Unitarian Church of Tullahoma, Tennessee
Presentation by Dr. Charles H. Frost on November 5, 2000
Over 40 years ago, I wanted to be a minister. I belonged to a fundamentalist Christian church. I started college and learned about evolution. I talked to my pastor. He said I could not believe in evolution. This puzzled me. In the bible it says that for God, a thousand years can be like a day or a day like a thousand years.(But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2Peter 3:8.)
Einstein not withstanding, I was confused and felt that what my pastor was saying didn't make sense and was not consistent with the bible…..just as he felt that what my college teachers were saying didn't make sense and was not consistent with the bible.
I lost my way, I did not become a minister, I stopped going to church for decades. However, I discovered another calling, another way to serve God. I became a social worker and have been one now for 38 years.
I tell you this as I feel it to be a sad story as the conflict was unnecessary. I have come to understand that God's teachings and the teachings of science are not only compatible, but, I believe that when you appreciate the messages of science, then you are more likely to appreciate the messages of God. For most of our existence we have taken God's word and used faith to support our beliefs. Now we can use both faith and FACTS.
Jack Schwartz and rusty sailcloth needle.
Carl and Stephanie Simonton.
Norman Cousins and his work captured in Head First.
Operating rooms with music and positive healing messages.
The visualization tapes of Belleruth Naparstek.
The hospital carts filled with Marx Brothers tapes.
Multiple personalities and how people can change the focal point in their eyes and within seconds become and not become allergic to things. (My name is legion, for we are many.)
15% of America's children are showing outward signs of incipient sexual maturity by age 8! (Time, October 30, 2000, p. 68). Why? Growing obesity, hormones and other chemicals in our food, and MTV are all potential factors.
The Placebo effect.
HOW THE FACTS AND THE BIBLE GO TOGETHER
Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Proverbs 27:5
Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred. Proverbs 15:17
He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.
The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.
Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Remember now, most of Christ's disciples were tortured and murdered for their beliefs. Most early Christians were severely persecuted, many were tortured and executed. If you read the lives of the Saints you are reading the lives of martyrs for the most part. How, therefore, can the above make sense???
Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.
The traditional answer has been that those who do not love their neighbors, who do not love God, will be punished in the after life. But I do not think this is a very effective way of viewing God's message.
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Remember the great commandments on which all the law is built are love of God and love of neighbor. (Matthew 22:37-40)
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
If you want to draw, you must shut your eyes and sing.
If you want to be a great artist, you must first learn to express your joy.
If you want to love God and love your neighbor, you must first learn to express your joy.
For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Mathew 25:29 (Also in Mark 4:25.)
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.