I, like many others who enjoy technology, love to read discussions. I love to read about what others believe, why they believe it and how they react when encountering someone who believes differently.
Yes, part of that is because it’s an obvious train wreck. When you place a person in a situation where they have perceived anonymity, they can behave badly. While the internet facilitates better decimation of information, it allows us to seek free education but it also puts us into situations where the worst aspects of our personalities, the sinful aspects are heavily tempted. (http://gawker.com/5950981/unmasking-reddits-violentacrez-the-biggest-troll-on-the-web.)
Jeremiah 9:3 addresses this kind of behavior
“They make ready their tongue
like a bow, to shoot lies
Now, my point is that many of these discussions can become abusive, so I realize that what I believe might touch someone deeply, and it may evoke anger. I apologize for that. I want you here because you want to be, and because I care. If you believe in atoms, even if in your lifetime you have never witnessed nor will ever witness them, then I think you will get where I am going with this topic.
I believe that Science shares similarities to Christianity because Science is based on theories. When one conducts research, we argue that a point is valid because if tested under specific, arranged circumstances, it will elicit a specific response. Some theories, we can’t really test. A good example of this is Astronomy.
We don’t yet have the technology to fly to Neptune and take samples of the atmosphere. We make predictions based on things we study, things we analyze but we can’t 100% assume that it will occur, thus the “statistical significance”. That .01 of “oops.”. Yet, whether we understand statistics or not, we still believe what scientists tell us.
Anyone remember Y2K? Utter chaos was predicted based upon issues being displayed in computer systems. It was a theory, a belief. Currently there are issues being predicted for 2012, the alleged “end” of the Mayan calender, as well as NASA predicting a catastrophic event in 2013, due to solar flares. Governments believe these theories, and have created a global seed bank.
What goes up must come down! And, yet that theory doesn’t cover everything, nor explain everything – however, we believe it, we don’t question it. Even though there are scientific reports stating that in a portion of Canada, there is lower gravitational pull. (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11826-satellites-solve-mystery-of-low-gravity-over-canada.html)
Our belief in God, like science, is something that we feel, that we can theorize on, we can find analogical evidence to support these beliefs. For example, there are many historical battles quoted in the bible that modern archaeologists have been able to correlate to dig sites, to support portions of the Bible. (http://www.bible-history.com/bka/)
A few portions where science and Christians may dicker over is the time frame. As humans, we seem to want to box and label everything. In Genesis, many translations seem to reflect the world as we know it, was created in seven days. (http://godandscience.org/youngearth/yom_with_number.pdf)
The problem is that the word used was “Yom”. It was uniquely used in that book, and as such, doesn’t translate to days, or solar days but unique periods of time that for lack of a better word or statement, signify “in His time”.
If it makes us feel better, we can believe that it took 7 days, or 7 million years. In either direction it is still a miracle, and of course no where in the Bible does it chastise us for not understanding Hebrew or Aramaic. The point I think that we all tend to glaze over is that it allows for Science, for the possibility that things grow and change, things mutate. We might not be “made from monkeys” but like everything else on this planet, we share a connection.
Thats the point. We can, and should, both believe that we are connected to each other, to this planet, and we can work together to inspire kindness. It doesn’t matter whether you are an Atheist, a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim or a Spaghettist – you are not alone!
So the next time you feel bitter, you feel angry, the next time your feathers are ruffled by some stranger over the internet who thinks that your choice for President is hog wash – look up and take a deep breath. This is your world, time is short, and there is much you haven’t seen. There are others out there who value your opinions, even if they differ, others who will embrace you in positivity!
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.
Lord, help me to not participate in negative behaviors on the internet. Help me to be a good, kind person both online and off. Help me to be consistent in my behaviors, and to always be moving forward. Help me to give unconditional positive regard for all of Your creations. Thank You Father for everything. Amen.