“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”Romans 10:9, NIV
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I believe we should always put God first.
My Affirmation of Faith in Jesus Christ and Belief about Evolution
Growing up in southern Alabama and attending a Christian school, I have always believed in God. I believe in Jesus Christ’s virgin birth and resurrection from His death on the cross.
Being a biologist, mathematician, and statistician, I do not understand how atheists can say without a reasonable doubt that God does not exist, because in the vastness of the Universe our quantitative amount of knowledge is relatively nothing. Even breaking ourselves down to the molecular level, there are but four major bases, five if you take RNA into account, which makes up our genetic code. Even so, we are so much more complex than our own construct of binary code, which we have used to program “artificial intelligence” and robots. Please tell me, the mathematician and biologist, how probability allows for our creation to be pure chance.
I, Thomas W. Brown Jr., agree with the world-renowned neurosurgeon and HUD secretary, Ben Carson, concerning the Tornado in a Junkyard Theory – as found in One Nation. If you are unfamiliar with this theory, you should look it up! Knowledge is power and we as Christians need to know just as much as the atheists. I will admit that micro-evolution is a fact. For example, if you force a group of giraffes to live under power lines, the shorter ones will be the last ones standing and reproducing, so the genes which make them shorter in stature will be passed along. But in my opinion, many have extrapolated this data to mean that we have evolved from a single-celled organism, when in fact, they are lacking exorbitant amounts quantifiable data to prove this!! There is a big difference between correlation and causation, hence the homologous structures we have with the rest of the animals come from common sense and efficient use of tools. Since God is so much more intelligent than us, I think He would use this line of thinking.
I believe that the creator of the greatest creation of all time has knowledge that humans will never be able to obtain or comprehend. I, Thomas W. Brown Jr., firmly believe in my Savior, Jesus Christ, who walked among sinners as a sinless individual and was crucified, even though He was the only pure one among us. I truly believe in my heart of hearts that Jesus gave His life to cover our sin and to forgive every single one of us who are willing to follow Him. Whether I win or lose, I must always put God first and let Him lead my life, for I am the servant of my Savior.
I am not a preacher but rather a student, a student of God’s amazing work and Jesus’s sacrifice for you and me. I try my best to go to Bible study and church on Sundays, but I will admit that some days I cannot make it. I pray to God constantly, asking for guidance. I have had the chance to lead a few of the Bible study groups in Tuscaloosa over the last year, but I am not an ordained minister. It has been my privilege to serve on three medical mission trips to Panama and I hope that I made a difference in the lives of the people I ministered to. I try to live as Jesus would, for I believe that this is the calling of a true Christian, and if you truly believe in Him, you will do this, too. Though I am not perfect, Jesus is my rock and my Savior and is always there for me.
Do you feel like something is missing from your life? If you do and want to learn more about my Savior, contact me at any of the email addresses below and we will connect you with the family of believers.
“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”Isaiah 64:8, NIV
I would not exist if my mother had a differing mindset with regards to abortion and lacked the courage it took to believe in the will of God. At the age of 33, my mother refused to take an alpha-feta protein test (AFT), which was highly recommended because of her age. She did not want to know if I had any possible defects, because she was going to have me no matter what the results of the test showed. If it showed significant issues, a recommended procedure in many states would have ended my life. Later, it was suggested by a local doctor that I had trisomy 16, a condition that my parents were told was incompatible with life beyond six months, after what appeared to be a growth was found on an ultrasound, but my mother did not lose faith in the will of God. It was also proposed that I might have had a cyst in my brain. I had a CAT scan at the age of 15 and no such abnormality existed. I agree with my mother in regard to abortion, i.e. it is ending a life that never had a chance to begin. Had my mother lived in a state such as California and been influenced by social pressures, I might not be here today.
The United States, China, and North Korea are among the few countries in the world that allow third-trimester abortions. I don’t agree with the argument that many abortion advocates make regarding the fetus’s lack of pain, because the neural tube begins to form 5 to 6 weeks after the zygote fusion occurs. In another 1 to 2 weeks, the brain and spinal cord begin to develop. Around week 8 to 9, the limbs, phalanges, ears, lips, and nose begin to form. By week 11, the baby begins to form its own genitals. Therefore, after 2 to 3 months, the fetus looks like a mini-you. All of this happens in the first trimester.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
“As an American, I rejoice in our liberties and the legal safeguards we have against those who would seek to destroy society. But our government is certainly going to fall like a rope of sand if unsupported by the moral fabric of God’s Word.”Billy Graham, in The Secret of happiness
The infanticide advocates in Congress voted against a bill that would hold doctors accountable for neglecting a born child, out of the female body if abortion was attempted. THIS IS MURDER! The CDC defines abortion as “an intervention performed… that is intended to terminate an ongoing pregnancy.” If the baby is no longer in the body, it is no longer an abortion, because it is not an “ongoing pregnancy.” The baby is out of the body. It is born! Many of the 2020 presidential candidates believe in infanticide as demonstrated in their voting record.
