posted on Mar, 29 2004 @ 03:44 PM
1)What religion (or lack thereof) are you?
I call myself a Catholic or a Christian, take your pick. I struggle with the idea of calling myself something, because I don't hands down believe
everything the Church says I should. I believe there is a God. I believe in Jesus' divinity; his death for our sins and his ressurection (also that
he was married and had children, but that's neither here nor there) I believe in a lot of the things the Bible and Christianity has to offer, but
sometimes I find it's hard.
People point out discrepencies in the Bible every chance they get; sometimes to ask valid questions, but many times just to try to disprove my
religion. That pisses me off, and shows more ignorance than someone who is so-called ignorant for believing in a higher power.
In the end, I would consider myself spiritual. I'm not gonna say "religious" because I don't go to Church every sunday, I don't read the Bible
all the time, I eat meat on Fridays during Lent, etc. But I'm spiritual and religiously minded because I believe in God, Jesus, and I try to live by
Jesus' teachings the best my human body can allow me.
2)What are your views of science?
I think science is a helpful but dangerous tool. The knowledge that science has provided us have allowed humanity to prosper and advance throughout
history, and that is a great thing. I'm wary of the dangers that technology/science pose for our future though. Many scientific discoveries have
led to good and bad outcomes, but that's just the way it is. Science is a very delicate and dangerous tool to weild; if used correctly it brings us
great wealths of prosperous knowledge, but if used for the wrong purpose it could be the downfall of humanity.
3)Do you think science and religion are in opposition to eachother? Can someone be truely religious and scientificly minded at the same
I belive you can't truly be religious and scientific at the same time, but there is room for a lot of cooperation. To be truly scientific (as is one
of my roommates, we get into many discussions over science/religion ideas) is to need tangible proof of something's existence to believe. This
cannot be had in religion.
Believing in God requires a leap of faith that truly scientifically minded people can not grasp or understand. Those of us who are religious or
spiritual are taking a great leap of faith to believe in something we can not touch with our fingers or see with our eyes; but we know God exists
because we can see him in our mind, and feel him in our emotions.
That being said, let me explain my views on God/science. I believe in evolution. The way I see it, God created the means for evolution to occur, and
everything since has been his plan. This idea is the same in other areas for me as well. Scientifically-minded people will say that God can't exist
because we have proved clouds are created by water molecules, fire has been proven to be merely energy, we have night and day because of the Earth's
rotation, etc. Well I tell them that God created the means behind each of these phenomena. Figuring out how and why something occurs is different
than believing that a higher power allowed such things to occur.
Basically, my ideas on science and religion can be summed up like this. When I look at a sunset, I may know that the colors are created through some
complex interaction between light, air, water, what have you (I don't really know the exact reason) but I refuse to believe that the beautiful scene
I am witnessing was created by coincidence and happenstance. When I look at something as beautiful as a sunset, I see God's hand at work; and no
scientific jargon will ever change that.
[Edited on 29-3-2004 by Faisca]