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The Scientifically & Spiritually Affected Life (aka me)

Joan Winifred science & spirituality

Science has affected my life! (Would it be ignorant and arrogant to say otherwise?…to say: NO! science has not affected me whatsoever?? Wouldn’t you think i’m totally clueless/full of nonsense/an idiot to admit: “Science” has had no impact/affect on me and my life??)

 Do you use a cell phone, a computer, or the Internet? Have you seen that your health has improved or has been restored because of advanced medicine? Do you travel by airplane? If so, you are benefiting from some of the ways in which science has been a boon to humanity. Science has affected your life in many positive ways. (excerpted: How Science Affects Your Life)

As a reader of my blog(s) 1 thing You’ve come to learn about me: i tend to be “spiritually” minded.  Yes, an “awake” believer/see-er..not into/not talking (traditional) credulity. Any “faith” i possess is well-thoroughly-researched and well-thoroughly-evidenced! (My spirituality is a work-in-progress..as-am-i.) Can say the same about my science side…(scientific) view of things…a work in progress. Obviously, i enJOY spiritual writings/readings…blogging about those kinds of topics vs. dryer/staler/stuffy stuff. In my view–where science has its limits…spirituality is l~i~m~i~t~l~e~s~s. What i’m trying to express is this: i find true/accurate science and true/accurate spirituality (aka what the Bible really teaches not man-made dogma) harmonize…and are complementary and necessary for a balanced (and broader) view/understanding of things/life.

(Would it be arrogant for any scientist to completely dismiss spirituality?)

My mind gobbled up the following points (from an article(s) read) that i found VERY attention-grabbing: (my bolded highlights)

In recent times, a number of books setting out the views of the so-called new atheists have come into circulation. These publications have caught the attention of many and have brought about no little discussion and debate. Regarding this, neuroscientist David Eagleman wrote: “Some readers walk away . . . with the impression that scientists think they have the big picture solved.” Then he added: “But good science is always open-minded, and the history of science is one of surprises.”

Down through the ages, talented scientists have indeed made surprising breakthroughs in their search for answers to puzzling questions about nature. Some, however, have also made serious errors in the process. […]

Today scientists face similar challenges in their pursuits. Will they ever find a complete explanation of the universe? While it is proper to acknowledge the progress science has made and the benefits it has brought us, it is also essential to bear in mind its limitations. Physicist Paul Davies observed: “The search for a closed logical scheme that provides a complete and self-consistent explanation for everything is doomed to failure.” Those words state an undeniable truth: Humans cannot completely understand the natural world. So when assertions are made about the potential of science to provide an explanation of everything that exists, it is only reasonable to take such assertions with reservations. (Excerpted: Science has its limitations w June 2015)

What examples do we have to consider…regarding limitations of Science?

Professor Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of Great Britain, wrote: “There may be things that humans will never understand.” The truth is that much of nature, from the tiny cell to the vast universe, still remains beyond the grasp of modern science. Note the following examples:

Biologists do not fully understand the processes that take place in living cells. How cells consume energy, how they produce proteins, and how they divide are questions science has not yet completely answered.

Gravity affects us every second of every day. Yet it is something of a mystery to physicists. They do not know fully how gravity pulls you down to the ground when you jump or how it keeps the moon in orbit around the earth.

Cosmologists estimate that about 95 percent of what makes up the universe is invisible and undetectable by scientific instruments. They divide this strange entity into two categories, dark matter and dark energy. The nature of these remains unknown. (excerpts: How Science Affects Your Life w June 2015)

Great question posed in the above-article: Will science replace the Bible? check it out: (my highlights)

So if you wonder whether science is about to replace the Bible and dispense with belief in God, consider this point: If brilliant scientists with their powerful instruments have been able to gain only limited understanding of the natural world, would it be logical to dismiss out of hand the matters that lie beyond the reaches of science to investigate? Quite to the point, at the end of a lengthy article on the history and development of astronomy, Encyclopedia Britannica concludes: “After almost 4,000 years of astronomy, the universe is no less strange than it must have seemed to the Babylonians.

Three examples of what the Bible teaches that science does not:

  • Crime Prevention

Have regard for life

“You must not murder.”—Exodus 20:13.

