Is Science a Religion?

In my opinion, the belief in Science, per se, is not a “religion,” although to many people, Science has become their “religion.”

When we think of “Science,” we think of things that can be proven…, we think of facts.

Science is good, Science is helpful, Science is a necessity in our lives.

When we think of “Religion,” we think of a belief system that requires us to have faith in something that we can’t necessarily prove.

It can also be said that Religion is good, Religion is helpful, and that Religion is a necessity in our lives. 

From time to time I hear people, who supposedly are supposed to know something, smugly disregard those of us who believe in God, and mock the fact that we believe in something that can’t be scientifically proven.

Ok…, challenge accepted.

Let’s take a look then at what these people of Science choose to believe.

Let’s start our examination at the beginning, which is always a good place to start.

According to most astrophysicists, and according to NASA scientists, “’The big bang’ is how astronomers explain the way the universe began. It is the idea that the universe began as just a single point, then expanded and stretched to grow as large as it is right now (and it could still be stretching).”

We should add that “The big bang” is technically a theory at this point…, which means it has not been “proven.”

So, anyway, in the beginning there was nothing.

That, in itself, is hard to imagine. 

Then there was this single point of super, super, super-condensed matter.  I’ve heard this “point” described as the size of a pin head to the size of a pea, and ALL of the matter that exists is the universe now was compacted into this “point.”

So, where did this “pea” come from?

I guess, scientifically, that’s neither here nor there.

Then, inexplicably, this “pea” decided to explode.

BANG!

Although, technically, in space, there would be no sound.

Anyway, as a result of this exploded “pea” rippling out into the nothingness, our universe, and everything in it, was created.

Then after, supposedly, millions or trillions of years, our sun created itself, as did all of the planets in our solar system…, our own planet Earth being one of them.

Additionally, according to NASA, “How long did all of this take? Well, we now know that the universe is 13,800,000,000 years old—that’s 13.8 billion. That is a very long time.”

The real fact of the matter is NASA “knows” no such thing.  The age of our universe is at best a guess on their part.

Anyway, then, supposedly, more millions and millions of years pass by.

Then, in a puddle of primordial “soup,” containing just the right elements, which was laying around somewhere along a prehistoric sea, “life” was “born” in the essence of a single celled organism.

Now that is incredibly, incredibly, incredibly easier said than done.

Please keep in mind that a cell, even a single cell, is an extremely, extremely, extremely complex organism.

There must have been more than one, however, because in order to make the jump from a single cell organism to more complex organisms, we need multi-cell organisms to exist.

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ScienceMag.org, and Elizabeth Pennisi, “The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all.”

Really?

“Billions of years ago, life crossed a threshold. Single cells started to band together, and a world of formless, unicellular life was on course to evolve into the riot of shapes and functions of multicellular life today, from ants to pear trees to people. It’s a transition as momentous as any in the history of life, and until recently we had no idea how it happened.”

You really still don’t, but I digress.

“The gulf between unicellular and multicellular life seems almost unbridgeable. A single cell’s existence is simple and limited. Like hermits, microbes need only be concerned with feeding themselves; neither coordination nor cooperation with others is necessary, though some microbes occasionally join forces. In contrast, cells in a multicellular organism, from the four cells in some algae to the 37 trillion in a human, give up their independence to stick together tenaciously; they take on specialized functions, and they curtail their own reproduction for the greater good, growing only as much as they need to fulfill their functions.”

And they just all decided to do this why?

And how exactly did these organisms “feed themselves?”

If these were the only living organisms on the planet, either they were cannibals or they ate rocks. 

Just sayin’.

Then millions of more years pass by before more complex creatures “created” themselves, with one organism eventually deciding to crawl out of the sea and live on land for some reason.

Then over a million years here and a million years there, this creature evolved into a human and we were off and running!

Taa daa!  

So, these people really believe that all of this just happened by accident, all on its own?

Now, I understand that if you don’t want to accept that there is a God, you have to come up with some kind of explanation as to how we and everything else got here, but this is the best you could come up with?

I mean, seriously. 

