Within the heart of each human being there resides a deep-seated, spiritual desire to know in both an intimate and substantive fashion that ultimate Source of their existence, most often referred to as God. Humanity is forever reaching out to that ultimate Source, very much as Adam is in Michelangelo's classic Sistine Chapel painting, The Creation of Adam.
The NASA photo appearing on the cover of Science Facts in Bible Wisdom, like Michelangelo's famous painting, is evidence that even with today's secular culture humanity continues to pursue its innate, even if often subconscious, spiritual imperative to know its Creator, not just spiritually but "in truth." Today, however, the search for credible, substantive evidence and that transcendental Truth, God, for which it speaks comes evermore frequently by way of the amazing, new empirical findings of science. Thus, on this book's cover, in place of Adam's arm reaching out to God, we see instead the space shuttle's robot arm reaching out to the visible evidence of God's "invisible nature... the things that have been made" (Rom. 1:20).
As this book attempts to show, truth of any kind must always rest upon relevant evidence. But, it can not rest upon self-righteous ideologies nor the blind beliefs of the large assortment of locally popular human traditions (habits). Evidence and reason are always necessary, whether the evidence required and the truth being pursued are of a more visible, tangible kind, as at a crime scene, or if they are of a less visible or ethereal nature. In the latter case, the truth and that evidence which speaks for it must necessarily be articulated by means of an indirect, analogical or symbolic form of language. The only language which can, in effect, make known more clearly the particular nature of such mysterious, invisible truths by making them more concrete to the limited cognitive scope of the human mind.
Such a language must be used by both science and religion. The symbolic form of language favored by science is one comprised of mathematical symbols. On the other hand, the language favored by religion, such as that used in the Holy Bible, must often take on a metaphorical or figurative form in order to make those spiritual things that can not now be seen more concrete to the human understanding. Not surprisingly, people assume that since the particular truths pursued by science and religion seem so different their modes of reason must also be very different. Not so! The special mode of reason both use is in essence similar in many ways, although the language each uses is superficially different, as noted. Such reason is quite distinct from the usual, everyday reason which serves too often as little more than a seductive mask to disguise deceit and unsubstantiated, circular arguments, rationalizations.
While Science Facts in Bible Wisdom attempts to clarify some of the more daunting, mysterious aspects of the Holy Bible, it does not mean to suggest that the Bible or even the Christian church has a closed monopoly on the truth concerning God. Indeed, the Matrix of truth that is the one, living God is available to anyone who will seek to know it in spirit and in truth through the deepest part of their being, their heart, at the center of their soul. From that point on, it is the choice of the individual soul (person) as to whether it will allow itself to be led by that loving Matrix of truth or be led astray by the many tempting illusions of a world whose darkened reason habitually shuts out the loving aspect of God's truth.
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