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The Scientific Method and Orthodoxy
What is science and how does one deviate from science? The word itself, science, is taken from the Latin word Scientia meaning knowledge. That word in its modern usage often refers to the method or pursuit behind knowledge, which is also known as the Scientific Method.
The Scientific Method: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.
Boiled down they look like:
These steps make up the tradition of science.
A tradition that was founded on the idea that collecting and verifying data could lead us to a better understanding of our reality.
If science is the tradition of collecting and verification of data and we start skipping steps of that tradition are we still scientists?
If an Orthodox Christian throws tradition to the wind can they still claim to be an Orthodox Christian? Valid question of our times.
Examples of such would be the masks required to enter our parish, an atheist government dictating the rules of the Liturgy; there’s plenty more but for now, this is the ideal area to stop.
Science and Orthodoxy are both based on truth. We are taking the assumptions of a society that does not believe in Divine Truth and adapting that worldview onto Orthodoxy when we deviate from the tradition of science which was based on a worldview that believes in absolute truth.
As Orthodox, we know that science has limitations to the truth of a fallen world, only a God outside of this can reveal the absolute truth to us and has done this throughout space and time with His Son and the Church. When we listen to the modern science of our current trends we deny this revelation for the platitudes of atheists. Science itself is based on the presuppositions that there is absolute universal truth and that we can discover this truth through experimentation, but times have changed. The science of modernity is not concerned about truth, but only manipulating public opinion by controlling them with fear and denying the truth that our Creator loves us.
Currently, there are many doctors and scientists who agree that the scientific method has been thrown to the wind and everything is all speculation. The biggest indicator of such is no isolation of the virus in an electron microscope.
This is a pretty big part of the discovery and identification of a virus, yet this part of the process hasn’t been done.
Another aspect of the scientific method being washed away with ideas and pride would be the acceptance of PCR tests as valid data. As humans, we want to know something in the blink of an eye or at the amount of time it takes to microwave a meal but PCR tests, the test this whole pandemic is based on, do not work the way the media portrays them to. I direct those who disbelieve here https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/health/coronavirus-testing.html “The PCR test amplifies genetic matter from the virus in cycles; the fewer cycles required, the greater the amount of virus, or viral load, in the sample. The greater the viral load, the more likely the patient is to be contagious.” “It isn’t the result of looking through some sort of cosmic microscope at genes lined up like cars in a supermarket parking lot. It’s a process using a computer program to stitch together DATA— PRESUMED pieces of a virus—based on speculation, bias, pretension, and sheer hype. Rather than science.”, this is just one of the many criticisms around the PCR test as something to diagnose someone for Covid 19.
On January 23, 2021, a Chinese scientist’s name is Dr. Wu Zunyou was interviewed by NBC said “They didn’t isolate the virus,” this doctor is talking about samples from a market in Wuhan that may have started the whole pandemic.
The fact that this statement has been said multiple times is precisely why one cannot assume that the scientists in charge of the pandemic response are using the scientific method.
Science now rests in a religious realm at this point in history, in a debate, this is usually called “Appeal to Authority” and it’s not a good way to argue for one’s point.
The authority of the scientific method is something that should not be thrown out because a narrative doesn’t fit the science. One never throws away prayer because that prayer isn’t working along the lines of what said person is wanting.
Before the Covid vaccine, science has had a hundred years to collect and analyze data to determine their effectiveness and safety. With this new form of vaccine, science has little to no data to collect and analyze.
Therefore, any statement on their effectiveness and safety is mere opinion and therefore not scientific. The same can be said for the effectiveness of wearing a mask. Before 2020, the scientific data showed little to no effectiveness in preventing a virus. Now we are to blindly accept their effectiveness because of the psychological effects they have on society
To explain the most mainstream idea of vaccines the World Economic Forum has an article on the subject. That can be read here https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/how-vaccines-changed-the-world/. The history of vaccines is interesting because history shows people using the scientific method to help and make sure what they were doing was for the help and good of others.
Yet today, with the new vaccine, this process was skipped, and instead of isolating the virus and producing a proper test, the modern scientists just assumed and assured us we do not need the traditional testing time of several years to make sure all the bugs were worked out before it was thrust upon the people without any real understanding of what it is or even how it really works.
