Look up the etymological root of ‘Science’. Maybe you know it already – ‘to know’. It is no surprise that humanity longs to know things. We are so curious and investigative, longing to explore and discover and create. This is the undeniable reality that has been laid down in our makeup by the Creator. In a whole state we are created to dynamically relate, explore, discover and create, and through this grow in our wisdom and understanding, reaching maturity through the wisdom of God and sustained character expressions that make us downright faithful and trustworthy. It started in the Garden of Eden – that tree. Well, it was a relational turning point. The temptation to become like God – what a joke. We were already like Him! Look at what happens when we forget where we come from! Humanity is made in the very image of God, in his LIKENESS, just like a father has a son in his image, so God made us in His image. How could Adam and Eve forget?
They ate – and this tree of the knowledge of good and evil had opened the door into death according to God’s promise.
So, what’s wrong with science? The human nature is just like that, curious and longing to discover. Nothing wrong with that. The issue has come from the institution of science. Spiritual principalities look for ‘houses to inhabit’ and the bigger the better. Rules were made to the scientific game that demands it comes under as a servant, not above as a master. Karl Popper introduced the idea that scientific claims must be testable and there for falsifiable. This means you must be able to prove a scientific discovery wrong for it to be truly scientific. That could possibly make many scientific claims pretty weak. We all know the danger of becoming biased with insufficient information, and history has proven well the human tendency to stick to our own ideas even if they are wrong. We are proud and humility isn’t always a signature trait. Then, once money and power are contingent on the scientific claim, things get even more complicated. At the end you refuse to have any checks an balances and could easily stray into downright corruption and lies. We all want to believe the best, but we have enough history by now to know that things are far too often otherwise.
Science then, claims to know the truth, but is itself based on a premise that its claims can be proven false. We must contest the myth that scientific discoveries are the only way to truly know. Humans have made a box smaller than themselves and within this box they are trying to explain all of existence. Why are we so afraid of confessing that when it all comes down to it, we all need to believe? No human being, when pressed to the fundamental question, has absolute knowledge of our existence.
There is a much bigger world than what science will ever discover. Let’s ask the big questions with greater courage and we just may find some bigger answers.