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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 support 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 and never will know. Both religion and science are efforts to understand that which is 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 help us explain the meaning of life and the destiny of humanity.   There is no reason religious beliefs cannot progress in synchrony with scientific knowledge. They are both anchored to the same realities.  Trying to separate the two leads to religious apologetics that stretch far beyond the most distant limits of plausibility.

        Myth, symbols, and allegory appear to be the primary tools of religion, which, of course, do not have to be literally true to be divinely inspired or spiritually meaningful. Religious hierarchies (human beings) can decide church doctrine and dogma, but they cannot dictate ultimate truth.  

     Religious leaders and congregants can gather together in meetings or councils all they want and vote on doctrine and dogma, but their votes or the divine pronouncements of their highest ranking leaders' have no impact on what truth is and will always be. Both religion and science should be used to support the self-discovery of spiritual truth within individuals and not to bury the human spirit under sanctified tenets of human intolerance.

      Science is a procedure for gradually discovering truth, objectively, 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 do maintain integrity between our scientific knowledge and our religious beliefs, then our spiritual senses at that moment would serve as the most accurate 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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Living Without Exceptions

Life is really not very difficult or mysterious. Each of us understands actions that indicate when others are being helpful or harmful towards us.  We also tend to naturally associate with others who make us feel accepted, loved, and comfortable and we avoid those who don’t.  No real mysteries there, but then comes the question, why do we sometimes have trouble getting along with one another? I believe it’s because of the exceptions we make.

Have you ever left a particularly inspiring church service, or spiritual celebration, filled with overwhelming love toward all humanity until you see or think of him, or her, or them? Then you decide to make exceptions.  You love all races of people, until you think of those stark physical or cultural differences, and you make exceptions. You love all religions and people of faith everywhere until you think of that denomination, that cult, and them, and you make exceptions.  You view everyone as a child of God until you think of some; who they are and what they’ve done.  You exempt them at that moment, despite the fact you might even admit it’s God’s realm to make such judgments.

Prejudice dies hard, but die it must. The metaphysical goal of all major religions is to help each of us reach a level of spiritual understanding that enables us to love others without exceptions, despite apparent human circumstances.  The most direct way to personal happiness is to support the aspirations for happiness others have.  Just caring makes all the difference. When you care, you don’t make exceptions and you seek solutions based on love and peace with the sure knowledge those solutions exist, even when you don’t know what they are.  The power is in your mind and in your ability to sense what is right when the time is right. That’s what faith, and relying on God is all about.

Sometimes the easiest solutions are the most difficult ones to accomplish.