The creation of the world is a story of Nature’s incessant drive towards self-organization. Evolution continues this pattern of complexification through bio-organization and speciation.
The most complex living structure in the universe is the human brain. No one doubts that evolution has led to both the increased structural complexity and the intelligence that is enjoyed by the human species. However, science does not see this trajectory as proof of a purposeful design from a Divine hand.
What naturalism fails to observe is that religion is actually the next logical step and continuation of the drive in evolution to increase complexity and intelligence.
You see, the mind, which consists of our thoughts and passions, is organized as well. Since the mind is not in space, and the ideas of our memory are not under the constraints of physical law, the human intellect can be said to represent non-physical complexity.
Religion represents God’s lawful strategy to take bio-evolution into a non-spatial and non-temporal plane. Why? Because God’s PURPOSE in creation is to create a heaven from the human race.
Unlike the neo-Darwinian synthesis, which places chance, genetic novelty, and natural selection as the driving forces in evolution, religion places values (life-choices) as the driving force once a certain level of intelligence and consciousness has been reached—as in humans.
The Human cognitive function of understanding comes from a man or woman’s ability to arrange their knowledge coherently. In fact, all branches of human inquiry put knowledge into a systematic form. What is not known is that an individual’s personal and subjective arrangement of ideas becomes the embodiment or non-physical bio-complexity of the human spirit. This higher-level bio-structure allows our personality to survive the death of the physical body. This organization represents real bio-structure because it subsists – it must be “fed” and given “inputs” like all other living systems.
The reason religion shows the purposefulness of evolution is that it anticipates the unique challenges for further bio-progress in the human psyche. Religion addresses the fact that the human intellect and its body of knowledge are arranged and find order according to one’s chosen VALUES (which are derivatives of love).
Corporeal love organizes the body of our ideas around one set of values (which are worldly and self-centered). Spiritual love organizes the body of our knowledge around a different set of ideas (which are more noble and inclusive). In other words, religion recognizes that the continued evolution of Homo sapiens involves the human heart and mind choosing the best values, that is, choosing goodness.
All values are derivatives of love because they are the principles we resonate and harmonize with. That is why religion implores us to love God and to love the neighbor.
Religion is a part of God’s evolutionary (and scientific) strategy to form a profound relationship and covenant with the created world.
While God seeks to share eternal happiness with us, when we die and enter the spiritual world we will seek a final abode that resonates most perfectly with our inner organization.