Posts Tagged ‘intelligent design’

I like numbers in a sort of geeky way and for a while, I have known about a mathematical aspect to nature that many people have never heard of and were not aware of and it is something called the golden ratio. Somewhat related to the golden ratio is a mathematical sequence that seems to be built into most of nature called the fibonacci sequence. I have been reading about the fibonacci numbers and discovered that they relate to nature and life and the implications of this beautiful relationship between math and nature are simply astounding.

To begin; the fibonacci sequence are number that are derived from the sum of the previous set of numbers in the sequence. This process was discovered by a 13th century Italian mathematician named Fibonacci as he was trying to figure out if there was a pattern to the rate of rabbit reproduction. Each fibonacci number is derived by adding the previous two numbers together (the numbers that are separated by the equals sign) with the exception of number one that begins the sequence. An example is 1+1=2, two being the first fibonacci number, then 1+2=3, three is the next fibonacci number, 2+3=5, etc. As we progress we find a sequence of 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, etc. Fibonacci discovered the ratio between these number are basically the same; 1:1.60 to 1:1.64 with about a point zero four (.04) margin for variance. Where does this ratio come from? Think of length. If you have something 5 cm long and something else 10 cm long, the 10 cm object is twice as long as the 5 cm object…or, you could say the ratio between those two are 1:2, the second number being twice the first number. The ratio of 1:1.6 means the second number is about 1 2/3 the first number, whether it is length, mass, volume, etc. This is the ratio we are dealing with.

What is fascinating to me is this ratio seems to be the design baseline for many of the external layer of life in nature, in other words, where DNA is the molecular digital coding for the building blocks of life, it appears the fibonacci ratio is the template used in the structural design that is seen. Another term we see regarding the fibonacci ratio is the golden ratio (1:1.618). It had been discovered long ago that this ratio appears to be very pleasing and appealing to the eyes so artists, designers and architects have been using this ratio for centuries, thus the name.

Something just as interesting to me is the fact that the variance built in to the ratio allows for subtle variations withing the parameters to achieve enough differences of, say, facial structure so everyone doesn’t look like a bunch of Ken or Barbie dolls walking around. The variances are enough to allow individualization of every living thing for variety…and we are suppose to believe this is a result of chance…give me a break.

It would not surprise me if the twist in the spiral of the double helix, if it could be measured, would fall within the fibonacci boundaries. Randomness, or chance, can never give the complexity of design that we find in life, the complexities that we find in nature and even in the arrangement of planets in the solar system. From the sub-cellular structures defined by DNA, to the massive planets we have as solar neighbors, all have mathematically defined ratios…no…the only answer is design, and to have design, you have to have a designer and the ultimate designer is the master and the creator of the universe, the Lord Jesus Christ!

God Bless, Jim

1-31-20 revised

*Look up: fibonacci sequence, golden rectangle, golden ratio for more information

I decided to share some thoughts I have gleaned from reading Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 and give a quick rundown on a few things, using a macro view, that I see in these two complimentary chapters of these fascinating books.

My overall assumption from reading Isaiah chapter 14 is the Lord starts with a broad stroke and then narrows it a bit in focus. It seems He starts with Israel in the end-time, the last days, looking back upon the author of their oppression and trouble who has been defeated. A personage that The Lord refers to as the king of Babylon. He then narrows his scope and we find He is taking about Satan, giving an account of his mistreatment of, not only Israel, not only the people, but of all the creation. The Lord then continues with an account of Lucifer’s fall because of his pride and arrogance against the one that created him and then The Lord spells out, in no uncertain terms what he has in mind for Satan and The Lord’s contempt for him comes through rather plainly as he spells out his eternal sentence for his iniquity. The narrative continues once again about the creation and the burden that has been lifted from it.

What about Ezekiel 28? In this passage I see The Lord referring to Satan again as a king, this time king of Tyre, another earthly kingdom. The Lord starts this time with the beginnings of Satan and the esteem he seemed to have held in The Lord’s eyes. He continues about the pride and fall of Satan because of Lucifer’s vanity and how The Lord it seems, paraded the fallen Lucifer before the other ranking angels, cherubim, I assume as a poster child of his sin of vanity so that they could gaze upon him with derision and then cast him down upon the earth so all his equals could look on him in horror.

Before I continue, I am going to say that Act 17:11 is in full effect here, for what is see when I combine these two passages is purely conjecture on my part and could simply be the harvest of an active imagination.