If you honestly stand back and take a look at this theory of macro-evolution (nobody disputes that micro-evolution occurs), you would have to admit that it would seem to take a lot more faith to buy-in to this “scientific” explanation of how everything came to be, than to believe there is a master creator and designer who is responsible.

So, yes…, at least in this regard, you would have to say that “Science” is some peoples’ Religion.  

If any of our “scientific” friends out there feel I have misrepresented your “scientific” belief of how the universe and life as we know it came about, please leave me a comment(s) as to where or what I am wrong about and I will publish a blog with your responses in it, or give you equal time if you choose to elaborate further.

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If you have a “God problem…,” you have a real problem!

O-M-G.  Sorry.  It was too easy.  Let’s proceed.

With the democrats, it’s always about perception rather than substance.

It’s always about words, not about actions.

A recent article by Caleb Parke, of Fox News, asks, “Rise of the religious left?”  Then states, “The Democrat Party hires faith outreach director to address ‘God problem.’”

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I would have to say that “the religious left” must be considered an oxymoron!  At least in the terms being put forward by “the left,” and how we perceive the term “religious.”

Although there are many different “religions.”

“Religion” can be defined as “a particular system of faith and/or worship.”

In the case of our liberal friends, many practice a “creator-less ‘big bang’ religion,”

a “religion of human evolution,”

a “religion of human caused global warming,”

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a “religion of science,”

a “religion of death and devaluing life (abortion),

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“religions grounded in nature,”

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actual “devil worship,”

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“designer ‘create your own version of Christianity’ Christianity,”

“genuinely confused Christians,”

“intentionally fraudulent Christians,”

the “religion of atheism,” or the “religion of being anti-God,” among others.

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In these terms, yes…, the left could be considered quite “religious!”

“In 2012, the last election Democrats won, a headline from their convention read: ‘Democrats boo God.’  In 2016, they heckled a preacher during the opening prayer.”

They booed God?

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say what again

Seriously?

“It’s a perception they’ve been trying to change since, especially on the 2020 campaign trail.”

There’s that word “perception” again.  Yes…, they want to change the perception, not the reality.

“Political pundits said Democrats have a ‘God problem’ and their latest move shows they are taking steps to solve it.”

Well, yes and no.  What they really want to do is solve the ramifications of “the problem.”  They don’t really want to solve the problem, nor do they actually believe there is a real problem.

“The democrats have hired former Washington, D.C. anti-Trump pastor, Rev. Derrick Harkins, who held a similar position in 2012 and has been the senior vice president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, which recently celebrated ‘rejoicing in the queerness of God.’”

Well isn’t that special?

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‘“We take seriously the relationships that we have with faith communities around this country,’ Harkins told Religion News Service, adding that faith ‘will be a priority going into 2020, but even more importantly, beyond 2020.’”

I’m sure you do, and I’m sure it will.

“Over the past few elections, Democrats have alienated themselves further from religious [meaning Christian and Jewish] voters, partly due to stances it takes on social issues like abortion and gay marriage, not to mention its focus on urban communities that tend to have lower church attendance than their rural counterparts. While [President] Trump took 80 percent of the white evangelical vote, democrat presidential hopefuls are gearing up for more faith outreach, especially in historically black churches and within minority communities.”

Mr. Parke has that right…, and actions speak louder than words.

If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck.

So if they walk like they’re against The God of The Bible, and they talk like they’re against The God of The Bible, then they’re probably against The God of The Bible.

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“Recently Democratic presidential candidate Kristin Gillibrand said she doesn’t believe the GOP is a ‘faith-driven party’ because their policies go against her idea of what Christianity is all about, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg questioned Trump’s faith and called him out for hypocrisy.”

I believe Ms. Gillibrand would fall into the “genuinely confused Christians” category, while Mayor Pete would fall into the category of “designer ‘create your own version of Christianity’ Christianity.”

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‘“Within the Democratic Party there is a huge spectrum of deeply faithful people,’ Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, told Fox News Religion Correspondent Lauren Green.”

And we have already discussed this “huge spectrum” of “deeply faithful” people.

‘“For too long, when we look at religion in America, we have associated with just politics and the religious communities that have been associated with the Republican Party and conservative politics…and there is a strong progressive Christian voice that is being spoken and lifted up and demanding to be heard.’”

