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The study of creation — nowhere is the disparity between religion and science greater than the description of creation.

Religion attaches the most sentimental and emotional significance, while science treats creation as a remarkable drama but without fundamental significance nor purpose. Science sees the creation paradigm as the growing achievement of billions of years (4 billion) of evolution and the opportunistic development of micro-organisms, polymers, amoeba, and protozoan organisms on Earth.

However, we must not let all this go to our heads. The innovative Big Bang Theory proselytizes that the human origin is just the result of the physical and chemical processes that are completely random, accidental and insignificant.

We may believe that we are well and important. But there is nothing in the blind trivial events to suggest the slightest purpose or worth in our existence. If we were to annihilate ourselves in a nuclear holocaust or through the suffocating effects of pollution of the earth, it would not make any difference in the theatrical cosmic play of events.

Think about it: the planets, constellations, and galaxies will continue their interstellar activities completely unaware of our passing- so much for human existence – science tells it straight and to the point.

In reality, we came close in 1960 when the computer at NORAD (North American Air Defense Command ) in the  State of Colorado warned a 99.9 percent certainty that the Soviets had launched a full scale missile attack against the U.S.

However, when it was learned that  Khruschev was in New York City at the United Nations and no missiles had landed, they concluded that the missiles were false. U.S. Intelligence later discovered that a technician had mistakenly put a war game tape intended as a part of training exercise into a computer.

After reviewing the report in 1991 General George Butler became head of Strategic Air Command and said about the S.I.O.P (Single Integrated Operational Plan) “this is the most absurd and irresponsible document I ever revised in my life.” He commented, we escaped the cold war without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck, and divine intervention. I supposed the latter with greater proportion.

But there is something else, another way to look at our existence — it is called religion.

Many scientists will ascertain that the Big Bang Theory is well established, but that does not mean that is filled with rationalization but is the best they have for now to interpret or make sense of our existence.

Religion states that idolatry is the worshiping of graven images created by men whether physical or imaginary; idolaters are immersed in an illusion or hypnosis either to disregard or suppress their part or role in the creation process, and consequently the idol is something external, mystical, and divine. Enter the making of a religion.

By creating this idol, it becomes a god and takes on power from beyond that of humans – who created it. Science in the identical form accepts ideas, concepts, and theories.

Rendering their concept of creation an ideological worshiping of human ideas: black holes, quarks, the big bang theory, and sub atomic particles are just objective views to explain independent ways of our existence from the scientific point of view.

All this is the majestic work and achievement of the human mind: the so-called scientific method, theories, complex scientific mathematics, and the system of rationale are directed to formulate a picture of the creation scheme by science.

Science and religion have many things in common. They both use specialized language for formal and accurate communication. Latin, Hebrew, and Sanskrit are for religion and math; computer programming, technology, and engineering are for science, in contrast with the common language of the lay person.

All this is to be treated by science and religion as the unquestionable authorities in their respected fields. Just as science, religion can be used for negative purposes. That’s what happened many years ago when the church tried to gain control. The church of long ago recognized the threat posed by the scientific community and tried to obscure the scientific concept from expanding by using methods like the Inquisition, imprisonment, exile, torture, and execution.

People like Giordano Bruno for saying that the earth orbits around the sun was burned alive, Galileo Galilei was forced to recant his discoveries of Jupiter’s moons and was put in house arrest. Although these episodes are not viewed in positive way, one can admire the errant beliefs of religion and the efforts in war that ultimately lost to science.

Lest not forget people that used religion for mass suicide: David Koresh (Branch Davidians), Marshall Applewhite (Heaven’s Gate), Jim Jones (Jonestown), to mention a few of the atrocious acts committed by degenerate people in the name of religion.

Despite all this, science has nothing to do with religion and spiritual questions; science has been an important medium in developing civilization as we know it with advanced medical care, technological advances, and modern communication technologies.

We must realize that religion is a man-made ideology to interpret his perception of what piety should be. When someone says he is a Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Puritan, Lutheran or any other denomination one must be prudent not to segregate the main idea posed by the main artificer in the Bible: Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ has been the banner for the enrichment of spiritual strengthening and the foundation of the true role of a Christian; to a person committed in devoting his/her life to this doctrine; Jesus is a prodigal return to his/her true path, Jesus Christ is not the Idea of a God as a healer, but of God as a fellow sufferer; to a believer: Christ is not a God crying “I am here in what exalts you, completes you, and validates you”; But Christ is here in what appalls, offends, and degrades you.

When someone suffers pain, disaster, loss, rejection, and loneliness, the sufferer is trying to reach for comfort at any means. His/her mind is tottering at the abyss of despair or death and shudders back toward any simplicity, any coherency, it can grasp and then calls to God.

Here is what defines Christianity: faith like love can be clinically analyzed from the outside, but it can be known only from the inside.

God is a present absence who leaves a place lit up by his departure. Truth resides not only in Jesus’ doctrine itself, but in the spirit in which it is engaged; that is: follow the path that is narrow, and you will find solace, follow the path that is wide, and you will find perdition. God is always seeking and creating new forms to show the way.

A true pious person is defined by relevancy in acts and speech dictated by the Bible. The great Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius once said, “The universal order and the personal order are nothing but expressions and manifestations of common underlying principle.”

Just like science and religion can be dissected for flaws – ultimately – the choice is yours to make the harmonious and homeostatic decision in what is right and deviate from the sub-standard ideologies and philosophies about religion and science.

If we fail to realize how deeply religion and science can be beneficial in humanity, we run the risk of destroying not only our material benefits but also our souls.

“Voices” is an open forum for student essays on topics of interest. The opinions reflected in “Voices” are solely those of the author. The Pony Express invites student submissions to “Voices.” Email to [email protected]

 

 

 

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