According to Darwinian evolutionary theory, biological changes (ruled by chance) can lead to either extinction or the increased ability of a species to find a unique niche in the environment. Exploiting a niche has everything to do with what something eats and how well it is designed to obtain this food.
What is unique about the human species is that it can exploit a niche that is essentially infinite. Climate change, drought, crop failure, or other external pressures from the natural environment do not interfere with this special niche. What is it?
Humans can forage on information.
The significance of this is that there is nothing in the universe that cannot nurture the human species. The universe is a cosmic breast because information and knowledge is contained in all things that exist.
What is particularly interesting about knowledge as food is that it is unhindered by physical laws. For instance, if you share half of an apple with a friend you are left with half the apple. But when you share your knowledge with another person you still get to keep all your knowledge. Knowledge is metaphysical food.
Knowledge goes deeper than mere data accumulating in one’s memory. We metabolize information, that is, we wish to understand it and give it some order and meaning according to our personal value system. So in the same way that we eat physical food and turn it into the fabric of our corporeal bodies, we internalize the information in the world around us and make it a part of our inner being and reality. We are designed to turn everything in the world into idea-forms and reconstitute those ideas into an ordered and coherent spiritual reality!
Non-physical food suggests that we need to feed and keep healthy some non-physical form of bio-structure. This bio-structure is a real embodiment of one’s spirit, that is, a body of knowledge that gives living form and organization to our values.
Neither Darwinian theory, nor any other scientific theory for that matter, accounts for values in its discipline. This is why science, which only deals with data, separates itself from religion. Science overlooks the important fact that we only acquire knowledge according to our value of it.
Values come from the heart. The heart of an individual determines what information and data he or she has an appetite for and seeks out. This feeds our inner essence.
Religion (not science), fully addresses the information niche that the human species has evolved into and exploits, because it focuses on the values of the heart. Humans seek to find the information that will have the most value to them and improves the quality of their lives.
Religion claims to provide this most important information – not only to improve the quality of temporal life, but eternal life and happiness.
Religion is God’s scientific strategy to continue evolution through the human heart and mind. By providing noble values for humans to live by, religion allows the evolution of bio-complexity to extend into a non-physical and spiritual realm. This realm is called heaven.
What is not taken into account is that our life-choices create a real spiritual body within the physical body. Whereas the genetics from our parents produces the features of our physical body, what we seek and value most creates the features of our spirit.