Has Science Been a Blessing or a Curse for Mankind?
Sun Yongli (A professor of the Academy of Social Sciences): Just now you spoke very well. It sounded quite reasonable. But it doesn’t agree with science, and has not undergone scientific proof. Therefore, it is impossible to determine whether or not God exists. In your belief in God, you all have your own ideas and opinions. It seems to me that your ideas and theories are feelings of subjective consciousness, and are all simply illusions. We communists believe materialism and the theory of evolution are truth, because they agree with science. Our country provides relevant education from elementary school through university. Why is this? It is to imbue all young people and teenagers with atheist and evolutionist thinking from an early age, so that they all stay away from religion, and stay away from superstition, and so that they can scientifically and rationally explain all questions. For example, consider life’s origin. In the past, we were ignorant and believed in stories like separation of heaven and earth, and Nüwa making humans. Westerners, they believe God created us all. In fact, this is all mythology and legend, and are not in accord with science. Ever since the theory of evolution that explained the origin of the human race, how humans evolved from apes, the legends of God creating man have been thoroughly invalidated. All things have evolved completely in nature. This is the truth. Therefore we must believe in science and in evolution. You are all educated knowledgeable people. How can you believe in God? I just can’t understand it. Would you be able to share with us your views?
He Hongchang (Director of the brainwashing center): Professor Sun teaches well. He presents reasons for belief in science and evolution in a grounded way. Everyone please express your point of view, talk about your ideas. Speak out freely, not restrained.
Zhang Mingdao (A Christian): Then I will say more. Communist Party members believe in materialism and evolution, and you revere Marx and Darwin. Then why is it ever fewer people in the world believe in materialism and evolution? Of the human race, those that believe in God make up the majority. Of all those that believe, none believe in evolution. Even among non-believers, there are not many that buy into evolution. Do people these days believe in Darwin? Are there people who recognize evolution as truth? Maybe not as many as you think. Professor Sun, may I ask: Does everyone that believes in evolution acknowledge that apes are their ancestors? In ceremonies for ancestors, do they pay respect to apes? If they don’t pay respect to apes, but keep on repeating that evolution is true, they are not practicing what they preach. Professor Sun, you worship science, base everything on science, and use science to explain everything. May I ask: Is science the truth? How did science come into being? Why are so many scientific theories that are published later refuted by other scientists? Do you dare say that science is truth? I ask you: Can science save us from corruption? Can science save the human race from Satan’s power? Can science help people cast aside sin and live a life of significance? Can science bring about peace to the world? Can science bring us happiness and a glorious destination? Can science bring us safety and happiness? Can science predict the development and destination of the human race? Science can’t do any of these things. How can you say that science is truth? In the end, what is truth? Can you say for sure?
Han Dongmei (A Christian): Professor, because you hold science in such high regard, would you please explain to us: What exactly is science? Science is a few theories that only exist in the realm of knowledge researched by corrupt humans when faced with the world that God made. It is produced completely from the minds of people. Corrupt humans do not possess truth. Science comes from the humans. How do you explain that scientific knowledge is truth? Truth can only come from God. Only God is the Creator. Only the words expressed by the Creator are truth. Ever since God appeared, worked, and expressed many words, man have experienced His words. They have recognized that only God’s words are truth; they are an unchanging fact. In the Age of Law, God proclaimed many things, leading humans to obey the laws of God, thereby obtaining God’s caring protection and blessing. Those who transgressed the laws were declared guilty and cursed. In the Age of Grace, The Lord Jesus was crucified for the sins of mankind, and He redeemed us all. By believing in Him, people’s sins were pardoned, and they could enjoy the grace and blessing of God. With the arrival of the Age of Kingdom, Almighty God has appeared and done work, expressing truth to judge and purify us all, thoroughly saving the human race from Satan’s power, causing people to find God and gain God’s blessing, bestowing upon them a wonderful destination. The facts of God’s work are enough to show that the words of God are truth, and that what they bring to us is light, blessing, and salvation. For millennia, God has used words to lead the human race, to guide us to where we are today. God uses words to accomplish all. Every one of God’s words is coming true. These are facts that anyone can see. The Lord Jesus said, “For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18). “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). The last days have arrived, and many Christians have seen that the prophecies of Lord Jesus have come true. This goes to show that only the words of God are truth, positive things. These are facts that nobody can deny. Only God can save the human race. Only the words of God are truth, and can be the life of humans. Science is not the truth.
He Hongchang: Students, for me, I don’t know what truth is, I don’t understand science. But I do know, that if not for science, we would not have the superior comfortable life that we have now. Aren’t all the results of science that people enjoy today brought about by science? Only through science can all the diseases that people have these days be safely cured. All of people’s problems await solutions from science. Isn’t this what you would call truth? You believe in God and say the words of God are truth. I can’t believe that. I only know that without science, the human race would not have progressed. We would be without lights; we would be in darkness. Maybe your belief means that God can solve all your problems. Can He cause you to lead happy lives? If we only believed in God, and not science, could society advance? It seems to me that you believers don’t know reality. Can God save you from all the misery of the Communist Party’s persecution? Can God destroy the Communist Party? These are simply facts. How can you explain them?
