Reproducibility in science means that other researchers are able to duplicate the same results that another group has proposed. Research papers are required to document the methodology used to arrive at their results. In theory, if another research group followed this same methodology, it should lead to the same conclusion. However, there is increasing evidence that this is not always the case.
Several investigators have published critical accounts documenting that published methodologies are not precise and do not lead to reproducibility. Upon intensive scrutiny, it was discovered that minor variations in the type of laboratory test animals, slight changes in reagents, even alterations in the statistical analysis, may lead to lack of reproducibility. After analyzing several published research papers, one investigator stated, “People make these flippant comments that science is not reproducible. These first five papers show there are layers of complexity here that make it hard to say that.”
The scientific method prides itself upon its precision. Thus, many scientists are understandably chagrined by these charges of lack of reproducibility within their own research. As I reflected upon this issue, I wondered if there is any spiritual event that is absolutely reproducible?
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Acts 2:21 (ESV)
Anyone who confesses and repents of their sins and accepts Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior, are forever saved and indwelled by the Holy Spirit. This is absolutely reproducible. The pathway, the methodology that God uses to bring each believer to Him, may radically differ, but the outcome is always the same. Eternal salvation. And there is one more glorious note, once saved, someday, we will all be in the presence of Jesus Christ for eternity.
All praise to the Living God, Jesus Christ, who showers us with His grace and mercy! It is reproducible and the truth!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.