Blinded by Science?

“We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.”

Albert Einstein

Science is the study of God’s work, and religion the study of God Himself.  I’ve found that studying science strengthens my faith and studying God’s word deepens my understanding of science. As Einstein found “there is an order in the arrangement.” It should be expected that we find cohesion between science and religion; between a man and his work, so to speak.  I don’t think anyone would be surprised to find an artist’s fingerprints embedded in a clay sculpture, so shouldn’t we likewise expect to find God’s fingerprints upon His sculpture, our natural world.

And what artist would not attend an exhibit of their work?  Why would anyone expect God to create and dash?  No, I think He is here standing back watching people view His work, listening to their impressions and interpretations, yet open to step up and answer questions when asked.

At least publicly, Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientific minds of all time, appeared to have understood only the science of God and not the religion.  I hope privately he asked the Artist a few personal questions regarding faith and religion.

Let’s not be blinded by science without recognizing that the bright light of science is God; the Way, the Truth and the Light

Another opportunity

rabbit.jpgMany have referred to this nation as the land of opportunity, so in honor of that I’d like to thank the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) for posting another opportunity.

For those of you who tout that all religions are the same and all should be celebrated and included; you now have an opportunity to explain how the Islamic religion of this bunny, seen on a Palestine kids show, should be celebrated and included. Here’s a bit of the conversation between kindergarden age children and Assud the bunny:

Saraa Barhoum: “Of course, Assud. We will liberate Al-Aqsa from the filth of those Zionists.”

“I, Assud, Will Get Rid of the Jews, Allah Willing, and I Will Eat Them Up”

Saraa Barhoum [to girl in the audience]: “Is there anything you want to share with us?”

Girl: “Arnoub [‘Rabbit’]?”

Saraa Barhoum “His name is Assud [‘Lion’].”

Girl: “How come you are called Assud, even though you look like a rabbit?”

Assud: “Because a rabbit is not good. He’s a coward. But I, Assud, will get rid of the Jews, Allah willing, and I will eat them up, Allah willing, right?”

Saraa Barhoum: “Allah willing.”

I have to admit that I might be sheltered, because my boys never come home from Sunday school having learned about “the filth of Zionists.” nor the eating those who don’t share our faith. They continually come home with love, self-sacrifice, and compassion; lame stuff like that.

So, with the sentiment that all religions are the same and should be included, I wonder if someone can point me at all the local places of worship, here in Whatcom County, that are preaching the killer rabbit doctrine or at least an equivalent message? I’d like to include them… an email to the FBI!

How relevant is religion

An email this morning brought up this concern. It’s a concern I’ve heard before, so I thought I would put in my 2 cents.

So one person brought up the Mormon thing with Romney, and being the good little Layman Conservative Shaolin with Christian Tendencies that I am, suggested that is entirely irrelevant. Dear departed Hinkley worked hard for many years to dissuade folks that the Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints is not a cult, but a modernized Christian religion with a modern era prophet.

I think a person’s religion and or religious cult is entirely relevant. It is their value system. It may not determine every specific decision they make, but it is the metronome ticking away on their piano. I can’t believe that their administration would be too far out of step with their internal spiritual beliefs. So, those religious beliefs are important regardless of whether or not you consider their religion to be a cult.

I tend to think of cults as having charismatic leaders, so I hesitate calling Mormonism a cult. I do still call it a cult from time to time though. And the Catholic Church is a cult in the same fashion. I guess I could consider the Mormon Prophet and the Pope as their charismatic leaders so for the sake of argument I’ll just call them both a cult. So then consider how will the doctrines of their cults impact our nation. In the case of Mormon and Catholic cults I would say that for the most part they are right instep with the freedoms and values that our nation was founded on and in the case of conservatives; the freedoms and values we still cling to. For the conservative and/or Republican, I think the Mormon issue is a non-starter. That simple.

ellison_oath_pelosi However, if any liberal and/or Democrat negatively brings up Mormonism then I think they first need to be reminded that freedom of religion is a basic value in our nation. And then second they need to be shown this picture of Nancy Pelosi swearing in Keith Ellison on the Koran. For if they consider Mormonism an issue and possibly even a danger, then how to they reconcile their position with their position on Islam. How do they have the nerve to question Mormonism and yet accept Islam with smiling faces.

Islam is both a cult with Mohamed as their charismatic leader and a religion whose values are most definitely out of step with freedoms and values that our nation was founded on. In Islamic nations, regardless of the type of government, the religious leaders sit above the government. In Islamic nations, both the people and government serve Allah. Even if this is not possible with in our nation’s structure, is this the fall back value system we want in our leaders. I don’t think so. And while ex-Mormons may be hounded for life by LDS missionaries, they should consider themselves lucky, because those who turn from Islam often receive a legal death sentence.

Yes, a candidate’s religion is relevant. And in the case of Mitt Romney I think it is of positive relevance.