The keyword in “progressive Christian” is “progressive.”

“Jones added progressives are ‘very open about the kind of Christianity they profess.’”

And exactly what “kind of Christianity” would that be, Ms. Jones?

The “kind of Christianity” without God?

The “kind of Christianity” that lets you make it up as you go along?

Stay thirsty my friends…, but don’t drink the liberal Kool Aide!

WINNING!

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If money is the roof of all evil, these televangelists are EEEEEVIL!

…, at least from a Christian perspective…, since all of these “pastors of the mass media” preach from a Biblical basis supposedly.

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Let’s take a look at the 8 richest “TV preachers,” from #8 up to #1.

You may be amazed to find out how good a business “selling salvation” can be!

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#8.  Pastor Joyce Meyers, net worth $8+ million.

She owns a private jet and several homes, as well as shiny $107,000 silver Mercedes.  Hey…, it beats riding a donkey I guess!

#7.  Bishop T.D. Jakes, net worth $18 million.

T.D. Jakes spoke at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009 and accompanied President George W. Bush to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  So he’s a “swampy” kind of bishop!

Jakes founded The Potter’s House, a nondenominational megachurch. His sermons can be seen on Trinity Broadcasting Network and other religious channels.

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#6. Franklin Graham, net worth $25 million.

Although Franklin Graham is an evangelist and son of well-known pastor Billy Graham, he didn’t even convert to Christianity until he was 22 years old!  Interesting.  I guess he finally figured out what “buttered his bread.”

#5. Pastor Creflo Dollar, net worth $27 million.

As his last name suggests, televangelist Creflo Dollar has amassed some riches, and he has the possessions to prove it. Dollar is the founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International, based in Fulton County, Georgia. In 2007, he had a congregation of 30,000 as well as $69 million in cash collection revenue. Dollar preaches his philosophy that “it is the will of God for you to prosper in every way.”

And when he says “you” he means “me!”

#4. Joel Osteen, net worth $40 million.

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Joel Osteen is pastor at Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant church in America. Weekly attendance at the Houston-based church is 52,000. In 1999, Osteen, now 54, inherited the church and its television ministry from his late father John Osteen. Today, 7 million people in 100 different countries watch Lakewood Church broadcasts every week.

He and his wife, co-pastor Victoria Osteen, live with their two kids in a $10.5 million mansion in the Houston suburbs.

#3. Benny Hinn, net worth $60 million.

Benny Hinn is best known for his “Miracle Crusades,” or faith healing summits, which are held in stadiums around the country and broadcast on his TV program “This Is Your Day.”  He founded Orlando Christian Center church in 1983 and began holding his healing services there. Followers believe Hinn can heal any of their ailments if he prays over them.

#2. Pat Robertson, net worth $100 million.

Televangelist Pat Robertson founded Christian Broadcasting Network, which now broadcasts shows in 180 countries in 71 languages. The flagship show, “The 700 Club,” airs daily.

 

Annnnnd…, leading the “rat pack…,” drumroll please!

 

#1. Pastor Kenneth Copeland, net worth $300 million!

Kenneth Copeland heads Kenneth Copeland Ministries and preaches through TV, books, DVDs, and CDs.

Kenneth Copeland Ministries is located on a 1,500-acre campus near Fort Worth, Texas. The grounds include a church as well as a private airstrip and hangar for a $17.5 million jet and other aircraft. Copeland reportedly lives in a $6.3 lakefront mansion funded by his church. Although Celebrity Net Worth reported he’s worth $300 million, other reports say Copeland could be worth $750 million or more.

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So…, there you have ‘em.

Our list of preacher’s who are riding that big, green, gravy train!

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Paid for by some followers who think they can buy instant salvation, and at the expense of other donors who just don’t know any better.

Shame on them all…, and all of the others like them who didn’t qualify for the “worst of the worst” list here.

All of these “pastors” are very talented when it comes to quoting chapter and verse from The Bible.  I wonder what their reaction would be to a couple verses that I have selected here?

