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.