From the phenomena of the quantum world to the ecological interrelatedness of all things in the biosphere, we can conclude that nothing exists alone. On the smallest seemingly inorganic scales to the largest observable organic scales of the biosphere, things are inextricably entangled with each other. Science states that this unity is the result of chance and serendipity. Religion claims something different—that the order and unity we find in the universe was all purposefully designed by an infinitely wise and loving Creator God.
Since science believes in studying the observable world, let us focus our attention on the evolution of living forms on earth to see if we can find some pattern or principle in all this.
The emergence of complexity and higher order bio-structure in the evolution of the species shows us that nature’s improvements exalt both the internal operations within a new species and the ecological cooperation of the external biosphere. This is called the perfection of unity through increased diversity and complexity.
Nothing new comes into existence unless it exalts coexistence.
The Neo-Darwinian synthesis suggests that this trajectory is merely the outcome of selfish genes seeking novels ways and strategies that will (hopefully) exploit a new niche in nature. The external environment and its particular pressures “selects” what novel features in nature work best and survive. What is overlooked is that genetic strategies that prove the most successful always exploit a niche that increases and exalts the unity of nature.
So a lion evolves to kill in a way that keeps nature and disease in balance and ensures that the healthiest of its prey will flourish.
Then the human race finally appears on the scene filling an entirely new niche.
The human race exploits information. The problem with this increased intelligence is that information does not benefit the environment, or even other humans, unless information leads to wisdom. This caveat in human evolution necessitates that individuals challenge their natural proclivity towards self-importance and strive to help others. There is no other way to exalt human society, or, for human genes to “get with the program.”
When Jesus said to “love others” He was making a scientific statement (rather than promoting faith through ignorance and blind obedient belief).
Religion is merely the lawful extension of this unifying principle in evolution to beings that have evolved consciousness (subjective experience), through enhanced intelligence and free will. While lions protect the environment from overpopulation, we humans need to protect the environment from the propagation of hurtful and bad ideas.
The trajectory of evolution is now challenging the human race to fill a heavenly niche of mutual and spiritual love. It is a scientific fact that if we do not find ways to love and exalt each other, the outcome will be predictable.