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Science, Order and the Creation of the Universe

Written by  Bob Crittendon
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The results are in and the 2013 Word of the Year, according to the dictionary people at Merriam-Webster, is “science” (“cognitive” was second), according to a CNN story, which reports that over at the Oxford American Dictionaries US, the top word is “selfie”, the result of the word’s growing usage and digital fame.  Its U.S. counterpart picked “science” primarily based on numbers on its website.  Merriam-Webster reportedly looked at the most searched-for words on its online dictionary, as well as those that showed the biggest increase in the number of look-ups.

“Science” had a 176% increase in look-ups.  In a statement, the dictionary editors said that, “A wide variety of discussions centered on science this year, from climate change to educational policy…We saw heated debates about ‘phony’ science, or whether science held all the answers. It’s a topic that has great significance for us.”

 

For years, there has been an attempt to separate science from faith.  Studying the science, however, can show us an amazing amount of evidence for design.  If we look into the orderly world of applied science, we can see an incredible amount of order in the universe that cannot be explained by random occurrences.

 

Just over a year and a half ago on my radio program, I related a discovery I had made about a common instance in nature that illustrates the intricacy of the design of creation.

 

There is a common spiral pattern that is found in nature, such as in shells and a variety of other examples.  This “golden spiral” framework employs what is called the “Fibonacci sequence”, which was discovered around A.D. 1200 by Leonardo of Pisa (historically known as Fibonacci).  That’s according to Fred Willson, writing for the Institute for Creation Research, who says that in this pattern, each succeeding number is the sum of the two preceding numbers - the sequence is 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, and so forth.

 

 

He points out:

This spiral is visible in things as diverse as: hurricanes, spiral seeds, the cochlea of the human ear, ram’s horn, sea-horse tail, growing fern leaves, DNA molecule, waves breaking on the beach, tornados, galaxies, the tail of a comet as it winds around the sun, whirlpools, seed patterns of sunflowers, daisies, dandelions, and in the construction of the ears of most mammals.

 

He relates also that on a large scale, Fibonacci numbers are found when the time period of each planet’s revolution around the sun is compared in round numbers to the one adjacent to it. 

 

According to Willson, when the smaller number of the spiral pattern is divided into the larger number adjacent to it, the ratio will be approximately 1.618.  Not coincidentally, that is the ratio of what is called the “golden rectangle”, which is found to be pleasing to the eye.  It’s incorporated into art by da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, and others.  If the short side of the rectangle is 1, the long side will be 1.618.  He says, “This rectangular shape was close to the pattern used in the designing of the Parthenon of Greece and for many of their numerous pictures, vases, doorways, windows, statues, etc., and even for certain features of the Great Pyramid of Egypt.  The United Nations building is a golden rectangle. Many of the things you use are (approximately) patterned after the golden rectangle—credit cards, playing cards, postcards, light switch plates, writing pads, 3-by-5 and 5-by-8 cards, etc.”

 

Amazing, isn’t it?  I believe that the precision and patterns found in creation indicate to us that neither the earth nor its inhabitants were the result of random chance occurrences - we do not serve a random God, but One who is intimately and intricately involved in the foundation of our world and the formation of our lives.  He has the ability to order our lives, and is far more capable of ordering our steps than we are in our own human wisdom.  

 

 

Willson states that:

These shapes, numbers, spirals, and the divine proportion are ubiquitous in their presence throughout all of creation. They are found in living and nonliving phenomena. Their symmetry, beauty, and mathematical preciseness are evident in every aspect of nature. Although absolute perfection is not found in all of these (due to the effects of Adam’ sin), their very presence virtually everywhere and in everything argues against their having occurred by blind chance or evolutionary processes. The only rational conclusion is that the Creator of the universe is a personal, intelligent Being, who created these things as a visible fingerprint of His invisible, yet personal existence.

 

Take a few moments to consider the scientific evidence, which points to this magnificent Creator God.  We can point to instances of design as evidence of a powerful and wise designer, and surrender to Him, who has a precise plan for our lives.

 

 

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