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Science and Religion (not at odds with each other)

I’m not sure why there seems to be such a dichotomy between science and religion. When both are viewed in proper context it seems that they actually go hand in hand! Right after I posted this article (within minutes) I saw an image taken from a presentation by Astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink at the Women in Apologetics Illuminate conference that actually sums up my article even better than what I wrote (so I will paste it here at the top with permission):

Next it was great to find a virtual kids science fair promoted by Women in Apologetics (again) and Reasons to Believe!

Looking for a fun, educational activity for your school-aged kids to do from home? How about a FREE, at-home science…

Posted by Women in Apologetics (At Home Science Fair) on Sunday, September 13, 2020

The science fair runs from September 13 through September 27, 2020, but the information and interesting science at home links are there for you beyond that! Just click on one of the science project links on the last page of their four page PDF to jump to a few of their suggested projects!

And science is not just kids stuff either. There are many great scientists who believed in God, such as Isaac Newton as well as Faraday, Boyle, Mandel, Copernicus and Pascal. It seems to me that science can often lead you to God or confirm what you already believe! You can find info about many great scientists like that from a variety of sources:

  1. 34 Great Scientists (famousscientists.org)
  2. 10 Famous Scientists (The Science Times)
  3. 23 Famous Scientists (Magis Center)
  4. 9 Groundbreaking Scientists (Relevant Magazine)
  5. 13 Famous Scientists (godandscience.org)
  6. 25 Famous Scientists (famousscientists.org)

But my favorite is a book that I have purchased multiple times (to give away) that compiles short essays from scientists in a wide variety of fields today, such as:

Why 50 scientists choose to believe in creation
  1. Biology
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Physics
  4. Genetics
  5. Mathematics
  6. Botany
  7. Geophysics
  8. Zoology
  9. Astronomy
  10. Hydrometallurgy

And so it puzzles me why some Christians have a hard time with science today, especially pertaining to the pandemic and especially wearing facemasks. PBS has a totally cool short video that explains the science behind them (and they have some very neat scientific gear too):

And it is also amazing (to me any way) how something so fundamental can be turned into a political issue, yet it has. Right leaning people tend to not want to wear masks (while in my mind they should be proponents of facemasks  since they protect OTHERS and not the one wearing them … thus placing others ahead of yourself as Scriptures advise ). Even one of the most recognized names in scientific magazines spoke out about this (Scientific American). One of my favorite tech and science magazines (Wired) also published an article about how the editor of Science magazine also is speaking out about this issue! The New York Times also reports on how a top federal official and his science advisor refused to accept the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s science assessment of the pandemic.

And so I end where I began … wondering why there is such a dichotomy between science and religion.

UPDATE – links to articles:

=> America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

=> The First Time in 175 Years that Scientific American Has Backed A President (Endorses Biden)

=> EMails Detail Effort to Silence CDC and Question Its Science

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

To the vicious be the opposite! Be kind, moral, virtuous, honorable and respectable!

Photo by Lean Leta on Pexels.com

If you are like me, you don’t like be around a vicious person and you definitely wouldn’t leave your children with them! You hope that your children would be just the opposite! I looked up the antonyms of vicious (including on  Word Hippo) and found that the opposite of vicious encompasses many wonderful characteristics. You likely want your children to have these characteristics that are the opposite of vicious… to be honorable, respectable, considerate, decent, compassionate, comforting and kind. As a Christian I also want them be moral, pure,  and virtuous. And, yes, many of my friends may not be Christian and they ARE and STRIVE TO BE virtuous, pure and moral. But Scriptures do tell Christians to be ALL these things that are the opposite of vicious! Yes … All these characteristics are the opposite of vicious (you may check your own antonym source to find even more).

But then (you may be thinking) who would even WANT to be vicious? Surely not anyone in our community, especially our leaders. And you hopefully also are thinking that you wouldn’t support a vicious person as a leader for your city, state or country! And so, you may be just as shocked as I was that a candidate actually publicly stated that it was his GOAL to be vicious. 

