The limitlessness of spiritual knowledge, versus the limitedness of scientific knowledge
Most of us can bet with our lives that there is a vast amount of wonderful but undiscovered knowledge on Earth and out there in creation, beyond the borders of the Earth and our galaxy (The Milky Way) which consists of the solar system and millions of stars that can be seen from afar, stretching across the night skies.
Many inaccessible parts of creation cannot be seen, either due to their respective immeasurable distances away from our physical world, or because of the difference in density between our physical world and other invisible worlds.
We might all agree that each human being has an invisible spirit or soul; also, it would be easier to agree that many people cannot see the soul or spirit of other people. Why? Because of the obvious difference in density between the spirit and physical human body.
The spirit is less dense, finer and invisible to most people, while the human body is denser and visible to everybody. (If each person had the ability to see spirits or souls of other people, there would hardly be any friendships that could lead to disappointments. Why? Because everybody would be able to see the true nature of other people, and know whether to keep a relationship, or end it.)
With these assumptions, we can safely agree that physical and spiritual worlds co-exist in the whole of creation, either together or apart. Even here on Earth—where most people are capable of seeing human bodies, but are not capable of seeing souls—we know that spirits and physical human bodies co-exist in the same space.
It is quite clear that some worlds are more or less dense than other worlds, and each person has different abilities to see or perceive a particular world or not, irrespective of whether it is near, or far, or anything in between.
It is widely believed that the spirit can see all things: there is no distance in the spirit, neither is there anything invisible or imperceptible
It is obvious that there is a difference in density between spiritual things, and physical things which science/scientific knowledge is based on.
Even though science has been limited to the perceptive capacity of the 5 senses, there have been spiritually inclined scientists in the past who used spiritual insights to comprehend natural phenomena and laws governing physical or scientific concepts.
Generally speaking, the bulk of scientific knowledge still points towards theories or evidence that can be derived from physically seeing, hearing, touching/feeling, tasting and smelling.
Also, many people are not even capable of seeing everything, and sensing the obvious spiritual laws that manifest on Earth, such as: karma, or sowing and reaping; giving and receiving; faith (deep belief); etc.
But experiences would be different and more heightened if the spirit or spiritual senses are developed—what some people call the sixth sense.
Throughout history the world has witnessed people who had “the sixth sense”, or spiritual knowledge, perception or understanding of far-distant or invisible objects or worlds—both good and bad: mysteries, angels, demons, GOD, heaven, messages from the other side of life, etc.—just to name a few.
And even though it might be difficult for us to believe, history has shown that many spiritual giants of past and present generations have had knowledge that was far greater than knowledge gained through the use of the 5 human senses: sight (eyes), hear (ears), touch (hands), taste (tongue), smell (nose).
What is spiritual knowledge?
In the context of this article, we will define spiritual knowledge as knowledge or perception of invisible things or realities that cannot be perceived by any of the 5 human senses, or any type of technological equipment—whether simple or advanced.
Anything that is really spiritual cannot be seen or perceived by terrestrial or physical tools of the human body such as the eyes, brain, hands, etc.
To be more precise, spiritual knowledge is knowledge that is beyond the perception of the brain and physical senses.
What is scientific knowledge?
Once again, in the context of this article, we are going to define scientific knowledge as knowledge or perception gained by using either the 5 physical senses, or any type of technological equipment—whether simple or advanced.
Scientific knowledge can be conceived and perceived by the brain. But the brain, which is fueled with information from the 5 senses, is limited in its capacity because it is strongly bound to the physical concepts of earthly space and time.
The human brain is not even able to grasp the ideas of eternity and infinity, which stretch far beyond the confines of this Earth, and are inseparable attributes of almighty GOD.
In comparison with spiritual knowledge, scientific knowledge has limitations because it cannot see and perceive many things that spiritual insight or knowledge can see or perceive.
It is true that scientific knowledge has done a lot for humanity, and brought a lot of help, but at the end of the day, it still has limitations—it is limited.
