I agree that we have become too complacent in our quest for the truth. And agree that we have in the past invented stories and supernatual creatures to explain the unexplained. However, as time marches on, we (collective humanity) have gotten smarter and have begun to find the answers to the unexplained. We have begun to realize that the stories of the past were the best ways then to describe the supernatual. Our intellegence tells us not to fear the unexplained but to find reasonable explainations for it. Through our collective intellegence we have created the tools that allow us to better explain our world. But this does not mean that the people still clinging to the old are any less or more gullible than the rest of us. We had thousands of very intellegent people cheated by Madoff and his ponzy scheme. He did this for years under the noses of some of the smartest people. This is just one example that we still fall for stories because we do not look for truth ourselves.
The truth does not change. Regardless of whether we are aware of it or not. 1+1=2. It did 100,000 years ago when humans could not count and it will 100,000 years from now. What changes is our understanding and capacity. Our first grade teacher could have taught us trig, calculus, astronomy, philosophy and much more. But we did not have the capacity for it. It was our limitation not the teacher's. As we grew, our capacity increased and we can now think for ourselves. Thanks to the teachers of the past. Those stories are just ways for the teacher to explain to an ignorant child the truth. Today we look back at those stories and question why. How could we have not seen the truth. But we had different eyes back then. My queston is why is this looking back done only in religion? Why don't we look at our first and second grade books and wonder why we were taught with those books and not War and Peace or some other great classical books? To me that question seems as absurd as us questioning God why he does what he does. It's like the painting trying to find out why the painter used a particular blue for the sea. For today we know the sea has many shades of blue not just that one he used. It is currently beyond our comprehension. Maybe in the future we may know. But what is he trying to teach us? Is that not the better question.
This process of teaching is what I believe God has been doing to humanity. It started out simple and has become more complex as we grew in both knowledge and capacity to fully understand. So does this mean that it has stopped? No. God has promised that he would not leave us alone. Now we may not want to move on but that is regardless to God's plan.
Your question about creation is exactly the point. Is it more important to know how we were created or better to know why? Evolutution or creationism, both, neither? We cannot say conclusively. Each has to pick his own path. But whichever you pick, does not change the fact that you are on the path. Truth does not change only our understanding and recoginition of it.
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