Most of what letter writer Jeff Miller wrote (“Example shows prayer fails,” Dec. 4) was not based on facts about the church, but on common misconceptions.
Many people try to quote scripture out of context. The Bible should be read in chapters or books at a time. Matthew 21:21 says, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt ... ,” but if we read the verse before, Jesus says that one must have faith. However, just like Gil Ward said in his Dec. 5 letter, “God does not answer empty prayers.” Separated by sin, we have to repent and believe to restore our relationship with God, and then wait for His perfect timing.
Further, Mr. Miller wrote that Christians don’t “embrace science, scientific fact, critical thinking and common sense.” Georges Lemaître, a Belgian physicist and Roman Catholic priest, first postulated what later came to be known as the “Big Bang” theory. It basically says that all the mass of the universe was concentrated into a single point, wherein the fabric of time and space came into existence. This theory often is misunderstood by Christians. Science shows that this is how the universe came into being, but they don’t know what initiated it – what outside force “pushed the button,” so to speak, to start it. Christians believe that God was this impetus – the Creator of the Universe. This theory does not in any way discredit holy Scripture, for “God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
I am a physics major at Augusta State University, a devout Catholic and an ecumenist, and I find Mr. Miller’s statement about science in the Christian faith completely absurd and offensive. The Catholic Church supports science 100 percent because of its truth and facts. I pray that Mr. Miller realizes that faith is the reason we pray; faith is the reason we believe.