What is Gene Therapy
The new vaccines are in fact called “Gene Therapy” by the creators. This is due to the way it reacts with the body, unlike the standard flu vaccine that so many others have had throughout their life. “Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine that relies on messenger RNA to deliver instructions to the cells in your body, which then produce small parts of the Covid-19 virus that are just enough to trigger the immune system without getting you sick.” This is the definition of gene therapy “The treatment of certain medical disorders, especially those caused by genetic anomalies or deficiencies, by introducing specific engineered genes into a patient’s cells.” By this definition, none of the companies can call what they are making a vaccine. Definition of a vaccine “a preparation that is administered (as by injection) to stimulate the body’s immune response against a specific infectious disease.” The way in which the medicine being offered by MODERNA and Pfizer are not vaccines. The process that both companies are using is something that hasn’t been done on a massive scale like they are trying to do. Also, little testing before going to market is also something to be concerned about. https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-vaccine-trial-no-animal-testing.html
Understanding the New Vax and link to Transhumanism
If we are to understand that we have the coding of life within us then we ought to understand that manipulating this can have huge catastrophic problems.
“Recognizing the broad potential of mRNA science, we set out to create an mRNA technology platform that functions very much like an operating system on a computer. It is designed so that it can plug and play interchangeably with different programs. In our case, the “program” or “app” is our mRNA drug – the unique mRNA sequence that codes for a protein.” The ‘Software of Life’, something that is within the human body that was put there by God. This is what is being modified in the name of “Science”. A secular atheist idea of science nonetheless.
Within the ideas of science and how the Church views topics of the like are very definite. Definite in the sense that we understand there are parameters that we cannot understand. Therefore messing with the DNA and RNA of persons without years of study is a misstep in the scientific method and the ideals of the Traditions of Orthodoxy. This message of messing with DNA to prevent disease leads to the ideology of “Transhumanism”.
Transhumanism is a philosophical movement the advocates of which believe in the enhancement of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies able to greatly enhance human longevity, mood, and intellect. They say they would do this through the modification of Man. Doing so is an act against God’s creation. We know from tradition that this is wrong not only from a moral stance but from a biblical one since God created everything perfectly. Since we are created perfectly in the image of God there is no reason to mess with that perfection. Medical advancement can still be within the limits of God’s perfection. The ideals and philosophy of transhumanism are directly against God and will lead to so many catastrophes and this is not an exaggeration by any means.
Possible outcomes of vax
The process of protein synthesis by the cell starts with the information encoded by God inside our DNA. The new form of vaccine bypasses our DNA and gives our cells “orders” on how and when to make a protein.
This new protein is then inserted into the cell wall and the immune response takes over, flagging the cell as an intruder and producing antibodies against this new unknown protein.
On paper and inside the lab this is how the new vaccine is supposed to work. However, the human body is not the lab with all of its controlled circumstances.
While the body tries to maintain homeostasis, that is it tries to resist changes in the environment that can alter the bodies ability to perform chemical reactions inside the body such as keeping the same temperature, maintaining a Ph balance of 7.35 to 7.45, or the level of extracellular sodium; it often fails to maintain the level of control you can have inside the laboratory.
When God created us He understood this concept far better than we can in our fallen state. He made robust proteins that could withstand the extreme conditions our body has to deal with to maintain life but now we are being asked to insert proteins into our body that were not made by our Creator but by infallible men.
The shape of a protein will be altered by its environment, this is one reason why the body maintains homeostasis. The shape of a protein is what makes the protein functional, useless, or even harmful inside or outside of the cell.
Sometimes when the shape of a protein is altered inside of our bodies, because of changes in the environment, the protein takes a shape that is harmful to life. This harmful shape of the protein is called a prion.
Listen to scientist and Medical Doctor Bart Classen discuss the problems of prion disease and the new Covid vaccine. He states,
“The concern is raised that the RNA based COVID vaccines have the potential to cause more disease than the epidemic of COVID-19…” This paper focuses on a novel potential adverse event mechanism causing prion disease which could be even more common and debilitating than the viral infection the vaccine is designed to prevent. While this paper focuses on one potential adverse event there are multiple other potential fatal adverse events as discussed below. Over the last two decades, there has been a concern among certain scientists that prions could be used as bioweapons. More recently there has been a concern that ubiquitous intracellular molecules could be activated to cause prion disease including Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and other neurodegenerative diseases. This concern originates due to the potential for misuse of research data on the mechanisms by which certain RNA binding proteins like TDP-43, FUS, and others can be activated to form disease-causing prions.
