Evolution Vs Creation

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"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light." Thus begins one of the most famous paragraphs in the history of mankind. It goes on to talk about how God created the sun and the stars, the flora and the fauna before finally creating "Man".

A sufficiently detailed explanation of how life came into existence. But is that how it really happened? That, i guess, is the million dollar question we are here to debate today.

The bible isn't the only source which talks about how life came into being.Hinduism with its 33 crore gods, has multiple stories of creation.

Consistent in all these explanations is a belief in a higher supernatural power which brought life into existence. And if we do place our belief in a higher power then we must accept related symbolisms too.

But do thunder and lightning really mean that God is angry with us? And does the falling of rain-drops indicate that God is shedding tears? But I distinctly remember studying that rainfall is nothing more than evaporation followd by condensation. And that lightning is just an atmospheric discharge of electricity. But what about modern day miracles which continue to occur to this date? What about the statues of Lord Ganesha which drank milk on September 21, 1995? Scientists at CSIR and IITB dismissed the claims of a miracle by saying it occured mainly due to capillary action. Conversely, a religious person may cynically argue that science tries to justify everything. In the words of St. Bernadette of Lourdes "For those who believe, an explanation is unnecessary. For those, who don´t believe, an explanation is impossible."But the real question here...