The Wonders That Science Has Wrought
THE WONDERS THAT SCIENCE HAS WROUGHT
By: Khelsoril Wanbe.
Through the discovery of hidden secrets, laws and principles of nature and their application, science has wrought great wonders for humankind. It has helped in solving numerous human problems although a lot more problems remain to deal with. Science and its offshoot, technology, today affects almost every sphere of life. With the help of science man has been able to invent and discover machines, instruments, weapons, medicines.
With the advancement of science (medical science), many of the once dreaded diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, diarrhea and even cancer have now been conquered. Indeed, science has made modern life considerably and comparatively easier and longer. Presumably, science has also been able to free human mind from so many fears and worries that used to haunt it.
Science has also enabled human beings to fight sophisticated wars of colossal magnitude in the sky, on land and the sea. With the invention of warplanes, missiles, tanks, warships, submarines, machine guns, nuclear bombs and so forth, the destructive potentials of war have been tremendously multiplied. In the two great world wars, tens of millions of soldiers and civilians lost their lives; and cities, towns and nations were devastated. Europe was virtually turned into a colossal graveyard. Consequently, many lost their faith in religion or God, but the real cause of the problem was not religion or faith in God but the forsaking of it (faith in God) by man of his own volition and attempting to replace it by faith in human ability- humanism. Presently, despite the destruction of thousands of nuclear warheads by the US and former USSR, the world’s superpowers are still in possession of nuclear bombs that, if used, would be sufficient to destroy the only known inhabitable planet many times over, not once, twice but many times! This too has been possible through science. Most of the weapons are, of course constructed for defense and deterrent purposes. The era of star wars is perhaps prematurely over, missile defense program enthusiastically initiated by the former US president Bush was and is anticipated to be more exciting than the earlier star war program, but the project was apparently stalled by the surprise attack on WTC with the use of a very unlikely improvised method- highly explosive passenger jets. The missile shield program, in fact, is a very expensive defense project that would cost billions of dollars. The point here is that science has made an incredible contribution towards making war a very big and exciting human pursuit.
The invention of cars, trains, planes, and spacecrafts have tremendously minimized the problem of distant travelling. A modern man can now travel hundreds and thousands of miles in few hours time. Travelling from one continent to another is now as simple as travelling from one village to another some centuries ago! Space conquest, it seems, is one that is being vigorously pursued currently. Man has very conveniently conquered the distance between earth and moon and the next attempt now is to reach planet Mars, which might be achieved sometime in the future. But reportedly, it’s going to be a very tough expedition which will cause billions of dollars and might also mean the loss of some more precious lives of highly ambitious astronauts and space enthusiasts! Science has also made another conquest of space possible with the development of advanced telescopes like the Hubble space telescope. Billions of galaxies have now become visible although, of course, reaching them is still a fantasy that might never be possible, as even the nearest star, Proxima Centauri is said to be so far away that it will take more than one hundred and fourteen thousand years for the most advanced spacecraft to reach it if at all an attempt is made. The universe is so vast that, all man can do about it is speculate and extend the imagination as far as it can reach. The size and age of the universe is simply something beyond human comprehension. Science has certainly succeeded in discovering and revealing many mysteries of God’s wonderful creation! But, finding God, obviously, is something that goes beyond the capacity of science. Astronomer Lanland once declared, “I have swept the heavens with my telescope and I have not found God”. Indeed, God being the creator of the universe is far bigger than his creation and what mortal human beings have been able to discover is only a tiny part of God’s incomprehensible universe. It is sheer human folly to try to find God through the limited power of the telescope that he has invented! Some Russian cosmonauts too once declared, “We were in heavens and we found no angels there.” But, how far has man been able to go into the outer space? Perhaps only one ten- thousands of the distance to Proxima Centauri, the nearest star, is what man has so far been able to infiltrate!
According to a survey, only 40% of scientists in the US believe in a God who answers their prayers, 45% do not and 15% are not sure. However, some of the greatest scientists of all time like Sir Isaac Newton, Kepler, Galileo, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking express their belief in the existence of God or a supreme intelligent being. As far as these scientists are concerned, there is no incompatibility or conflict between science and faith in God.
Science indeed has in a sense been able to improve the life of a modern man by discovering the causes of sicknesses and diseases, but despite all scientific accomplishments, human sufferings continue to exist and death remains man’s most horrifying enemy. Until the time that a person dies, there is a lot science can do for him, but beyond death there is nothing science can offer. Salvation from death and sin is the primary concern of most religions particularly Christianity, which of course is wholly based on faith in God’s saving power. Science is concerned with concrete material things that can be perceived through the senses. Religion or Faith in God is concerned with something that is beyond physical and material phenomena. How can we expect science to explain something that is beyond its scope of study? Love, hope, death, resurrection, angels, evil, sin etc are some of the many things that science cannot study or explain, something that is beyond the limit of science. The existence of God cannot be proved by laboratory experimentation or telescopic viewing of the sky. If a scientist ask me to prove the existence of God through a lab experiment it would not be possible for me to do it because God is not a chemical element! A person can prove the existence of God only by how he lives and how strong a faith he has in God. A faithless scientist will find it impossible to believe in God and it will be difficult and absolutely absurd to force someone to believe in God because God himself believes in a person’s freedom of choice.
And again, there is some interesting thing about scientific theories like that of evolution, constructed by Sir Darwin. First of all a theory is not a fact, it is only a hypothetical construction that may encounter a lot of difficulties on the road to finding all the supportive data, facts and evidences. The theory of evolution too is fraught with difficulties, problems and improbabilities that make it very unconvincing unless one has a subjective and biased outlook. Despite the claim of science being objective in its approach to establishing facts, the evolution theory itself appears to be biased whenever the question of God arises; God and the possibility of his existence is totally excluded from its consideration, which ironically makes it very unscientific. And another paradox seems to emerge here: It takes a lot of faith to believe in the evolution theory. Therefore, the evolutionists too are in possession of incredible amount of faith; their only problem is that they are self sufficient, rich, and they refuse to trust in God.
I too believe in the freedom of religion or no religion and brook no grudge against a Darwinist or evolutionist or an atheist. Faith is a matter of personal choice! Carry on!