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)

Responses

  1. Bkd
    Okay, so let’s say I agree with you… how then do we determine which of the gods created the earth? You’d agree with me that almost every religion claims that their god(s) created the universe.
    It’s quite interesting how you quoted Einstein but you must have noticed that statement didn’t specify the religion. Or could it be that he was referring to “religion” in general? I don’t think I’ll like the answer to that.
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    1. Lota Ofodile Post author
      Lol. I think he might have been referring to religion in general, and yes, I agree that almost all religions claim that their god created the universe. I don’t have an answer as to how we can determine which god truly created the universe, as that would also (sort of) be answering the question of which of the religions is the “best” or “true” religion. I don’t see anything wrong with people believing that their respective god(s) created the universe; this was just my personal experience.
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      1. Bkd
        Thanks for being civil with your response. Too bad I can’t say the same about most other columnists who resort to insults and name calling every time you question their beliefs.
        Your answer works fine by me.
        Cheers!
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    2. redforx
      As I understand, there is only one God. The thing is, different people, tribes, races and religion identify this same God by different names, beliefs and practices of worship.

      Posted from TNC Mobile

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  2. Ope
    This makes a whole lot of sense. I see why people always put science and religion against each other. But they don’t have to be parallels. Many miracles and the creation principles are also supported by scientific laws. I enjoy watching Dr. Leaf’s programme on TBN for instance. She uses science to explain a lot of spiritual principles. And that makes a lot of sense to me.
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  3. redforx
    I believe God created this complex world made up of simple/complex components that depend on one another to survive and exist. Science makes new discoveries about living and non-living things on earth and then gets high on it. Hence, people seek to find real answers to rhetoric questions (such as ‘who really where the first people on Earth’) and this makes them refute the existence of God.

    I also understand that people misuse the power to think and develop to complicate simple matters of life. Different religions harbour various beliefs and philosophies which are not acceptable by the entire human race.

    I later realized that these two studies made terminal to each other by people actually coexist to bring about great leaps in development of the human race. That science addresses the studies of physical things and religion addresses ways to guide and grow non-physical aspects of us (which is our Mind and Soul). We just can’t do without either of them. We can’t.

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  4. Toby
    your comment though, Gurl the shade of it all.
    Now while i may not be the most religious person *lol* i am certainly one of the most argumentative that i know of.
    You said some things and while i am not being antagonistic, i just have to comment on them; You say that science strengthens your religion and so so, but you never actually say how it does, no i know you do, but you say it in the way someone who has been faith based her entire life would say it and not someone who follows the principles of logic. Science while it may not have all the answers has some *dare i say most*, Religion has……..none. The big bang theory essentially has cause and effect, Religion says God created the sun moon and the stars *I am using Christianity here as Greek or Mayan religions would carry as much weight* in seven days, no mention of the ever expanding universe or the fact that every star we see is a sun to every solar system out there in the world. The Bible says every animal that ever lived on the world trooped into an Ark that essentially was smaller than the titanic and they started the world all over again after the merciful loving God flooded everything because people liked to touch themselves.
    I want you to know that though my comment may seem venomous it actually is not and i truly, truly want to know your thoughts on these…..
    Sorry for the very long post, have an imaginary potato. >_<
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    1. Lota Ofodile Post author
      Lol. I appreciate your comment, and while I don’t have all the answers (I don’t think anyone does), I think that’s what faith is about–believing in something or someone you don’t necessarily completely understand. And yes, I come from a faith/religious background, that’s why I said for me, my knowledge of science strengthens (or reaffirms) my faith in God the creator, just because knowing all the things I know now about living organisms and the biological processes involved in life processes, I am convinced that it couldn’t have been random/spontaneous events that led us to this point. It was definitely more than that because so much thought, and intention and LOVE went into creation (by God); that’s how I see it.

      Also, for me it helps that I don’t take every story in the Bible as literal. For stories like that that are difficult to comprehend logically, I try to see the moral/message behind it

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      1. Toby
        Hi
        Now let me begin with, I love this post, adore it even and i love how it sparks up a conversation near and dear to my heart. So please i am not coming for you with this, let that be said. This is not shade.
        Now while i may understand your reply, i cannot claim to understand 100% of it, so i case i veer off course, put me back on it. You make mention of a spontaneity, but i can assure science is the complete opposite of that, The big bang was not just a whim that came about like a poof and then boom, universe appeared out of thin air. No it was a process that i can honestly say that i do not understand all of it, but at the same time neither do i understand how i was made from clay, i mean i know this is real life not a DC comic.
        Now unto the bit about morals in the bible, that i agree with, just not wholeheartedly, yeah there are bits in the bible that fill me with immeasurable joy, like literally all the parts about Jesus, but then there are places in the bible that fill me with fear like most of Numbers, exodus, etc.
        I love this and would want to read more of your work.
        THANKS
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        1. Lota Ofodile Post author
          @toby Lol! I appreciate your comment, thanks. And I don’t claim to understand how it all happened either; I don’t think anyone truly does… which is where my faith comes in. As for the Bible, some stories might be difficult to understand or believe, for me too, but I think with those, the important thing is to try to take away whatever moral lesson or significance they have.
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    2. mollie12
      I see these “rebuttals” to religion in many places (the questions on creations, Noah’s ark, etc), and I wonder. The Christian apologetic responses (and explanations) to these are found in the same places you uncover your scientific facts and theories (Google university), but does anyone bother to check? It feels at times that people take a contrary stance to religion just for the sake of it.
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      1. Toby
        Okay , see, i was not going to get back into it, but you pulled me back.
        Let us start with the whole not every christian (again, we are using christian religion, not because it is the most popular and definitely not because it is the best but because it is the one I grew up with) For the christian apologetic response, that you think I (using myself now as the prime example) find on google or in Universities, is very wrong. With half a brain you would know that the bible cannot answer so many things that science has answered, or let us not even use science, let us use our eyes and ears and touch etc. Where are the dinosaurs in the bible, except you do not believe in the existence.
        The reason why you feel that people take a contrary stance to religion just for the “sake” of it, is completely ludicrous, we live in a society where people cannot be muzzled anymore simply because we ask questions that no one seems to have answers to, and by muzzle i mean when the Christians used to go for holy wars and killed, maimed and tortured scientist’s or anyone who did not get with the program.
        We are asking valid question and your kind cannot answer, yet you blame us for finding alternate questions.
        Gurrl, Calm.
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  5. Mesozoic
    True science finds God waiting behind every door- Dan Brown

    The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed- Albert Einstein

    Professor Emeritus Anthony Flew who writings and teachings on atheism have influenced scholars and generations recanted his belief before he died, saying there is really some sort of deity.

    Professor C.S. Lewis of Oxford, couldn’t find a good argument to disprove the reality of faith in God.

    I should write an epistle from a geoscience point of view but I will stop here.

    There is God.

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