A father would not tell his son never to lean on his own understanding. For then the son would never grow up.
By the way, skep, whose understanding do you lean on to understand the Bible?
To be honest, I lean on God's understanding. God gave us a brain for a reason. Everything is a test to see if we can pass it. This is why if a scientific fact contradicts the Bible, it can not be a fact. It must be wrong based on flawed understanding. Science allows us to study the orderly universe God made for us. This is why I feel that Creation Science is the perfect type of science.
If by "perfect" you mean pointless in explanation, useless in application and lacking all predictive capability, then yeah, the science of the bible is perfect.
You do not seem to understand that for the past 2000 years, people have already tried using the bible as if it was a science manual.
It failed miserably. It was not until people stopped trying to rely on the bible and started investigating the real world that we began to get scientific advances.
Unless I missed the parts of the bible that taught how entire populations could be cured of the black plague and vaccinated against smallpox. The bible is not unique in its lack of treatment for leprosy or mental illness, lack of basic understanding how disease is transmitted, lack of ways to reduce infant and maternal mortality. Nobody knew that stuff back then, which is why it is not in the bible
People tried to accept the bible as fact and authorities even punished the people who pointed out places where the bible and the real world did not match up. (Geocentrism vs heliocentrism, anyone?) Even the supposedly instructional stuff is useless-- nobody has ever been able to build seaworthy boats like Noah's ark using what the bible said. Like, they figured it out and then immediately forgot how to build them? It took years of real science, math and engineering to build large seaworthy vessels that can actually transport people and animals over long distances. It is ludicrous to think that people had that capability in ancient times but only used it once.
Besides being entirely wrong on everything
from the age of the planet to the composition of the stars, to the evolution of modern living beings, and the extinction of thousands of past species, religion completely missed the boat on many of the most basic principles that help us live better today than in ancient times.
Wash hands before eating, and after handling sick people, dead bodies or excrement.
Isolate sick people from the healthy ones whenever possible.
Protect people, especially children and babies, from rats, flies and mosquitoes.
Boil water before drinking.
Those simple, practical additions to the bible or any other ancient religious text-- taking up far less space than one paragraph of pointless begats-- would have saved millions of real lives and convinced people of the powerful wisdom of god.
Instead, we get lists of hundreds of commandments
that don't make any sense. How about a simple controlled experiment to teach people why washing hands before eating, or boiling water before drinking is a good idea? The lord sayeth unto thee: Have 10 people wash hands and 10 not and count how many in each group get sick during one month. Then predict how many will get sick if you increase the numbers to 100 in each group. Try it again. Record the results. Come up with some explanations about what you have observed and do some more experiments. Tell another group of people to test your conclusions. See if they get the same results. Thus sayeth the lord.
Boom. Explanation, application and prediction. That's science. God could have done that, right? Would that have been so hard?
That would have been far more useful to humanity than pages of instructions on how to properly sacrifice an animal, why you should never pick up sticks on the sabbath, or stories about a guy who was swallowed by a whale. And it would encourage thinking, discovery, and learning instead of following rules without knowing why, or obeying commandments by rote out of fear.
If I am mistaken and there is some useful, applicable science in any ancient religious text, show me, and I will retract my rant.