SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY- HIGHLY COMPLEMENTARY

Science and Theology are like Brother Sun and Sister Moon

 IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE, you want to know everything about him, want to be with him, want to see him smile, want to serve him… 🙂

Theology is the study of God- and of course if you love God, you want to know everything about HIM -including His likes and dislikes (the ten commandments) hobbies, His Mother, His Father, His friends… thus, the many branches of Theology. Knowing about Him will make you want to serve Him.

If you agree that GOD made this Universe, including mankind, both seen and the unseen. Then you ought to be in love with Science too, because science echoes the Word of God, Science reflects the majesty of the Creator through the Study of the Creation which includes the microscopic  and electromagnetic radiations etc..not visible to the human eye.

Anatomy- Study of the structure of Man.

Physiology- Study of the Functional processes of Man.

Astronomy- study of celestial bodies, the galaxies and the stars.

Geology- study of the solid Earth.

Etcetera etcetera….

My point is, if you are a Scientist you study the Creation. If you are a Theologian, you study the Creator. To understand Creation, you must know the Creator, to understand the Creator you must know the Creation. You see… they are not contradictory but complementary!  They are like Brother Sun and Sister Moon – both with the goal to glorify God. 🙂    Hmmm I miss someone…

Thanks to google search engine for the image…

THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL and the INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING

I asked my former students in Bioethics, a subtopic in Ethics in Physical Therapy and my students in Human Sexuality a subtopic in the subject Psychiatry in Physical Therapy  to research about the effectivity of condoms, the side effects of hormonal contraceptives, and to find out if the overpopulation theory is true and to report it in class. With this assignment they were able to find out for themselves about the deeper issues not usually discussed by the proponents of the reproductive health bill. I usually give them pertinent assignments in preparation for our discussion, so we no longer have to waste so much time and effort in correcting misconceptions in one lecture session. Now that they have already found out themselves that the use of condoms and hormonal contraceptives is not equivalent to safe sex but equivalent to deadly sex and that overpopulation is a myth, before they attend my lecture- we could have progress in our discussion.

Since we are in an institution of higher learning, a University,  we must speak from evidence based research. This is the reason why i get disappointed when i hear Professors with high academic ranking talking and spreading misconceptions and not even taking the responsibility of correcting it when facts are already presented to them. I also got disappointed when a student writer in our university newsletter wrote that she cannot find anything wrong about the reproductive health bill- because all that is written about it is the improvement of maternal and child health and reproductive health. The student journalist did not even researched deeper, like if the measures proposed to attain the goals in the bill really equates to reproductive health- like the categorizing of hormonal contraceptives- a proven carcinogen and a risk factor for stroke and heart attacks as essential medicines- to be funded by taxpayers’ money and to be mass distributed. The newsletter was even funded by the student government and they did not learn about the substantial facts in that column, it is a waste and misuse of student government funds.

If you are in a beauty parlor or a market place- you are entitled to promote your misconceptions and your own uneducated opinion but in an institution of higher learning,  an uneducated opinion has no place and is irresponsible. I hope as educators we realize this and take responsibility for the good of our students- the youth, the future leaders of our beloved country.

GIVE TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR’S…

This is usually the battle cry of those politicians who want to impose laws that are supposedly for the common good of all citizens. They don’t want the Church intervening with their politics- reiterating the separation of Church and State. It can also be heard from lukewarm Pastors. Is this reasoning valid?
Yes, it is valid. Give to Caesar what is to Caesar’s holds TRUTH and came from the mouth of the incarnate God Himself Jesus Christ.
The next question is: What do Caesar own? Money, government power, buildings like the twin towers perhaps? Yep, Caesar owns them, but they are all just an illusion invented by Caesar, it could easily become play money- look at what happened to the Libyan dollar and the Japanese currency during world war 2. – all these illusions could become worthless anytime. Even Caesar’s life could be taken anytime by God… ( take note Obama and Lagman). Caesar does not own the people, Caesar does not own our minds and bodies and definitely not our souls…
What do God, the Creator of everything own???
YES, give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.

BEING A GOOD CHRISTIAN AND CITIZEN AT THE SAME TIME: NO COMPROMISE

Christian Wisdom

I watched realcatholictv.com yesterday where Michael Voris discussed about Sapientiae Christianae. I endorse this document to my fellow Filipino citizens now that some of our government leaders are acting blindly to the truth about the traps and dangers of the reproductive health bill and the LGBT movement.

Michael Voris said the following:
A little over a hundred years ago .. Pope Leo XIII .. the same pope by the way who composed the Prayer to St. Michael .. released an encyclical that is truly profound.

It’s entitled .. Sapientiae Christianae .. which translates to Christian Wisdom. It’s focus is the responsibility and duty of Catholic action in relationship to the state and in the face opposition from the culture.
Given the way Obama is conducting himself with regard to Catholic truth .. this encyclical is really a blueprint for us today. Written at the close of the 19th century .. it is a perfect template for the political life of Catholics at the dawn of the 21st century.

Barely one page into it .. Pope Leo lays it quite clearly.
“…an incredible multitude of men is in danger of not achieving salvation; and even nations and empires themselves cannot long remain unharmed, since, when Christian institutions and morality decline, the main foundation of human society goes together with them.” – Sapientiae Christianae #3

Yep. As you’ve heard us report here before quoting great thinkers .. when civilizations disappear .. they follow a certain path .. first morality evaporates .. then economies implode and lastly governments collapse.
He speaks quite directly to .. and about Catholics ..
“We deem it expedient in this letter to define more in detail the duties of the Catholics, inasmuch as these would, if strictly observed, wonderfully contribute to the good of the commonwealth.” #3
“It cannot be doubted that duties more numerous and of greater moment devolve on Catholics .. “#4

So His Holiness addresses the matters of our day in an urgent and direct manner .. “[It is] an act of consummate wickedness to break the laws of Jesus Christ, in order to yield obedience to earthly rulers, or, under pretext of keeping the civil law, to ignore the rights of the Church;” #7
“.. one should be ready to suffer all things, even death itself, rather than abandon the cause of God or of the Church.” #7

And then Leo becomes even more clear .. if that’s possible ..
“.. if the laws of the State are manifestly at variance with the divine law, containing enactments hurtful to the Church, .. then, truly, to resist becomes a positive duty, to obey,a crime;” #10

And further .. “..if laws of men contain injunctions contrary to the eternal law of God, it is right not to obey them.” #10

What is the motive Pope Leo gives for this Catholic response to political attacks against the faith from government leaders?
“ .. it is, as We have said, the office of the Church to undertake the defense of truth and uproot errors from the mind, and this charge has to be at all times sacredly observed by her, seeing that the honor of God and the salvation of men are confided to her keeping.”
#14
And realizing that this is tough and demanding and may cost a person everything they possess in this earth .. up to and including their lives .. he states emphatically .. “To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind.”
#14
And in a call to arms he reminds the stalwart Catholic to be manful ..“very frequently by such display of courage our enemies lose heart and their designs are thwarted. Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph..”. Attacks are being launched against the Church in the United States and the rest of the formerly civilized world in the forms of laws and government programs that promote vice as virtue and evil as good.

The Church stands against these laws .. like Obama’s sprint to enshrine homosexual sex as a protected status and his denial to Catholics of opting out of morally evil aspects of his health care law.

With this encyclical in mind, let us pray for government leaders and our President Noynoy Aquino to realize that following Obama in exchange of foreign aid is like selling our bodies and soul, our whole country for 30 pieces of silver.

Pope Leo XIII Encyclical:
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_lxiii_enc_10011890_sapientiae-christianae_en.html