Belief in God is Not Scientific

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Belief in God is Not Scientific

Postby backtohome » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:01 am

Challenge: Belief in God is Not Scientific

Dear Gurudeva,

Please accept my most humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada, Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.

I had a conversation with my friend and a point came were I could not give him a proper answer. Can you please tell what reply can I give to the following conversation?

Myself: Hare Krishna. I pray to God
Friend: I pray to science
Myself: You pray science for what?
Friend: I don't believe in God. I think that religion is an archaic form of science.
Myself: So what is science? Can you explain to me?
Friend: Science is the acquiring of knowledge by means of observation, experimentation, or ingenuity. Religion was an old way of how people tried to explain how things came to be. As the times go on, science slowly proves what religion cannot. Nowadays religion is only good for conflicts and wars. Every war has had some sort of religious strain, so it does more harm than good now.

your humble servant


Answer: Not Believing in God is Also Not Scientific.

If someone tells you that they don't believe in God, ask them what is their idea of God that they are rejecting. This question will reveal that they do not have a scientific understanding of God. Just as the non-scientific acceptance of God is philosophically weak, the non-scientific rejection of God is also philosophically weak. The proper position is to see things as they are by tracing out the origin of the universe and ultimately of existence itself. To say there is no God is the same as saying that something can come out of nothing. We challenge the scientists to demonstrate in their laboratory that something can be derived from nothing. They cannot do this because there must be an original substance from which everything is derived. By carefully and thoroughly studying this original substance we will gradually mature in scientific understanding to the point where we will able to conclude that there must a supreme substantial person who is the ultimate source of all energies.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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