Is researching about Advance Science a sin?

Philippines
August 10, 2008 7:40pm CST
Its quite confusing isn't it? But, here's the whole story, my grandmother tells me stories about magic or some kind. My mother herself seen it,my uncle and so as the my relatives. My whole family is in the province which makes me absent when they are performing this whole thingy. My grandmothers brother (he still lives and strong....) I know him, and there's a family rumors about him having some sort of magic idea, but i don't believe in magic and i know that could be explained by science. What he can do is, he can produce light in his body (a tiny white light that moves anywhere in his body he wants to, my sister seen it, and so as everybody else), he can transform leaves to money, they've seen it MANY times. I don't know how that happen, but there's one certain thing in science that could explain it, ALCHEMY. I know it sounds crazy, and it has nothing to do with that alchemy movie or something by the way. Alchemy is what they call CHEMISTRY in this days, they are using that during dark ages i think. But i strongly believe in God and we believe in what the bible said, i dont know if researching about this is a sin, because witchcraft is a sin. Please any body, if ever you are a pastor then please answer me, or anybody, in your opinion.
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13 responses
@savypat (20245)
• United States
11 Aug 08
This is a serious thing, not because it's a sin, but because many times these tricks which you discribe are used to make people beleive there is some type of special power invested in the individual. Well that's simply not true, these sound like common magician's tricks, slight of hand for the money and leaves, and maybe some blinking wired lights for the moving light. All people are energy beings and you only need to become aware that you are. Call it your spirit or soul. Any time anything negative or that gives special power to one particular individual look for the motivation. All our great teachers want nothing for themselves and they never claim to be different from anyone else, they are here to show us the way and if you are ready follow it.
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
What is your point exactly? Im quite confused about the great teachers. Im sorry.
@savypat (20245)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Sorry I get a little wordie at times, I meant Jesus, Buddha and many others, if you want a list of recent teachers just ask.
@lixiaos77 (1030)
• Shijiazhuang, China
11 Aug 08
We want to live a happy life and we should be realistic. If science can make us live a better life, we should be happy about the advance of science. God can also help us all the time.
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
Thanks for that...
@soooobored (1187)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I'm not really sure I understand what the details of the issue are, but I'm pretty sure I understood the question: Is research ever a sin? That's the very base level that I got, and it's the one I'll respond to (if that's not at all right, feel free to correct me). To me, research cannot be a sin. People with strong faith will not be shaken by anything they encounter through textbooks, documentaries, research articles, college courses, etc. Research may eventually contradict something that was taught by religion, but religion is a separate issue from spirituality. Witchcraft is not a sin, witchcraft with the intent to do harm may be a sin, but I personally don't believe in evil magic. So it sounds to me like you are safe to research whatever you like. You just may want to pick and choose who you broadcast your findings to, because some people prefer not to know. And forcing something you've found on someone who doesn't need to know (while it may not be a sin) is terribly rude. Good luck!
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
Thank you very much sooobored!
@Cley_CJ (105)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 08
Knowing & using/doing are two different things. The pursuit of knowledge is a noble act. Doing research on a subject matter, even something considered evil by some such as witchcraft, is a good thing, in a way. You might actually be helping others with it. But what do you do once you have that knowledge? Like they always say 'Knowledge is Power'. You have a choice of what to do with that knowledge from your research. When you use that knowledge to harm others or to do evil, then it becomes a sin. Practicing witchcraft, even harmless things like producing the tiny light you mention, might be a sin to some faiths. So, my point is, how you act upon what you know determines if it's a sin or not. Holding a knife with an intent to kill doesn't make you a murderer until you actually kill someone (though it's still a bad thought). But what you're trying to do is like standing on a ledge. One wrong move and you will fall. You might not know that the things you do might effect someone or something. Then there's a matter of experimenting. So, tread carefully. Still, God is almighty & powerful. Ask Him for guidance & protection. By the way, I'm a magician(illusionist), so I know of some stuff that looks like witchcraft & wizardry that can be achieved through a little bit of science, psychology & some skills :D.
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
Thanks Clay!
@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
hi kamodachi! i don't think that the search for truth is a sin at all. but what i would say is sin is when people think that science is above God. remember, science itself gave us reason to believe in God. the discoveries in recent years , we can only say that there is a God in the universe. but the tendency in discovering great things is that, man thinks he is equal or more than God. that is sin then. but other than that, there is no sin in researching or studying. but i guess, not with witchcraft and all those kinds of stuff. take care and God bless you dear! :)
@rsa101 (23523)
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
You are very right in there. I think God allows us to learn science to better know Him better.
• United States
11 Aug 08
I started a discussion a while ago called "can one be a christian and a witch" there were alot of great responses to it, you may want to check that out. I dont think it is a sin to research, God gave us a mind to us and he isnt afraid of us learning, he is almighty and we are the only ones that have fears. He gave us free will to choose, how can we choose if we dont research? Some will disagree with me on this but I dont feel it is a sin, and if I remember correctly Jesus himself said for all other commandments but I tell you this, love your neighbor as you would love yourself. Wow, to me that is a loving God, one that is only concerned with us loving eachother, and love is kind not judgemental. Search your heart, research your family's history that is part of who you are just as much as God will always be a part of who you are also. Peace and smiles.
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
Ive heard from a good source that witches exist. And they really do what we picture out from them: MAGIC. But i believe that can be explained by science. Thank you very much by the way. And have a blessed day.
@quinnkl (1667)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Of course not. If there were not scientific research and advances most of us would not be alive or even have been born. Just look at the medical and health improvements made over the last 20 years, and then take a look at 100 years ago. It boggles the mind. As Isaac Asimov (a favorite author of history and science fiction) said, "There is no reason science and religion cannot work comfortably side by side. In fact, they should." I wholeheartedly agree!! Magic? Hmmmm. I disagree that Alchemy as you describe it and chemistry of today are one and the same. There were miracles in the Bible, correct? Weren't they considered "bad magic" by those that opposed Christ in his day? I bring this up only to remind all of us that there are many ways to look at things, and anyone can make anything into a bad thing by using words! Is your great-uncle a good person? Have you any of these things? If it were me, I would keep an open mind, and would wonder how much of what is said is true, if you have not actually witnessed it. I wish gossip and rumors were considered a grave sin by religions.
@reckon21 (3484)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
This is great. I love magic. I wish to learn but I don't know how? You had a very interesting family.
@wy2008 (185)
• China
12 Aug 08
well , i believe in science when i was young , but it seems that a lot of superpower things happened more often , i don't know wether it can be explaind in the future by science , i hope they can be .
@WATARIKENJI (1534)
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
Science is a tool that helps mankind understand and cope with his environment. It just turns bad if humans abuse it for selfish reason. Researching on the deeper meaning of life through science is a noble undertaking and should be done with the guidance from God.
• India
11 Aug 08
researching advancement in science is not a sin, but it should in no way be against the value of the ethics which our society was built in
• India
11 Aug 08
Who decides witchcraft is a sin ?? .. it depends on perception yousee, i am an agnostic, but am a learner as well and i am pretty curious about religions. What u term as a sin, is supposed to be integral part of some religions, such as pagan/wicca.I however cannot say for sure that what your grandmother's brother is that, but i can assure you, trying to gain knowledge about something, or studying something can never be a sin. Even if we consider witchcraft a sin for a bit, learning about it can only make us more prepared. At least thats how i think.
@jaffna (778)
• India
11 Aug 08
not at all...then how was the researches had been taken so for...newton,galileo etc are known to us only by their advanced sciences at those times..if our name is to also be a part of history books,then there's no sin at all in researching about advance science