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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: Where we came from doesn't really matter. If we are headed somewhere, that does matter. Especially if we have a choice of destinations.

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      Oct 23 2013: But the choices might not be what you believe they are......and that is why we have to keep an open mind.
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      Oct 23 2013: Hi Peter, good to see you are still here ;-)
      I wouldn't worry so much about where we are heading to. So far there is not a sliver of evidence indicating anything, beside decomposition, happens to us after death.
      In case new evidence appears we can revisit this topic;
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        Oct 24 2013: Hi Harald,
        I'm not decomposing yet. (Your wrong BTW)

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          Oct 24 2013: Hi Peter, I'm aware of that, otherwise I'd have to assume you are a ghost in which I obviously not believe.
          What I'm wrong in ? That we all eventually decompose ? Sorry to break you the news, but it will happen to all of us, even to YECs ;-)
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        Oct 25 2013: Hi Harald.
        Our bodies certainly decompose, but our spirits are eternal.
        Our bodies are just a precise collection of atoms. If God was smart enough to make them in the first place, it should be no problem to replace them. IMHO.

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          Oct 25 2013: I know Peter, that's what happens in your world. My world is a different one, free of the supernatural, mysticism, witchcraft and superstition.
          Life is pretty good in my world. No worries about some angry god punishing his sheep, no worry about an afterlife and how to make sure that satan isn't using us as eternal fuel in hell. We also don't have to beg to a god or negotiate with him to help us when we face challenges because we know that the only ones responsible to deal with life's challenges are we.
          You really should try my world !
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        Oct 26 2013: Been in your world Harald. It's a Dead End,

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          Oct 26 2013: Sure it's a dead end because once we die it's like pulling the plug. Everything is gone. That's true for me, for you and everybody else.
          Just because you don't like to face reality, doesn't make it any less real. You are only kidding yourself.
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        Oct 27 2013: Oh I don't think I'm kidding myself Harald. But, even if you're right, what have I lost? Believing in eternity enhances this life. However, if you're wrong, then you do have a problem.
        From your question re immortal bodies, I deduce you don't know a lot about the bible. Maybe worth checking it out.

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          Oct 28 2013: You are right, if you are wrong, you'll never will get a chance to know you are wrong neither will you be able to regret it. So, from this point of view, your bet is a safe one.
          As for my point of view, the overwhelming evidence shows that I'm right, nevertheless in the unlikely case I'm wrong, I'll deal with my mistake when time comes.

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