Major differences between spiritual knowledge and scientific knowledge
1. Spiritual knowledge does not rely on physical data, man-made hypotheses and models which are all products of the 5 senses and widely accepted by all, or most people, or scientists.
Spiritual knowledge (or eternal truth), which does not require the use or application of physical data, will still be upheld as 100% truth thousands of years from today, because it is eternal and doesn’t change.
On the other hand, what is widely regarded as “correct” or “true” in today’s science, can be discredited tomorrow because it is earthly and subject to change.
In science, new evidence and better hypotheses discredits older and previous widely accepted views; and many scientists don’t always use the word “proof” because people who don’t understand how science works at times, could assume it means “absolute proof”.
For example, many scientists rarely put out a statement such as “smoking causes lung cancer”; rather, they might say “overwhelming evidence from many studies shows that people who smoke will likely develop lung cancer”.
Generally, scientists try to prove that a particular scientific theory has a very high probability or certainty (at least 90%) of being used to understand some aspects of nature.
2. Spiritual knowledge depends on the limitless capacity of the spirit, while scientific knowledge depends on the limited capacity of the brain and 5 senses of the human body.
Originating from the Earth along with the human body, the brain and 5 senses are limited by physical time and space; both hinder the acquisition of spiritual knowledge which is not subject to any physical limitations.
It will be easy to observe that the human eyes are incapable of seeing every physical object or thing that time and space embrace.
Take a look at a drop of water: it appears pure to the naked eye, but when viewed under a magnifying glass or lens, reveals millions of living organisms that are invisible to the unaided eye.
Just imagine a whole new world of life that could be discovered if scientific equipment are further improved or developed.
Improve equipment a thousand or ten thousand times, and invisible objects would be multiplied in size; in fact, other worlds that can’t be seen or felt naturally, will unfold before our eyes—you may read more about this on The reality of invisible worlds & life: physical & spiritual—Evidences of invisible life.
3. Spiritual knowledge comes from having a rich inner life, and inward experiences.
On the other hand, scientific knowledge is based on outward experiences, and cannot be used to comprehend invisible and far-distant concepts.
Scientific knowledge is any knowledge that can be acquired or proven by either the 5 physical senses, or the use of advanced technological equipment; the scientific knowledge of today is based on these, and presents itself as such. However, this has nothing to do with spiritual or universal knowledge!
Because the average person (or human spirit) of today cannot see everything (spiritual, near-distant, far distant, etc.), they look upon themself as the center of importance in the whole creation, and the earthly surroundings that are visible to them.
If the body and spirit co-exist within the same space, as is actually the case, then it is likely that there is no boundary between the physical world and spiritual world. Probably, this is the reason why some people have been able to perceive spiritual knowledge, or invisible knowledge that belongs to far-distant time periods (past, present, and future) or worlds.
It seems as if many simpletons and laypeople are more spiritually awake than others who depend too much on the five senses, and neglect their spirit.
Take a look at Jesus Christ, a spiritual signpost for humanity: he didn’t choose his disciples from the learned Scribes and Pharisees; rather, he took them from the ranks of those who were lowlifes in society.
Remember these popular biblical statements:
- the wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.
- the kingdom of GOD cannot be seen by physical observation.
- the kingdom of GOD is within you.
- except yea become like children, yea shall not see the kingdom of GOD.
Because of the obvious fact that we are not going to last on this Earth forever, let us put more interest in the things of the spirit, which are eternal; this will help us to be motivated at all times, and move forward and upward without any stagnation.
Find and use the abilities of your spirit which is the most powerful gift equally given to each human being. In its full capacity, the human spirit can never be limited or subjugated by anything.
The spirit is the only immortal and everlasting gift each person possesses at any point in time on Earth. It is the most precious gift and possession, and each individual has received it in equal amounts.
In this regard, no human being has an advantage over another; the only difference lies in how each person uses their spirit.