I'm not catholic, but my boyfriend and his family is. I'm protestant.
We both believe that science is something that should be loved and studied. Many of the earliest scientific discoveries were made in the name of Christianity, to learn more about the world God created. It's foolish in my opinion to believe that there is no science and we should ignore facts around us. To me, the more I study scientific findings, the more love and appreciation I feel for the world. I view science and religion(or "spirituality/humanity") as two wings that humanity needs in order to be able to take flight into the future and to improve ourselves. With blind faith alone, we will crumble and prevent any further learning. With no love, or faith(In God, ourselves, or the faith that maybe there is something out there we just haven't figured out yet--think the faith that the planets DID exist before we had telescopes to see them) we cannot progress or take any further leaps into new discoveries of the world, and can fall into cynicism and retreat further into our safety zone.
It all depends on the people. I personally don't know any christians who don't believe in science. I know they are out there. I just haven't met them, lol. My belief in evolution and all that is that..well.. When one considers how impossible it seems--the perfect planet, the perfect galaxy, the perfect amount of water, the fact that my existence means there is a single, unbroken line of survival and procreation dating back to the very beginning... It's all so incredible. Like I said, Science I believe is a gift, and an incredible one at that. I think we are meant to study it to better ourselves as well, and learn more ways to help others. But that's just us. :)
And above all else, I believe the main message in the Bible is love and acceptance. That's what it means to be Christian. Fasting, the act of going to church, ceremonies, holidays. All of that is meaningless without love. And hate blocks out love. It's nasty. Don't hate people lol. :D
Good luck with everything. There have been a few scuffles between the boyfriend and I about how we will raise our own kids, but it's only because we both care. We want our kids to be able to experience the world and new ideas while being strong in their own views and faith, and above all, being kind and accepting to everyone. The little stuff doesn't matter as much. Besides, it's hard to argue over a single sentence written 2000 years ago in a language I can't understand. My faith tells me to do my best, love everyone around me, and to enjoy all that creation has to offer(including science!) and that's what I'll do. :D
I never did any of the fasting and lent. I sort of tried. I was never raised on it though. Nathan has done it every year--He usually gives up video games or whatever has been occupying his time the most. It's a nice idea, and a good one to try I think for christians or athiests alike--taking a moment to step back away from the things we are focusing on, and getting back to the other things that are important to us. It's fun, and refreshing. Mental and emotional spring cleaning.
It's frustrating to see the...Well... Kind of crazy christians loudly proclaiming they speak for all of us. But you know that saying, the smallest dog barks the loudest. Most people aren't so..full of hatred and sadness. And many of us are smart enough to be able to explore the world and learn about everything before making the choice to believe what we do. ;) I know I explored a lot of options... But alas.
I don't know what his family is like. Hopefully they are kind and wonderful people. And if they are, be kind and loving right back. That doesn't mean you can't be funny or smart or be fake. They should accept you for who you are. If they don't, why would you want to be around them, right? :D
Last edited by purplemuffin; 12-19-2011 at 01:12 AM.