What is “Truth”


     In the world of Science, Faith, and Religion, we can find ourselves facing the monumental task of determining what the real “Truth” is. To take a real objective view of the question, “what is the truth,” we need to identify what we understand each stands for.

Question one: What is Religion?

      It is the belief in God, a god, or in a group of gods. It is the organization of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship God, a god or group of gods. It is an interest, belief, or activity that is very important to a person or a group of people.

Question Two: What is Faith?

     It is a strong belief or Trust in someone or something. It is a belief in the existence of God or a strong religious feeling of our beliefs. It is a system of religious beliefs.

Question three: What is Science?

     It is knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observations. It is a particular area of study, such as biology, physics, chemistry, or any particular branch of science. It is a subject that is formally studied in school, college, and universities.

     Breaking down the key three elements that play such a significant role in who we are, what we become, how we believe, and how we react to situations in life, we find that they all cross what we might call “boundaries of life.” Science plays such a critical role in our lives. It has advanced the medical world to levels one sometimes stands in amazement of. The automation world, and most important to most of us, the communications world. The advancement of the phones, smartphones, computers, including the internet, has changed lives. We google a location and trust that we will arrive at that place if we follow the map provided. We choose to place our faith in that search we initiated. If you have had happened to you what I have, it has sometimes been misguided, and I ended up someplace different than planned. However, as these applications advance, they get better at guiding us where they believe you are planning to go based on what you were searching for.

     We have defined a simple way of how science and faith work together, but how does religion fit into this. If religion is a form of interest, belief, or activity that is important to us, then science and faith become a religion by definition. If one believes that a specific area of science is factual, or that a specific application is perfect, then by placing our faith in it, it becomes a form of religious belief. I’m not trying to push the envelope here, I’m just using how each of the three elements of life is defined.

     What is most interesting is that we have so many “Religious” beliefs in this world, it becomes hard to define which of them hold the “Truth.” We have so many advancements, findings (both supporting and negating), and discoveries in the science world, especially in the areas of who we are and how everything began, which of them do we hold as “Truth.” This put’s “Religion” as defined right in the middle. This brings us back to the question, what is “TRUTH?”

     Where do we place our faith? Is it in God, or some other defined definition of god, or in our science’s and how they are defined and taught? It takes faith to believe in God, or any god, just as it takes faith to believe in only what is proven by science.

     If we look at little deeper at science, we find that it is a process of defining a theory and then using scientific experimentation to prove the theory wrong. It is not an attempt to prove it correct. If it cannot be proven wrong, it can then be seen as true with no proof behind it until someone comes along and proves it wrong. Faith now becomes a strong ingredient in science. With “Faith” as an ingredient in science, it becomes a way of believing and becomes a “Religion.”

     What is more important, is the foundation of this short discussion. How do we know what to believe, where to place our faith, what religious belief we will follow? Just what is true, what can we hang our hat on, what can we stake our life’s beliefs on?

“What is Truth”

     I hope you will follow me down this road of discovery as we attempt to utilize science to evaluate and define who we are and how this all could have begun.

 

“To be continued.”

What Does Science Prove


     In many fields of scientific exploration, we find that it is a process of disproving a theory. Once a theory is defined, it is assumed to be real, then a set of defined actions are put in place in an attempt to disprove the theory. When is this theory no longer a theory? Is it fact just because science cannot prove it wrong? This is an assumption that many subscribe to. There is a fine line between what we use science to disprove, when in fact it is also being used to prove something that it cannot disprove. One can play with words, but in the end, if we say science cannot disprove the theory, then the theory must be fact until someone can come along and disprove the theory.

     It is important to note that to disprove a theory that has become recognized as a fact, someone needs to have a desire to do so. This alone should make us question any theory that cannot be disproved and becomes accepted as fact even when it also cannot be proved.

     Four key questions we should allow ourselves to explore and dig deeper into. More is riding on these question that we generally give ourselves time to think about.

  • Does science prove that evolution is real?
  • Does science prove that God is real?
  • Does science disprove evolution?
  • Does science disprove God?

     The point here is that in either case, God or Evolution, it takes a form of faith to believe in either. We could subscribe to the point that science cannot prove or disprove neither God or Evolution. I would suspect that most will subscribe to what makes them feel most comfortable. However, both cannot be true! The question is then, which one is correct and how do we break it down to conclude the best possible answer? The answer we choose to place our faith in.

     The best reference we have for the belief that God is real is what’s written in the Bible. The best reference we have that evolution is real is what’s written in the science books. We should be careful to not make this confusing and agree that anything that has been written was penned by man. Science inspired the writing of evolutionary science books. God is said to have inspired the writing of the Bible. However, we have defined that man wrote these books. Again, both cannot be correct? With respect to creation and evolution, they are directly opposite each other. One could say that we have two key question to answer.

  • The Bible tells us that in the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and everything in and on them.
  • In the beginning, science tells us there was nothing, and from this, something happened, and everything unraveled into what we see now.

     It comes down to God versus science and its scientific discoveries. However, we must deal with man because that is what we know exist. Before man, we can only guess what existed unless we take to heart the writing’s in these books. This means that we choose to place our faith in one or the other. Some would say that the writing of the Bible didn’t take place until approximately 1600 to 2000 years after it is said God created everything. At the same time, our science books are written millions of years after Earth was formed. No human was around to see this take place. Don’t get me wrong, our sciences are awesome and extremely interesting and educational. However, the point is, no one was around when it all began.

     If we have placed our faith on either side, then we have placed our faith in what man has written. To place our faith in man’s written word we need to explore what inspired them to do so? We could ask ourselves the following questions.

  • In the Bible, it is said that God inspired the words written in it, not man. So, we should ask if everything in the Bible is true. We should ask if we could use science to prove that the Bible is true. We could explore what has been uncovered that supports the history, locations, people, and events of the Bible. I would also add that we should explore the predictions that are written about and if they actually took place hundreds of years after the writings.
  • The writings of evolutionary science are the direct opposite of the Bible. Its major theories tell us that there is no God.

     So, we should ask if we could use science to prove, not just disprove, which of these theories are true.