One of the fundamental problems with human beings is that we have an ‘either’, ‘or’ way of thinking. A thing is either this or that. Right or wrong, true or false, just or unjust, fair or not, happy or sad. We tend to employ this thinking in every aspect of our lives. Often we fail to see things as parts of a whole, and so the things that don’t fit into our ‘either,or’ sense of logic we attempt to discredit. We falsely assume that our way of thinking and believing are the right, and only way, and we alienate those who don’t share our views. We polarize ourselves along with others who share in our particular thinking, and the lifelong quest to prove our way right while discrediting another’s way begins.
I believe that the three most fundamental aspects of our lives are parts of a whole. Not meant to be pitted against one another, but to be viewed as a symbiotic connection meant for one purpose.
Science: Our inquisitive nature is a wonderful thing. We ask a question, and we set about to figure out the answer. We do this by investigation into the ‘thing’, so that we can see how it works. We figure out the individual parts role and function and we figure out the how of a ‘thing’. After figuring out the how of a ‘thing’, we can figure out the ‘why’ of a thing. It’s purpose. There is not an area in our life that hasn’t been improved upon by science. And it is a varied field: Astronomers (including astrophysicists)
Biologists (including botanists, entomologists, geneticists, herpetologists, ichthyologists, lepidopterists, microbiologists, neuroscientists, ornithologists, pharmacologists, virologists, and zoologists)
Chemists (including biochemists, Analytical Chemist , Environmental Chemist, Laboratory Scientist , Research Chemist, Electrochemist , Polymer chemists, and nanotechnologists)
Ecologists (including hydrologists, limnologists, soil scientists, life scientists, atmospheric scientists, and toxicologists)
Social scientists (including anthropologists, demographers, economists, political economists, political scientists, psychologists, and sociologists)
Geologists (including mineralogists, seismologists, gemologists, and volcanologists)
Archaeologists (including Egyptologists, Industrial Archaeologists, Ethnoarchaeologists, Paleolithic Archaeologist, Classical Archaeologist, Historic Archaeologist).
For almost every aspect of your life there are people who have studied their field extensively, and have provide us with a wealth of information, as to how our entire universe is operating, us included. But as varied as the fields are, it is all under the umbrella of science. And it is pivotal in our lives.
Religion: Another pivotal factor in our lives. It is hard to define Religion, but I will attempt to at least explain religion from my perspective. In order to understand religion, we have to see the three different aspects of it that are of major importance: religion as our belief, religion as our identity, and religion as our way of life. Religion/ belief ; these are the convictions that we have concerning such matters as God, doctrines of faith, or truth.
Religion/identity; religion in the form of belief emphasizes doctrines, religion in the form of identity emphasizes affiliation with a group. In this sense, identity religion is the bond of family, ethnicity, race, or nationality. It is something you were born into.
Religion/way of life; In this aspect, religion is tied in to our daily actions, rituals, customs, and traditions that differentiate us from adherents of other religions, and also differentiates us from differing sects of our own religion. Genuflections for example, at the sight of a cross, circumcision, praying to the east three times a day, meditating daily, or not eating certain foods, are all ways in which our religion becomes our way of life. So as we see, there is not one aspect of our lives that Religion doesn’t touch as well.
God, The Creator: There are over six billion people in this world and each person has his or her own thoughts about God. How can a person know for sure what God is really like? It doesn’t matter what name we ascribe to The Supreme Being, what matters is that we all have an ideology in regards to our Source, and the majority of our lives are spent trying to get closer to our Source even when we aren’t aware of doing this. Few concepts in human history have generated as much intense longing, rapturous devotion, somber contemplation, fascination, and endless debate as the topic of God. But one thing holds true, one thing is universal among us, and that is we question, and we form some sort of belief on the subject of God.
We have used our science to try to disprove the existence of God, our Religions to try to prove the existence of God, and in the process of doing so, we have lost sight of the most fundamental point. We have been using science and religion as a way to figure out God or lack thereof, and all of the time God left a blue print of His/Her handy work. And they tie in together so intricately.
The past few hundred years have witnessed a significant degree of tension between science and religion. Science and religion both make claims about the fundamental workings of the universe. I believe that both stem from a need to reconcile ourselves with our ‘why’ of being, our source. I like to think of it as going up in a building; you and I are in a building together, we both have to go to the 14 floor, it doesn’t matter if I take the stairs, and you take the elevator, all that truly matters is that we get to our destination. How we got there is irrelevant.
The problem with the two, is that each side has made this a personal issue. Each has become so polarized in their ‘prove it’, and ‘have faith in it’ agenda, that the big picture is being entirely missed. I have found that when people become polarized, it is usually because they feel threatened on a deeply personal level. Using that logic, I am wondering what both science and religion feel threatened by. They complement each other, when viewed from the right perspective.
Here is the point….. We are all looking for the answer to three questions: Is there a God? If so what is my purpose? What is my function? No one escapes this line of thinking. I believe that even atheist while trying to convince themselves that they don’t believe in God, are just waiting for someone to prove to them that god does exist. I can respect that. But I think that viewpoint stems from issues in regards to the hypocrisy we sometimes see in religion. It is my opinion that the disavowing of God is in reality a disavowing of organized religion and some of the atrocities that have been committed in the name of God throughout history, but not the idea of God. We are all searching for that spiritual meaning in our lives, that ‘I Am’ validation.
I think of the things that I learned about my body and how it operates(with very little help from me I might add), how it replenishes itself, how my cells collect together to make specific organs to function in specific ways to keep me alive, I am humbled. When I think of the mathematical precision that goes into this universe, and all of the things in it, gravity, the sun, the stars, the planets, and how they are arranged in an orderly system, I am in awe at the magnificence of it.
Our science is supposed to be how we come to know that we are created, our religion is supposed honor the Creator. Because of our egos we’ve allowed ourselves to begin to worship the process (both in science and religion) over the objective.
I do not assume to know what the Creator is like. My scope of understanding is not that developed. I do not know if the Creator intervenes in our lives on our behalf. I do not assume to know of the Creators will. That may be too much for my tiny brain to comprehend. I do know that you can’t get something from nothing, therefore Someone, Something brought all of the parts together necessary for the universe to function as a whole. Each part independent, yet interdependent on the other. I believe that the random chances of the type of precision involved producing all that we experience, is well…random.