Pan Long (Deputy director of the brainwashing base): Director He is right. Without scientific development, humans would be ignorant, barbaric, stupid, and backward. Many years ago, we did not understand how to use many of nature’s resources. Now that science has developed, we have extracted coal, petroleum, natural gas, and developed nuclear power. This has advanced society and the economy in big ways, and has improved our quality of life. Listen, our population grows daily, and supply of food diminishes. With technology, pesticide, and chemicals, crop output has greatly increased. Now we can help the people be well fed and dressed. Can these problems be solved through belief in God? Aren’t they simply results from science? We should therefore have belief in science. You see only science can make a difference and change this world, it could even help control the world. By relying on science, we are able to build happy lives for ourselves, and build a glorious homeland. We don’t need God, but science, we need it to work. Now what I say, is it wrong?
Xu Xiangguang (A Christian): Director Pan, you believe in science, and think science can help us develop and make us happy. Is this reality? The science has been developing, but what has it actually achieved? From the outside, it appears that science has brought positive results. Standard of living appears to have risen, society looks like it’s thriving. In reality, science has brought us to a crisis of belief, as we distance, deny, and betray God. Because of people believing in science, many people don’t find God. Instead, they seek physical pleasures. Following this trend, humanity’s morals have declined, becoming more and more wicked. The souls of people are ever more empty. People seek excitement and follow lust. Drug addiction and suicide have risen. These are just facts. In the time we have developed science, we have damaged our environment, polluting air, water, and even soil and our food. This has caused us a great deal of harm. Many countries are engaged in arms races, racking their brains to make sophisticated weapons. Science has made nuclear weapons and guided missiles, making us all face the danger of destruction. If World War III begins, it will bring about calamity to the human race. You could say the day science reaches its peak will be the end of us. Director, listen to words of Almighty God. Maybe you will understand whether science has brought blessing or disaster to the human race.
Almighty God says, “From when man first had social sciences, the mind of man was occupied by science and knowledge. Then science and knowledge became tools for the ruling of mankind, and there was no longer sufficient room for man to worship God, and no more favorable conditions for the worship of God. The position of God sunk ever lower in the heart of man. A world in man’s heart with no place for God is dark, empty without hope. … Science, knowledge, freedom, democracy, leisure, comfort, these are but a temporary respite. Even with these things, man will inevitably sin and bemoan the injustices of society. These things cannot restrain man’s craving and desire to explore. Because man was made by God and the senseless sacrifices and explorations of man can only lead to more distress. Man will exist in a constant state of fear, will not know how to face the future of mankind, or how to face the path that lies ahead. Man will even come to fear science and knowledge, and fear even more the feeling of emptiness within him. … If the people of a country or a nation are unable to receive the salvation and care of God, then such a country or nation will tread the road to ruin, toward darkness, and shall be annihilated by God” (The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Tan Xiumin (A Christian): Almighty God also says, “They continually carry out scientific exploration and in-depth research, then ceaselessly they satisfy their own material needs and lusts; what then are the consequences for man? First of all there is no longer any ecological balance and, hand in hand with this, mankind’s bodies have all been tainted and damaged by this kind of environment, and various infectious diseases and plagues spread everywhere. This is a situation that man now has no control over, is that not right? Now that you understand this, if mankind does not follow God, but always follows Satan this way—using knowledge to continually enrich themselves, using science to ceaselessly explore the future of human life, using this kind of method to continue living—are you able to recognize what the natural end of mankind will be? … It will be ruination: approaching ruination one step at a time. Approaching ruination one step at a time!” (The Word Appears in the Flesh). All that Almighty God says is fact and truth. Isn’t what this has described simply a consequence of the human race developing science? The corrupt human race worships science. This is dangerous! Developing science has brought calamity and destruction to us all.
Zhang Mingdao: Professor, God is the Creator. Only God can save us. Almighty God of the last days expresses truth, and judges us to purify and save a corrupt human race. Almighty God says, “My final work is not only for the sake of punishing man but also for the sake of arranging the destination of man. Even more, it is for the sake of receiving acknowledgment from all for everything that I have done. I want each and every man to see that all I have done is right, and that all I have done is an expression of My disposition; it is not man’s doing, least of all nature, that brought forth mankind. On the contrary, it is I who nourish every living being in creation. Without My existence, mankind will only perish and undergo the scourge of calamities. No human being will ever again see the beauteous sun and moon or the green world; mankind shall encounter only the frigid night and the inexorable valley of the shadow of death. I am mankind’s only salvation. I am mankind’s only hope and, even more, I am He on whom the existence of all mankind rests. Without Me, mankind will immediately come to a complete standstill. Without Me, mankind will suffer catastrophe and be trodden down by all manner of ghosts…. The disaster originates with Me and is of course orchestrated by Me. If you cannot appear as good in My eyes, then you will not escape suffering the disaster” (The Word Appears in the Flesh). Only by submitting to God’s judgment in the last days, accepting the truth expressed by Christ, can one’s corruption be purified, and can one submit to and worship God. Only like this can one be saved from disasters by God’s protection, and arrive in God’s kingdom.
from the movie script of The Lies of Communism