The reason that you can't find a definitive view on this is that we don't all agree. (In fact, there is very little that every single one of us agrees on! <g>)
This is because we aren't an organized religion, and we are each encouraged to find our own path, and decide for ourselves what our view of the universe is.
Since we are each unique, it makes sense that we each have our own unique viewpoint.
Instead of trying to swallow someone else's, we each share what we have found in an attempt to better understand the whole elephant! (You do know the story of the blind men and the elephant, don't you? I can tell it to you if you don't.)
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