Welcome back dude, been waiting on your response. Believe me in no way have you offended me and I appreciate your respectfulness. Also, yeah I thought about water before the big bang and was gonna edit what I wrote but whatever.
I'm glad that you pointed out that religion should be an individual thing. That is exactly what Islam preaches about. You know the problem I have with some religous people. Instead of worshopping God, they worship the religion itself. In other words, they learn about scripture, not for enlightenment, but for the purpose of " being better than others" instead of actually following the teachings. Also, I believe when you put a title on something, automatically it brings criticism to it. Islam basically means " peaceful submission" to God. That's it. People who believe in God and do right but have no religion, we consider them "hanifa" muslims. This basically means they are muslims at heart but have no religion. Abraham was considered one of these. At a young age, before prophethood, he recognized God instead of the idols his dad worshipped. I guaruntee there are many people like this.
Also I'd like to add that Islam does not try to disprove other religions, or atleast the Abrahamic religions( Judaism,Christianity). On the contrary, it is meant to confirm the scriptures were books of God. The reason we don't follow these books is because they've been altered very much from their original forms. Christians can attest to this. The Quran was revealed in Arabic, written in that form, and is still in that form. It was meant to restore the original teaches of Moses, Jesus, Abraham and all the other prophets, therefor, you will see similarities in these three religions. The issue of Jesus is what divides them. Judaism don't recognize him as anything, Christianity views him as Son of God, born of a virgin, died on the cross, and is the Messiah; Islam views him as a prophet of God, not son of God, was born of a virgin and is the Messiah. I'll save the debate about Jesus but would like to note; you have The Old Testament, The New Testament, so consider the Quran The Final Testament. Did you know many Jews flocked to Mecca and Medina before Mohammad's birth because their scripture predicted the coming of a prophet in either of these 2 cities. The night he was born there are witness accounts of Jews dancing in the street rejoicing that the prophet was born. When they learned that he was Arabic, they didn't want to believe in him, though he was what they had been waiting for.
To fully understand Islam, one must learn the life of Prophet Mohammad. Arabs in his time knew nothing about scripture, prophethood, or anything on the subject. Therefor, when he proclaimed prophethood, Jews and Christians would ask him stories and things in their books that only a prophet would know. Not only did he relate to them the stories in exact detail, he told them things they didn't know ( look up chapter 18 The Cave) and still didn't believe in him, though there were some that did. Also, look up the letter he sent to Heraclius, the Roman Emporer. Heraclius asked questions about him in regards if he was a real prophet or not. I guaruntee you'll find this interesting. Its too long for me to post, but I pray that you look it up.
The Quran can't be read as a traditional book because some verses were revealed before others and you have to know when they were revealed and during what time in Mohammad's life. Some were revealed to him pertaining to war when they were in battle, some during when he fled to Medina, and some in Mecca. A great deal of the Quran, God is talking to Jews, Christians, and all of mankind. And for people who say the Quran is biased; did you know the most mentioned prophet in their is Moses, who was from the children of Isreal. The woman held highest in honor is Mary, also a Jew. Doesn't seem that biased to me.
Again, you still haven't convinced me that we couldn't have come from a single pair. Though we look different, we're still the same species. I've seen twins that look nothing alike. Like you said, different parts of the world, our appearances change. Are you saying that miraculously, separate cells all evolved on their own and amazingly formed like each other and we're able to reproduce together. Also the thing about the ham sandwich, well that's a created thing so it can't be God. One thing God can't do is create another god, for if it's created, it ain't God because He wasn't created. I know what you intended by saying this but I figured id answer it anyway. But I agree with you on one point; if you want something you have to go out and get it. Just like a bird has to search for food, we have to search for our provisions. This is ordained by God. But all in all it is He who provides for us.
Again, id like to say, these are my views; no one else's, though they may be similar to others. And yes there are people who believe in God but don't practice religion because well, who doesn't want to live life carefree, sleep with many women, and not worry about the consequences. Temptation is hard to resist, but that's the test. Life seems long but it's not if you think about it. It all comes down to the importance of patience and faith. Yes, its impossible to believe we magically appeared on earth and such and( I'm not trying to sound like the" cuz God did it " people) but it's true. It couldn't have happened just out of coincidence. If that was the case, how come Iron molecules can't fuse together, mutate, and evolve into the Empire State building. The compexity of the DNA strand is too great to be "coincidence".
Before I drag on too long, I'll end with this. Science should be important to us. Anyone who rejects science, rejects Gods commands to "ask those endued with knowledge" on any matter. Sadly, not too many people know that the Islamic Golden Age paved the way to many scientific discoveries and I will talk about this in another post. How come people don't talk about these things is mind boggling to me but whatever. Lastly, yes, religion should be a personal thing, not what someone teaches you. They won't help you on Day of Judgement, everyone is responsible for his\her own actions.
P.S. NoneSoVile, though I don't know you personally, I'm adding you to my "buddy list"