Science, Religion and Atheism

The most important question in man's life is not: "Will Communism conquer the world?'' not "Will man find a defence against the atomic bomb?" nor ''Will civilization be wiped out in the next war'?" The most important question is "Did God speak to man and if He did, what did He say?"

This has always been the most important question, and it always will be. But it is remarkable that the same men who will spend almost every waking minute of their life looking for a way to do something difficult like splitting the atom, will not give a second thought to answering this question.
The virtue of religion makes us courageous and willing to offer to the Divine Majesty due veneration. By means of this virtue we honour the Lord Our God inasmuch as we acknowledge and proclaim His greatness, majesty and dominion over us, and at the same time confess our own littleness, lowlness and dependence upon Him. Religion, consequently, includes in itself two requisites: first, lively ackknowledgment of His infinite perfection and dignity, and then, a humble subjection to His unlimited power and dominion.

MALAYA CATHOLIC LEADER, SATURDAY. 17th FEBRUARY, 1940, page 7, women's page.

Q. WHY DID GOD CREATE THE BLIND, CRIPPLES, THE DEAF, DUMB, ETC?
A. To know Him, to love Him, and serve Him, as He created you. Certainly these unfortunates gave Him plenty of glory during His public life, and so were far from useless. There would be no bodily ills had man not sinned. Sufferings, like death, are a consequence of original sin. They happen according to natural laws established by God, with the operations of which He is not obliged to interfere. He permits suffering, forseeing that good can result from it.

Q. WHY ARE SOME RICH WHILE OTHERS ARE POOR?
A. The reasons may be perfectly natural. Poverty and riches are the world's, but not God's. standard of success. In fact, He deliberately chose poverty for Himself, whereas He might have been rich. He said, "Woe to you rich, for you already have your consolation." And He also said, "Blessed are the poor."

Q. HOW ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO THE COMMANDMENTS YET ARE SOMETIMES DISMISSED FROM SERVICE, WHILE OTHERS WHO ARE IN SIN OFTEN LIVE LUXURIOUS LIVES?

A. The same answer as above. If this life were the end of all, there would be no answer. Since it isn't, the answer will be in the after life that God promised the just.

The Malayan Catholic News, 17th January 1954, page 9

Q. WHY DID GOD CREATE THE BLIND, CRIPPLES,

THE DEAF, DUMB, ETC?

A. To know Him, to love Him, and serve Him, as He

created you. Certainly these unfortunates gave Him plenty

of glory during His public life, and so were far from useless.

There would be no bodily ills had man not sinned. Sufferings,

like death, are a consequence of original sin. They happen

according to natural laws established by God, with the operations

of which He is not obliged to interfere. He permits

suffering, forseeing that good can result from it.

Q. WHY ARE SOME RICH WHILE OTHERS ARE POOR?

A. The reasons may be perfectly natural. Poverty and

riches are the world's, but not God's. standard of success. In

fact, He deliberately chose poverty for Himself, whereas He

might hav,e been rich. He said, "Woe to you rich, for you

already have your consolation." And He also said, "Blessed

are the poor."

Q. HOW ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO

THE COMMANDMENTS YET ARE SOMETIMES DISMISSED

FROM SERVICE, WIDLE OTHERS WHO ARE IN

SIN OFrEN LIVE LUXURIOUS LIVES?

A. The same answer as above. If this life were the end

of all, there would be no answer. Since it isn't, the answer

will be in the after life that God promised the just.

The most finely balanced of all God's creatures is man. He is able to stand upright, to sit, to lie, to kneel and to crouch. He is able to walk backwards, forwards, and sideways to every point of the compass. He is able to hop or stand on one leg. He can walk, run, leap, dance, jump, take short or long strides, balance on his toes, swing himself by his arms and climb a height. He can crawl or creep like an insect, turn a somersault like a porpoise, spin 'round like a teetotum and stand on his> head! He can swim like a frog and float on his back.
Shortly before his death, Goethe said to Eckermann, "Let mental culture go on advancing; let the natural sciences go on gaining in depth and breadth, and the human mind expand as it may- it will never go beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity as it glistens and shines forth in the Gospel!". Since these words were uttered, more than a century has passed during which the natural sciences have made tremendous progress, and psychology has probed deep into the darkest nooks and corners of the human mind. But have we gone beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity? No, Christianity still continues to shine as the Morning Star and will continue so to shine to the end of time.