It almost has been 3,5 years since I started my blog – mostly to present my latest outfits as well as taking you on the journey of my ambitious young career (at least I try 😁). However, the longer I am part of the blogosphere, even more, Instagram my desire grows stronger to write about something more profound, more meaningful than just fashion. Surely, looks and trends are indispensable and still a big part of our social image. Still – the more I learn from an academic perspective as well as experience in my professional career, the more it brings me to fundamental almost philosophical questions.
This post’s topic is about religion and science – two things that couldn’t be more contrary in the eyes of society, two positions that seem to fight a constant battle ever since their existence. On Instagram, I started a survey, asking, if religion plays a vital role in one’s life. Unsurprisingly, the vote was clear: the majority of my followers can hardly connect with religion or in this case with a tendency towards Christianity.
But why are these two states of beliefs so far apart? Why does one exclude the other?
Even though I obtained a good and extensive education at a Catholic school, I’ve never been drawn to believing in God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit. But my reconsideration on this occurred whilst reading the book “Opium für das Volk,” by David Gooding and John Lennon derived from a statement by Karl Marx.
Perhaps I had a wrong approach to the bible and its parables.
While religion and the subject of god were brought up by mankind for thousands of years to provide us with answers to the existence of life and the universe, science was the capable medium of giving a solid explanation and tangible proofs of natural spectacles.
Of course, it doesn’t make any sense that Jesus did transform water into wine. Scientific rules prove it – it is simply not possible. Furthermore, the rise from the dead is also for a matter of fact scientifically incorrect.
Nevertheless, in my opinion, this is not what religion (in my case Christianity) is all about. Within a certain natural framework, consisting of formula and logical structures, there is still room for something else: emotions.
The statement that moral understanding cannot be logically formulated and therefore is not part of human knowledge does not withstand scrutiny.
At least for me, it has less to do with believing in a God created by the bible, but more with embracing yourself emotionally. Jesus treated everyone around him equally- no matter what political orientation, gender, ethnicity or religion they had.
Maybe this is what we should get out of religion: pure compassion for others and thus, trying to understand their situation and their state of mind. Notably, in these political times and above all in times of Social Media, people isolate themselves and become ignorant towards their environment.
Almost nothing in life can be seen just black and white – so I guess religion and science don’t have to either. Life is about making compromises to assure satisfaction even though it sometimes can be against our own beliefs.