The word, science, appears one time in the NT in Paul’s letter to Timothy, “O Timotheus, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane (sick) and vain babblings (empty sound), and oppositions (the Greek word is “antithesis”) of science falsely so called (the Greek word translated “falsely so called” is “pseudonymous”), which some professing have erred from the faith. Grace with you! Amen! It is true!”
The Greek word that is translated “science” is “gnosis”. “Gnosis” is found 29 total times in the NT: 28 times it is translated “knowledge”, and only 1 time is it translated “science”.
The word “science” itself came to be a French word in the mid-14th century, with the meaning of “knowledge”. The French word is derived from the Latin word “scientia” again with the meaning of “knowledge.
At the time of Paul there was no distinction between science and philosophy – the two were one. Both science and philosophy were contained in the word knowledge. Paul very well could have used the word, philosophia, meaning “love of wisdom” or knowledge in place of gnosis in 1 Timothy. Whether philosphy or science it is all loving knowledge for the sake of knowledge apart from the true God.
All said today science (knowledge of the things of the earth) and philosophy (knowledge of unseen things of the earth) have become two distinct things, but in the understanding of the Mashiach they are one and the same. Science and philosophy are both without God and are of the world. “Love not the world, neither the things in the world. If any person love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him.” Now I know something of science and philosophy but what I know is not without the knowledge of God. I reject those things contained with philosophy and science that are contrary to the Mashiach, which are many. Both science and philosophy give no recognization to the God of the one true gospel. Quite the contrary they make God out to be a myth or non-existent. I know something of philosophy and science that to the Gentile I might be a Gentile, that I might save some. I might preach the gospel to them and have some understanding of their thinking. I also know something of science because within this body of knowledge is contained things about making a living and working. I know something about science and philosophy not for the sake of knowledge, but for the sake of love. Love of the brethren, that I might work with my own hands, preaching the gospel without charge. Love of the unbeliever that as much as possible I might not be an offense, and yet in this generation of judgment all (except the chosen ones) are offended with the one true gospel. Love of family that I might support them and not be an offense to believer and unbeliever alike. All things are done in moderation, that the gospel be not ill-spoken of, that we might walk in love toward all.
There is much in what is called science or man’s knowledge that is contrary to the Mashiach. God reveals His work with man in thousands of years. The lineage of Adam to the Mashiach is very clear. In eternity past prior to the thousands of years I have no need and purpose to continually speculate. I know something of eternity future by the gospel and its understanding, but no more or no less than God has revealed. People are not descended from animals, for the Mashiach died for all people, for he died as a man. The value of every person is thusly the value of the life of God, to God that is, for He died for all. The Mashiach did not died for animals, though creation will be restored in eternity to come. There is not life outside of the earth, for the Mashiach died once for sin. At this present time there is only this creation, heaven and earth. Yahavah Elohiym, the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua ha Mashiach is creator of all things. I do not have to seek questions on how the universe came into being. God has granted me grace to accept the one true gospel. The one true gospel is the Mashiach died for our sins according to the writings of the Old Testament, He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the writings of the Old Testament. I need not seek understanding why existence exists and what is my purpose on the earth, for God has given understanding.
Beloved, whether, it be called science, or knowledge, or philosophy, it is all one and the same, and the words of Paul in the letter to the Colossians in Spirit are true:
“Beware lest any person spoil you through philosophy,
carnal and fleshly knowledge,
and science which is all vain deceit,
after the traditions of the people,
after the fundamentals of the world,
and not after the Mashiach.
For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of Godhead bodily. For you are complete in Him, which is the head of all principalities and power.”
Thanks be unto God for His indescribeable grace!
Thanks be unto God for His mercy toward all people.
His mercy endureth forever!
The end of the Lord is the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercies.
The prayers of the Beloved, Yeshua ha Mashiach, the Son of God are ended!