Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2008]
A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie
I will share anyway.
He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God
Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling
And then I lost my breath.
And it wasn't because I was running my treadmill, either!!!
It was because he started talking about laminin.
I knew about laminin. Here is how wikipedia describes them: "Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue." You
But now I do.
And I have thought about it a thousand times since
Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!!
The 'glue' that holds us together ... ALL of us ... is in the shape of the cross.
Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth , visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things HOLD TOGETHER."
Call me crazy. I just think that is very, very, very cool.
Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together...one cell to another....by the cross.
You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin "glue" would look like long before Adam even breathed his first breath!!
We praise YOU, Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Origins: The New Testament's book of Colossians (one of the thirteen epistles traditionally attributed to Paul, this one addressed to Christians in the city Colossae) reads as follows (in verses
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
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: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Discussions about whether or not nature evinces signs of a purposeful (Christian) creator are theological/scientific debates that can (and do) fill volumes, so we'll just note a few items to consider:
- The structure of laminin antedates by many thousands of years traditional Christian accounts of the life of Jesus.
- A cross-like shape is a very simple structure that is commonly found in elements created naturally or accidentally.
- It is uncertain whether the form of the original crucifixion device was a stake, a
T-shape,or the familiar cross of modern Christian iconography.
- One could find the shape of laminin to be reminiscent of a variety of common symbols aside from the cross. Some viewers say it reminds them more of a caduceus:
And when the illustration is returned to its original orientation, many liken it to the appearance of a sword:
- Perhaps most important, molecular diagrams like the one used here are generally intended to represent those structures in ways that make them easy for humans to conceptualize and work with, not to be exact reproductions of the molecules' actual visual appearances. One electron micrograph of
EHS-laminin,for example, looks like this:
Davis, Kenneth C. Don't Know Much About the Bible. New York: Eagle Brook, 1998. ISBN 0-688-14884-0 (pp. 435, 440-441). K. Beck, I. Hunter and J. Engel. "Structure and Function of Laminin: Anatomy of a Multidomain Glycoprotein." The FASEB Journal, Vol 4, 148-160.