26 August 2008

Scientific Theory Pt 3: Jesus is Truth

Last time I said that science can only know for certain what is false. I also pointed out that the scientific community is reluctant to admit being wrong. See the problem here?

If science has declared something false then it is certainly false, according to the philosophy behind science as we've discussed. But what if science got it wrong? Then that idea has been categorized as certainly false but in reality may not be. If we then go back to the issue in question some years later and tell the community they've got it wrong, we'll be laughed at. "Everyone knows that isn't possible!" they will say.

Need an example? Flight is a classic one. It wasn't the scientific community that developed the airplane. It was regular people practicing science.

WWI fighter ace Eddie Rickenbacker said, "Aviation is proof that given the will we can do the impossible." But who said it was impossible? How do we know what is impossible versus what society has merely construed as impossible?

This is why author and inventor Arthur Clarke developed three "laws":
  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
I am one of those fanatics who believes perpetual motion is possible. And I believe miracles are possible. Not scientific you say? Magic? Regarding science and miracles, Ravi Zacharias argued, "The person who demands a sign and at the same time has already determined that anything that cannot be explained scientifically is meaningless is not merely stacking the deck; he is losing at his own game."

We seek truth. Jesus Christ claimed to bear witness to the truth, even to be truth. I said if we are to find truth, it must come without the innate human inclination to sin. Well, Jesus was sinless. Today the scientific mind demands proof of God. Jesus said, "If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead." Arise from death Jesus did, but today's scientific mind will have none of that because it isn't possible. Stacking the deck indeed.

I love science. I would not be typing at this computer if it weren't for technology. Science can be a God-glorifying endeavor to better understand and marvel at His creation. But it is not my source of truth by which to live.

"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins... If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead." 1 Cor. 15:17,19,20a

"For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world--to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice." - Jesus (Jn. 18:37)

Have you ears to hear? Listen to his voice.

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