Sublime intelligent design
Emotion and reason entwine
To a tee
Do you believe in intelligent design? And if the universe, and all within it were intelligently designed, do you think that requires only reason and logic? If so, why would we, humans, have such strong emotions?
I was doing some research on intelligent design and found a few quotes that really caught my attention:
- “DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created. – Bill Gates”
- “The believer in the God of creation is the rationalist.”
- “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.” -Issac Newton
- “We are intelligent beings: intelligent beings cannot have been formed by a crude, blind, insensible being: there is certainly some difference between the ideas of Newton and the dung of a mule. Newton’s intelligence, therefore, came from another intelligence” – Voltaire
I have always been an emotional person. Often times I’ve acted impulsively off of my feelings. This hasn’t always worked out well. I’m so glad I married the man I did, because he is a strong thinker. So then, he being the thinker, and I being the feeler, I guess you can say we compliment each other. I have learned so much during these past 10 years of marriage. Trying to not let my emotions guide me, stopping and looking at things rationally, recognizing that feelings can often blind a person and cause one to regret impulsive actions. These are some the lessons I’ve learned.
Being a Christian, I believe in intelligent design. In considering the fact that everything in the universe is bound by laws which have no choice but to obey, and the complexity and logic that is involved in order that the universe runs orderly and smoothly – I find it hard to believe that an unintelligent being could have done it all, or that it merely happened by chance.
I’ve often thought that humans are such extremists. We have a difficult time finding balance. I find that some Christians are very strong feelers and live their lives by emotional/spiritual experiences. Then there are others that tend to shun the emotional, because they know that feelings can be deceptive and often blind people. They may know all there is about the Bible and be able to debate logically and intellectually about philosophy, theology and what have you, but are scared of having an emotional experience.
What I am learning now though, is that there is a balance. If God made me with intellect and emotions, then there’s a reason for it. I have had some phenomenal emotional and supernatural experiences with God, but have left the reason and logic off to the side. Now I find myself reading and researching out more of a rational basis for my faith. Because ultimately experiences and emotions can be found and generated in any belief system, but I want to know what is true and what is real. I used to read the Bible and pray to find peace and have an ‘experience’ with God. I don’t want that to go, but I want the balance now. The balance between reason and emotion.
How about you? Do you believe in intelligent design? Do you find yourself more of a strong feeler or thinker? Do you long to find balance between the two?
19 thoughts on “The Divine (clogyrnach)”
Somehow when I connect with my wholeness, I also connect with my higher mind. I let go of a lot of over-thinking for a while and surrendered to this place of wholeness.. that includes all parts of me.. and now my thoughts seem to be aligned more with my heart.
I think we get all messed up sometimes when we over-think. I know that when I come and quiet myself during my quiet time, God meets with me and takes that load off. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
Thanks Laurie. I love your serenity.
I do believe in Intelligent design. Fred Hoyle once postulated that “the chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way (evolution) is comparable to the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.” Although he believed in panspermia, I think that it also applies to intelligent design.
I’m more impulsive, so that must mean that I’m more of a feeler, but I also work in an industry that requires analysis, so I’m somewhat of a thinker as well. 🙂
Yea, I would think that the belief in evolution and the big bang and all would take a heck of a lot of faith. I remember just accepting at truth when I was a teenager, because it was taught in high school as fact. It was only after, when I started to ask the basic questions of life, “where did I come from, where am I going when I die, why do I fear death, etc” that I started to question it.
I’m a deep thinker and most days it can be easier to shut it all off. I see now why some super creative people have an addiction.
I love your poem…beautiful!! ♥
I wish I was a deeper thinker than I am Audrey. But I can also see why a deep thinker, like yourself, would want to shut it all off. It can be overwhelming. As a deep feeler, I think I have to be very careful. Feeling can be so deceiving at times. I find it very difficult to think logically when I’m overwhelmed by a certain feeling.
Thank you so much for your kind words. You’re awesome.
You are a deep feeler and that is much more harder to live with, Staci. Displaced emotion or empathetic emotion can be consuming. Take care of you. ♥ HUGS!
Very true. Very consuming. Thanks Audrey.
What a thought-provoking post!
I do believe in intelligent design. I believe because I have made the choice to believe. I choose to have faith. It is what keeps me fully human, in the end.
Right on Kate. It’s funny because sometimes humans think they know it all (or at least some do). I don’t pretend, or want to pretend to have all the answers. I never will. I entered into my faith knowing very little. I just knew that the life I was living was crap. I had all sorts of questions that needed answering and I wanted out of the type of life-style I was living. When I made my choice for Jesus, I did so hardly understanding what I was doing. I just knew that the things I was reading in the Bible were making a whole lot of sense. After 20 years of faith, I’ve of course grown in leaps and bounds. However, I do exactly as you – I choose to believe. I still seek apologetic answers to questions, but at the end of the day, I will never fully comprehend everything.
It was once said by a renouned scientist that after studying all the aspects of how everything and anything was genectically put together on this earth, not to mention the enitire universe, to say that it all happened by accident requires the same faith that could believe that all the parts to a Boeing 747 could be caught up in a cyclone, blown through a construction hanger, and come out the other end totally put together and ready to fly.
Wow! Now that’s faith. Like I mentioned to Rob below, I think it takes a heck of a lot of faith to believe in mere chance. I believe that even Albert Einstein said, “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” And that’s coming from a scientific genius.
Obviously, weight2lose had a quote similar to mine. But they both have the same concept of belief. The bottom line is we both think that it requires more faith to believe in evolution than it does in a creator.
Whoo hoo! You wrote a Clogyrnach and did a fantastic job with it. I’m with you that in God we find balance. I am creative, but I also have an extremely logical side to me. For years I would see saw back and forth between the two. The whole “all or nothing” syndrome. Then I realized that I could find balance in the middle, just like I did on the see saw on the playground. Great post!
Awwwww, thanks so much Kirsten. I was inspired to write a clogyrnach after I read your last week. I’m learning tons from you girl, and am inspired to stretch myself more as I’m learning about all of these poetry forms.
Boy can I ever relate, the all-or-nothing syndrome. I’ve been there many times. With time and age I’m finally starting to be more balanced.