Column: God's design seen in every element of creation
I really enjoyed the Easter installment of "The Bible" movie on the History Channel, and plan to purchase it this week when it comes out on DVD.
Although the script was not word-for-word of scripture, I think Mark Burnett and Roma Downey did a superb job of illustrating emotions of the real people of the Bible. I also like the job they did of portraying the authority and omniscience of Christ. Even through great opposition and the killing of early church members and of disciples, the church has grown exponentially, and we are watching a TV dramatization of their lives more than 2,000 years later.
The intricate details of creation are so precisely engineered and mathematically complex that mankind has just begun to scratch the surface of discovering it. Did you know that a creature as lowly and despised as the jellyfish illustrates the creativity of God in an unusual way? Around 500 species of jellyfish, ranging in size from small marbles to several feet across, inhabit the world's oceans.
Jellyfish have several mouths and will try to eat anything, including each other. Thankfully, the stings of most jellyfish have no effect on human beings.
The jellyfish lives two very different lives, each with different lifestyles and methods of reproduction. The familiar jellyfish form is a swimming lifestyle in which the creatures reproduce sexually. However, in another phase of their life, they are called polyps. In the polyp stage, they look like small anemones, cling to rocks and reproduce by cloning.
Jellyfish cannot move fast enough to chase prey. However, careful study of jellyfish swimming patterns shows that jellyfish don't swim at random. The pattern in which they swim produces the greatest mathematical likelihood of encountering prey. Biologically, jellyfish have only two internal organs: a stomach and sex organs. Some of them have sophisticated brain functions that - outside of jellyfish - are found only in mammals and human beings.
The jellyfish is a tribute to God's creativity and imagination. It is a mathematically-precise hunter using equations with skill that some folks can't master with instruction in advanced math classes.
"Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last - the Before all and the End of all." Revelation 22:11-12
Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.