The Fatal Flaw in Secular Science
Nothing is this world is perfect
People strive for perfection and seem to always fall short in most cases. The reason for this is the presence of corruption in the world today. This corruption entered the world through Adam’s sin and touched every part of life.
This includes the scientific method. No matter how hard scientists try their scientific method will not be perfect. It is not just bias, personal preference, or its limitations and so on that corrupts secular science.
A simplified secular scientific method
Just to remind everyone of what comprises the secular scientific method here is a simplified list of what is involved:
l Ask a question
l Do some research and gather some information
l Create a hypothesis
l Ask and answer questions
l Analyze the data and draw conclusions
It should be mentioned that what every scientist does cannot be conducted in this manner. Some subjects are too large and too far away to analyze in this fashion. For example stars, comets and dinosaurs a few such items.
These limitations do contribute to the rise of the fatal flaw that permeates secular science.
The scope of science
One flaw in the scientific method is the assumption that everything can be studied by science. This is not so. Secular science is very limited in the objects, processes and situations that exist in our world.
One example is that secular science cannot study the past. That is because there are too many missing elements to draw proper conclusions and make the correct tests. Too many assumptions are needed to complete the scientific process and those assumptions lead researchers to false ideas and conclusions.
In other words, the scope of science is very limited and that field can only study those items that are easily investigated. Evaporation, photosynthesis, how crickets chirp and other similar aspects of life fall into the the boundaries limiting the scope of science.
Our origins do not. Secular science is designed only to look for natural answers but that design eliminates too many possibilities to discover the right answer. Secular science does not have the power nor the authority to declare that everything that exists was brought into being only through natural means.
This fact provides the evidence to show that the field has a fatal flaw
The fatal flaw
Some people might think that the arrogance found among scientists is the fatal flaw that ruins the investigative field. That attitude does contribute to the fatal flaw but it is only one of many symptoms.
That arrogance leads many secular scientists to exclude God from their work. For someone reason mankind in general and secular scientists specifically think they know more than God does and know how he he worked in the beginning.
Excluding God from their work means excluding the Spirit of Truth from their laboratories. Jesus told his disciples and us to follow the Spirit of Truth as he will guide us to the truth.
What this instruction tells us is that while the truth is out there we need help finding it. Once we find it, then Jesus told us that we would know the truth. The truth is not a mystery, it is not a treasure hunt, it is not disguised and all of us have the ability to recognize it when we are led to it.
Secular science is not about the truth or the answers
This has been told to me by the many scientists I have had discussions with over the years. Secular science asks questions but never run out of questions even if they have found the truth.
This is the problem of secular science and its fatal flaw. Secular science does not want the truth nor doe sit seek it. Without the truth, secular science is worthless except in those areas that fall within the boundaries marking out its territory.
Secular science can discover how to make cars and make them work well. It can build computers and it can even discover how plants receive nourishment and grow. That is its duty and scope.
But without the truth it cannot provide any answers to those difficult questions that plague mankind. One such question is why do we exist? Secular science cannot answer that question. All it can do is remove hope, remove the answers, and keep people suffering.
Secular science is not an authority
In spite of the things that science can do, it is not an authority on any subject known to man. It is merely a tool to help man survive on this planet. Science is not the final word on anything as even its discoveries are flawed.
One good example is modern medicine. Science may come up with medications but many of those medicines come with devastating side effects that are worse than the disease.
Science also cannot stop death from taking place, even if the doctor is successful in using scientific technology to revive a patient. That patient will eventually die. Some very public examples are John Wayne who used to say he beat cancer, only to succumb to the disease about 15 years later.
Another is Mickey Mantle who received a liver transplant only to die shortly thereafter. Even with all the good things in life it has invented, secular science has found more devastating ways to kill people.
From mustard gas to guns to nuclear bombs, science has done little to preserve life on this planet.
Some final words
Without God leading science and the scientist, then both are vulnerable to the deceptions and attacks that come from evil. Without Jesus as their savior secular science and scientists are the blind leading the blind.
The latter does not even know that they are walking down the wrong paths seeking the wrong answers in the wrong places. The fatal flaw of science is that they do not have the truth and do not want it part of their work.
When you kick God and the truth out of your work, you have little hope of finding what you are looking for. Unless God takes mercy on you and lets you find it so you can see the error of your ways.
Unfortunately, the arrogance of secular science and scientists does not let them do just that. They remain stubborn, thinking they know more than anyone else when in reality,they know very little.
© 2019 David Thiessen