God, the Origins of Life, and the Universe
I'm holding on to my seat and getting ready for a shitstorm. But in all seriousness, I don't mean to disparage any CL users, and I'm sure that most others would feel the same way, so before we begin I'd like to ask you all to remain civil, read carefully, put thought in to your posts and to realize that the point of this thread isn't to see if one side of the multifaceted "what's up with the world" debate can win or not, it's simply to understand each others as people better. So please be serious, but don't be so serious that you hold people's views against them in other parts of the site.
Alright so if one person has to get shat on, I'd prefer it if that one person were me. So I'll begin with my personal views. (I'll call my "god" BigThing to differentiate between the traditional Christian interpretation of God.)
Evolution: There's no doubt that humans evolved from primate ancestors millions of years ago. Ours is truly a rather exceptional example of adaptation, one that is quite sped up compared to other adaptive radiations that happened in the history of our Earth, but not one that is improbable. I will acknowledge that there are gaps between primate ancestors and what you could call the earliest humans but I also have confidence that these gaps will either be filled or explained in the coming decades and centuries. Having a halfway point between primates and humans is proving "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the latter evolved from the former. Do we really need a halfway point between a halfway point and an end to prove the continuity of the other end? In other words, I do not believe that BigThing created sentient life or had any sort of implication in its evolution or history. Sentient life evolved from non-sentient life.
Origins of life: Now it seems too much of a coincidence that all the building blocks of life just happened to be on Earth, right? I too agree. The universe is really, really, really, really, I could add another dozen "really"s but it wouldn't really even begin to describe how big the goddamned thing is, really. But I still find it strange that we haven't been able to find another planet even remotely suitable for life after a century of searching. Out of all the extrasolar planets we've managed to find so far, most of them have been gaseous and the ones that were rocky didn't have favourable conditions, don't even mention sentient beings, bacteria wouldn't even be able to survive on those boulders. And so I assume that BigThing provided the building blocks for and even perhaps created the first bacterium by manipulating cosmic forces. BigThing also most likely created the laws of life, evolution and physics, but had no implication in their usage beyond initial creation. Which brings us to my last mini-topic.
Creation of the Universe: BigThing created the Big Bang. I'm not sure how scientists explain how the Big Bang happened other than "it just happened". CHRIST, I KNOW IT HAPPENED, BUT WHAT CAUSED IT TO HAPPEN? This might just be me being ignorant and stupid, so scientists, please enlighten me if I'm wrong, but for any sort of chemical or physical reaction to occur, there's usually a catalyst. Some thing that MAKES it happen. If a super-dense ball of matter has been in such a state for even a nanosecond already, what makes it unstable such that it has to explode in the next nanosecond? I'll assume that BigThing did it.
Afterlife: There is none because BigThing doesn't care about us. He has the power to manipulate space, time and the laws of the universe, but doesn't use them because he's already all-powerful. What would he gain by their usage? Thus, we die a death, our cells wither and our "souls" die with our brains. Sorry dudes.
In conclusion: BigThing doesn't have an obligation towards us and neither do we have any towards It. He has the power to manipulate the fundamentals of our universe but has only ever used them a few times: to create the universe, to create good conditions for sentient life in said universe and then to nudge the cosmos in a direction that would be conductive to the development of said life. He didn't further intervene and will not in the future. Either because he doesn't want to further manipulate some thing that he has no interest in, or because he's content to just watch and see what happens.
And so I picked the "personal interpretation" option.