What is the origin of life and what is its purpose There are many theories about the origin of life based on science and religeon. The scientific expanations may provide us clues to the origin but the purpose remains unexplained. Do the only inteligibale lifeform, the humans, exist in this universe without any purpose?

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I agree with post 5.  These are questions that seem, at least at present, unanswerable. Unfortunately, many folks seem to feel that the questions are not only answerable but that the answers are absolutely clear and unambiguous. They then tend to want to impose their answers on others. There's a...

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I agree with post 5.  These are questions that seem, at least at present, unanswerable. Unfortunately, many folks seem to feel that the questions are not only answerable but that the answers are absolutely clear and unambiguous. They then tend to want to impose their answers on others. There's a lot to be said for keeping an open mind about questions such as these.  As John Donne once wrote, "Doubt wisely."

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I think we cannot answer this question because we simply don't know enough.  There might be intelligent life elsewhere.  WE are not intelligent enough to know.  If God created Earth, did He also create other planets where there might be life?  Do they have their own Gods?  How can we ever know?

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It's very difficult to point to the origin of life, when current definitions are still fuzzy on exactly what life is.  As to life's purpose, it appears that that question must be answered in time by those who ask it, a most human of endeavors.  No one would dispute dogs exist, but it's doubtful they ever realize they are alive and consider their purpose in being so.  Perhaps this is the cost of awareness and intelligence.

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As you say, science does not explain our purpose.  In fact, science cannot explain it.  Personally, I do not know if our existence has purpose.  It seems in a way ridiculous to think that it does not.  How can we have such intelligence and consciousness for no reason?  On the other hand, the idea that there is a God who could create the universe and has a plan for our existence is equally hard to comprehend and accept.

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