Grace to you!
One of the no-nos in a scientific empirical research, if it must pass the test of legitimacy, is “forcing.” “What is forcing?” one may ask.
It is imposing a result on data that has little or nothing to do with the data. Or superimposing a preconceived idea upon a data that has nothing to do with what the data is showing.
Take for instance; you want to analyze the behaviors of a German shepherd in comparison with a Caucasian shepherd over a period of time. Your interest is on their dietary habit. If you ignore the actual data coming from the time, quantity, sequence and frequency of the dietary habits, and inject what you found in another specie of dog in order to propose a line of argument that supports your preconception, you have forced the result.
Underlying this criterion is the honest submission that what science does and should do, is to discover what is already present in nature. That’s all. We don’t create reality, including the truth of science, from nothing. We simply discover. To the extent this discovery is kept honest and not forced, the result would be considered legit.
We become the best version of ourselves when we discover the truths in our very nature and calling. Ignore it, one is already forcing.
Though many times friends and associates may try to convince us that truth isn’t real, be assured that at least, you, your nature, and your environment are objectively real. Or do you doubt this?
One important thing for those who are always “forcing,” they hardly ever discover the truth, neither of science nor of the more spiritual realities. A sort of intellectual humility is required to discover heavenly reality. Just like cultural humility is necessary to understand a given culture.
I was thrilled to hear Jesus pray to God the Father and state that the “great things” are hidden from the so-called wise and learned, and revealed to little children (cf. Matthew 11:25).
We could read “little children” to mean humble and honest hearts; those who are not forcing, but those ready to discover.
Hear the most amazing of Jesus’ declaration: “All things have been delivered to me by the Father and no one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matthew 11:27).
It follows that the all-important divine truth could only be discovered too. The Son grants this discovery. It’s what is called revelation. It’s revealed. Just as the angelic doctor, Saint Thomas Aquinas, said, we believe because it’s been revealed for we “cannot assent to what has not been revealed.”
Thank God you already know Christ and therefore God. If not, be open for God's revelation of the Godself to you. To grow in this knowledge, depend on the extent of your humble openness to be led into the Christ-event. The revelation grows like a fount of water that you feel within you, “I am in love” or simply, “I’m loving it.” You wouldn’t need to force it.
Humility and acknowledgment of our limitations, being like little children, is key to more discoveries.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Ordinary Time: Isaiah 10:5-7; Matthew 11:25-27]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
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