February 15, 2014.
The article below is translated from Russian, posted
here. Some links and illustrations have been adopted to the English
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Information ("the Word")
– the Creator's tool?
In the second half of the XX century,
the Creator revealed to mankind some of the mysteries of His creation,
to enable us to better understand the Scriptures. From this perspective,
the most important, perhaps, was the revelation of the structure of the
“DNA” in 1953 (deoxyribonucleic
clearly showed the presence of and the need for INFORMATION for the existence
of all living organisms.
together with the growing use of electron microscopes, helped scientists
for the first time see and to some extent understand the structure and
workings of a cell. Prior to this, no further than during the second
half of the 19th century, the eminent evolutionist Professor Ernst
Haeckel, believed that the cell is just a ”vial filled
Parallel developments of computer technology
and other sciences helped people begin the rejection of the Darwinian
theory of evolution, that broke the link between man and God and forced
humanity throughout the entire 20th century to live by law of the jungle,
as well as significantly retarded scientific progress.
Scientists riot against evolution
– “Intelligent Design”
Only 30 years after the discovery of
DNA, a book by molecular biologist Michael Denton titled “Evolution:
A Theory in Crisis,” breathed new life into a rising movement among
SCIENTISTS – “Intelligent
movement is growing and gaining strength throughout the world, often
returning people to the faith in God.
Darwin's theory, of course, is based on the denial of the role of the
Creator, as described in the first sentence of Genesis 1.1: “In
the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
With this powerful phrase prophet Moses, about 1480 B.C., begins his
story about God's creation of “heaven and earth” in 5508 B.C. and the
Paradoxically, the evil of Darwinian denial of the divine order
was fully comprehended and exposed not by official churches – i.e. those
whose “specialty” were spiritual issues – but by a molecular biologist
Michael Denton, an agnostic, who summarized the evils of Darwinism on
page 67 of his aforementioned book, 1996 paperback edition, as follows:
“It was because Darwinian theory broke man's link with God and set him
adrift in a cosmos without purpose or end that its impact was so fundamental.
No other intellectual revolution in modern times (with the possible exception
of the Copernican) so profoundly affected the way men viewed themselves
and their place in the universe.”
And on page 358 of the same work:
“The twentieth century would be incomprehensible without the Darwinian
revolution. The social and political currents which have swept the world
in the past eighty years would have been impossible without its intellectual
sanction. It is ironic to recall that it was the increasingly secular
outlook in the nineteenth century which initially eased the way for the
acceptance of evolution, while today it is perhaps the Darwinian view
of nature more than any other that is responsible for the agnostic and
skeptical outlook of the twentieth century. What was once a deduction
from materialism has today become its foundation.”
I.e., that Darwin's theory actually “abolished” both the above message
of Moses that “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,”
and the first member of the Nicene Creed: “I believe in one God, the
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible and
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth," Genesis
In the famous “Nine
Homilies on The Hexaemeron”,
Basil the Great devotes his entire first homile to this one sentence. In
it, among other things, St. Basil says:
“5. It appears, indeed, that even before this world an order of things
existed of which our mind can form an idea, but of which we can say nothing,
because it is too lofty a subject for men who are but beginners and are
still babes in knowledge. The birth of the world was preceded by a condition
of things suitable for the exercise of supernatural powers, outstripping
the limits of time, eternal and infinite. The Creator and Demiurge of
the universe perfected His works in it, spiritual light for the happiness
of all who love the Lord, intellectual and invisible natures, all the
orderly arrangement of pure intelligences who are beyond the reach of
our mind and of whom we cannot even discover the names. They fill the
essence of this invisible world, as Paul teaches us. "For by Him
were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible
and invisible whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities
or powers" or virtues or hosts of angels or the dignities of archangels.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.”
One and a half thousand years after Moses communication, Apostle John
the Theologian tried to remind man of Moses' words in the prologue of
“1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God.
2. It was in the beginning with God.
3. All things were made by Him, and without
Him was not anything made that was made.