“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer.”—1 John 3:15.

Make and keep peace

“Turn away from what is bad and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.”—Psalm 34:14.

“The fruit of righteousness is sown in peaceful conditions for those who are making peace.”—James 3:18.

Shun violence

“Jehovah examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; he hates anyone who loves violence.”—Psalm 11:5.

“Do not envy the violent man nor choose any of his ways, for Jehovah detests a devious person.”—Proverbs 3:31, 32.

 

  • Protection of the natural world

Regarding polluters of various kinds in ancient Israel, the Bible stated: “The land has been polluted by its inhabitants . . . Those inhabiting it are held guilty.” (Isaiah 24:5, 6) God will hold wanton destroyers of the environment accountable. He will “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” (Revelation 11:18) They will not get away with their actions.

Family Happiness

 

Obey your parents

“Children, be obedient to your parents in union with the Lord, for this is righteous. ‘Honor your father and your mother’ is the first command with a promise: ‘That it may go well with you and you may remain a long time on the earth.’”—Ephesians 6:1-3.

Teach your children properly

“Do not be irritating your children, but go on bringing them up in the discipline and admonition of Jehovah.”—Ephesians 6:4.

“Do not be exasperating your children, so that they do not become downhearted.”—Colossians 3:21.

Love and respect your marriage mate

“Each one of you must love his wife as he does himself; on the other hand, the wife should have deep respect for her husband.”—Ephesians 5:33. (excerpts: Science has its limitations)

YES! most definitely i am affected…(by science & by the bible)…yes, it’s important to understand the workings of the natural world…and Yes, it’s important to understanding how to protect the workings of the natural world (i.e. peaceful relationships, and a satisfying way of living/doing that doesn’t endanger/kill life on the planet, etc.)!:)

PEACE to ALL…(affected any way)!!:)

Oh YEAH-lol…cannot forget to include excerpts/examples of the scientific relevancy of an ancient, non-science textbook, the Bible, then and now…(science facts way ahead of ancient times & way ahead of scientists of ancient times)…when ancient science was limited, what the Bible said was timeless/limitless. Please, check it out: (points from The Bible and Proven Scientific Facts)

Age of the earth and the universe

Scientists estimate that the earth is about 4 billion years old and that the universe was born some 13 to 14 billion years ago. The Bible sets no date for the creation of the universe. In no place does it affirm that the earth is only a few thousand years old. The very first verse in the Bible reads: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) That general statement allows scientists to determine the age of the physical world according to sound scientific principles.

Preparation of the earth for human habitation

Genesis chapter 1 uses the term “day” to set out the stages in the preparation of the earth for life in all its diverse forms. The culminating event in this simple description was the appearance of humans. The Bible fixes no duration for the six creative “days.” Instead, it opens the door for modern scientists to study them and assign accurate time spans to them. We know that the creative “days” were much longer than 24-hour days.

How the earth is suspended

The Bible describes the earth as suspended “upon nothing.” (Job 26:7) There is no mention of our planet resting on the shoulders of a giant or on the backs of elephants that stand on a turtle, as some popular myths of ancient times had it. Rather, the Bible leaves the door open to scientific discovery. In time, Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler described how the planets move around the sun driven by an invisible force. Isaac Newton later showed how gravitation governs the movement of all objects in space.

Instructions on disease control and hygiene

The book of Leviticus contains the instructions given to the Israelites on how they were to avoid outbreaks of contagious diseases, including the practice of quarantine. And regarding sanitation, the law recorded at Deuteronomy 23:12, 13 ordered the Israelites to care for their waste in a private place outside their encampments. They had to ‘cover their excrement’ in the ground. It is only in the last 200 years that scientists and doctors have seen the need to set such standards.

 

For further related reading, please see: Boyle, Sagan: Scientific & Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency: Part 1 Tweeting Bird: Say What? aka Boyle, Sagan: Scientific and Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 2 Boyle, Sagan: Scientific and Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 3 Boyle, Sagan: Scientific & Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency: Part 4 Boyle, Sagan: Scientific & Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 5

 

(word count 1585 published 6:05 p.m. 4/9/15)

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