A Leap of Faith

Io eclipsing Jupiter

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Throughout history, scientists and religious leaders have argued about various topics, each believing that they must be right and the other must be completely wrong. However, this is not how I believe that it was meant to be. Science and religion should interconnect. The only reason the two sometimes clash is because we don’t have all of the answers yet.

I believe that the more you truly learn and study something, the more apparent the reality of God becomes. For example, the Bible begins, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” However, the Hebrew word that was translated into “created” can also mean “organized” or “formed.” These meanings connect with the scientific principle that matter can neither be created nor destroyed. The Bible also states that the creation took place in seven days, but we believe that the Lord measures time differently than us. Each “day” simply represents a block of time.

In my studies, I try to find connections between science and religion rather than discard scientific theories, and I have found that it seems to actually help my education. I’m excited to take physics next year, because I feel that the laws of physics (such as the conservation of matter) will help me better understand not only how our Heavenly Father created the earth but also the various other miracles He and His son, Jesus Christ, have performed. For me, practically everything is evidence of a higher being—the beauty of nature, the complexity of organisms down to even a single cell, and even our planet and its perfect conditions.

I heard a man from church once bear his testimony of the gospel based on Jupiter. He told us that because of the tiny chance of the existence of our planet, he believed that there must be a God. He explained that not only is our planet in the perfect position to sustain life, with all of the necessary resources for humans and so many other organisms to live, but that it reaches far beyond that. In space, there is matter constantly flying around that could easily hit Earth and cause major damage, and, if it happened enough, make it uninhabitable. However, our solar system is constructed in a protective fashion. Jupiter, which is only two planets away, has an incredible gravitational pull. It is in the perfect position to attract space rubble before it has a chance to hit the Earth, which is amazing. And if something happens to pass Jupiter, the asteroid belt can protect us. With all of these facts, it seems that there is little doubt of a God looking out for us.

A classmate who was a self-proclaimed atheist once said to me that the reason he did not believe in God is because His existence had not been proven, and he did not believe anything until it had been proven. However, there is a flaw in his reasoning. He is waiting for someone to prove to him something that he must find out for himself. He says that it has not been proven, but he is not willing to follow the simple steps of the scientific method to prove it. The scriptures come with a promise that if you read them and pray with real intent, believing that you can receive an answer, the truth of it will be manifest to you. It is not a commitment but simply a challenge: if you follow these steps, you will come to know the truth of God and see what miracles He can bring into your life.

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