4. In Him was life, and the life was the
light of men.”
But this also was not understood by mankind,
giving all sorts of allegorical meanings to the term “Word.”
That's why Basil the Great, in his “Nine
Homilies on The Hexaemeron,” is trying to keep the interpreters of Scripture
from the “sophistry” and assignment of their own meaning with this admonition:
“I know the laws of allegory, though less by myself than from the
works of others. There are those truly, who do not admit the common sense
of the Scriptures, for whom water is not water, but some other nature,
who see in a plant, in a fish, what their fancy wishes, who change the
nature of reptiles and of wild beasts to suit their allegories, like
the interpreters of dreams who explain visions in sleep to
serve their own ends. For me grass is grass; plant, fish, wild beast,
domestic animal, I take all in the literal sense.”
of Jesus the son of Sirach says the same and even more pointedly:
1:1 All wisdom cometh from the Lord, and is with Him for ever.
1:2 Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the
days of eternity?
1:3 Who can find out the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth,
and the deep, and wisdom?
1:4 Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding
of prudence from everlasting.
1:5 The word of God most high is the fountain of wisdom; and her ways
are everlasting commandments.
1:6 To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed? or who hath known
her wise counsels?
1:7 Unto whom hath the knowledge of wisdom been made manifest? and
who hath understood her great experience?
1:8 There is one wise and greatly to be feared, the Lord sitting upon
1:9 He created her, and saw her, and numbered her, and poured her out
upon all his works.
1:10 She is with all flesh according to his gift, and he hath given
her to them that love him.
1:11 The fear of the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a
crown of rejoicing.
“Word” = information?
Despite such exhortations of the holy
fathers and prophets, during the 7,000 years of human history, there
were numerous attempts at “allegories.” For example, in one of the modern
interpretations of the Gospel of John, we read:
“No matter how deep we manage to penetrate the depths of eternity of
human thought, there, in the beginning, the Word already was present.
In Greek the term 'logos' means not only 'word' but also 'concept,' and
'thought.' The term was widely used by ancient Greek philosophers, and
in the writings of the Hebrew sages. St. John uses the term as something
familiar to his readers, but he attaches to it a special meaning, as
is clear from the Prologue.
“Word was with God – this phrase speaks of enduring special relationship
within the Trinity, that existed from eternity (from 'the beginning').
The pretext of 'by' here is translated from the Greek 'pros,' suggesting
in this context, 'stay in communion with' (in the same sense we find
'pros' in John. 1:2, 1 Thess. 3:4, 1-John. 1:2).”
Although the author himself points out that the above interpretations
offer different meanings of the word “logos” – “word”, “concept,” “thought”
– he prefers well-established by the 10th century A.D. meaning of the
term as a member of the St. Trinity – Jesus Christ. In particular, in
prayer: “It is truly is…,” in Russian translation, one reads: “... without
the defilement of God-Word born ...” Note that the author justifies HIS
“logos” interpretation by saying that St. John “uses it in a special
sense, as is clear from the prologue!”
It is well to recall that the term “logos” was first used by the Greek
philosopher named Heraclitus (544-483 BC) to designate the divine reason
or plan which coordinates the functioning of the ever-changing universe.
Therefore, it is not unreasonable to assume that St. John the Evangelist
used the term in this sense, especially considering that it was written
by the author of the Apocalypse, in which he, 2000 years before the
invention and the use of computers, predicted global people-tracking
system that could work only with powerful computers and huge databases.
Not to mention the implantable chips and other “goodies.”
But what if we, instead of listening to judgments of Scripture interpreters
who find a “special meaning” in the words of the Apostle, follow the
admonition of St. Basil the Great: “I take all in the literal sense”
... and perceive the term “logos” as a “concept,” a “thought,” a “divine
reason or plan," or, in modern terminology, “information”?
