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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Religion, Science, And God

Are not the practical human outcomes of a belief more important than any religious doctrine used to create or sanctify a belief?  If not, then your god is religion, itself, and not ultimate truth or God.

Religion cannot refute scientific fact and science cannot explain what is not knowable. We humans do a horrible job trying to describe or explain that which we simply do not know. Both religion and science are efforts to understand the unknown.  Bottom line, we realize there is ultimate truth, but we steadfastly refuse to accept the fact that we don’t know it and will probably never grasp it through either science or religion.

Religions are constructed around ideas that are supposed to explain the meaning of life and the destiny of humanity.   However, such goals are beyond human competence to achieve, so religious leaders make up concepts and stories in efforts to provide answers to their followers.  When doubt causes fear, religious explanations are created to replace that fear with hope and a sense of certainty.  

        Myth, symbols, and allegory appear to be the primary tools of religion. Religious hierarchies (human beings) can decide church doctrine and dogma, but they cannot dictate ultimate truth.  Truth is what it is and always will be.

Science is a procedure for gradually discovering objective truth, but the truths we understand at this moment based on scientific findings are very primitive when compared to what ultimate truth must be. As with religion, it is not at all clear that humans are capable of scientifically determining ultimate truth and we may have to rely on spiritual awareness and inspiration to stretch our minds towards its highest understandings.

Science is heavily dependent upon what we know from the past and on the rational examination of new ideas, now.  Despite what is known, any idea about what is yet to be discovered is pure conjecture.

Anyone who is interested and wants to learn research methods can participate in scientific investigations and many do. However, no one, no committee, no profession, no organization controls the advances or direction of scientific discoveries. They progress one proof at a time, worldwide.

Since ultimate knowledge is beyond our cognitive abilities, it is futile to pit religion and science against one another.  Neither can lead us beyond our limits of understanding.  

       However, as we approach this limit, if we maintain integrity between our scientific knowledge and our religious beliefs, then our spiritual senses at that moment would serve as the most accurately compass pointing toward the threshold of God, the source of all being, life, and consciousness.

Religion and science are reflections of the same reality. Any conflict between them can only arise from human error.