Original sin

We are all too familiar with the temptation to do wrong when we think nobody is watching.

Scientific misconduct – it happens in research. It also happens in government, in workplaces, in church, and in personal relationships. Lying, defrauding, deceiving – it all seems innate to us.

Two months ago, an interesting and relevant article was featured in our local newspaper, the Daily Journal. A scientific researcher claimed that he was fired because he was unwilling to leave out important negative data regarding a cancer drug that was being developed and funded by investors. Reportedly, after being fired, the company went ahead and presented the incomplete data (showing only the positive results) to the investors, and garnered another $100 million for the drug development.

Whoa, I do cancer research. Would I be tempted to fudge the data just a little if I had a discovery that might translate to curing cancer patients with the assistance of a couple million dollars? I tell myself that I would not compromise my integrity, but honestly I have never been tested by such a situation.

It’s one of the reasons why Daniel 2:28, Inc is a non-profit. See what makes us unique under the menu item, “About.”

Some people think faith and science don’t mix. On the contrary, I think keeping them separate is dangerous.

Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free.

Ephesians 6:6
Tiziano Vecellio, Museo del Prado

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