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Does it really matter?

There is a wonderful ongoing battle between religion and science.

Although the two are often pitted together as if they were alternate answers to the same question (which they are not), both schools of belief do put forward theories about the origins of existence. Both are equally far-fetched and interesting.

My question is: does it matter?

Would it help anyone to know, without a doubt, how the universe began? Isn't knowing that a bit like knowing the exact circumstances of one's own death?

Why do people feel the need to choose a camp?

Personally, I don't mind what people believe. Convince me. GO!

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    Oct 23 2013: How are you going to your destination if you don't know where to begin?

    A house with a strong foundation will stand firm for a long time. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
    A person who has doubts is thinking about two different things at the same time and can't make up his mind about anything.

    To have questions and to be curious is okay as long as we are looking for answer and rest with it if you think that answer is genuine.
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      Oct 23 2013: Hi Doris,
      How about beginning here and now? I agree.....to have questions and to be curious is good....interesting:>)

      Do you think/feel that a strong foundation can be built with the belief that we don't necessarily need all the answers right NOW? Is it a "strong foundation" when we absolutely decide to "know" something? Is a strong foundation to accept that we may not "know" everything right now?
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        Oct 25 2013: I think strong foundation can be built even if we don't have all the answers right now. as long as the current answers that you have is credible which continue to be convincing for you. I can only say that it is a strong foundation if you cannot easily moved by other perception or belief except if you think they outweigh what you are believing now.

        Some people easily change their mind without weighing it's credibility just because someone told them to believe in this. I don't think this is a strong foundation.

        Some people only believe what they are believing now and refuse to listen or search for new things. I believe this is being a close minded.
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      Oct 24 2013: Hi Doris,

      I cannot agree with the whole "to know where you're going you need to know where you're from" philosophy. It's a good way to maintain staid tradition for the sake of tradition and doesn't seem very open to change or anything new.

      A house with strong foundations is no good if there is a flood or fire - it cannot move.

      Most people view cognitive dissonance in a negative light but I believe the ability to entertain more than one version of a concept at the same time is an indication of mental evolution.

      Doubt is not the same thing as refusing to commit to one philosophy - this is especially important as no one philosophy has all the answers and many are intolerant of other ideas and philosophies because it undermines it.
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        Oct 25 2013: If God show himself to you right now and tell you I created you I created everything I think it would be easier to choose to believe that God created us and to live a life pleasing unto Him. Unfortunately God's way isn't like that why? who knows? who even knows if God exist or not with a credible proof. If God is real perhaps He want us to discover the origins of our existence.

        To choose what to believe about the origin of our existence or where we from will be easier for us to know what we should be doing now and what we are going to do in the future or to have a belief of where we will be heading.
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          Oct 28 2013: you have gotten to the heart of my actual question. thanks.

          i worded it poorly and the majority of responses have been about science vs religion rather than cogitation on what effect knowing without doubt might have on people.

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