Matthew 6:24 “No one can be loyal to two masters. He is bound to hate one and love the other, or support one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and the power of money at the same time.”

1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

Matthew 6:5-13 – “And then, when you pray, don’t be like the play-actors. They love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at street-corners so that people may see them at it. Believe me, they have had all the reward they are going to get.”

I’m sure they’d all be able to conjure up a translation of these words that would not only validate what they were doing, but promote it, and herald it!

They are good at what they do…, it’s just a shame they have to pretend to do it in God’s name.

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Thanks to Karen Bennett, for Cheatsheet.com, for contributing to this article.

 

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Miracles do happen!

Scientists and doctors don’t know it all.  Not even close.

Many times they give us all the impression that they do, but “they don’t know what they don’t know.”

Sh*t happens.  Miracles happen…, every day and all of the time.

Here are just a couple of recent examples:

T. Scott Marr suffered a stroke on December 12, 2018.  His son, Drew, found his father unresponsive, but still breathing, in his bed.  He was rushed to the Hospital and placed on a breathing machine in intensive care.

The doctors there were worried that his case had led to an irreversible process, leading to brain death.

Mr. Marr’s children decided to pull the plug after he was officially declared brain dead. They all said their final good-byes and were preparing his funeral services.

But God apparently had a different plan for Mr. Marr.  After being unconscious for two days, and having his breathing tubes pulled out, he unexpectedly woke up after his doctors thought there was no hope of recovery.

“Each time we would leave the hospital, we would kind of say our final goodbyes,” his daughter, Preston, told Fox News. “We thought we would never hear his voice again, see him open his eyes, and see who we were.”

But all that changed after the plug was pulled.  Preston was the first to see him begin to miraculously respond.

“It was surreal and my heart is beating out of my chest just thinking about it again,” she said, “I keep replaying it in my head of him lying in his hospital bed, then smiling, and then moving his thumbs and then wiggling his toes, and then saying ‘I love you.’”

Now, he’s recovering at home after weeks of therapy at an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital, and says his miraculous recovery after being declared brain dead is “proof” of God.

“This whole thing has been a miracle from God,” Mr. Marr told local television station KMTV. “I did not die. I didn’t have to die. I’m back here, and I hope to give people some comfort and hope that if they are, in fact, going through anything like that, that it’s a safe place.”

In the two days Marr was unconscious, he said he had what some might call a “near-death experience.”  He saw his late father walking along the street.

“He said, ‘What are you doing here?’ And I said I’m looking to work and he said, ‘There’s no work here, you better get your butt home,’” Marr told local reporters.

Marr says the entire process strengthened what little faith he had.

“I’m not an extremely religious person. I don’t go to church every Sunday,” Marr told the World-Herald. “But I do believe in God.  I believe with all my heart.  And now this is just proof for me that everything I’ve ever heard is true.  That he loves me.  That he’s right there for me.  It was pretty much a miracle.”

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A Michigan woman also miraculously started breathing after her “plug was pulled” and she was taken off of life support.

In August of 2018, Michele DeLeeuw was having a heart attack when her husband Karl dialed 911.  She wasn’t breathing and he didn’t know CPR.

“I think she just died.  Hang on please,” he said to the 911 operator.

The operator managed to coach Karl through CPR, which gave his wife at least a chance at survival.

Michelle remained unconscious for three weeks after her arrival at the hospital…, that was until just after the plug on her life support was pulled.

Just moments after the Sterling Heights, Michigan man made the heart-wrenching decision to take his apparently brain-dead wife off life support…, she started breathing.  Nearly four months later and against all odds, she is home making a full recovery.

Karl DeLeeuw believes his wife, Michele, is a living miracle.

“I just thank God that I was saved,” she told the local news. “I was spared.  I know [this] means something.  Something good is going to come out of this.”

Miracles do happen.

Believe it.

Expect miracles in your life, and God will make them happen…, if that is His will.  None of us knows what God’s plans are for us.  Just know that God can make anything happen at any time.

Believe it.

The worst thing we can do is just accept a fate given to us by anyone other than God.

 

Thank you to Caleb Parke, an associate editor for FoxNews.com and The Associated Press for contributing to this article.

 

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