Indications that the word “logos” stands for “divine reason or plan,”
or, in modern terminology, “information,” are all around us, both verbal
and “natural.” In the light of the knowledge that the Creator bestowed
upon us about the meaning and astronomical amounts of information necessary
to man's existence, the most obvious is the emergence and the development
of the human embryo. Here
the Creator perfectly illustrates how information developed and packaged
by Him in the DNA with unreachable for humans data density first
“turns on” life of the embrio (a process, by the way, that is still not
understood by humans), and then, cell by cell, builds a new human being.
At the same time, this information is not only packaged “superdense,”
but also contains a large number of “application software” performing
“construction” not only of the necessary for the growth of the organism
proteins, but also relevant “subsystems” necessary for the existence
and operation of the human body.
Are humans using the knowledge bestowed upon them to their advantage?
Since people cannot understand the motives of the Creator, we can only
assume that it is His purpose, once again, to show people the importance
of information in our lives, to lift the curtain on one of the mysteries
of His creation – people revealed the structure of DNA , referred to
above. Another possibility – an attempt to keep humanity from the rapidly
accelerating decline into the abyss of Darwin-provoked rejection of the
Faith, sodomy, pleasures of earthly life, etc.?
Although to some extent people have learned to read information coded
in the DNA, it should be noted that this information is only an instruction
for the production of proteins for each species. I.e., the specification
of “building materials,” which make up an organism. As for the information,
determining how these materials will be assembled into a living organism
– in what sequence, at what rates, etc. – not only do we not know anything, but
we do not even know where this infomation is stored! One can only assume
that this information does not reside on some material medium. But where
it DOES reside – the Creator has not yet revealed to us. We can also
assume that such information MUST exist somewhere – otherwise people
would be born deformed (or would be not born at all).
Presumably it is also understandable why the Creator for so long – nearly
eight millennia since the creation of the world and people – did not
open the secrets of DNA. First, He foresaw that people probably would
not use this knowledge for its intended purpose – to try to gain at least
a little insight into the purpose of our existence – but will rush headlong
to “improve” the Creator's works. This fear, by the way, is coming true:
the notorious “genetic engineering” rapidly mindlessly creates genetically
modified organisms, “GMO” – essentially new species.
But this is a direct violation of the covenant of the Creator's “directive”
to reproduce “after
their kind.” I.e.,
the DNA has been developed and imbedded by the Creator into all living
things to preserve species – wheat as wheat, horses as horses, people
as people. It is quite obvious that the Darwinian notion that everything
in the world “evolved” (in some still undetermined manner!) from some
“common ancestor” – nonsense.
Here comes to mind the discovery of atomic energy. After getting hold
of this mystery, the first thing people used it for was to... murder
about 200 thousand Japanese! And, after dispatching those Japanese,
mankind frantically rushed to forge nuclear weapons to destroy each other...
How this “playing God” – DNA mutations – will backfire is impossible
to predict. At the moment, we know one thing – ALL mutations (deviations
from some God-eastablished “mean”) are harmful to the body. I.e., ANY
mutation, which can improve some characteristics, generally weakens the
mutants. In In many cases – deprives them of the ability to produce offspring
(i.e., “turn on” the DIVINE natural selection by eliminating defective
offspring. This gives companies like scandalously-famous
to profit from annual sales of GMO corn seed, since it is sterile.
Secondly, humanity technologically was not ready to understand this
message – it is only in the second half of the 20th century that people
were able to take a peak at the inner workings of the cell
The above SIMPLIFIED diagram is taken from
and determine that the processes occurring in the universe, now and
in the past, require a huge amount of information. Moreover, this information
must be accurate, 100% error-free and delivered to its destination in
the right quantities in the right format, and at the right time. AND
THIS unequivocally indicates the presence of the Almighty Mind. Because,
while evolutionists can somehow palaver grandiloquent arguments with
reference to the chemistry and physics (with dreamed-up billions of years,
“Big Bang,” etc.), deliberate and meaningful information can be developed,
compiled and submitted by the Outstanding Designer, Consummate Mathematician,
and Superb System programmer...
Whose instrument of creation is “logos,” i.e., information (“the Word”).
February 15, 2014 (the Russian original was posted Jan. 18, 2014)