The queen had a busy day. Shortly after the Snoopy Santa Claus Peanuts characters Christmas shirt and by the same token and ceremony, Queen Elizabeth II headed back to the main grounds Windsor Castle, where she knighted the 100-year-old Tom Moore, who became a national hero by raising $40 million for the National Health Service during the coronavirus pandemic by walking 100 times around his garden. The scene of the queen tapping a sword on the shoulders of the WW II veteran was especially moving for many of her countrymen. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ, all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority, and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. Firstly, for the most part, scientists seem to be quite intelligent, knowledgeable, thorough, and logical. Scientists essentially observe phenomena and render logical conclusions based on evidence collected through their observations or otherwise. They don’t provide proof, they provide logical conclusions that are most reasonable based on the evidence. You may say, “but we have proof that evolution is how all species came to be,” or “but we have proof the earth is billions of years old,” etc. But do we have proof? Really? Any honest person would say no. What we have is conclusions based on collected evidence. But we cannot possibly prove either premise. Or many premises for that matter. Proof, in the realm, if science, is far less tangible than many would care to admit. Secondly, on to matters of faith. Faith is not blind. At least not any real faith. Faith is based on evidence, as is science. Now, you can say there is no evidence for God. But that may be because you haven’t experienced, or observed, compelling enough evidence to “prove” to you that God is real. And neither have I. For those of us cohabitating with a romantic partner, the past four months of social distancing and shelter-at-home orders have felt like a test from the universe—one that’s designed to gauge how much strain human relationships can handle. Forced, near-constant togetherness with any hope of escape tainted by the possibility of contracting a potentially deadly virus? It would almost be comical if it weren’t the grim reality we’ve all been facing.
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In the Snoopy Santa Claus Peanuts characters Christmas shirt and by the same token and grand scheme of things, I understand how lucky my husband and I are to have been able to work from home in relative comfort over the past several months. And while our first few weeks at home together were punctuated with slammed doors and shouting matches, we’ve since reached a series of compromises that have helped us repurpose our 700 square foot apartment into a sustainable live-work arrangement. But I have observed and experienced more than enough to logically conclude that he exists beyond any reasonable doubt. The evidence for God far outweighs the evidence against God for me. I imagine this is the same for the scientists that you claim must be blind. Regarding faith and proof, Merriam-Webster says faith is: “firm belief in something for which there is no proof.” Aha! No proof! Exactly. But it says nothing about evidence. Remember, even in science evidence does not lead to proof. It leads to a conclusion. So there is not reason that a scientist, or anyone else for that matter, need require “proof” to have faith. And there is no reason that anyone who believes without proof should be considered “blind”. On a side note, it seems to me that many non-believers conclude that the people who have the strongest faith are the most blind. But to the contrary, the people with the deepest faith have the strongest evidence to support that faith. They are also the most confident, most loving, most joyful, and most peaceful of all believers. The “blind” ones tend to have the most shallow faith, with little experienced evidence and lack real peace and joy in their lives. Your premise is flawed: Christians do NOT depend on “blind faith.” And a scientist does not operate out of the bounds of faith in at least some basic tenets such as whether the testing equipment is functioning correctly. There is always an element of faith in anything we do that traces back to the experience and reliability of a person or system we trust. Jesus did not ask his followers to blindly follow him. God did not ask the Israelites to blindly follow him. YOU do not ask your children to blindly follow you. We demonstrate our character to those we love and at times when they don’t understand we ask them to trust us. Jesus did not ask his followers to blindly follow him.