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Why Science and Religion Can’t Seem To Mix

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Science throughout recorded history has consistently changed its position on particular theories and understanding of how things work in nature. Men and women with a stubborn insistence that science alone can explain the universe have changed their stance on everything from believing the world was flat to spontaneous generation to the origins of life. Every so often, some theory is reversed or modified and new explanations are thrusted onto the masses to accept until it too is proven to be erroneous. For all we do know, hundreds (if not thousands) of other explanations preceded it. There are few things correctly understood with consensus because even at the molecular level, we can discern the way atoms behave, but cannot quite pinpoint why they behave the way they do. We tend to believe what we observe, but in theory almost everything is not observed at all -just worked out mathematically and through models and simulations. Hence, we delve into theory and conjecture, but nothing concrete. Yet, we are supposed to blindly accept what the mainstream science community tell us as if all they “believe” is fact. But no, it is not all fact. Much of it is just theory, and theory is not fact. It may have strong evidence, but some things cannot be proven simply because we lack the capability and instruments to test that which is theorized. It is perhaps more accurate to say what you believe to be true is rooted in an inner faith you have in the absoluteness of what is otherwise simply a theory. But history has taught us our understanding of how the universe works, how nature does its work, has had to be modified, corrected, and even scrapped because, frankly, we really didn’t know all the facts. If we do not consider all of the elements involved in how nature works, then we will always be wrong. And we know we are not aware of all the factors, all the various elements involved in the inner-workings of nature because theories always have holes in them. Always. And there are plenty of theories to go around, all with good arguments and evidence. But can the universe truly be sampled in a lab? Can nature really be duplicated by computer models and machines? People certainly try their best to catch a glimpse of the hand of nature by simulating situations in a laboratory or in various studies, but the only way to get an understanding is to eliminate tunnel-vision mentality. Clearly, there are many forces at work. What isn’t clear is how to identify those forces.

Now, in contrast, religion hasn’t really changed its story or belief for thousands of years. The religious maintain vigilant in believing in a creator. They accept our understandings are limited and put a lot of stock in faith rather than seeking detailed explanations. When you look at the universe through the lens of spirituality, there is no need to understand how things work on a molecular level. What would be the purpose? Would such discovery make man more trusting of each other? Would knowing when and how the universe began make humans happier and more loving? Would knowing if life existed on other planets make humans less interested in war? Would knowing the formula to how a life form is created from non-living elements make people respect all life? Religion does not offer scientific explanations of the origins of life because it doesn’t need them. We progress technologically in hopes to improve the lives of people, but our advances as a human race has made our world incredibly dangerous and sad. What good is it to have all the information in the world stored on a computer and at your finger tips if we cannot process it all? What good is it to know the intricacies of gravity, of space and time, or multi-dimensions if we can barely keep things in order in this dimension? We want to explore the cosmos, but not the human soul. We want to mass produce food, but not be grateful for it. We want knowledge, but not for the purpose of loving one another. We can build great machines, blast off into outer space, but have no sympathy for the homeless. On the world stage, science is a great tool, an immeasurable asset to humanity, but it is often used for evil purposes. Religion, for all its faults, doesn’t restrict followers for the purpose of exploiting them. It may be to control masses, but not for the sake of destroying their own flock. The people who developed the most destructive weapons on earth did so because they didn’t want their enemies to have an advantage. And in the process divided the world so much we are always at war where the innocent get slaughtered by the thousands.

There are those that will criticize and say more wars were fought over religion. Perhaps the headlines have read as such, but make no mistake about it: wars are fought for land, resources, money, and power. If people throughout history waged holy wars, it was because politically someone in command sought those things just mentioned. It doesn’t really matter when you think about it because soldiers can be trained to believe anything you want them to believe. In this country, our soldiers are patriotic and are willing to die for “our freedom.” In other countries, they have their own credos and pride and whatever else they are willing to die for. People are willing to die for scientific causes as well. That’s just how people are wired. And those in power understand this and exploit this human trait 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There just seems to be too much emphasis on details. This is how the human race constantly gets into trouble. Religion cannot proceed forward without some understanding people are curious and want better understandings of the world we live in. We really do know more than we did 2000 years ago. We can use this knowledge to better ourselves and our communities. Science needs to wake up and open their eyes to the possibility there just may be a spiritual factor to life. If variants elude them, then it’s because they are not looking in the right places. Sometimes, we have to dig deep into our emotions, our hearts, our dreams, our sense of love to find those dimensions we want to discover in a laboratory. There is a God and He is a scientist. The most advanced, brilliant, incredible being that exists. Trying to separate the spirit from the science will leave you in continuous frustration.

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