Summary: Today we live in a world that is filled with over 7 billion human beings yet many of us feel alone and in need of being loved unconditionally. What we have found is that human love while it is a wonderful thing is not sufficient to address the deep longi

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In the Beginning

Genesis 1-2:3

Have you ever wondered about your family history your genealogy and your ancestors? Who are the people that you come from and what were they like, how did they live and where did they live?

Well for most of us those are questions of self discovery. What we really want to know is not so much who were the people in my family tree but who am I and how did I get to be me?

Some of you like me have traced your family tree back across the centuries in an effort to learn about your ancestors and your family origins.

The family of man shares that same fascination and we have been looking back over the millennia in an effort to discover who we are and where we came from.

Our search has led us in a couple of directions. For some people it means they have relied on a thing called history. History is made up of all kinds of things, oral history or stories, recorded history such as books and monuments, and there is physical history such as artifacts and bones. For others they have relied on a thing called science. Science relies on things such as chemistry and biology as well as geology and it too relies on physical things in order to classify or identify different periods of time.

The result has been that there is a strong difference of opinion between these two groups as both have offered a story or narrative about the origins of human beings. But does this difference of opinion mean that one group’s story is entirely wrong or that one group’s story is entirely right or does it just means that their search has provided them with different discoveries that are to hard for either group to comprehend?

The problem is that each group wants to be right at the expense of the other group and thus own the right to claim definitively that their story of the origins of mankind is the true and only possible explanation that makes sense.

The group relying on history is often the religious group that many of us fall into and the group relying on science is often the non-religious group. The fact is that each group borrows from the disciplines of the other in order to present their version of the story of human origins.

The religious group borrows the system of science to date bones and artifacts and the non-religious group borrows historical evidence to substantiate their position. Could it be that each group has something valuable to offer about our origins – well yes that’s most likely the case but some folks would accuse you of sitting on the fence which means that as long as you are on the fence you remain up in the air and mange to keep your foot off the ground of one argument or the other.

The religious group says that they rely on a thing called faith and the non- religious group says that they rely on a thing called theory. Both faith and theory are subjected to testing before either can be proved one way or the other.

Encarta Dictionary

Faith - belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof

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