I was going through a website I once posted over on geocities and have long since left neglected. Among the contents of that site I found this photo I'd taken of the sun setting on the Gulf of Mexico in Treasure Island, FL (just west of St. Petersburg) back in March of 2000. That was one of the last vacations I went on with my parents. I remember we'd gone to a JFK exhibit that was passing through St. Petersburg at the time earlier in the day. On that same trip we'd also checked out the Salvador Dali exhibit in St. Petersburg.
When I see sunsets like that I can't help but believe there's a God. Something so beautiful, so breathtaking can't just be an accident of science. I realize there is a scientific explanation as to why the sky reddens as the sun descends beneath the horizon. But the circumstances that must exist for that science to work to me are far more than mere coincidence... Just as the miracle of life on our planet. There had to be a specific set of circumstances in place for life to have evolved on our planet, for life to have taken hold. There had to be just the right chemical ingredients present in the biological soup that eventually evolved into what we are today... And while I do respect the science beyond the explanations for life (human and otherwise) on our planet, one still has to concede that those scientific conditions necessary for us to get from where we were to where we are now are far too specific, far too special for life to be a mere accident of science.
But this brings me to another tangent, believing in God, I also believe that God granted us free will. Our God is not an interventionist any more than that God is a He or a She. Assigning God a gender is a human construct to try to make something beyond our comprehension understandable. The fact that he was assigned the XY rather than the XX gender has more to do with the patriarchal nature of the civilizations which have deemed to organize religion... religion that was initially organized for reasons of survival, an organization that ended up growing increasingly political over the years. Whether it's the elders of the Sanhedrin who ordered Christ be put to death for instilling in people the idea that we're still ALL Gods children, that God is not and has never been one to exclude people based on where they were born or whom their parents are/were or the modern day leaders of the Catholic, Protestant, Shiite, and Sunni faiths who rather than follow God or Allah's word instead twist it to justify their policies of discrimination and hate.
So today we have a bastardization of God/Allah's message being perpetuated by political zealots. The hate and discrimination which is legislated and perpetuated by religion isn't the fault of God or Allah's message. God/Allah is not fallible, man is... the hate/fear/discrimnation is from man's flawed and twisted interpretation of a beautiful message of loving, trusting, and caring for one another.