Month: October 2018

Science

This term we will be looking at different areas of the curriculum and how they link with faith, starting with science.

“I don’t believe in God. I believe in science” is a sentence I have heard numerous times, and often people think that they are using it as a strong argument, but it really does not convince me at all. Why? I don’t believe in science!

Don’t worry there’s no need to get worried or concerned, it’s a matter of terminology and science isn’t something that we believe in. Science is the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Whereas to believe in something is to accept that something is true, especially without proof.

To say that science is a reason why people don’t believe in God, because it has been able to explain so many things – that I understand – but to say it’s because they believe in Science – not possible!

There are so many people who think that there has to be a conflict between science and faith, when actually they work together so beautifully. The argument from design is one example of this, where there is an acknowledgement of the intricacy in the natural world, that makes it work so perfectly, and then the argument suggests there is design which means there must be a designer which must be God.

The purpose of science is to discover more about the world. I am so grateful for the work of scientists, the discovery of medications, advancement in technology, understanding the world and eco system. Albert Einstein said “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” – he didn’t believe in a personal God but he recognised that there had to be something more. Science helps us to understand more and more about how the world works, when I discover more and the beauty and amazement in the world I find myself more dumbfounded (which is quite amazing). Some have said that science helps us to understand how, and God helps us to understand why – they don’t have to contradict, or be enemies. They can go hand in hand and compliment each other. After all Psalm 111:2 is one of the many verses in the Bible that shows this saying:

“Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them”

Look at the world, discover the world, try to observe the behaviour of it – consider why that is there.

Challenge: think about how science and faith can go hand in hand in your everyday life

Prayer: father God, we thank you that you created this world so intricately, thank you that you have given us the skills to discover more about it and to be able to use it to help others and to help the world. Help us to want to learn more about you through the world you have given us. Amen

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Trust

As we come to the end of our characteristics of relationships, we come to possibly the most important one of all – trust. Our thought for the week comes from Stephen Covey who says

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”

It sounds quite extreme, but I agree with it. The one characteristic that is essential for all relationships is trust. Whether it’s a friend, a parent, a teacher, a brother or sister trust is essential. What does trust ensure? Trust means that when we are told things we can know that those things are facts, that they are true.

Trust is the foundation of faith as well, because from that foundation can the remainder of your faith grow. In Paul’s letter to the Romans he says “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Here Paul is suggesting it is from a place of trust that we can be filled with hope and peace from God.

Think about all of your relationships, which ones can you trust the most? Why can you trust them? What is it that grows out of those relationships?

Prayer: father God thank you that you want to be in relationship with us. Help us to reflect you in our relationships and to be trusting to our friends Amen

Loyalty

What do you do when things get tough?

Do you persevere, which is one of our school values that we encourage, or do you hide away?

What about when things are getting tough for another person? Do you stick by them or do you walk away?

Our Bible story for this week comes form the book of Ruth. Naomi had two sons who were both married, Naomi’s husband and sons all died. They had had to move away from their home land. Naomi spoke to her two daughter-in-laws and told them to go back to their homes, where they would be able to marry again and have children. Ruth, was one of the daughter-in-laws and this was her response to Naomi’s direction

“Ruth answered, “Please don’t tell me to leave you and return home! I will go where you go, I will live where you live; your people will be my people, your God will be my God. I will die where you die and be buried beside you. May the Lord punish me if we are ever separated, even by death!”

Ruth had been given a get out of jail free card, an opportunity to escape, but she showed true loyalty to Naomi, and this continues, even when Ruth does marry again.

As we have looked at relationships we considered different characteristics including, friendliness, respect, vulnerability, communication and forgiveness… but I think that loyalty can be a starting point for so many of these, but also a resulting factor.

Why did Ruth show the loyalty that she did to Naomi? I think it was partially because of the character of Ruth in the first place, but also because of the kindness that Naomi had shown to Ruth by welcoming her into the family. BUT through Ruth choosing to stay with Naomi, choosing to stay loyal to her that relationship with have grown and developed with all of the other characteristics we have spoken about so far.

We can say that we will be loyal to our friends, but as Martin Luther said

Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved

We can never really know until those tough times come. Think about what you would want from your friends when you were in a tough situation. Would you be willing to do that other people? Have you built strong enough relationships to be able to rely on friends when things are too much for you?

Challenge: list the things you would expect a friend to do for you, and whether you would be willing to do those for other people

Prayer: father God we thank you that you are faithful to us, and that you give us examples of loyalty. Help us to be loyal to you and to our friends. Amen