If you’ve read my blog very long, you know that I am a follower of Jesus. Belief in him has been the foundation of my life for years.
That also means that I believe in the anointing of an individual and laying hands on their head in prayer, asking God for a healing–whatever form that takes.
I do this in the context of a specific faith tradition–and it is one that from the beginning has acknowledged the ways in which faith and learning are friends. Part of the early counsel given by our founder talked about “seek[ing] learning by study and also by faith.”
I have no problems with people of faith praying when they are ill. But neither do I have a problem with those same individuals calling on medical science to help in the healing process.
I believe that we have been given minds and a curiosity for learning for a reason.
Science and faith are not exclusive. They can–and should–work together. Even if you consider faith “merely” a placebo, science has shown that that belief impacts how our body reacts.
This current pandemic is challenging–and reminding–us that we need both faith and science. Even if you do not believe in the Divine the same way I do, if you go to a doctor, you still have faith in something.
We are seeing what happens when people decide that faith will trump science. Those who have chosen to continue meeting together, despite warnings about the need for physical distancing, have far too often found themselves dealing with COVID-19…and creating problems for others.
Continue to trust…to pray…but also listen to scientists and doctors. Many of them are also people of faith–who put their faith into action by learning all they can about this world…the diseases we are faced with…and how to help us cope with them.
Faith and science are not exclusive…they are friends!