, cultures, or specific groups of people. These stories serve to satiate our need to know how we got here and where we fit on the timeline of all of creation. This leads me to one particular origin story, and that is the one from the bible.

Did God Create Everything?

I've come to the conclusion that God and the Big Bang are the same thing, it just depends on which you choose to call it. I for one, am of the opinion that the big bang theory is the way of creation. It would, however, make sense that what caused the creation of everything, people would want to worship, therefore calling it a God. I don't feel the need to worship whatever created everything because I don't believe it was God that did it.

Interaction With Creation

My conclusion that God and the Big Bang are one and the same goes along with my opinion that God does not interact with creation. I believe everything was created and then left alone to run its course. This only makes sense if the big bang was the cause of creation, because Christians believe that God interacts with creation. I am no witness to God interacting with creation, though Christians would claim that I just choose not to see it.

Creation Doesn't Necessarily Need A God

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
— George Bernard Shaw

Origin stories don't necessarily need a God. The Big Bang theory describes creation without a God. It's important to note that not all origin stories answer every question about creation. I am not an expert on the Big Bang theory nor am I an expert on the Genesis creation story. I have no idea how everything was created but I lean more towards the Big Bang theory. Our mind and body are powerful things. We can meditate and slow our breathing, our heart, and other organs. Women can so strongly believe that they are pregnant and their body will begin to think that she is pregnant and react in such a way. Amputees can feel limbs that are no longer there and Christian's can so strongly believe that there is a God and they believe that there is. This goes for every religion or belief system. We are stubborn creatures with brains that are so misunderstood. Are we all crazy? Probably.

I respect everyone's beliefs about creation and I am not here to say which one is right and which one is wrong, nor am I here to argue. What do you think about the origin of everything? 

About the Author | Kristal Miller
An unbeliever exploring faith and doubt with friends.

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