As a child, I was raised Christian. I went to a Church of England school, attended church, and believed god to be like a dad to the world, I never questioned his existence, or anything in the bible, and believed I had to be a nice person so that I could eventually go to heaven, not hell. As I slowly grew, my faith in the church slowly declined, I started to question the authority of god in the world. I started to question the existence of heaven and hell, the stories told in the bible, such as Noah and the Ark, Moses and even the stories about Jesus. By the time I had reached the age of 14, my belief in Christianity and god had completely vanished, I was as some people label me, an ‘Atheist’.
My beliefs changed from that of a religious nature, to that of a scientific nature. I found answers within science that couldn’t be answered by Christianity, or were ignored by it. For me, I love proof and facts, being able to read an article about a new scientific investigation, see it happen and then find out the results is something that genuinely excites me. Physics, Biology, Chemistry and all of the sciences that fall under the umbrella of the three hold such a vast wealth of knowledge that anyone can dive into (as does religion), but without having to dedicate yourself to it.
Many great minds have dedicated their entire lives to science and religion, yet still many religions refuse to allow sciences to progress, and many people of science refuse to allow the preaching of religion. Only a fool would deny the positive effects religion can have on people, it’s undebatable, it helps people get through some of the most difficult times of their lives, denying the good in religion is not something I aim to do, ever, but I do believe that religion sometimes limits a persons potential to the world.
One thing I don’t understand so well is why Allah, God, Jesus or whoever you believe in, would give free will to humans, and then make rules which restrict humans. Why would Allah create pigs only to then class it as unholy, or dirty? Jehovah’s Witness’ claim that the exchange of human fluids is a sin, thus making blood transfusions forbidden in their community, but surely the exchange of bodily fluids being a sin would mean that human reproduction is a sin?
Of course there are many things in science that I also dislike, unnecessary evils, such as animal testing, which have no place in modern society and something I try my absolute best not to support, by buying vegan products (shampoo, soap, etc). The building of nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and weapons in general used for killing.
Both religion and science have both negative and positive aspects, depending upon your approach, but I don’t think either is quite right just yet, religion, in my own personal opinion can be far too conservative and restrict the progression needed in the world to make it a safer and nicer place to live. Conflicts between two religions can go centuries unsolved, leading to wars and death, not enough is done to bridge the gap between faiths in my opinion. Science, still contributes to animal testing, war and weapons, all of which seem to have no limit to them, nobody seems to want to stop progressing the technology involved in death, this for me is the dark side of science.
What do I think needs to happen? I think that people need to take important steps to help science and religion stand side by side, until science and religion stop going to war with each other, there will be no peace ultimately. So long as religious leaders like the Pope dismiss science as evil, and scientists like Richard Dawkins dismiss religion as stupid nonsense (even though the opinions of everybody is absolutely 100% valid), there can be no end to the fight between both sides. It’s about time that the two learned to live together in harmony and aim to progress the human race in both faith and advancement.
Peace & Love.