But this is the word we live in now. When you hear the Republican candidate say something like this, do you cheer him or walk away?

Now I can be really vicious,” he said to roars of approval from the crowd. (click=> source)

As Christians, we’d see how Scriptures tell us to live contrary to vicious! The Scripture that popped out to me was one that many know (and even memorized):

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)

Yes, as Christians, Scriptures tell us to respect authority, and so I do … both the Mayor of my city and the Governor of my State, as well as the President. But Scriptures also tell us to sit and reason… we should test what we see… test what we hear… check if it matches up with Scriptures! And Scriptures also CLEARLY tell us that sometimes God can even remove a leader, as Scriptures tell us regarding Saul as well as Jeroboam and Solomon.

Then Ahijah laid hold of the new garment that was on him, and tore it into twelve pieces. And he said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am about to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon and will give you ten tribes (but he shall have one tribe, for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city that I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel) (1Kings 11:30-32 ESV)

and

And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” (1Samuel 13:13-14 ESV)

For what does God expect of leaders that he appoints over countries? He wants leaders that “listen to all that I command you, and will walk in my ways, and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments” (1Kings 11:38 ESV).

Walk in God’s ways.

Vicious is not how I see our God.

  1. Clothe yourself in Christ (Galatians 3:27).
  2. Clothe yourself in Righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).
  3. Clothe yourself with Humility (1Peter 5:5).
  4. Clothe yourself with Honor (Job 40:10).
  5. Clothe yourself with the Armor of Light (Romans 13:12).
  6. Clothe yourself with Truth (Ephesians 6:14).
  7. Clothe yourself with Dignity (Proverbs 31:25).
  8. And clothe yourself with Compassion, Kindness, Gentleness and Patience (Colossians 3:12).

[Read more … click=> Mission of Kindness]

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

Mission Impeccable

Good Day and Good Evening friends. Inside the envelope next to this tape recorder you will find lists of places where you have influence, be it at work or school, biking, walking or shopping, or even via phone, text message or Facebook posts, wherever you encounter other people all made in the image of God. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to be kind. Not just kind, but the most kind person you meet today. This may seem impossible (rather than impeccable) but you will not be in it alone, for God is there with you every step of the way, even carrying you when you are too overwhelmed to go on. Remember that all things are possible with God. Also included in the envelope is your daily (or even hourly) checklist to help you in this mission. As you go about your day keep an index card with this checklist in your pocket or purse to help you choose what to say or do:

  1. Is it kind?
  2. Is it encouraging?
  3. Is it uniting?

As always, should you or any of your Impeccable Mission Force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self destruct in 5 seconds. God be with you my friend… <fizzle, smoke, poof>

Envelope by Tape Recorder

Your mission should you decide to accept it

This tape will self destruct in 5 seconds

Fizzle, Smoke, Poof

I think this is a right now word for each of us today. And as is often the case when I hear a word, sometimes I have to look up the word in the dictionary. Perhaps some of you are literary challenged like me, so I can save you time by sharing what I found when looking it up in my Merriam Webster Dictionary app on my phone:

Wow … that sounds like a good category for a new mission! Well, actually, this is not the first time I have heard this “right now” word. Some of you may recall back a decade when I was sure that I was hearing this word (it is a link to my post about it):

Click=> Kindness is a Potent Weapon

And then, another interesting aspect of the word today is that it is confirming the prior time I heard it and shared it on my website that is name:

Click=> Accepted Not Rejected

And look at what the Sub-Title of the website has always been for all these years:

No matter what the world may say, you are indeed accepted, not rejected!

And that ties in with the message from our Pastor on Sunday, when he told us how we might not be accepted by doing what God is asking of us, but to do it anyway (God’s ideas are usually better than our own … well, actually they ALWAYS are!).

