Clue #2: InformationInformation around us points to God and allows us to conclude someone’s trying to communicate with us. Part Two of nine.
For an introduction to this series of nine clues, see Clueless.
Hope you liked Clue #1! The clue was design. If there’s design, there’s a designer. All around us there’s design. So who designed it? Christians say God.
Being a detective isn’t easy. You have to find lots of clues – good ones. Then you have to fit them all together to solve the problem.
Maybe you’re a detective investigating a crime scene – a murder. You find some squiggly lines – just a few of them. You ask yourself, Are these just random lines, or are they a partial fingerprint? If they are part of a fingerprint, are they the criminal’s? You’re not sure. You have to figure it out.
Or, let’s say you go on a mountain hike. Our group ROOTS will go on a hike this summer. Let’s say you decide to come with us. While you’re walking you see a rock by the path. Is that a clue for something? Don’t think so.
But what if you see a stack of rocks, like the one in the photo? Now you wonder, Hmmm! That didn’t just happen by accident. Someone did that! What are they trying to tell me?
That’s our next one: clue #2 – information.
One rock doesn’t tell you anything. But five rocks in a pattern? Now the rocks communicate something: You’re on the right path. Of course, the rocks aren’t actually communicating. The person who stacked them is communicating.
Let’s take another walk.
Now you’re strolling down the beach by the ocean. You’re on vacation. As you walk, you notice rocks scattered in the sand. You’re a detective, remember? So – any clues here? Any communications to you? No, probably not. They’re just rocks on the beach. But as you keep walking, you suddenly discover more rocks.
These rocks are different. They’re not random. There’s design to them. And the design has information. It’s communicating something to you (or to someone, anyway): I love you!
It’s a no brainer! Someone did this, not the waves. Not the sea gulls dropping stones. They're not there just by accident.
No, some person used the rocks to communicate love to another person. You look around. Who was it?
Clue #2 asks, Is there information around us that points to God – information in the design, so we can say there’s a Person out there, communicating to us? I think so.
For instance, body cells. They’re dense with information. Someone estimated there are 9999000000000000 bajillion cells in our body. (That made me laugh – there’s no such word as bajillion…) There are "tons," anyway.
Cells are the building blocks – Lego blocks, we could say – of our bodies. Like red blood cells. You’ve got about 30 trillion of them in your blood. Each red blood cell is very tiny – very! About three microns in size, each of them. That means about five million fit on a pinhead. Yikes! Each cell is packed with information. Amazing amounts of information. One scientist said, “…each cell in the human body contains more information than in all 30 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica.” Have you ever seen the row of encyclopedia books in a library? Wow! Some of the information in the cell is packed into the DNA molecule. (We’ll talk more about DNA in another clue.) DNA is unique. No one else has the same DNA information. Your DNA communicates clearly, This is you.
There’s no one else like you. You’re unique. That’s one way police detectives catch criminals. In addition to the fingerprint, the DNA they find at the scene of a crime points to the murderer.
For Clue #2, we can say, There’s information embedded in the designs all around us. If there’s information, then someone put it there. Someone who’s trying to communicate with us. Christians say that someone is God. God put the information in our DNA. It’s information that says: You’re unique; I made you. There’s no one like you in the whole world.
God’s trying to communicate with us. Like the person who laid out the rocks in the sand, He’s saying, I love you! You’re important to me! He does love you! He loves you and He wants you to get to know Him, so you can love Him back. Already you know this, right? So now love God back ‘cuz He loves you.
Hope this Clue #2 helps you think more about God. First, design. Now, information. Perhaps you can think of other ways God might be communicating with us.
Paul Johnson, SHARE, email@example.com, Cell: 403.816.6981.
The nine clues appear as a series of nine articles on Christianity.ca:
Clue #1: Design
Clue #2: Information
Clue #3: Beauty
Clue #4: Complexity
Clue #5: Laws
Clue #6: Word
Clue #7: Scene of the Crime
Clue #8: The Corpse
Clue #9: The Mystery
Originally published on the website, Spiritual Detective Clues, 2009. Reprinted in Baptist Horizon, beginning May/June 2009.
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