Works of God: Code Creator
Prior to discussing the significance of codes in terms of the works of The Creator of All Things, we recall a wonderful set of experiences while I was in college. In the summer of 1957, evangelist Billy Graham held a famous evangelistic crusade in Madison Square Garden in New York City. It ran from May 15 to September 1 and drew two million people, many of them “repeat” attendees. It was Graham’s longest crusade of the 417 crusades he held in 185 countries from 1947-2005.
As a college student in 1957, local churches in my home area organized bus trips to the Billy Graham crusade venue at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The meetings were held during the college summer vacation. I was able to attend more than ten Graham crusade rallies. The highlight of the 3000-voice choir was their rendition of “How Great Thou Art,” sung 99 times during the many weeks of meetings. It remains one of the best loved hymns in Christendom. The original lyrics of verse 1 stated…
O Lord My God when I, in awesome wonder
consider all the works thy hands have made…
Music editors have modified the lyrics of “How Great Thou Art” in past years. The term workshas transitioned to worlds. Both terms give glory to The Creator. This popular Swedish hymn dates to the late 19th century.
One of God’s most vital works was His creation of life. Millions of species of life on Planet Earth are formed according to coded instructions found in the molecules of DNA and associated RNA. Both molecules function as a result of a simple code. God’s creative work included creation of the DNA code which sustains the physical structure and physical function of all species. Scientists and theologians alike have determined that all codes are the product of an intelligent mind. DNA and RNA codes, therefore, originated in the mind of the Divine Creator. The DNA code is common to ALL earth life—animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, and archaea.
“Proteins are the end products of the decoding process that starts with the information in cellular DNA. As workhorses of the cell proteins compose structural and motor elements in the cell, and they serve as the catalysts for virtually every biochemical reaction that occurs in living things. This incredible array of functions derives from a startlingly simple code that specifies a diverse set of structures.
In fact, each gene in cellular DNA contains the code for a unique protein structure.” (Quoted from Scitable website)
Many of our Science/Faith blogs have used the term “code.” Here are three past posts to reinforce the works of God as the “Code Creator:”
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:15-17).