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Integration Paper: What Makes Me Who I Am

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The lens through which I see the world is greatly affected by my deep rooting in God. Believing in a power greater than mere humanity allows me to live for something more than myself. I am able to find purpose in throwing myself away for love of a broken world, because I see that reflected in the life that Jesus lived. Because God is so much more than our minds are able to comprehend, the person of Christ is a tangible reflection of what a life seeped in God looks like. I am able to try on stumbling feet, to follow the example left by Jesus. This view of the world allows me to see holiness on all levels, for everything is seeped with power and meaning. In understanding that God has created humanity in the image of the divine, I am able to try and see behind the eyes of each person, the eyes of my savior. It makes me understand that we are all connected, and that when one suffers I suffer, when one has joy I share in their joy. My world view, my purpose, my meaning for life is rooted in the idea that we were created for more than what this "world" has to offer. I believe in giving of your life to try and be Christ wrapped in flesh to a broken world. I believe that people will know we are followers of God by the love we have for one another, and how that is in turn evident by our fruits. This view drives my life, because I believe that there is truly no other way to live, no other way to be fulfilled, no other way to make the best of this one fleeting and precious life we have.Interactions between science and religion are varied and complex, both historically and today. Models can be useful for making sense of the data. The model that best represents the way I balance both science and religion is as Wright calls it, "Complementarism". This model holds that Scripture and science offer different kinds of explanations but are both needed for a balance view of origins and the natural world. They are not competing views; neither are they completely separate, but they complement each other (Wright, 2003). I strongly believe that both science and religion should complement one another, instead of fighting over which is better. God has provided us with both science and religion, why should we try to find ways to bring down one to make the other better? Wright had a great analogy in explaining complementarism; he said that both science and religion are, in sense, different maps for the same landscape.The paradigm in which complementarism can occur is called evolutionary creation, or commonly referred to as theistic evolution. Those who hold to this paradigm believe that the universe and all that is in it were created by God, as Howard Van Till wrote "…has being only because God has given it being, from nothing, and that God continues to sustain it in being from moment to moment". This approach on creation permits both science and religion to do what they want, to roam free, not having to fit in with one another, where religion and science are...

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