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God and Language

homo erectus 150x150 God and LanguageThe universe is currently estimated to be between 13.61 and 13.85 billion years old. The earth formed approximately 4.54 billion years ago with life starting around 3.5 billion years ago.  Modern humans originated in East Africa about 200,000 years ago. (Wikipedia) There is overwhelming evidence, both physical and DNA, that man (homo sapiens) evolved from homo erectus, a primitive upright man.  Although, a designer if He exists would use the same sequencing of DNA to produce similar structures.

While anatomically different that homo erectus, man continued to use the same set of stone tools, until a sudden change occurred about 40,000 years ago during the Upper Paleolithic period. Tools went from primitive to highly specialized and diverse. There was also a sudden introduction of widespread art in the form of cave drawings and figurines. And the dead were ritually buried. (The Dawn of Human Culture, Richard G. Klein, 2002)

To what extent we are not sure, but language was involved. Man had the physical anatomy to vocalize varying sounds for 150,000 years prior to the boom 40,000 years ago. Neither homo erectus, neanderthal man nor any ape species has had the appropriate larynx positioning, a minimum requirement to produce the varying vocal ranges capable of man.

What is language? Seems like a simple question. Dolphins call each other by name. We have trained apes to use basic signs. Still this does not constitute language. In fact, audible sound is not necessary. Sign language developed for the deaf meets all the classic definitions of language.  Language offers the ability to communicate abstract concepts, to translate and to invent new words to convey those ideas.

Animals can make both signs and sounds. But the example of sign language of the deaf leads us to believe the audible range developed through our physical anatomy was driven by our brain and not the other way around. Advances in tonal abilities by our ancestors did not increase our ability to communicate. The desire to speak drove our ability to make sound. While the mechanics to make those sounds was already in place, we weren’t yet using them until the desire arrived. This is really strange unless you are a theist. We had all the physical abilities prepared for us in advance. The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

I find it thrilling to read Genesis 1 and see God said everything into existence. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. It’s really kind of a bizarre way to describe creation unless it actually happened that way. Why wouldn’t a god just think something into happening, or take on some type of human physical characteristic and snap his finger, especially if the story was created by man. The other fascinating topic of Genesis 1:3, especially for the Christian, is who was God speaking to?

We are made in the likeness of God. That likeness is sentience. We are made to worship God. That requires cognition to know He exists. We are made to be in relationship with God. That requires language.

The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (James 5:16 & 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 TNIV)

That is the power of the language of our God. And it is the power he has given us through our language with God, prayer.

I respect the power of the scientific method. I love language and anthropology. And I enjoy learning about physics, biology, history. But all but the scientific method break down at or long before the Big Bang with anything prior being then by definition supernatural. Yet non-theists would have us believe there is nothing to examine if the scientific method can not be applied. Should we not ask what came before the creation of our universe? Personally, I’m kind of curious about that. I think God gave us orderly laws and a brain to examine them. Scientists are of course asking these very questions even though all the tools of science break down at that great singularity. They are, again by definition, attempting to examine the supernatural.

And so we turn to God. The lack of a testable thesis on the existence of God is provided as a disproof of God. Am I the only one who sees this as an inequality of measure? God I believe wrote himself into our world because we could not know him otherwise. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe some day we will have scientific methods which show God’s hand in creation. The fine tuning of the universe and some of the complexities of DNA lead us in that direction. And what about the origin of life? It’s like the question has been shelved as already answered.

How do I know God exists? Because I know now what I did not know when I did not know him. Our God is huge!!! As Christians, let’s not try to keep him in a box. Science points out new aspects of his magnificance allowing us to worship Him in ever greater splendor. Scientist use methods to test the nature of God’s creation. He’s bigger than we can imagine. God is so big, we have to invent new language to describe Him.

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