For years, mankind has fought with one another over the concepts of religion and science. Many take one side or the other, claiming their own proofs for their belief. The sad truth of the matter is that neither can fully disprove the other. Science is clearly a reality in that we can observe the laws of science in motion on a daily basis. Without science, none of this universe would make a drop of sense and chaos would ensue.
However, religion cannot be disproven either. Yes, it is more difficult to prove anything to do with a particular religion, as it generally requires faith which literally means believing in things unseen. (Which by default means things we don’t fully understand)
Being as there are already so many opinions thrown around on the comparisons and differences between these two topics, let me throw mine in the mix too:
Religion Requires Science while Science Doesn’t Require Religion
You can’t deny that the only means by which we have to even try to understand religion is through science. Science, itself, doesn’t outright state ‘there is no God’ but it doesn’t say there is one either.
The basis of Christianity, as a Religion, is that God lives outside our physical realm in the supernatural one. (Meaning He exists outside of science) However, He created science to make peace in this chaotic universe. So, by stating that God exists, science must also exist.
Where are the Miracles?
The problem that comes from this is when you try to say that God can enter our realm of science and break the rules. He can perform miracles and do things that science would say to be impossible. If this is, indeed the case, how is it that these miracles are absent today?
Sure, there are plenty of people who claim to have seen miracles. However, wouldn’t it be logical to assume that with modern technology these miracles would be more obvious these days?
I’m not denying God’s existence but neither can anyone prove that He does exist. On top of that, there are hundreds of different religions out there, none of which work together based on what we each believe. This brings me to my next topic:
Science is Finite
Religions intermingle and contradict each other to the point that trying to compare them gives you a massive headache. Science, on the other hand, is finite. There is only one science. Sure, we get things wrong and we discover new facts about science every day. But that’s the key difference, isn’t it? While we discover new facts about science as our understanding of it improves, religions cannot do so.
The basis of religion is that we cannot even begin to study and understand it because of its very nature. Religions focus on a powerful force that exists somewhere else that we can’t see at all.
We All Want the Same Thing
At the end of the day, I won’t claim to have all the answers. Both scientists and religious people are looking for answers. Some find comfort in finding an answer in faith while other in fact. While science is a proven, physical thing, no one can 100% confirm the lack of a supernatural realm until such a time as they die and do or don’t turn up somewhere else.
So, I guess I’ll see you on the other side… or not.