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What are the results of our beliefs?

I agree with Jeremy Fejfar’s Freethinker’s Perspective column that says what we believe actually matters (July 5 Tribune), but he doesn’t take it far enough. It’s not only what you believe but also the results of that belief.

I believe in the God of the Bible who is also the God of creation. He is responsible for the laws of nature, which makes it possible for the scientific method to work.

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Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is considered to be the man primarily responsible for the formation and establishment of the scientific method, and he was a devout believer in the Bible. Talking about algebra, Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was one of the greatest early mathematicians who laid the foundations for differential calculus and the mathematical theory of probability. He was a deeply spiritual man and to him is attributed the famous Wager of Pascal.

The results of the Christian belief system are all around us. Local examples include the recent opening of the Franciscan Hospitality House and The Salvation Army. There are thousands and thousands of other humanitarian services provided by Christian organizations worldwide.

Fejfar threw out the Bible verse of Genesis 8:22. I will respond with the Bible verse Psalm 2:1-3, which shows human rebellion, and Psalm 2:4-6, which tells of God’s reaction. God is a gracious, merciful, loving being who we can all experience.

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Jeremy F

Jim,

I just read Psalms Chapter 2. This chapter talks about how god will give up heathens to be slaves, to be beaten with "rods of iron" and "dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."

"God is a gracious, merciful, loving being ..."? Are you insane, Jim?

Verse 11 is telling, "Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Do homage in purity, lest He be angry, and ye perish in the way, when suddenly His wrath is kindled."

Sounds an awful lot like a spouse or child with an abusive husband/father. Don't make Dad angry or you'll be getting a beating.

wishsciencerules

You can quit your day job and write full time!!! You are great.

Jeremy F

I agree with Monteee. I was pretty clear that the only reason that beliefs matter is that they inform our actions. If beliefs did not affect the world, I don't think I would care at all about what others believed.

Jim, if you are going to write a LTE, you might want to read past the headline of my article before writing your response. This response, like your letter last month to Matt Runde's column, just makes you look foolish.

Also interesting that the best examples of scientists you could come up with lived around the time of Galileo. Remember him? He was the guy who died under house arrest imposed by the church because he dared say that the Earth moves around the sun. Shocking that we don't have more scientists from that era that were openly critical of religion, huh? By comparison, look at scientists today. Around 90% of those in the national academy of sciences are nonbelievers.

Monteee

Jim, you either didn't read Jeremy's article at all, or you completely misunderstood what he wrote.

Jeremy's entire point was that our beliefs DO matter, as they motivate us to action, and that there are always consequences to our actions. He used the word "consequences" and you used the word "results". You are both saying the same thing.

People die because of the actions of those who have "beliefs". RELIGIOUS beliefs. If you read Jeremy's article for real, you will learn more about those horrible "results".

Monteee

"The results of the Christian belief system are all around us."


They certainly are, Jim. Not surprisingly, you cited only good results......and none of the bad results.

Buggs Raplin

Of course, brilliant men and women in the sciences have been Muslims, Jews, and atheists as well as Christians. As to this "loving" God that Jim speaks of, he must have a different Bible from the one I've got.

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