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Very little of science today is empirical.

by: Rob Lockett

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Very little of science today is empirical. There's a whole lot of theory going on, and that theorizing (such as evolution) which uses material explanations, is considered scientific even though it is unbalanced toward a philosophy of materialism.

Most of the telling work of science has already been done in my opinion. The laws of physics are empirical realities. And strangely enough, they are not material. We can see gravity for instance, only because of its influence on material bodies. And it is worth noting that the material bodies obey these invisible laws. If they did not, matter could not exist.

So matter obeys law. Mind is exalted over matter.

We can't explain reality in purely material terms. It is not so much a declaration of the dominance of philosophy. Rather it is a recognition that matter cannot speak for itself. It can only affirm the authority of mind.

The point is that matter does not exist in isolation from mind, so philosophy is a central foundation of science. Materialism self destructs.

Collosians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

No logic = nothing.

In the New Age movement and other pantheistic religions (philosophies) reality (or God) is just mind/spirit; in the more consistent out-workings, matter is only an illusion. In the philosophy of materialism, reality is nothing but matter and physicality. It is existence, not being. Only a philosophy where God (reality) is both Lord of both heaven and earth (spirit and matter) would we find systemic coherence. We don't live in the age of Newton any longer. The quantum realm has been unlocked.

'What is existence'?

Natural science cannot answer that question, but the point is that it forces the question to be asked in that way. It tries to force a philosophical question through a material lens. It, in fact, tries to hide the reality that it is merely a philosophy.

The same goes for energy in physics. Physics cannot tell us what energy is. Physics can only tell us what it does in the physical dimension. Energy is 'the capacity to do work'. That is a bizzare and abstract definition for something so elemental to the formation of matter itself.

‘The capacity to do work’?

Fascinating!

About two thousand years ago a Jewish carpenter said, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working." (John 5:17)

Could energy be a who?

Without energy no matter would exist. Once again, we find a startling consistency from John's gospel:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-4)

Let's rephrase the proposition: In the beginning was the energy, and the energy was with God, and the energy was God. Energy was with God in the beginning. Through energy all things were made; without energy nothing was made that has been made.

So energy (which cannot be created or destroyed) moves near the speed of light to create electromagnetic barriers that repel each other to create sub atomic particles that are really not material, but mind willing them (speaking them) into being?

Not trying to prove anything mind you. Just drawing parrallels.

Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Hebrews 11:3 The universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

So what is visible (matter), tells us a great deal about what is invisible (gravity, energy, and the like).

What a coincidence...

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

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