I recently read Dan Brown’s latest book, Origin, which discusses the two Big Questions, Where did we come from? and, Where are we going? It pits Creationism against Science, giving voice to much of the atheistic viewpoint that our existence is here without the requirement of a Divine Power. Although positing convincing evidence for the scientific viewpoint, yet Robert Langdon asks, “Who created the laws of physics?” And in an eloquent manner explains the difference between “patterns” and “codes.”
“Patterns occur everywhere in nature–the spiraling seeds of a sunflower, the hexagonal cells of a honeycomb, the circular ripples on a pond when a fish jumps, etc…Codes are special. Codes by definition must carry information. They must do more than simply form a pattern–codes must transmit data and convey meaning. Examples of codes include written language, musical notation, mathematical equations, computer language…
“The other difference between codes and patterns, ” Langdon continued, “is that codes do not occur naturally in the world. Musical notation does not sprout from trees, and symbols do not draw themselves in the sand. Codes are the deliberate inventions of intelligent consciousnesses. Codes don’t appear organically; they must be created.”
Ambra studied him a long moment. “What about DNA?”
A professorial smile appeared on Langdon’s lips. “Bingo! The genetic code. That is the paradox.” (Origin, pp. 435-6)
I don’t pretend to have all the answers; I DO know that there is a God, who created man. HOW he went about doing that is not revealed to us at this point, but I have faith that we WILL know all things in their right time, maybe not in this life, but as a corollary to where we came from, I also know that there is a life after this one where we continue to exist as individual entities that know and have relationships not only with our loved ones but with our Heavenly Father, who created and loves us.
As Elder O. Theodore Tuttle said in a General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saint in October 1986:
[After recounting Nephi’s recollections to his brothers of the many miracles God had performed for their family and ancestors, ie., leading the children of Israel out of Egypt, see The Book of Mormon pp. 36-37] “He was trying to do what you and I as parents need to do with our families today–to develop faith in the Lord. And the way to do it is to recount the examples of faith that have happened in our own history and in our heritage and with our people. ” (” Ensign Magazine, October 1986, “Developing Faith,” p. 73)
My A-Z theme will recount the experiences I have had that testify to me that God lives, that we are His spiritual offspring, that He loves us, and wants us to return to Him. My beliefs are based on faith, which comes of experiences with the Spirit, but I believe this faith can also be transmitted to others as we recount our experiences and allow the Spirit to testify to the truthfulness of our words.
This exercise is a labor of love for my family, but if anyone else finds inspiration from my efforts, so much the better!
Hope to see you back here on April First!