The Limitations of Science

The word science means knowledge and can be used to refer to any and all kinds of knowledge. However, when we speak of science we usually are talking about the natural sciences – biology, chemistry, etc. This is how I use the word “science” in this article.

We all have or at least should have a great appreciation for science. It certainly has improved human life. When we take a nostalgic look back and speak of the good old days, we are not thinking about living without all the wonderful advancements of modern science. Science has made life easier, safer, and longer.

Science does, however, have its limitations. Science deals only with the natural world. In the very nature of the case it cannot deal with the supernatural. It’s absurd to think otherwise. Science deals with the natural – not the supernatural. The supernatural is another whole realm of realty. Is there a God? Science cannot answer – angels, devils, miracles? Science has no answer.

Science is only one limited field of knowledge. God has blessed man with a great intellectual capacity. An intellectual capacity that not only is capable of the scientific advancements we have witnessed in the modern world but is not limited to that field of knowledge. There are other whole realms of truth that man is able to understand and know.

It is when science steps outside its field of expertise that it gets into trouble – for example creation. Webster defines creation: “The act of creating; esp: the act of bringing the world into being from nothing.” Natural Science cannot speak to the problem of something from nothing – it is totally outside the natural realm. Furthermore, there is no need to ask a scientist about such things as: God or angels or devils or miracles or heaven or hell – these are all outside his field of expertise.