Over the last few years, I have had the pleasure of associating with the Tri-Cities Interfaith Community. During a typical interfaith group meeting, a pre-selected topic, generally pertaining to religion, is discussed by a group of panelists from different religions among the various attendees.
During our last meeting, the role of science in each religion was discussed, and the following is a brief explanation of what I took away from this fascinating topic.
When it comes to the two -- religion and science -- the general sentiment with our group was that they have to coexist to flourish. The foundation of religion is faith and the foundation of science is research.
The Lord has created a formula for each element of the universe and it is humanity's (scientists') job to research these formulas and apply them to our everyday lives. This is why the world spends so much money on scientific research and development, to help humanity understand and enjoy the wonders of the universe.
The Sikh scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib quotes the Lord's commands that associate with scientific research as follows: "First the Lord created light and from that light, He created the universe" (1349-19). This is in line with one of the world's most famous scientists, Albert Einstein's, mass-energy formula driven from theory of relativity, which has the speed of light in it (E = mC2, C being the speed of light).
Without going into too many technical details regarding matter and antimatter aspects, Einstein's theory provides scientific clues that light has something to do with the source of creation.
And to further prove its authenticity, projects such as the complex Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which straddles the France and Switzerland borders, are under way to find the existence of the so-called "God particle." Traveling at the speed of light, it is believed to leave behind residual matter that is responsible for creating the objects of the universe. The consistent results of this type of research will solidify the bond between science and religion, the phenomenon otherwise also known as the big-bang theory.
It is my belief that most religious scriptures provide their devotees with commands from the Lord on how to conduct their daily lives.
Also, embedded in these scriptures are clues on how to find scientific formulas that help us do the aforementioned.
Our jobs are not to question that the formulas exist, but to find them and use them positively. This is why the two, science and religion, will always have a bond and to learn about this bond, one must first learn about his or her scripture which are guides to help us attain our purpose in life.
-- Tarlok Singh Hundal of Richland is a Sewadar of the Sikh Gurdwara of Tri-Cities. Questions and comments should be directed to editor Lucy Luginbill in care of the Tri-City Herald newsroom, 333 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, WA 99336. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.