From what I read from these two passages, I see this scenario; Satan is referred to as a king of two earthly kingdoms in these passages. He is held in contempt and paraded before kings and those that knew him. That tells me that there is a version of a ruling hierarchy in heaven. We already know that because of the fact that The Lord is the ruler of all things and those that are subjugated to him and Christ, including these cherubim kings…and Satan was one of these cherub kings. In my thinking, if there are kings, there are kingdoms. OK, what was Satan’s kingdom? The theme in Isaiah 14 seems to include a repeated reference to the freedom the earth also feels with the removal of Satan in verses 7, 8 and 25. My conjecture is Satan was given the earth as his kingdom to oversee. Satan’s pride and vanity caused him to attempt to elevate himself as God’s equal, an act that caused him to be cast out of heaven and into the creation he was ruling over which he had already corrupted and because of his corruption, a creation he caused to die by the introduction of entropy1

We also learn that Satan was cast down, along with a third of the angels into this creation and after he introduced iniquity into it it has been groaning from the burden of Satan until it’s release as the above verses indicate. Satan also apparently has limited powers for we can infer elsewhere in the bible that the tree of life is guarded by a cherub to prevent Satan from partaking of it and gaining immortality. I assume this because it wouldn’t take a super-angel like a cherub to guard it from Adam…however it would take an equal of Satan to guard it from him.

What about the idea of kings in the heavenly realm? I infer from this that there are other universes being watched over and ruled by other cherubim kings that probably are buzzing happily along, unaware of the bitter stench and ooze of the corruption caused by Satan that is emanating from this one.

God Bless

Jim Bussell

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entropy_%28information_theory%29

The KISS rule…

I’m going to begin this blog from a different perspective than the viewpoint of the bible…let us forgot about Christianity or Judaism for a moment and pretend we don’t know the Lord. This is fairly easy task for me to pull off, for I have a polytheistic pagan background, as I spent the majority of my adult life worshiping different gods, and even when my wife and I wed we, with all seriousness, had a pagan marriage ceremony performed (in addition to a civil ceremony).

A couple of decades ago while worshiping strange gods, I started noticing similarities with different cultures around the world in regard to their religious practice and I decided to do some checking. It appears that all of the ancient or primitive cultures that I could find in my research several years ago, surprisingly shared common elements; they all shared some form of mandala, or spiritual wheel relating to the compass points, and they all also attributed our existence and the universe’s existence to design and most of them seem to attribute it to a single creator1. There are many other similarities, but the monotheistic element is the most significant for this discussion. If we fast forward a few centuries to the development of western civilization and look at the scholars and wise men you will usually find that they also attribute the creation to a single God (the Lord of the Christian bible).

However, as western science progresses it seems there was a great tendency for scholars and the wise men to deviate from the design element and all kind of theories start popping up. Why? Humans and humanity can’t seem to stand explanations that keep them out of the design loop. The simplicity of the universe being created by a superior being, or that everything from the basic element to us are created and designed by a supernatural god, takes humanity out of the loop…it means there is nothing to explain, it means that it takes the power of basic beginnings of science away from the scientist, and they just won’t have that.

Therefore, one of the first orders of business on the road to change the way things have been seen for hundreds of years, is to mainstream the absurd and marginalize the obvious. Modern science has successfully marginalized the simplicity of creation to the point where it has become criminal to teach it in our classrooms and declare it from our halls of justice, while loftily parading the absurdity of randomness and humanism as the new religion and the The Explanation for everything that there is.

Then there is the KISS rule. All my life I have been fascinated by the universe and everything in it, including ourselves. I find the complexities of everything utterly amazing. We as children of Our Father, The Creator, should be interested in what He has provided for us, and what He has created in this outer shell that holds us. Try, on a daily basis, to think of how something in our life works.

For instance, last night when I went bed and turned out the light it seemed extremely dark. However when I awoke in the middle of the night I could see my surrounding. Why was this? It happened because my eyes have the ability to adjust to a wide array of light conditions…randomness?…hardly. The complexity of design for sight is staggering and the more we learn of the steps required for sight to be achieved in any creature makes the thought of all this happening by trial and error mathematically absurd. As my mentor mentioned sometime in a recording on a similar subject, to just simply try and compare the way our digestive system works to something mankind can build…it would be similar to putting household trash in your car when it tells you it needs it, and expecting it to extract what it needs, break everything down, and eject what it doesn’t need automatically…and that is just one tiny example of a simplistic comparison to one of the less complex open loop systems of nature. The closed loops systems in our bodies are enormously much, much more complex.

Any movement, change or action in life, animal or vegetable, is an information process that is built upon millions of cells interacting, each individual cell having a structure and system that is a billion times more complex than anything science has ever conceived of…but yet we are to believe to accept that life is created is absurd, something that only cretins or those that are brainwashed or simpleminded would accept, because after all, science knows everything. I reckon we are suppose to ignore the fact that the scientist change their theories like we change our socks and most of our profession religionists, referred to as scientists, rarely can come to a consensus on hardly any subject for any length of time.