When do you believe the mother loses autonomy over her child? If she neglected to care for her baby at one-week-old and it died as a result, she would be held accountable under the law. How can neglecting the baby and allowing it to die two minutes after birth be any different? A doctor that neglects to care for a born child, out of the body, is a murderer and should be held accountable.
I intend to take my understanding of the world, as a biologist and mathematician, to D.C. where I can advocate for our Christian beliefs. I will work with Senator Sasse to care for born babies (1). We will reintroduce this bill!
“Separation of Church and State” -Jefferson
Remember how I said that “Knowledge is power?” Today many atheists and non-believers point to the phrase “Separation of Church and State” as a golden ticket to annex anyone who believes in God or any deity for that matter. But once again, if we look at history and the context of this statement, we will see it was written by Thomas Jefferson to a local church reassuring them that the U.S. government would not take away their religious freedom (17), i.e. their ability to evangelize. I completely agree with freedom of religion, as stated in the First Amendment. With that being said, true Christian evangelism is not a forceful government decree of “You will do this” or “Pay this much in taxes.” It is a choice. It is your choice, as an individual, to live a life that is for others, to give a helping hand to a person in need, to tell others about our Lord and Savior, and to give your life to Him.
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“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.”Psalm 122:6, KJV
I stand with Israel!
Notable Scientific People in the Faith
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”Proverbs 1:7, NIV
Jesus – The “man” who made water obey His commands. The only individual to defy death. He raised people from death, including himself. Since Jesus observed the creation, He knows more about it than any of us.
Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) – In my opinion, Newton was the second smartest person to ever walk the earth. He named gravity after an apple fell on his head. He had more major mathematical and physical science discoveries than any other person that comes to mind. The erudite theologian had massive compositions on and about the Bible and the Church! He stated, “Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors. Can it be by accident that all birds, beasts and men have their right side and left side alike shaped (except in their bowels) and just two eyes and no more on either side the face and just two ears on either side the head and a nose with two holes and no more between the eyes and one mouth under the nose and either two fore legs or two wings or two arms on the shoulders and two legs on the hips one on either side and no more? Whence arises this uniformity in all their outward shapes but from the counsel and contrivance of an Author? (2).”
John Dalton (1766-1844) – the creator of atomic theory, an English chemist (3).
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) – The person who discovered the vaccine and a world-renowned chemist and microbiologist (4).
Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) – the Monk, who many consider the “Father of modern genetics.” (5)
Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, Robert Boyle, Johannes Kepler, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Thomas Malthus, James Joule. All these men were important members of the scientific community and they all believed in God (6).
Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) – Physicist and philosopher, who was one of the creators of quantum mechanics (7).
Ben Carson (1951-present) – The world-renowned neurosurgeon and current HUD secretary who performed one of the first successful separations of conjoined twins! He demonstrated a significant anatomical understanding of blood vessels in the heat of the surgery. He also has impacted me indirectly, I read his book One Nation and it completely changed my life. The major point I obtained from the text was the importance of introducing different political ideas. This is important because we all live in the same society and all should play our part in litigation. This is one of the major reasons I have decided to throw my name in the hat for Congresswoman Roby’s seat. I also recommend the book!
Notable Christians in U.S. History
“And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”-Abraham Lincoln: Part of his proclamation for a national day of prayer and fasting. (8)
George Washington (1789-1797) – Our first president and, in my opinion, our best president. The populace wanted him to be a king, but he stepped away because he believed having a monarchy was against everything they fought for in the American Revolution.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)– Our sixteenth president, who referred to God, the Christian God, in many of his inspiring speeches, such as the Gettysburg Address. An advocate for African American emancipation and movement toward equal rights for every citizen. He was a devout Christian and a very humble man.
Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) – A baseball player, who at the age of 26, suffered enormous ridicule because of his race. A true American hero that bore harassment to pave the way for other ethnicities to play the sport he loved. The Dodgers president, Branch Rickey, knew Jackie Robinson had to have the courage to not fight back. When Rickey stated to Robinson “I’m looking for a ballplayer with guts enough not to fight back,” Robinson replied, “I have two cheeks, Mr. Rickey. Is that it?” Robinson’s faith in Jesus carried him through the racist acts he would have to endure. (9,10)
Billy Graham (1918-2018) – A man that led a Christian revival in America and has had profound impacts on my ideology and faith.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968) – A Christian minister and activist who is one of the most studied African Americans in U.S. history because of his part in the civil rights movement and his faith in Jesus. He delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, which called for a nonviolent end to racism, before over 250,000 people. (11)
Alfred Daniel Williams King (1930-1969) – The younger brother of MLK, who was also a preacher like his brother and father. He was integrally involved in the civil rights campaign behind the scenes. Many aren’t familiar with Martin Luther King Jr.’s brother, but he traveled with MLK and was even present at his assassination. He was also an advocate for peaceful protests like his brother. During one instance when a protest got out of hand, he stood on a car and requested the rioters kill him if they wanted to kill someone. Both of the King brothers were major advocates for equal opportunity and nonviolent protest. They played a significant part in American history and were strong believers in the Bible and in Jesus Christ. (12)
Notable People Who Could Not Defy the Existence of God
“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.”Proverbs 27:4, NIV
Einstein – The creator of special relativity. He was an avid critic of the Church but knew that there was certainly a probability of the existence of a higher power. He wrote to a young girl stating roughly, a possibility could exist of a “spirit manifest.” (13)
Ben Franklin (1706-1790) – As deist, he believed a god created the universe but was not integrally involved with people’s day-to-day lives. As a founding father, Franklin realized the benevolent value of religion. When debates got out of hand in the Constitutional Convention, he even called for days of prayer. (14,15)
C.S. Lewis – One of the most prolific and read Christian authors in the world. He sought to disprove the existence of God, but instead was converted from an atheist to a Christian. In the book, Mere Christianity, which is a compilation of his radio talks during WW2, one can observe C.S. Lewis’s thoughts on major Christian values. This book, which I have read twice, has had a profound impact on my values. Though it is not ordained by God, it is an interesting piece of literature that allows one to explore Christian virtues, such as morality and Jesus’ teachings.
All college professors – They, in general, wholeheartedly believe in Bacon’s scientific method. They also tend to recognize Isaac Newton, Gregory Mendel, and everyone else stated above as valuable members of scientific discovery. They, like Einstein and other academics, know that pure atheism, the complete denial of God, cannot be a certainty. So I ask you, how can you completely deny the existence of a creator?
More Scriptures for your Free Time
Luke 6:27-49 (read all of it!)Jesus
Full Jefferson letter
To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.
Th JeffersonCitation (17): The U.S. Library of Congress
Jan. 1. 1802.
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- John Dalton. “https://www.biography.com/scientist/john-dalton.” Retrieved on November 22, 2019
- Louis Pasteur. “https://www.britannica.com/biography/Louis-Pasteur.” Retrieved on November 22, 2019
- Gregor-Mendel. “https://www.biography.com/scientist/gregor-mendel.” Retrieved on November 22, 2019
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- Werner Heisenberg. “https://www.famousscientists.org/werner-heisenberg/”Retrieved on November 22, 2019
- Call for a Day of Humiliation and Prayer. “https://blog.lifeway.com/growingdisciples/abraham_lincolns_call_for_humiliation/.” Retrieved on November 22, 2019
- Commentary: Shaped by Methodism, Jackie Robinson continues to inspire “http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/blogs-commentaries/post/commentary-shaped-by-methodism-jackie-robinson-continues-to-inspire.” Retrieved on November 24, 2019
- Branch Rickey Hurls Barbed Insults at Jackie Robinson. “https://www.historynet.com/branch-rickey-hurls-barbed-insults-jackie-robinson.htm.” Retrieved on November 24, 2019
- ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech. “https://www.history.com/topics/civil-rights-movement/i-have-a-dream-speech.” Retrieved on November 24, 2019
- King, Alfred Daniel Williams. “https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/king-alfred-daniel-williams.” Retrieved on November 24, 2019
- What Einstein told a sixth grader when asked whether scientists prayed. “https://www.businesstoday.in/current/world/what-einstein-told-sixth-grader-when-asked-whether-scientists-prayed/story/202877.html.” Retrieved on November 24, 2019
- Franklin’s Appeal for Prayer at the Constitutional Convention. “https://wallbuilders.com/franklins-appeal-prayer-constitutional-convention/Retrieved on November 22, 2019.” Retrieved on November 24, 2019.
- How Benjamin Franklin, a deist, became the founding father of a unique kind of American faith. “https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/06/28/how-benjamin-franklin-a-deist-became-the-founding-father-of-a-unique-kind-of-american-faith/.” Retrieved on November 24, 2019.
- CDCs Abortion Surveillance System FAQs. “https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/abortion.htm.”Retrieved on November 24, 2019.
- Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptists. “https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html.” Retrieved on November 24, 2019.