Why is this important for today? Well, as our Pastor said (much better than I can)… the world around us is in a mess. People are siding with one party or the other and are fighting each other, when NEITHER party is the solution. The solution is with God… with Jesus! So, we need to side with God, with Jesus and not a political party. And it also is important for today because it reminds us that our battle is not against other people, but against the powers of darkness. Our weapons are not worldly weapons. And besides all that … Scriptures actually includes one of my favorite stories that was so nicely portrayed by Amber as the Title Page art for the Handwritten Bible book of 2 Kings (and this title page was the ONLY title page that was actually TWO pages):

Click=> 2 Page Title Page for 2 Kings

Here are those two pages with the story of how KINDNESS won the battle (reference is 2Kings 6:8-23):

Notice the words in the second to last panel:

Be nice to them. Give them something to eat…

And the words in the final panel:

That kindness was remembered a long time…

Our mission when encountering others today (who may be in anguish, or overwhelmed with sorrow) is not to beat them on the head to  **WIN** and show them how wrong they are (or actually, how we perceive them to be wrong). Odds, are that we may be just as wrong as them, and we both need God, need Jesus. So instead of beating them over the head, why not shower kindness over their heads, similar to what Paul spoke about to the Romans (12:20-21 ESV):

To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

But what is even more interesting is what comes just before those verses (I will space it out like a list, which it really is):

Love must be sincere.
Hate what is evil;
cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in love.
Honor one another above yourselves.
Never be lacking in zeal, but
keep your spiritual fervor,
serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.
Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you;
bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice;
mourn with those who mourn.
Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud, but
be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:9-18 NIV)

God be with you my friend… <fizzle, smoke, poof>

I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)

What Jesus Said Matters

What Jesus Said Matters – Matthew (next do What Jesus Did Matters)

The title can be taken two ways …. first that everything that Jesus said actually matters! Second, that the things Jesus talked about were important, they were things that mattered to Him!

Want to help make a list summarizing what Jesus talked about? Send me an email (or use the contact page) if you can help. Thanks.

Here is all that is needed … verse by verse, what Jesus said summarized in a few words (one or two if possible).

I am working on Matthew first … here is my start at this project (NOTE: each verse reference is a LINK to all the translations for that verse on BibleGateway):

Mat 3:15 Righteousness

Mat 4:4 God’s Word is Life

Mat 4:7 Don’t Test God

Mat 4:10 Worship and Serve only God

Mat 4:17 Repent

Mat 4:19 Follow Me (for the people)

Mat 5:3 Poor in Spirit, Humble-minded are blessed

Mat 5:4  Sad, Mourning will be comforted

Mat 5:5 Meek, Humble, Gentle are blessed

Mat 5:6 Righteousness are blessed

Mat 5:7 Merciful are blessed

Mat 5:8 Pure in Heart are blessed

Mat 5:9 Peacemakers (cooperate rather than compete/fight)

Mat 5:10 Persecuted for righteousness are blessed

Mat 5:11 Stand with Jesus (and what he said and did)

Mat 5:12 Reward in Heaven for standing with Jesus

Mat 5:13 Be Salt of the Earth (don’t let it be corrupted by worldly matters)

Mat 5:14 Be a Light to the world

Mat 5:15 Share your Light

Mat 5:16 Your light is your good works

Mat 5:17 The Law and Prophets stand as Jesus fulfills them (not abolishes them)

Mat 5:18 The Law is intact till earth passes away

Mat 5:19 Even the least of the Law is very important (keep and teach the Law)

Mat 5:20 Righteousness

Mat 5:21 Murder Mat 5:22 Anger is worse than murder. An angry man is liable to judgement (in danger of hell)

Mat 5:23 Mat 5:24 Reconcile with your brother before making an offering to God

Mat 5:25 Mat 5:26 Reason with your Accuser

Mat 5:27 Mat 5:28 Lust is Adultery (sins)

