Man’s desire for knowledge does not lead him to discover the truth of God.
Stephen Hawking spoke about the development of the universe in his book, “A Briefer History of Time,” and stated that science addresses how it changes over time. He also seems to acknowledge the omnipotence of God and that God set things up in the universe to work according to certain regular or consistent laws. (Perhaps this a leaning toward acknowledgment of absolutes?) In the following passage, Hawking further identified the quest of mankind for knowledge about the universe in which we live.
But ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. We have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.
Man’s desire for knowledge and his desire to define his own existence do not lead him to discover truth about the true God, however. Man seeks a god to serve, frequently one of his own making. The void that science keeps trying to fill exists within each one of us. It is a God-shaped hole. However, the void will certainly not be filled through science as evidenced by Hawking’s further commentary when describing the origin of the universe.
Correspondingly, if, as is the case, we know only what has happened since the big bang we cannot determine what happened beforehand. As far as we are concerned, events before the big bang can have no consequences and so should not form part of a scientific model of the universe. We should, therefore, cut them out of the model and say that the big bang was the beginning of time. This means that questions such as who set up the conditions for the big bang are not questions that science addresses.
The assumption stated here is that science knows what has happened since the Big Bang, which supposedly occurred millions of years ago. At one time, science also claimed to know that there were only four elements in the universe, fire, earth, water, and ether or air. At that time, everything revolved around these four elements. It might also be prudent to add that scientists believed that the world was flat, the earth was the center of the universe and the sun revolved around the earth!
During those periods of history, there were certainly many observational factors that supported these theories and solidified them into fact. Not the least of the influences was the dominance of religion and the imposition of a dominating and sequestering concept of God upon science. During those times, one of the goals of religion was to control thought and dominate the people. Centralizing science under the umbrella of religion was an effective way to both control and stifle serious investigations.
Obviously, these were ill-formed sets of suppositions and theories that are clearly erroneous based on our current understanding and perspective. Fortunately, we have learned a bit more about the universe than mankind knew at that time due to the noble efforts of the scientific process and thought. However, from past events, it would seem evident that in a few hundred years or less, scientists will say the same about the understandings of our time. If science is right about there being no absolutes, then even history teaches us that current conclusions and theories should not be taught as absolutes.
It seems that science declares absolutes when it suits its purpose, but still does not want to deal with the question of God. Neither man nor science can explain God, because God defies explanation in human terms. Science defers the problem of God to others (philosophers and religious folk) whom it actually seems to disdain and mock. It is also quite arbitrary about its parameters of exploration. It wants to start only where it thinks it knows something and ignores anything that occurs prior.
The relationship of religion to science seems to have reached the far opposite apogee relative to the extreme of religious dominance over science in previous ages. The pendulum swing has now sought to eliminate religion not only from science but from the very fabric of society in general. The evolved thinkers of science exclude God’s manual, the Bible, as counterproductive because it has been distorted by religious thought. However, its truth still provides valuable insight regarding creation.
More information on this subject can be found in my book, Ideolatry, Chapter 6, “Our Universe – Relative or Absolute?
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