I am Catholic. I was born and raised this way; it is all I have ever known. All my life I was taught and encouraged to pray, believe in God, go to Church, and all that good stuff. Growing up in the kind of family I did, and attending Catholic schools, both at the high school and college level, only further strengthened my religious attitude.
Overtime, God, Christianity, faith, spirituality—whatever you want to call it—came to comprise such a huge part of my life to the point that I sometimes could not distinguish one from the other. It took me a while, but then I realized that a lot of it was not out of my own conscious will or choice, it had just become so familiar and easy. Because of my background, upbringing and experiences, my faith and religiosity became so mundane, I was practically missing the action, so to speak.
The science-religion divide has always intrigued me. Of course, at first it sort of made sense; if the world was a result of some “big bang” and all life forms came to be through evolution and its principles, then how is it possible that some “God” created the world and everything in it? And apparently out of nothing too. For a lot of people, that’s just pushing it (and I honestly get that). And vice versa. But now that I know the things I know, I don’t see why it can’t be both. Why can’t God have created the world, and because He is all-powerful and all-knowing, He employed these scientific (physical and biological) principles in His creation process, and set it up in such a way that these principles govern and control nature and its existence? In the words of Albert Einstein, renowned scientist: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
It was when I got to college that I truly began to appreciate God, and understand my faith and relationship with my God. Life has a way of doing what it does best—playing us. It teaches us the most profound things in the weirdest and unexpected of ways. We learn the essence of success from the biggest failures, we learn what love is after the worst possible heartbreaks, and for me, I got to appreciate and truly believe in the existence of God through my science classes.
As a science (Biology) major, I’ve gotten to take some pretty interesting Biology classes such as Biochemistry, Evolution, Comparative Anatomy, and Immunochemistry, among others. I loved every minute of these classes, maybe because I really just enjoy learning about biological concepts especially as they relate to the human body and health, or because these classes are just plain fascinating. But more importantly, they gave me a deeper appreciation of my God.
After learning about the beautiful, intricate design of the human body, I couldn’t be more convinced that it had to have been a God, and not some random chance series of events that led us to this point. When I realized the complexity of the myriads of molecules and structures that make up each tiny cell, how these cells regenerate and differentiate into hundreds of tissue types organized into organs and systems that make us what we are, the homogeneity and specificity involved in so many biological processes, and, basically the order in spite of all the “chaos”, I began to respect and appreciate God in a whole different way. In fact, after listening in on such profound lectures, I often turn and say to my friends: “and yet people say there is no God”.
This scientific knowledge has not just convinced me that indeed God created all things, but it has also made me appreciate the scientist and artist in Him, and this new realization and appreciation have translated into a deeper relationship between me and my God.
(Previously published on Lota Relates: http://lotachuks.wixsite.com/lotarelates/single-post/2016/09/21/How-Science-Strengthened-my-Religious-Resolve)