The Connection Between Religion And Science

The Connection Between Religion And Science

Is there a bond between the two?
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I’m Catholic and I’m proud of it. I’m also a Biology major who wants to become a surgeon. To me, they marry together easily. Apparently, that is not the case for some people. To some people, religion and science are enemies. To me, science is a tool to discover the world God has set out for us. I was raised in a science-loving Christian family. My father is a now-retired Army engineer who majored in geology. My mother was a life and earth science teacher for middle schoolers and a health science and physical education teacher for high schoolers. My father is Methodist and my mother is Catholic. For some reason, there is a type of person who believe that because a person is religious, said person cannot understand the sciences. I just can’t understand why.



When I lived in Washington State, I was in the minority where I lived, ideology-wise. At my first academic team competition, my teammates and I were discussing bits of our lives to get to know each other better. I had happened to mention that I wanted to become a doctor and research cancer. Later I mentioned that I was Catholic. One of my teammates, who was atheist, immediately asked me this, “Wait, how can you be Catholic and want to be a scientist?” I was honestly confused by this, so I asked for clarification. She responded, “Well what do you think of the Theory of Evolution?” I had to think for a moment, trying to figure out what she was getting at. I finally pieced it all together. She wanted “test my faith,” because to her, Christians rejected evolution. I had never heard of such a thing and I honestly felt insulted that she thought I was stupid. Not to say those who don’t agree with evolution are stupid, they are unfortunately viewed that way by many people. After a few seconds of silence, I gave my facetious response, “I believe God created evolution.” It got a few laughs, but it also got me thinking about how religion and science are viewed.

Part of the problem is the connotation with the word Christian in scientific debates. Christian is a large umbrella term; it covers Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, etc. Each branch of Christianity has different views and interpretations. With evolution as an example, both the Catholic and Methodist Churches say that the Theory of Evolution is possible within their church doctrines. On the other hand, some branches, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, vehemently deny evolution. All are denominations of Christianity, but they all are not the same. When you decide to have a scientific discussion with someone, don’t make an assumption based on their faith. Go into the discussion with an open mind, they may surprise you.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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The Purpose Behind The Armor of God

The Armor Of God Series
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In this new series, I plan to talk about the armor of God. Since the armor of God isn't mentioned until the very end of the book, I think it would be best to start by looking at the verse's context. Who wrote this letter and why? What's the point?

Apostle Paul wrote the Letter of Ephesians around 60-61AD. Unlike in 2 Corinthians or Galatians, he doesn’t write about his personal life, nor do we see him addressing specific moral issues surrounding the church, or the body of Christ.

Instead, Ephesians deals with an overview of what is means to be a practicing Christians who is filled with faith. He gives instruction and insights on salvation, grace, and unity in Christ (Ephesians 1-4), as well as explains how our actions matter and can affect our relationships—with ourselves, with our spouses, with our children and/or parents, with our co-workers (Ephesians 5-6).

Ephesians can be read in two parts.

The first three chapters discuss our position in Christ (what God has done for us by being a sovereign King; what Christ has done in us by being out saving grace; and what Christ has done between us to allow reconciliation). And the last three chapters, discuss the results of the Holy Trinity’s actions: our new unity (Ephesians 4:1-6), our new walk (Ephesians 4:17-6:9), and our new strength (Ephesians 6:10-20).

Paul mentions that this new life is not easy. When Paul acknowledges spiritual warfare, he says that our struggle goes beyond avoiding a mortal death but avoiding a spiritual death: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). The caveat to this is, if one dies spiritually, they won’t be able to avoid fearing a physical death.

Why?

On top of maintaining his spiritual walk, Paul faced being persecuting with other Christians in Rome. In fact, Paul’s letter was sent with the help of Tychicus and Onesimus because Paul was enduring his first imprisonment in Rome.

But how did he not let the darkness in his life affect his spiritual life?

Paul could have walked away.

Despite Rome’s politically dark state and a seemingly hopeless moment in Paul’s life, Paul did not stop sharing the gospel. Paul’s letters during his imprisonment lead to writing the saints of Ephesian, along with three others (sent to Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon), to be coined as the Prison Epistles. Additionally, he repeatedly mentions that he is a prisoner of God. He refused to relinquish his Christian title (Ephesians 3:1; 4;1). Paul’s small remarks are small, but powerful in terms of witnessing.

So, how does a Christian maintain their new unity, new walk, and new strength in the midst of enduring this dark world, or a hopeless situation, or spiritual warfare—all of which resembles a dark prison cell— like Paul?

In chapter 6, Paul mentions the Armor of God as having 6 pieces that will give Christians the weapons they need to combat spiritual warfare, so they may not be imprisoned by the flesh (Ephesians 6:12).

In the coming weeks this series will take a closer look at each piece of Armor: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit and how it might be used to remain strong in Christ (Ephesians 6:13-19).

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