The fact of the matter is all we have do is to look around or look in a mirror or look up or look down, to understand what creation is saying. To reiterate what the creation is telling us, The Lord from the beginning of the bible to the end, reinforces it by saying The Trinity authored everything…simple. Too simple for the thinkers of the day to see as we read in the scriptures, (1 Cor 1:18, 21, 25, 1 Cor 2:14, 1 Cor 3:19). Remember the KISS rule, for the wise men and supposed thinkers of this world won’t…

God Bless, Jim

1 One of the most curious of the ancient civilizations is China. It appears that early Chinese writings point to a monotheistic belief system. https://answersingenesis.org/genesis/the-original-unknown-god-of-china/

Fibonacci numbers and life: Sequence to success.

I have been reading about the fibonacci numbers as they relate to nature and life and the implications are simply astounding. Something that wasn’t mentioned directly, but it jumped out at me is the design aspect lurking behind this sequence.

To begin; fibonacci numbers are number that are the sum of the previous set of numbers in the sequence, each fibonacci number is derived by adding the last two fibonacci numbers together (or the numbers that are separated by the equals sign) with the exception of number one that begins the sequence. An example is 1+1=2, two being the first fibonacci number, then 1+2=3, three is the next fibonacci number, 2+3=5, as we progress we find a sequence of 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, etc. Someone discovered the ratio between these number are basically the same; 1:1.60 to 1:1.64 with about a point zero four (.04) margin for variance. Where does this ratio come from? Think of length. If you have something 5 cm long and something else 10 cm long, the 10 cm object is twice as long as the 5 cm object…or, you could say the ratio between those two are 1:2, the second number being twice the first number. The ratio of 1:1.6 means the second number is about 1 2/3 the first number, whether it is length, mass, volume, etc. This is the ratio we are dealing with.

What is fascinating to me is this ratio seems to be the design baseline for the external layer of all life in nature, in other words, where DNA is the molecular digital coding for the building blocks of life, it appears the fibonacci ratio is the template used in the structural design that is seen. Another term we see regarding the fibonacci ratio is the golden ratio. It had been discovered long ago that this ratio appears to be very pleasing and appealing to the eyes so artists, designers and architects have been using this ratio for centuries, thus the name.

Something just as interesting to me is the fact that the variance built in to the ratio allows for subtle variations withing the parameters to achieve enough differences of, say, facial structure so everyone doesn’t look like a bunch of Ken or Barbie dolls walking around. The variances are enough to allow individualization of every living thing for variety…and we are suppose to believe this is a result of chance…give me a break.

It would not surprise me if the twist in the spiral of the double helix, if it could be measured, would fall within the fibonacci boundaries. Randomness, or chance, can never give the complexity of design that we find in life, the complexities that we find in nature and even in the arrangement of planets in the solar system. From the sub-cellular structures defined by DNA, to the massive planets we have as solar neighbors, all have mathematically defined ratios…no…the only answer is design, and to have design, you have to have a designer.

God Bless, Jim

Look up: fibonacci sequence, golden rectangle, golden ratio for more information

We all know that there are scientific fact spread all through the holy scriptures, but what about I John 3:2? How can that be perceived as a scientific statement? These are my thoughts on this very cool verse that speaks volumes. First let us see what John is telling us about Christ after His resurrection in 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (KJV)

Wow. We have seen in the gospels where Christ appeared before hundreds of people after His crucifixion. We have read where He taught, where He walked and talked, where He dined and met with followers and where He disappeared into thin air and materialized into a locked room to meet with His disciples. We already know he was the I AM of the burning bush and was The Angel of The Lord in several encounters in the Old Testament. Scientific discoveries, coupled with an expansion of understanding of mathematical principles, of the last two centuries have increased our knowledge of our physical universe. Part of that scientific discovery was the expansion of the understanding of dimensionality and the development of new theories, such as the string theory1. So what?

The more we as humans, in our endeavors to elevate our understanding of our universe, the more we find that these expansions of knowledge assist in demonstrating the hidden gems of the scriptures. Our expansion of understanding that we live in a multidimensional universe helps to explain how our Lord could just seem to appear and disappear at will all through the bible. This multidimensional was hinted at by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians2 when he wrote that we live in a four dimensional universe a few hundred years before Euclid ‘discovered’ the fact. John also tells us that they weren’t seeing the full representation of Christ after He had changed form, but only what our two dimensional eyes3 could perceive of Him. John was explaining to them that was the reason Christ could seem to disappear and appear at will…because he existed in a higher dimension than we can view or really understand. Some don’t care about this, but I find it fascinating when we are able to peer a little deeper behind the curtain and discover more gems of information that do nothing but increasingly solidify on an ever increasing basis the proof that the scriptures are divine in nature and infinite in scope.

God Bless, Jim

8-7-11

for Koinonia Institute

1 http://www.examiner.com/christian-worldview-in-national/quantum-mechanics-string-theories-black-holes-and-the-bible

2 Ephesians 3:18 …may be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (KJV)

3 We, only see in two dimensions, width and height, and the stereoscopic effect of the eyes working in conjunction make it appear we see in three dimensions, but we don’t…sorry.