Science, Religion, and Spirituality
Science has shown us that we live in a universe with an estimated 100 billion galaxies. In each galaxy there are possibly 100 billion suns. Many of those suns have planets revolving around them that are capable of sustaining life. With this knowledge, it is very hard to picture God in a human form sitting above one little planet, condemning those that are bad. But this then these leaves many people wondering, what is God? An interesting thing is that for people who strongly judge others, God is clearly and simply a judge of all. For those who love others, God is simply love. For those who desire wisdom, God is all knowing. The point I am trying to make is that our understanding of God is a reflection of our own consciousness. As our consciousness expands and is clarified, our understanding of God is clarified.
Science can certainly help us expand and clarify our consciousness. As this happens, science will eradicate false beliefs, and maybe even some false religions, but it can’t fully eradicate God. God is life itself. This gives great hope even during this difficult time of global spiritual purification, when so many don’t know what to believe. Science searches for truths from the outside in. Spirituality searches for truths from the inside out. When these two approaches cooperate and corroborate their findings, truth is revealed. Both ways are needed. One without the other can easily veer off track. When something is true it is true on all levels, and all levels of understanding.
Religion is spirituality that has veered off track into dogmas and rituals. Religion confuses the outer process of finding truth with the truth itself. An example is Christianity saying; simply believe in Christ, and he will give you eternal salvation. Even though scriptural quotations like: “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day,” are used in defence of this idea, they are not fully understood. This quote says “beholds the Son”, which means to achieve Christ consciousness in meditation, which transcends time. In that consciousness one is not only omni-present in all space, but also in all time. Merely believing that Christ exists, and perhaps taking communion is not enough, to achieve this level of consciousness. Yet it is a first step, and I don’t want to turn anyone away from this first baby step in the right direction. Well, I must admit this article is aimed at those who have already taken their first baby steps, and are looking for deeper levels of truth.
Science is slowly taking the place of religion, as the outer method of searching for truth. It is doing this because religion for most people has not revealed the truth. At the end of this article we will examine whether science taking the place of religion is a good long term idea.
At the moment, it is good that science has proved many things that religion once held as true to be false. An example is that the Catholic Church for many years believed that the sun revolved around the earth. As the long term false beliefs of religion are exposed, one shouldn’t be lured into believing that God himself doesn’t exist, or that Christ didn’t know what he was doing. This is a time of global spiritual purification. We shouldn’t try to stop this purification process. Continually refining our definition and understanding of God as we grow is a good thing. Purification is not always an easy process, but in the end it is good.
It has been said that in the future, rather than going to a church and letting a minister save our souls, the churches will become like laboratories. The minister will say; please now go into the temple (laboratory) and practice a certain spiritual technique in a certain manner, and see if it yields the same spiritual results that it has for many others. These results will not be dependent on belief, or the particular minster who explains them, but on provable, repeatable demonstrable facts. This will be good, as long as the technique is not confused with the goal, as has happened in religion.
So, science is certainly expanding our consciousness, but can it give us an infinite knowledge, or can it give us ever new joy?
Science may make very smart robots, but they will never be self-aware. They will never have an ego or sense of “I.” And they will never manifest consciousness. Consciousness is one thing that cannot actually be defined, yet we all know that we are conscious. As we become more spiritual, our sense of “I” ness first expands to include more and more people, and eventually we realize our oneness with all of life. This consciousness ultimately expands to embrace eternity, and a life of ever-new joy. This process is the spiritual path.
We need to use science to help us clarify our understanding of life. In the past we looked to religion, to take us to eternal joy, but it seems to have failed us because we mistook the technique for the goal. Let us once again not confuse science’s place in the grand scheme of things. It can help, but never give ultimate truth for it can only probe the effect, the outer, or that which is caused. To know ultimate truth and joy we must in a spiritual manner look deeply into the cause of life itself. We must look deeply within our own selves. Perhaps in future articles I will explain techniques to do this. Or perhaps you may learn these techniques in mankind’s future laboratory temples. However it happens, may you find eternal happiness soon.