Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
October 2, 2010
I had a hard time with this title. It was going to be something like:
Scientists may know why our babies advance so much in the womb.
Did Human Pregnancy Evolve Because of an Infection?
These were the subtitle and title for an article in Slate yesterday.
It starts off with -
If someone were to tell you that roughly 100 million years ago, our ancestors were infected by parasitic DNA, which copied and pasted itself throughout their genomes—and that this was linked to the evolution of modern human pregnancy—you might assume they were channeling early L. Ron Hubbard.
Forget the 100 million years ago. I'm even willing to ignore that "little" piece of information -
But this week, in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics, researchers provide evidence for such a theory. Seeking to explain how our ancestors developed a more advanced kind of gestation—including the ability to carry fetuses in the womb until they reached a more developed state—scientists studied the uterine cells of three contemporary mammals. Specifically, they compared opossums (whose young develop largely in pouches) to armadillos and humans (whose offspring spend more time in the womb). They concluded that rogue DNA, which probably arrived by way of a virus or bug, was associated with wild new horizons in baby-
Excuse me -
I don't know which is worse -
Is it really so awful to be a human being?
Is it really necessary to keep telling us that we're nothing but genetic mistakes?
And now we add parasites to the mix?
Apparently it is -
But the invasion of rogue DNA may be one crazy—and important—twist in the tale of modern human pregnancy for which we ought to be oddly grateful.
Apparently the answer to that is also yes -
WOW! Theory is as close to scientific fact as it gets. I do not no how to teach some of you that theory is what makes science great. Theories give science it’s ability to change and adapt. The reason some of us do not like religion is because we know nobody walked on water that was not frozen, we also know that nobody turned water into wine without fermentation. If religion relaxed a little bit and said that things like this in the bible might have been exaggerated I think you would have a lot more followers. I am sorry but the theory of evolution is much closer to being proven than any theories of the three major religions.
It's hard to know where to start here.
So according to Tom -
Let's look at this.
According to dictionary.com, here's the definitions of theory and fact:
Uh Oh. There's something wrong with that statement about theory being as close to scientific fact as one can get. It translates to something conjectural is as close as something that's known to have existed as one can get. Oops.
Let's go look at something C. S. Lewis wrote, in The Screwtape Letters -
You begin to see the point? Thanks to processes which we set at work in them centuries ago, they find it all but impossible to believe in the unfamiliar while the familiar is before their eyes. Keep pressing home on him the ordinariness of things. Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against Christianity. They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see. There have been sad cases among the modern physicists. If he must dabble in science, keep him on economics and sociology; don’t let him get away from that invaluable ‘real life’. But the best of all is to let him read no science but to give him a grand general idea that he knows it all and that everything he happens to have picked up in casual talk and reading is ‘the results of modern investigation’. Do remember you are there to fuddle him. From the way some of you young fiends talk, anyone would suppose it was our job to teach!
Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against Christianity.
There are so many people today -
They can't accept the Bible -
But they are totally willing to accept scientific conjecture -
The reality is -
The truth is -
Let's take this possum / armadillo / human thing as an example.
The evolution theory would say that each was somehow descended from the one before it -
It's like -
You know where that leads though?
It leads to the conclusion that we humans are genetic mistakes -
any protozoan of the phylum Rhizopoda , esp any of the genus Amoeba, able to change shape because of the movements of cell processes (pseudopodia). They live in fresh water or soil or as parasites in man and animals.
Do you really want to be that?
I thought about putting in some verses from the Bible to "prove" that God loves us -
The skeptic wouldn't believe them anyway.
I am going to ask you -
Do you want to be loved?
Do you want to be special?
Do you want someone to care about you?
Do you want to be more important that an amoeba -
Do you want to make something out of your life?
Do you feel like something's missing?
I submit to you that the desire to be loved -
those are all gifts from God.
And if you don't have any of those things -
If you have them from friends and family -
And that's why the title is what it is.
If you've experienced God's love -
If you want to feel like more than a mistake -
that's God -
If "science" is telling you that you're only a mistake -
but you want to be more than that -
that's God -
Of course -
really study science.
And then compare the Bible to science.
And be prepared to be amazed.
With an open mind -
People like Tom say that religion has to relax a little -
The problem is -
It's telling God that He lied.
People like Tom say that we should do this so that we can have more people on our side.
The problem here -
The goal isn't to get anyone to "our" side. At least it shouldn't be. If it is -
It's not to have more people at church on Sunday -
The goal -
to be on Jesus' "side" in this life -
so you can be by His side after this life.
It's about love.
For me -
That's the way it should be for any Christian.
The message is that God thinks your special.
The message is that God loves you and cares about you.
The message is that Jesus wants to save you -
And that's why we should all care about religion.
Because we are special.
Because we are loved.
Because we can be saved.