One only need to peer into the vast reaches of space to see the work of a power higher than ourselves. Science and reason have provided us the tools to do so. The story of our creation has already begun to reveal itself in the stars. As we seek to know more, perhaps we are finally taking our first tentative steps toward understanding what we have come to imagine as God. But do we destroy the credibility of the existence of God with religious doctrine?
Every civilization on the planet has some notion of what God is. Each civilization has established some doctrine explaining God’s plan and our place in the great scheme of things. The stories told in religious texts are quite extraordinary and some would say, beyond belief. Without alienating any particular religion, we must ask ourselves how likely would these tales be under any other circumstance but religious doctrine? However, this is not to imply these texts should be dismissed outright.
Without the knowledge of science our past civilizations would have been powerless to comprehend such things as passing comets and meteors skimming our atmosphere. We see these events today and know them for what they are. Would we accept them as a revelation of God today if we did not have the enlightenment of science and reason? What truths would be revealed if the documented events in our religious texts were placed under the harsh light of science and reason?
Science does not set one people above another. It shows no empirical evidence for the need for war. Faith in science can, and has, moved mountains. In fact, through science, we know that mountains constantly move and why they do so. The truths in science do not require us to suspend reason to accept what we do not yet understand. Rather, science provides us with the methods to reveal all hidden things. There is no eternal damnation promised by science except that of ignorance if one chooses not to believe. Science has not killed the concept of God any more than religion has created it. It can be argued that God has provided us a universal doctrine in science that all people can accept.
It is unlikely one would be struck down by lightning for spreading false doctrine, bringing upon himself the wrath of God. However, the penalty for bad science has swift and certain consequences. Science promises truth and understanding of the reality around us far beyond our expectations. But we must take great care in how we use what we have learned. Through our understanding of science, we are limited only by our imaginations. But with this understanding we are also capable of destroying worlds.