Can superstition and science merge?

Recently, while hiking in the wilderness, I observed some young passer-bys earnestly trying to arrange their masks, nervously obeying six feet of social distancing in the name of COVID. It reminded me how, as a child, I was taught to believe it a dangerous offense to go swimming within an hour of eating. It was and is believed that science dictates these things.

Where is this mysterious science which is the justification for absurd superstitions akin to religious taboos? This mysterious science is in the heads of those who would wield a power that is not their’s legitimately, or would generate profit in the name of science but not in obedience to it. In both cases, they claim to be working for the good of people, but their self-interest blinds them and is referred to in the Bible as “spiritual wickedness in high places.”

What to do? Whether in the name of religion or science, the problem is as old as the hills. “The human sense of things errs because it is human.” S&H The best science put in the hands of philanthropists, politicians or pharma becomes very human very quickly! The Psalmist advises: It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.”

I have always been drawn to the teachings and life of Jesus Christ for guidance, and this was brought to a whole new level when I found Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. The following includes a link to the context, some how-to preceding this excerpt:

“The calm, strong currents of true spirituality, the manifestations of which are health, purity, and self-immolation, must deepen human experience, until the beliefs of material existence are seen to be a bald imposition, and sin, disease, and death give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God's spiritual, perfect man.”

Note: Christian Science in the above context does not refer to a denomination or religion, but rather to an understanding of what Jesus Christ gave to mankind.