In another search for meaning, here is Phi (the Golden Ratio) in the Tetragrammaton
Why do we search for meaning in Pi? For the simple reason that we expect intelligence at the base level of life. In a way, the hope that Pi contains a message or a pattern comes from our understanding that God is the author of Reason and Math. Galileo Galilei said that the Universe is written in the language of Mathematics.
Most likely, the future holds some more secrets about Pi. Meanwhile, continue to pursue Math and Meaning in your pursuit of Truth.
What an ANALOGY the father in this video is for God!
Compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness, forgiving iniquity and transgression…
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
BlesstheLord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your lifefrom the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
Our Holy God who does not let us remain in our sin.
He made a way to clean us of that which is repulsive to him.
Thanks be to Christ.
…who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness covered the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. And God said, “Let there be Light.” Gen 1:1
Was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him, without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was Life and that Life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:1
This is a beginning of a new phase in my life, a time when a dream of mine is close to fulfillment. Becoming an author of historical fiction books. I have always had a love relationship with history, most particular ancient history. I know the exact moment I fell in love.
Second grade. Teacher’s name escapes me (I’m sorry!) but she used to call me “darling Darlene” on my papers. We learned Ben Franklin’s proverbs that year, we kept a daily diary and there was a boy named Dustin and a boy named Brian in the class. We had a class bunny, and I loved playing with Playschool people outside after school with my neighbor named Kirk. The feelings of freedom, of play, of innocence, of joy at life. I was in America again, after growing up in Japan. I could understand people and was finally learning to read.
Then the teacher read to us the story of Pompeii. It was my first time time-traveling.
She read to us of the daily life of the people of Heraculum and Pompeii. Of the earthquakes and the steaming volcano. Of the eruption of smoke, and the overflow of lava. Of the people running to the sea. Of the ash that covered the people. Then, she read of the archaeologists and anthropologists who uncovered those people. Of how the ash had solidified around the poor people who could not escape Nature. Of how they used plaster to fill in the cavities, and the faces of those people came to light again.
The awe at science, at history, at new knowledge started in me that day and has continued without ceasing.
Saint Augustine said, Credo ut intelligam. This means, “I believe in order that I may understand.” Knowledge is inextricably tied to faith. Faith is the recognition that our senses do not completely tell us everything there is to know about the world.
QUESTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
First of all, the whole question of consciousness is a mystery that no one has yet explained. It is simply jumped to in explanations of how the mind works.
Reason can explain to us three things related to this.
1) Creation We look at creation, and common sense shows us that such an amazing variety and complexity had to originate from laws and rules. In our world, we would not think an iPad could appear out of nothing without reasons for its existence, so it takes less faith to believe in Creator than a random assemblage of molecules creating trees and planets and bacteria and DNA.
2) The Cause The second thing reason explains to us is that either the Cause is personal or impersonal. If the Cause is personal, and we matter, it would communicate with us, since we have a consciousness of that dilemma in the first place.
3) Perfection Reason also leads us to recognize that if there is a Cause and Creator, “IT” would have to be the SOURCE of perfection. Logically “IT” could not be both good and evil, both truth and falsehood, both powerful and weak. So is “IT” all evil, all falsehood, all weak? Or is “IT” all good, all truth, all powerful? We have in us the ideal that strives for the good, the value written into our human consciousness, REGARDLESS OF OUR CULTURE OR RELIGION, is that there is such a thing as PERFECT GOOD. Of course, we strive for it with different standards and rules, but it is a commonly shared part of human consciousness. We commend those who are “good” and shun those who are “evil.”
Without creation, we would see no cause, without the cause we could consider no perfection.
Big Questions: So do we matter? Has the Cause communicated? Is the Cause personal? Is “IT” a “HE”?
QUESTION OF PERCEPTION
The second question to consider, is: can our senses be trusted to guide us into all knowledge?
Watch this video, which shows us just how amazingly accurate our senses are (not)
Back to St. Augustine’s saying, “I believe in order that I may understand.” If we limit ourselves to our own perception of the world, we limit our ability to understand the world of unseen things.
If this CAUSE is personal, if mankind MATTERS, the Creator Cause would communicate to us in a way that defines Himself with all the perfection that Reason proves he must be. So, is there such a communication?
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. In the beginning was the Word. The Word became flesh.
By what name does HE call Himself? This in itself shows us that He encompasses all of what reason says He must be.