Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Catholic Defender: Religion and Science

Over the years I have met many people who have told me they were agnostic or even atheist.

Being a Military man, I never truly believed in an atheist in a foxhole, yet, I think some people convince themselves what they think they are.

I once knew an older man who use to be a Baptist Deacon. He has long since rejected any kind of faith and today is an ardent atheist.
He told me that he would not believe in God unless the Virgin Mary were to appear to him.

I've actually had that said to me more than once. I believe that "Secular Humanism" is a dangerous philosophy being taught in our schools.

The Secularists main objective is to take God out of public life and replace it with humanistic science. I don't want to make the mistake of saying all science is wrong because there are good Christians who have a scientific understanding for the things God has made.
I know that I was a thorn to my Biology Teachers because I didn't accept their Evolution as fact. As long as you had the right answers on test day, that was all they cared about.

I think Religion and science can co-exist if they can be bridged. It should not be an either or proposition. Consider the throngs of people following Jesus out into the wilderness wanting a sign.

They asked "What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you" (John 6:30)? Jesus responds by giving them the "Bread of Life" discourse (John 6:32-71). Many people began to walk away because they did not hear what they wanted to hear. They didn't get a sign they were wanting to see.

Science can be beneficial for mankind and sometimes there have been misinformation such as the case of Galileo.

Both sides had mistakes. During the time of Christopher Columbus, people believed the world was flat.

The question of whether the sun rotated around the earth or does the earth revolve around the sun?
These are basic questions that sometimes took along time to answer.

Can you be a good Christian and be on opposite sides of the question?

Can the Church be wrong on a matter of science?

The answer to this may not be so obvious. As Catholics, we regard the Church as infallible in concerns of faith and morals.

Because people place importance on things they can see and feel, it is easy to dismiss faith in God.

That is what an atheist does, they place their trust upon the wisdom of science totally.

Evolution is a fact, not a theory to them. Man is in control over his own destiny so the things of the soul they reject.

As a result of this philosophy being prevalent in the public schools, the colleges, the higher places of learning, many are being shaped without a spiritual benefit.

The stories in the bible become myths and legends. 2 Thessalonians 2:11 responds to the fact that Satan will manifest "signs and wonders that lie": "Therefore, God is sending them a deceiving power so that they may believe the lie, that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned".

Romans 1:20-23 states, "Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.

As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.

While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man".

Paul writes to St. Timothy (2 Timothy 3:5) adding, "as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them".

I have been in the medical field for 26 years in the Army. I do not believe in passing out condoms for "safe sex". That is a delusion, the risk is high if you choose to conduct risky behavior.

Secular Humanists sub-humanizes pre-born infants calling them a "fetus".

Fetus happens to be a Latin word meaning "small person", but when an abortionist uses the word, they change the term to mean a subhuman.
They debate whether or not the "fetus" is potential life.

Secular science tends to diminish the value of human life. Religion (Catholic), on the other hand, instills the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception till natural death.

Christians do far more in helping and contributing to the needy because we maintain a higher standard for human life.

If you teach children that they come from apes, perhaps they will act like it? When you teach children the love of God, they will act like it. Jesus Christ is the reason for the season, I choose life!

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