June 14, 2011

Symbiosis


Some of my more recent posts are to reach out to my old engineering friends to show them how a scientific world view can be compatible with a Christian worldview and you don't have to compromise your integrity or check your brain at the door. The Bible said to renew your mind, not remove it. What you will see below is a standard cosmological and teleological defense for God's existence with a distinct essence. The essence is Christian. I defend with the understanding that it is the God of the Bible who, by His very nature is orderly and His creation both human and non-human reflect His attributes or the essence of His creative mastery. He is the Eternally Existent One, the Great "I AM".

I posit for the existence of God as a Divine Creator, the First Cause/Uncaused Cause and the Intelligent Designer as revealed in the Christian Holy Writ. Anyone that has read the Pentateuch (Torah) understands what I mean when I say that we are under a God of order. From the Christian God there is an expectation of obedience to His laws and conformity to what these laws strive for: Holiness...and that my friends, is beautiful.
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Thought: What is it and why do we do it in a linear manner?

Matter: Why is most of it constructed in a orderly structured manner?

Time: Why does it move in a linear manner, only forward (except in the movies)?

God created and built us up out of the basic components in the universe. We're made of the same things that the sun is made of but we are infinitely more. For us to understand it [God's creation] we need to break it down into its smallest components again because we cannot understand it in it's complexity as created, we can only understand it as "0" or "1" or individual facts or data.

We need computers to understand the "0" and "1" or "A" and "B" in quantity. We filter all of this complexity through sensory organs that appear to work only in a serial manner or a single stream of input 1 bit at a time. The Bible has already done this. Folks wonder why God chose to use this medium to maintain a physical link with us. The original Hebrew bible pretty much look like this if you really think about it:

"sihtekildekoolhcumytterp"

That isn't much different than this...

"000010001101000011000"

How long did it take man to figure out binary code? It has existed in nature in the form of DNA since creation? This was already done in vigenary form (22nd integer). Not surprisingly Hebrew alpha characters correspond to a numerical value and are deciphered right to left similar to simple mathematics, adding, subtract, multiple, divide. Don't get me started on the way DNA is constructed. DNA is quite literally data. Digital data in biological form.

I also believe the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy ...is the curse God put on man because of Adam and Eve's sin. Everything tends toward disorder. Entropy increases over time which can account for the more rapid or exponential deterioration of the creation as be approach it's end.

I also believe the so-called strong and weak nuclear "forces" that hold the atom in check are referred to in Hebrews 1:3 "And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His POWER" . Physicists cannot quantify what force "is" in their theories. Force is nothing more than a variable in an equation. Force has both magnitude and direction so it can be measured...but what is "it" EXACTLY? We can see the affects/effects of it in the universe but WHAT IS IT? And while I'm at it..what is the electromagnetic force? This is why the Higgs Boson (god particle)/ Large Hadron Collider has become so important. If they can produce it...they claim don't need God anymore to prove their goofy equations. The very fact that creation can be calculated, that the universe is a system, within a system, within a system ad-infinitum into the microcosmic realm only validates my theory further. The fact that the universe is not some incalculable incoherent mess speaks of order. A universe created by a God of order that made things within His creation to behave according to rules and laws...including humans.

Why does crystalline lattice structure in crystals arrange themselves in a unique arrangement of atoms or molecules in a crystalline liquid or solid. A crystal structure is composed of a motif, a set of atoms arranged in a particular way, and a lattice exhibiting long-range order and symmetry. Motifs are located upon the points of a lattice, which is an array of points repeating periodically in three dimensions. The points can be thought of as forming identical tiny boxes, called unit cells, that fill the space of the lattice. The lengths of the edges of a unit cell and the angles between them are called the lattice parameters. The symmetry properties of the crystal are embodied in its space group. A crystal's structure and symmetry play a role in determining many of its physical properties, such as cleavage, electronic band structure, and optical transparency. It's as if it all matter that exists in a crystalline form has the ability to self-replicate... by design.

The perfect harmonious whole. The Christian and the Church could learn from the orderliness of the God's awesome creation. Granted there is not a lot of emotion involved but the structure is amazing. I mean just look at the tight wound helix in the post picture. What if this was a stand of DNA in the egg that will become a child of God. The individual members are in a constant dance circling around one another working together in perfect harmony to an unheard divine melody and will continue to do so unless something invades (sin) from the outside and disturbs it throwing it out of its intended purpose. It will be free from defects unless an individual component goes rogue and mutates. Perfect, unless individual components become dysfunctional or fail to do their job to support the body. If the individuals stay harmonious the whole system thrives. If even one falls victim to mutation the entire system suffers.

Ephesians 4:12 "...to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:15-16 "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

Ephesians 4:25 "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body."

Feed the components of the system what they need and they will support the entire system in unity. Abuse individuals and they will fade and fall away eventually destroying the entire whole. It is called symbiosis. In the Greek:  σύν / syn: "with" and  βίωσις / biosis: living. Living with. Not just living with - but living with in harmony. Inanimate nature having the fingerprint of its Creator does a better job than its animate and conscious counterpart humanity.

Philippians 1:18-22 "Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me.

Philippians 1:24 "...but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body."

In the 19th century the word symbiosis (which previously had been used of people living together in community) to describe the mutualistic relationship in lichens. In 1879 by the German mycologist Heinrich Anton de Bary, defined it as "the living together of unlike organisms." Ironically the symbiotic relationship can be communal, mutualistic, commensal, or parasitic in nature. Symbiotic relationships can be obligate, meaning that both symbionts entirely depend on each other for survival.

Philippians 1:4: "In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now..."

Organization - Association - Uniformity

Not sure about you but to me this sounds strangely familiar...

2 comments:

Child of God said...

Thank you for directing me to your 'body theme' posts. I have enjoyed reading these.

My husband is a scientist and before he became a Christian he was in awe of God's creation and he marveled at and wondered about a Creator while he was studying physics. My daughter is starting to follow the footsteps of her father as she is working on a Bsc the difference is she is a Christian and as she studies biology her comments are often along the lines of, "mom, I just do not see how anyone studying science can not believe in God, Creator. His fingerprints all all over this stuff."

I enjoy reading and I will be back.

Blessings,
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Andy Pierson said...

If you enjoyed them I can also recommend a book for you by a man named Dr Paul Brand (ed. Philip Yancey). The book is amazing and has to do with the insights the good Dr. gathered over a lifetime of treating leprosy patients

In The Likeness of God

http://www.amazon.com/Likeness-God-Tribute-Fearfully-Wonderfully/dp/0310257425/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3

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