Science and faith don’t mix? One of the world’s most famous scientists, Sir Isaac Newton, would beg to differ. But even as Newton believed in a god, he didn’t seem to believe in our one true God – Newton denied the Trinity.
Podcaster Joe Rogan recently asked a guest whether we should want the government to regulate speech on the Internet. For those who’d say yes, there’s this to consider: a UK mom arrested earlier this month for social media posts critical of transgender ideology.
Chloe Cole was gender-confused at 12, approved for puberty blockers and a double mastectomy at 15, and full of regret at 16. Why didn’t anyone help Chloe before she made the biggest mistake of her young life? Because:
“In California, any attempt to dissuade a minor from their preferred gender is considered ‘conversion therapy.’”
Last month, an Ontario mom discovered her depressed 23-year-old son had scheduled to kill himself. This Catholic lady may have taken inspiration from the parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8) – she made such a stink that the doctor backed off. However, for every suicide prevented, there are many more encouraged and enabled by the government, and no wonder: euthanasia is a cost-saving measure for the State because killing a citizen is cheaper than caring for them. Euthanasia is Canada’s “new social safety net.”
In offering no remedy for this callousness, this secular article illustrates how hope for the depressed and suicidal needs to be sought elsewhere. It doesn’t share that hope, but God does, in three ways:
- Purpose: death becomes preferable when living is seen as pointless, so Christians need to share how God gives us purpose, to glorify Him, which is possible for everyone in every situation and stage of life.
- Value: in contrast to some lives being not worth living, God tells us our worth isn’t found in what we can or can’t do, but in whose Image we are made (Gen. 9:6, 1:27).
- Refuge: the Church can start hospitals again, where people can go to be cared for, and not killed.
“The first major epidemic faced by the Church was the Antonine Plague (A.D. 166-189). In fear of their lives, the Romans threw the sick out of their homes to die in the streets. Galen, the most prominent physician of the age, knew he could neither heal its victims nor protect himself. So, he fled Rome to stay at his country estate. ….Many Christians ran the other direction.”
Government bans on single-use plastics here in North America won’t help turtles. What such bans can do, is get some consumers to use paper rather than plastic, or, use heavier plastic garbage bags and heavier grocery bags that are theoretically recyclable but only use more resources when consumers don’t.