The Keys To Power - Where Science and Religion Meet by Alan Tutt http://www.KeysToPower.com
The human species is constantly striving for more. More food, more friends, more love, more money, more sex, more power to get all good things. You and I are not unique in this regard. We want to have more of things which please us.
In our striving for more, mankind has created various systems of knowledge (sciences) which help us to attain most we possibly can. We have sciences of mathematics, chemistry, physics, aerodynamics, psychology, astronomy, biology, zoology, economics, and many more. These sciences are well respected, and for good reason. They help us attain more than we could without them.
But how well respected were these sciences before they were called a science? Before there was chemistry, it was called alchemy and it's practitioners were ridiculed. Before mathematics was numerology (which still exists today). How serious do we take those who practice this 'art'. And before astronomy was astrology.
What difference is there between sciences of today and their predecessors of yesterday? Only one thing differentiates them. One has been proven to work and other hasn't. Many people today ask "do you believe in astrology?" suggesting that there has not been enough proof to substantiate its validity as a science. No-one asks "do you believe in astronomy?", do they?
Today, we have new sciences being born. The field of psychology has learned much from it's predecessor, parapsychology, and still does. New technologies in psychology are being tested and added to science. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is one such technology, and even hypnosis was not identified as a distinct technology until this last century. Psychology is a science that is still fairly young, with a extensive list of scientific laws yet to be discovered.
In fact, scientists realize that they know less about human mind than they do about galactic systems of Universe! What is mind actually capable of? This is one question that remains unanswered, because new discoveries of mind's capabilities are constantly being made. How does mind work? Another unanswered question.
Coming from a different direction, religion has been another area which promises to give us more of things we want. We are taught in many religions that if we are good, and have faith that God will answer our prayers, then we will receive thing asked for.
But each religion specifies a different set of criteria as to what it means to be 'good'. In some religions we must avoid eating certain types of food, or at least on certain days. In other religions we must acknowledge creator in every action we perform or we have failed. In still other religions we must perform specific rituals and ceremonies, speak predetermined prayers, and live our lives according to 'revealed wisdom' of holy leaders. And in some religions, we are allowed to do anything we want, as long as it doesn't hurt another human being.