Monday, March 26, 2012

True Science = True Religion

Yesterday, I was looking over a hymn for my church which is called, Oh Say What is Truth?  The lyrics are posted below:

Oh say, what is truth? 'Tis the fairest gem
That the riches of worlds can produce,
And priceless the value of truth will be when
The proud monarch's costliest diadem
Is counted but dross and refuse. 
Yes, say, what is truth? 'Tis the brightest prize
To which mortals or Gods can aspire;
Go search in the depths where it glittering lies
Or ascend in pursuit to the loftiest skies.
'Tis an aim for the noblest desire. 
The sceptre may fall from the despot's grasp
When with winds of stern justice he copes,
But the pillar of truth will endure to the last,
And its firm-rooted bulwarks outstand the rude blast,
And the wreck of the fell tyrant's hopes. 
Then say, what is truth? 'Tis the last and the first,
For the limits of time it steps o'er.
Though the heavens depart and the earth's fountains burst,
Truth, the sum of existence, will weather the worst,
Eternal, unchanged, evermore.
As I was thinking about it, I was struck by the thought that science and religion are the same.  Well, that is not to say that they're the same in every way, but they both seek the same thing: Truth.  The only difference is how they go about finding that truth.

Science is focused on seeking the truth about every little thing, and as those little things pile up, the greater truth will be revealed.  They see great truths as combinations of smaller truths, and the only way to get to those great truths is through the understanding of smaller truths.  It is very similar to building a house.  The entire house is the great truths, but they cannot stand unless the foundation (smaller truths) is correct and true.

Religion is focused on finding the great truths.  They figure that once the great truths are found and understood, the smaller truths will just fall into place.  If there is no great truth, then there is no need to seek smaller truths, because there is no constant, eternal, unchanging truth, which means that all smaller truths would not be constant, unchanging, eternal, but they would change constantly.

I don't understand why there are religious people who discount science, and science people who discount religion.  They both seek the same thing, but under different names and contexts.

There are universal, eternal, unchanging truths which underlie true religion and true science.  They are the same.  At the end of the day, we will find that the same truth that science finds will be validated by religion, and the same truth which religion claims will be validated by science.

We just need to go out and make sure that we are seeking truth.

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