The fact that this research, which could be used for bioweapons development, is funded by private organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ellison Medical Foundation without national/international oversight is also a concern.
Orthodoxy on Health
The Church has very simple ideas on health. They all mostly center around prayer, “As a consequence, the Church has always recognized two dimensions to the healing process. On the one hand is the recognition that our whole life is in the hands of God. We are – body and soul – his creatures, and it is to Him that we turn in moments of illness, both physical and emotional. He is, in the first and most fundamental sense, “the healer of soul and body,” as it says in the Orthodox priest’s Prayer Book.’ In the Orthodox Church, we not only pray for the healing of sickness through priestly “Prayers for the Sick,” but the Church has always offered the healing of God to the faithful through the sacrament of Anointing, or Unction,” from the GOARCH website https://www.goarch.org/-/for-the-health-of-body-and-soul-an-eastern-orthodox-introduction-to-bioethics. This shows how simple we should really think of all the health concerns with this pandemic. The fear being perpetuated right now is not a fear of God but of something so small that you can’t even see it. Do you see how demonic that is? The world should fear and love God above all else.
Today our faith has become weakened by the world and its secular views. Our parishes have been closed and around the world, our Priests are being threatened with fines because they want to open up their parish and hold the Liturgy. People have become more fearful of death than they should. They are fearing losing this fleeting material life. Why? If we truly believe in our Lord and Savior then why do we fear death? We should pray and understand that death can come at any time. Salvation is not being healthy in a material way but in a spiritual way. We confess our sins and we receive the Holy Gifts then we go and pray in the morning and at night before bed and before meals. Prayer and love for God are the real miracle medicines, not a vaccine or a pill. If anything those things allow us to have more time to repent but that does not mean we use them for our salvation, that is not what they are meant for. Worldly medicine only heals the body, not the soul. Our souls are something that needs to be healed and repaired daily. If we forget this we lose our way on the narrow path to Heaven and the eternal Kingdom.
Prayer For All Sick People
O Lord Almighty, healer of our souls and bodies, Who putteth down and raiseth up, Who chastiseth and health also; now, in Thy great mercy, visit our brothers and sisters who are sick. Stretch forth Thy hand that is full of healing and health, and raise them up, and cure them of their illness. Put away from them the spirit of disease and of every malady, pain and fever to which they are bound. And if they have sins and transgressions, grant to them remission and forgiveness, for Thou lovest humankind. Yea, O Lord my God, have pity on Thy creation, through the compassions of Thine only-begotten Son, together with Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, with whom Thou art blessed, both now and ever, and to ages of ages.
Prayer For Protection
O Lord, Thou who steadied the hand of Peter as he began to sink on the stormy sea, if Thou are with me, no one is against me. Grant to me the shield of faith and the mighty armor of the Holy Spirit to protect me and guide me to do Thy will. The future I put into Thy hands, O Lord, and I follow Thee to a life in Christ. Amen
Prayer Against Fear
O Greatly-merciful Master, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and cleanse me from every sadness and disturbance and cowardice. Drive away from me every spiritual choking and demonic sorrow, that I sense in my body and my soul. For You are our Joy, and the hope of all the ends of the earth, and those far off at sea. Be merciful to me, O Master, upon my sins. Take from me the heavy burden of sin and despair. Drive far away from me every sadness and laziness. Confirm me in Your Love, and with unassailable hope and unshakable faith in You, through the intercessions of Your Spotless Mother, and all Your Saints. Amen.
Prayer For Discernment
O Lord Jesus Christ our God, who didst lead the people of Israel in a land of unsown, land of drought and deep darkness, a land none may pass through or dwell in: do thou, the same Lord, lead me all the days of my life, giving me to discern the times and their signs, and to redeem time’s passage— for the days are evil— guiding me in the way that I should go, that I may ever say: I love thee, O Lord, for thou hast heard the voice of my supplication from my mother’s womb, yea, from all eternity, and thou art the Way and the Truth, and the Resurrection and the Life, the Sunshine that ripens all who live and repose in thee, the Peace of God, and also our Peace with him: always, now and ever and unto ages of ages, Amen.
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