Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
I’m not an expert on the bible, in fact, I’m not sure of the last time I picked one up. I guess in the eyes of the most devout, I’m a heathen. Actually, I thrive on trying my best to do unto others as I would have them do unto me. If I can live up to that, I’m doing good. The point is, it’s not for you to decide what religion I should practice.
I imagine that I’m a typical preacher’s kid and it’s so much fun. Both of my parents are First United Methodist ministers. What this means is that they have a Master in Divinity and know the bible well. Are they perfect? Nope, I would say not. Am I perfect? Didn’t I say I was a preacher’s kid??
Fast forward to 2007. I graduated from a southern Baptist University in Georgia. It was in my religion class that the theologian reiterated that no one can say for sure that events portrayed in bible stories really took place and that is where your faith comes in. I was devastated to hear such a thing. I had always been taught from a young child that everything in the bible definitely happened. My grandmother said so. That day was a turning point. It was the day that I thought about religion in a whole new light. I’m not saying that I don’t believe in God. I’m saying don’t judge me if I have made the decision to research other religions outside of Christianity. In doing so, I find that most all religions have the same basic fundamental beliefs with the same central human values. The Dalai Lama states that one does not have to forsake their own religious beliefs in order to take advantage of lessons from the Buddhist. What a respectful perspective.
A Note about Science and Religion
When I was ill some years ago, it was certainly comforting to know that people were praying for me, but it was, I must admit, still more comforting to know that the hospital where I was being treated had the very latest equipment to deal with my condition! ~ Dalai Lama
In other words, prayer alone might not heal you. You need pre-med students with a strength in science and a few medical schools.
As for heaven or hell, right now I don’t dwell on either. I don’t go to church often but don’t judge me for that. Look beyond your beliefs and realize that the person you laughed with yesterday is the same person you are condemning today. Does that mean you’re doomed to hell. Not really, it just means you’re practicing double standards and I’ll have to ignore you.
At the moment I’m plagued by hot flashes and that’s enough hell on earth for me right now.
Is religion controversial in your world?