REALITY, HUMANITY AND VERITY: Dimensions of Human Explorations.
Humanity has been able to approach, appreciate and apply reality of existence in several ways:
Ø by SPIRITUAL contemplation,
Ø by PHILOSOPHICAL speculation, and
Ø by SCIENTIFIC experimentation, observation and application.
SPIRITUALITY is more about superstitious myth, contemplated guess or revealed TRUTH about the unseen: why things are and how things OUGHT (or ought not) to be done.
SPECULATION through its assumptions, intuitions, imaginations and deductions, could in addition to SCIENTIFIC hypothesis go into PHILOSOPHICAL ideas, innovative and theoretical ABSTRACTIONS.
1. RELIGION and SPIRITUALITY involve the loving reverential submission to either divinely revealed invitation or curious pursuit of mystical exploration for human RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CREATOR, THE SUPERNATURAL AND THE NATURAL.
Through Spirituality and Religion we seek to ENTER MYSTICAL RELATIONSHIP with the ineffable and infinite (the Creator, spirit beings, and numinous powers).
Spirituality deals with OUGHT and FACT but needs Faith in Christ Jesus for access to TRUTH and Eternal Life.
Apart from the dimension of SPIRITUALITY or RELIGION as described above, two other DIMENSIONS OF HUMAN EXPLORATION into known and unknown reality are PHILOSOPHY and SCIENCE. Each human individual is fully responsible for how goodly or badly one utilizes each dimension.
NOTE: Religion is the product of revelation, intuition, reason and historical experience as well as the mother of Philosophy and Science. Science is the product of physical experience (observable and measurable) subset of Philosophy. SCIENCE IS A FINITE EMPIRICAL STUDY whose scope ends at the limits of time and space and collapses at the realms of moral values, cosmological metaphysics, intuitive insights, revelation and divine intervention. Science cannot disprove nor antagonize infinity, morality, metaphysics, revelation and divinity. Only those who lack the understanding of the limitations of science clash science against infinity, morality, metaphysics, revelation and divinity. Religion involves everything scientific (reasonable, measurable, observable) as well as everything unscientific (insights and intuition into infinity, morality, metaphysics, revelation and divinity).
2. PHILOSOPHY: search for rational principles for the EXPLANATION OF NATURE AND EXISTENCE.
Through Philosophy we seek to MAKE SENSE OF ISSUES finite and infinite.
Philosophy deals with OUGHT and SENSE but needs Faith in Christ Jesus for access to TRUTH and Eternal Life.
PHILOSOPHY is the speculative application of human mind or WISDOM (by analysis, criticism and speculation) to understand and explain the ISSUES of human existence. Systematic Philosophy seeks to comprehensively deal with: theory of natural reality (Physics), theory of the nature of being (Metaphysics and Ontology), theory of knowledge (Epistemology), theory of reasoning (Logic), theory of moral behaviour (Ethics), and theory of beauty (Aesthetics).
3. SCIENCE: search for empirical and theoretical EXPLANATION AND USAGES OF NATURAL PROPERTIES OF MATTER.
Through Science we seek to DISCOVER, DESCRIBE, DEVISE AND UTILISE ALL THINGS finite.
Science deals with FACT and SENSE but needs Faith in Christ Jesus for access to TRUTH and Eternal Life.
SCIENCE is merely about observable FACTS and their empirically deducible FORMULAE: what things are and how things FUNCTION.