#0069 So God created man in His own image (nature)

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27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen. 1: 27 (NIV)

 

The following is an excerpt from The Jesus Clone. In this chapter we continue to apply a different interpretation to the scripture in Genesis describing the 7 days of creation. At the end of a recent posting I suggested the possibility that six of the seven days of creation to which Genesis is referring maybe be symbolic of six eons or ages in the evolutionary process of our planet that scientists refer to. With that in mind I further postulate that the 7th day—the day on which Genesis says God rested—might well indicate that, in His resting from His active role in the creation process, He was in a way, handing the creation baton off to humanity. The following is a bit of a lesson in history/science that gives an example of what is involved in this process of God handing off the torch of creation to humans…

 

The evolution of the uses of sand

God’s plan of creation is still going on today. The reason I say this is because most things God created for the benefit of humanity weren’t able to be appreciated by humans at first.  When Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden, as the story goes, the resources God had created for them were only available in rudimentary forms, but chocked full of potential. Added to this, Adam and Eve didn’t know how to do anything because while residing in the Garden of Eden they lived the life of Riley. Everything was provided for them directly by God’s own hand…or so the story goes. So when they were asked to leave, the news must have come as quite a shock.  Picture for a moment: Adam and Eve on the very first day after being evicted from the Garden of Eden. There they are looking out over the strange world that awaits them—stretching out as far as the eye can see in every direction. I am sure by comparison to the lush garden behind them, it must have appeared pretty bleak and desolate. They had no skills or wherewithal to cope with this hostile-looking environment which, like it or not, was their new home. At one point they happen to look down at the ground beneath their feet. It’s sand! Not too exciting as far as soil goes—stuff doesn’t grow very well in it (as they soon would learn). Standing there and contemplating their fate they begin to squish the sand with their toes. Looking out towards the horizon they can see that the stuff goes on for as far as they can see. As they continue to squish, it oozes out over the tops of their toes and Adam comments: “This feels kind of cool.”

Eventually they managed to grow some pathetic looking tomatoes or some ancient forerunner of them. At early days—based on their limited experience with things in the world—sand didn’t seem to hold much promise for them. Their big problem with it was it wouldn’t retain water very well, so the crop wasn’t able to use the precious rain before it drained off. Subsequently, they and the generations of offspring paid little attention to sand for hundreds of years. One day, though someone figured out that using sand in a different way you could clean and even polish some of your stuff. From there they figured out that they could devise a way to sharpen the cutting edge of the blades of their tools and weapons. Next they discovered pots and dishes could be made using sand. Shortly after that someone discovered that heating it up a lot, sand turned into what they would refer to as glass. They fashioned glassware and windows and once they figured out how to work with it this way it was off to the races…they began staining it and blowing it into wondrous shapes and designs and eventually someone warped and shaped it and formed it into a lens. A fellow named Galileo took a couple of these lenses and made a telescope which he used to look deep into the heavens and beyond.

In our recent past, humans would bring their creative genius to bear and turn this low-grade soil into a building foundation for an entire new technical age—silicon and silicone dioxide…

The chemical compound silicon dioxide, also known as silica (from the Latin silex), is an oxide of silicon with the chemical formula SiO2. It has been known for its hardness since ancient times.              Silica is most commonly found in nature as sand or quartz, as well as in the cell walls of diatoms. Silica is manufactured in several forms including fused quartz, crystal, fumed silica (or pyrogenic silica), colloidal silica, silica gel, and aerogel.

Silica is used primarily in the production of glass for windows, drinking glasses, beverage bottles, and many other uses. The majority of optical fibers for telecommunications are also made from silica. It is a primary raw material for many white ware ceramics such as earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, as well as industrial Portland cement.

Silica is a common additive in the production of foods, where it is used primarily as a flow agent in powdered foods, or to absorb water in hygroscopic applications. It is the primary component of diatomaceous earth which has many uses ranging from filtration to insect control. It is also the primary component of rice husk ash which is used, for example, in filtration and cement manufacturing. Thin films of silica grown on silicon wafers via thermal oxidation methods can be quite beneficial in microelectronics, where they act as electric insulators with high chemical stability. In electrical applications, it can protect the silicon, store charge, block current, and even act as a controlled pathway to limit current flow.

A silica-based aerogel was used in the Stardust spacecraft to collect extraterrestrial particles. Silica is also used in the extraction of DNA and RNA due to its ability to bind to the nucleic acids under the presence of chaotropes. As hydrophobic silica it is used as a defoamer component. In hydrated form, it is used in toothpaste as a hard abrasive to remove tooth plaque.

In its capacity as a refractory, it is useful in fiber form as a high-temperature thermal protection fabric. In cosmetics, it is useful for its light-diffusing properties and natural absorbency. Colloidal               silica is used as a wine and juice fining agent. In pharmaceutical products, silica aids powder flow when tablets are formed. It is also used as a thermal enhancement compound in ground source heat pump industry.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: (Silicon dioxide)

Using silicon, brilliant men who were created in God’s image, fashioned a microchip.

Silicon is used for making chips not because it is cheap but because its excellent properties. Actually, to reach the level of chemical purity needed for the silicon to be useful, you need a very expensive process. This does not affect the cost of the chips because they use a very small amount of silicon. First of all, silicon is a semiconductor, which is a very special material. There are many other kinds of semiconductors, not many of them are stable. Silicon is a semiconductor with predictable, reliable electronic properties which are necessary for mass production. Silicon also has a high degree of crystalline perfection which is also required, since faults in crystal structure (such as dislocations, twins, and stacking faults) interfere with the semiconducting properties of the material.

The main microchip used in computers today is called the microprocessor. Since 1971, advancements in their capabilities have been astounding…

The transistor count of a device is the number of transistors in the device. Transistor count is the most common measure of integrated circuit complexity. According to Moore’s Law, the transistor count of the integrated circuits doubles every two years. On most modern microprocessors, the majority of transistors are contained in caches. As of 2012, the highest transistor count in a commercially available CPU is over 2.5 billion transistors, in Intel’s 10-core Xeon Westmere-EX. Xilinx currently holds the “world-record” for an FPGA containing 6.8 billion

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: (Transistor count)

 

God created sand with all of its developmental potential. Then He created humans and bequeathed to them His own high capacity for innovation and creativity. Next He placed them into an environment that demanded the application of this ingenuity and resourcefulness. Then poof—the perfect storm began to brew! This is the fundamental principle of creation evolution and it is through this process that God designated He would continue His creation. This example of the evolution of the uses of sand shows how, down through history humanity has incorporated scientific advancements as a springboard to evolve culturally, economically, socially and spiritually. In all of these arenas, God provided from the very beginning, opportunities for humans to (one experience at a time) move toward the fulfillment of their destiny as a species to collaborate with divinity.  Today, more than ever, we are able to realize the cumulative transforming effects of these advancements. It’s as though the scent of God’s Kingdom is carried on a wind wafting in the direction of our future—can you detect it?

Meanwhile, Evil is striving with all its power to slow down this wave of creation evolution; but this is a brilliant plan: the plan of creation. We can from this time forward refer to God’s main project as His plan of creation rather than His plan of salvation.

The Jesus Clone (pp. 41-44)

 

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