Mat 5:29 Mat 5:30 Sin sends you to hell 

Mat 5:31 Divorce

Mat 5:32 Adultery to marry a divorced woman

Mat 5:33-37 (5 verses) No Vows. Tell the Truth (Holman heading)

Mat 5:38 Mat 5:39 Do not resist one who is evil (turn other cheek)

Mat 5:40 Stolen shirt? Give your coat to them too (ie, no retribution)

Mat 5:41 Forced to go one mile? Go TWO! (ie, give up your rights)

Mat 5:42 Give when asked

Mat 5:43 Love Neighbor Mat 5:44  Love Enemy

Mat 5:45 evil and good / just and unjust are on the earth (be good, be just)

Mat 5:46 Mat 5:47 Love those that hate you 

Mat 5:48 Be Perfect

Mat 6:1 Righteous (not just when others are watching)

Mat 6:2-4 (3 verses) Give in secret (don’t publicize it)

Mat 6:5 Don’t be a hypocrite

Mat 6:6 Pray in private

Mat 6:7 Pray with few words (don’t babble on and on)

Mat 6:8 God knows what you need

Mat 6:9 Pray to the Father

Mat 6:10 Pray God’s will be done

Mat 6:11 Pray for our food

Mat 6:12 Pray for forgiveness (as we forgive others)

Mat 6:13 Pray for deliverance

Mat 6:14 Forgiveness Mat 6:15  only if we forgive others

Mat 6:16-18 (3 verses) Fasting with a smile

Mat 6:19 ignore earthly possessions

Mat 6:20 heavenly treasure

Mat 6:21 what you treasure is where you heart will be

Mat 6:22-23 (2 verses) watch what you see (if you see badly you will be in darkness)

Mat 6:24 Money (hate money and love God)

Mat 6:25-32 (8 verses) Don’t worry

Mat 6:33 seek God’s righteousness

Mat 6:34 don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has troubles

Mat 7:1 don’t judge

Mat 7:2 you will be judged as you judge others

Mat 7:3-5 (3 verses) hypocrite judging others

I paused in my project when I found the book “The Greatest Words Ever Spoken” by Steven Scott. He categorizes everything Jesus said into 200 categories in a 519 page book (which I have with me next to my computer!)

Another person (Josh) put together several website pages that list everything that Jesus said, book by book, similar to what I am doing… but not quite … I am trying to be a bit more granular, more to specific verses and what Jesus was saying, sentence by sentence, verse by verse while Josh was grouping his sentences by paragraphs (so to speak). But here is his summary: What Jesus said in the book of Matthew

Pivotal Praying book

One of my best friends mentioned (actually typed it all out) in her Feb 11, 2008 email the prayer on page 200

40 Blessings For The River Food Pantry

God wants to bless everyone at The River Food Pantry … over and over and over and over! A new blessing every Friday evening!

40BlessigsForTheRiver

40Blessings.com

Handwritten Bible Displayed Inside The Capitol

The Handwritten Bible was prominently displayed inside the State Capitol – Twice!

You Are Good, Good, Oh…ohhh

God is the Star Maker

That’s My King! Do You Know Him?

Wonderful Video from years ago … still just perfect!

God is Awesome

The Lego Movie got it right … they just weren’t aware that it was GOD who was so Awesome!

Reverse Your Thinking

Make sure to click the small YouTube link under this 2 1/2 minute video so you can see it large enough to read the text as it slowly scrolls by!

Hallelujah Chorus – By the village of Quinhagak, Alaska

Watch this Fullscreen so you can read their signs!

Digital Nativity

Make sure to watch this FULL SCREEN. You will SMILE watching this 3 minute video … especially if you know about GMail, Amazon, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Google Earth and touch screen cell phones :)

Click the button at the bottom right (with the four arrows in it) to watch the video full screen)

Blessings to you this Christmas Season … God With Us

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