April 15, 2016
Teachers Talk - God's Little Signatures
Ron Scott, Teacher, Sandy Lake Academy, Bedford, NS

One thing I like to remind my students is that God signed His creation with things that are beyond our understanding.  I will list a few of them, but you can look for more of your own.
  1. Order.  Whether you look at the smallest atoms or the largest galaxies, or anywhere in between, everything is characterized by order.  This is not something that would be predicted by random processes acting.  Generally, random processes create disorder.
     
  2. Intricacy.  When you look at the works of humans, they become less intricate as one looks closer. Magnify a color photo in a book, and it dissolves into an array of colored dots. Magnify the workings of a Swiss watch, and they appear as coarse as giant industrial gears and cogs.  Magnify a cell, and you have enough intricacy of detail to keep thousands of biologists busy studying for a lifetime!  Exploring the atom has taken over 200 years of intense study, and new discoveries keep coming up.
     
  3. Beauty.   Evolutionary processes would not be expected to produce beauty.  Design would.  And the beauty of God’s creation is not accidental.  It is studied.  Throughout creation the “golden ratio” keeps popping up.  The Golden Ratio is based on the Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, . . .).  Take one of the numbers in the sequence and divide it by the previous number, and you have a golden ratio.  Humans find these ratios beautiful, but they are built into all of nature, from the branching patterns of trees, to the seed arrangement in sunflowers, to pine cones and pineapples, to the curls of sea shells, to the spirals of galaxies and literally millions of other things.  As the numbers in the sequence get larger, the golden ratio approaches a single number that is close to 1.62.  Fibonacci didn’t invent the sequence, he discovered it!  And since the discovery, it has been found throughout nature, though artists have been aware of the golden ratio for a long time, and it has been incorporated into the best art from earliest times.
     
  4. Variety.  Why is there such variety in nature?  Why are there so many different shades of green?  Why do trees have such a variety of bark on them?  Why do fruits have to be so varied?  Why does fruit exist at all?  The apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruits often have little advantage to the plant (though the seeds are dispersed by animals eating them and then depositing them elsewhere).  Why couldn’t all fruits have been as dry as dandelion fruits, and dispersed in the same sort of way, without the intervention of animals?  Yet there is a tremendous variety of fruits, some dry, some succulent, some crunchy, and in many different colors.
     
  5. Pleasure.  From an evolutionary viewpoint, is there an explanation for pleasure?  Why is consuming food pleasurable?  It could easily have been something simply necessary for survival, and all food could have had the consistency of oatmeal porridge (which I happen to enjoy), but it doesn’t! Food has many different flavors, textures and colors, and I’m only referring to food in its natural state, not as humans have processed it.  And why should sex be pleasurable?  Plants reproduce with apparently no pleasure on their part, and so do many animals, such as sponges, jellyfish, and even many fish species, where there is no physical contact between the partners.  Couldn’t reproduction have been as simple as budding (seen in some of the “lower” animals)?  Yet, for most vertebrates, and many invertebrates, it appears to be pleasurable.
Creation is amazing, and in my opinion, filled with such “signatures” of a loving God.  I’m glad that I studied a field that enabled me to discover some of these things at a level most people do not.