Science and Religion – Just Two Methods to Achieve the Same Things

So today I was thinking about science and religion. They always seem to be dramatically opposed to one another. At least that is what you always see going on in the media and entertainment industries. I don’t believe they are dramatically opposed like we are given the impression of. At least not at this time. In the historical past, I feel they were most definitely opposed. Personally, I believe that they go hand in hand and as we delve more deeply and gain greater understanding of the universe, science will “prove” that. I guess you know what camp I fall into! LOL. However, what I was thinking about today was how they both do the same thing. These two seemingly opposed disciplines both attempt to explain the world around us. They both use their own language to try to understand what is happening in the physical. Religions use faith and doctrines, and science uses mathematical formulas and experiments. Both are using their own language to explain what is perceived around them. Both bring their own interpretations and perceptions to the explanation.

The ancient Greeks used their tales of the Gods and Goddesses to explain how the world was formed and why certain things occurred. They looked around, saw what was happening, and used these myths to explain those occurrences. Many other ancient cultures did the same. Many indigenous peoples have a more nature based belief system. Yet, they were still doing the same. They were using their belief in  “evil spirits” or stolen souls to explain illnesses and behaviors. Looking around them, they were perceiving how the world is apparently operating and using those perceptions to create their spiritual practice. I know in my own life when a situation occurs that I might consider unwanted, I will begin to look at why this situation is in my life. The answers I perceive give my life a direction. I may use that situation to reflect on what is happening in my emotions or as an opportunity to change a perception and belief.

If I used a more scientific practice, I may look back to find the cause that created the effect I am feeling now and work to make sure that cause does not occur again. I am still doing the same thing. I am using my own language and perception to interpret the events in my life and I am using that perception to change how I move forward. Both these methods are just two different ways of getting to the same end, a change in my life. My interpretation of this is that the scientific method is more one of observation and the religious is more one of emotion. The challenge that occurs is when what appears to be two dynamically opposed viewpoints come together and neither one will allow the other the use of their own language. It is the old “my way or the highway” thinking. If both are allowed to coexist in peace, we, the human race, would be much stronger and wiser for it. We are not weakened by these different languages and perceptions, we are strengthened by them. Remember that, the next time you are in the midst of an argument and you perceive the other person as dead wrong. They probably perceive the same about you. What can you do to support you both in speaking the same language?

In love and light
Celina

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5 Comments

  1. Brings to mind a certain passage…
    “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for prove denies faith and without faith I am nothing.”
    “But,” says man, “the Babel Fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it. It proves you exist and so, therefore, you don’t. QED.”
    “Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic…
    -DNA

    As far as explaining the Universe, it could go either way. There are some things that science will never be able to explain, i.e. miracles, if you believe in such a thing. Score one for Religion. On the other hand you could say that God designed the Universe with certain well-above-our-heads-science loopholes that allowed Jesus to perform the miracles he did; he just knew how to use that science because his father invented it. Score one for science.

    • Science and Spirituality are coming closer and closer in their beliefs systems. I believe that “miracles” can be explained. If everything is energy then our thoughts and material physical objects are also energy. So a “miracle” is the energy of a person’s thoughts shifting the energy of the “material” things around them. Of course that’s just my belief system. However, this system is supporting me right now so I’m going to stick with it.
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      Celina

      • It depends upon how you define miracles. To me, a miracle is an event that goes against the accepted laws of the universe (physics, chemistry, biology, cosmology, etc.). Thus the so-called “miracle of birth” is no such thing since it happens what, once every minute on average, something like that? If course, proving and accepting a miracle is far more difficult now than in Jesus’ time because of modern technology.
        If your belief system is working for you, more power to you!
        -Arthur

      • People call birth a miracle because of the odd against it. I call it a miracle because what happens forms a unique individual. Think about that! Even birth creates a person that has never, ever, ever been born before. To me that is incredible! All unique! What a incredible show of creativity from the Universe. It boggles my mind every time I think of it.

  2. An interesting discussion. I’ve been watching a show lately titled Penn & Teller’s Bulls&%t! In part, they’ve helped move me towards a side I’ve been sliding towards anyways – scientific.
    I like to live spiritually. I believe in life after death. But I’ve really curbed my belief in things like the paranormal and especially ghostbusters and psychics especially psyschics that try and help police solve investigations. Science has regularly proved that ‘psychics’ are no more skilled than a non-psychic. Not really religion, I admit, but I’m finding religion more and more a way of having someone else tell me how to live life rather than me deciding how to live life. Science, on the other hand, tells me that if I do a certain thing, more than likely, I can expect a certain result. So I think I’m coming at it via a different angle than you.


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