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Spirals that Appear in Nature Everywhere

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When you look at a sunflower, or a snail’s shell, the Milky Way, or the waves in the water, you might not realize that they all have something in common. They all have something that appears a lot in this world, and this special characteristic shows proof for a Creator. It is called the Golden Rectangle, and this rectangle has a special spiral that you’ve almost absolutely seen before.

 

Let’s take another look at this spiral. To explain it, you must first recognize a pattern of numbers that a man named Fibonacci (hence the name) discovered. It also appears a lot in this universe, especially in plants. Here is the pattern:

 

1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89…

 

Do you see the pattern? Each number is the sum of the two numbers behind it. 1 is in the pattern twice because 0 + 1 =1. If you still don’t get it, I’ll put the pattern in math:

 

1 (1 + 0) 1 (1 + 1) 2 (1 + 2) 3 (3 + 2) 5 (5 + 3) 8 (8 + 5) 13 (13 + 8) 21 (21 + 13) 34 (34 + 21) 55 (55 + 34) 89…

 

Do you have it now? That is the pattern. Have you ever noticed that plants usually have 2, 3, 5, or 8 leaves? These numbers are all part of the Fibonacci sequence, and plants seem to like to use numbers from this sequence. Now that we know what the pattern of numbers is, let’s move on to something called the Golden Rectangle. It looks like this:

Blue Rectangle

(This one is rather blue – LOL)

The Golden Rectangle is a special rectangle with a length of one of the Fibonacci numbers, and with a width of the next Fibonacci number. For example, this rectangle is 8 meters (or whatever unit) wide and 21 meters long. It is made up of other squares, starting with a 1 meter square and going up the Fibonacci pattern until it stops at a 13 meter square. (It even has two 1 meter squares!) However, it doesn’t stop there. Since the Fibonacci pattern is infinite, this square pattern is infinite. You could keep adding squares and never stop! However, for lack of eternal space (and eternal pixels), whoever made this picture stopped at 13.

 

If you drew a curved line through all the squares starting at the 1 centimeter square on the left and going through the bigger squares, you would have the spiral that we have been talking about – the spiral on the snail’s shell, our galaxy, and even the wind when it pushes the waves. (Notice picture on left, or below if you are in mobile version.) Why do a lot of things in this world use the Fibonacci pattern?

 

Scientsts have shown that plants use Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Rectangle so they can grow more petals without petals blocking other petals so they coud get more sunlight. People are copying these ideas and arranging reflectors in the Fibonacci sequence at power plants! Sunflowers and other plant’s seeds are arranged in the Golden Rectangle spiral to pack more seeds in less space. This shows that someone must have known that the Fibonacci sequence was just right for plants and other things. Someone – a Creator, a Designer – must have made these to show us that He exists. This person is God, and he wants you to trust in Him and know that He is real. Romans 1:20 says, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

We should acknowledge that God exists, and that he made us all. However, man sinned, and we, the descendants of this man, Adam, also sin and deserve to go to hell. But Christ loved us so much He didn’t want that, so He died on the cross in our place! If we just believe that Christ died for us and rose again, ask him to forgive us, and call upon Him so He can wash away our sins, we will go to Heaven! After that, I don’t think you’ll ever look at a sunflower the same way again, don’t you think?

To find out more about the Creator of this world and being saved from sin, visit the Good News page!

Pictures:

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(Up) Ocean waves have fibonacci, too! See how the Golden Rectangle was lined up with the wave to show the spiral?

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(Up) The Golden Rectangle is made up of squares with lengths and widths of Fibonacci numbers.

pinecone

(Up) Pinecones have spirals in the arrangement of the scales!

Succulent

(Up) Look at the Fibonacci in this succulent – isn’t it cool?

Music

There are a lot of varieties of music, and there are also a lot of opinions about music. Let’s think about the music we listen to. Let’s try to determine whether our music is good or should be excluded from our life.

What are some Biblical principles we can apply to our choice of music?

First, is it worldly? There is no question the world has music that dishonors God.

Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” God’s Word is saying we should not be conformed to the world, or in other words act like or be fashioned like the world. We should not listen to music like the world’s music.

One author says: if you were hungry, would you go to the pizza restaurant and get a pizza, or would you go to the dump and search through all the trash for something good to eat? The pizza restaurant, of course. The good food in the dump would probably be contaminated from the trash, so you wouldn’t want to eat it.

It is the same way with music. Many songs are good and honoring to God. This is the “pizza.” Then, there is the worldly music, which has some neutral mixed in, but we could argue much of it very bad, glorifying or promoting sin. This is the “dump.” It is much more sensible to go to the pizza restaurant and listen to good, godly music, than to go to the dump of worldly music and sort through all the rubbish to find music that is OK to perhaps fit our entertainment desires.

Next Biblical principle, could it hurt our testimony? The Bible says we should be light to this world. If someone were to walk by and hear our music, would they be able to tell that we are different? If they knew we were a Christian, would they wonder why we were listening to it?

Could it also cause another fellow believer to stumble? Romans 14:21 says, “It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.” Can our music cause another believer, perhaps a newer Christian, to stumble down a path into music that dishonors God?

Next, could it have power over you? 1 Corinthians 6:12 says, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” Paul is telling us that we should not allow anything that can have power over us. Things like music and pictures CAN have power over us! Did you know that scientists have done experiments with what’s called a tachistoscope that show that the brain can take in information without you knowing it? They had people watch a movie in a theater. The tachistoscope, which is sort of like a very fast slide projector, was showing slides that were trying to convince the audience as they watched the movie to buy food and drinks. The slides were moving so fast, however, that the audience didn’t see them. Or did they? The popcorn sales raised 60%!

Listening to music is not the same as watching a movie, but it is similar. Our minds can actually take in information without us consciously knowing it! This can happen with music too. Store managers buy music from companies who know the science behind music. They can play different music on different days depending on how busy it is to control the flow of people. Music is important in TV or radio ads or to set the mood for something in a movie. One major music marketing company says, “Shop longer. Spend more. Repeat. That’s our focus when it comes to retail.” Another says, “How Exactly Do You Get More of Them Into Your Business?” Well, believe it or not, the key to this lies in your customer’s perception and memory, and there’s a way that you can access it … with MUSICAL BRANDING. Companies believe it when it comes to making money, and we should too when it comes to living for our Maker and Savior. The truth is, music, even the style of music, affects us!

Is your music sinful based on these questions?

Sometimes we know something is a sin deep down, but we like the sin and want to keep doing it, so we try to justify it. Here are some justifications that we can get caught in with regard to music:

We might try to say, “I don’t listen to the words or the music style won’t affect me.” As we have already shown, even if you don’t listen to the words, the music will still affect you maybe without you knowing it.

We also could say, “Most of this music is OK. I will just tune out or avoid the bad music.” Will others know you are taking this approach (kids, relatives, friend, etc.) or could this be a stumbling block? Will others hear the music glorifying sin? Do you really think we can fully tune out the bad? Will we hear it, start liking it and then down the road start justifying even the bad? I think this is living on the edge or playing with fire.

Sometimes we twist what the Bible says to make it say what we want it to say. The Bible even talks about this:

2 Peter 3:16 says: “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest (or twist), as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

The Pharisees did this as mentioned in Matthew 15 where they changed the meaning of the Law to suit their own purpose. Jesus scolded them for twisting what the Bible said. Twisting what the Bible says to justify sinful music is also wrong.

In conclusion, here are some questions we can ask regarding our music.

Does it bring glory to God, or does it glorify sin? Does it sound like worldly music and hurt our witness? Is it a stumbling block to other Christians? Would we have full confidence to listen to it if Jesus was with us? (He is if we are saved.) The Bible says at the end of Romans 14:23 …for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

The good news is there is wonderful Christian music, and we can have full faith that it honors God. It might take a while to get used to it, but we can develop a taste for it and even learn to love it. Then we can be praising God daily and throughout each day as we listen to it and sing it in our heads!

Be a Witness

When you look across the street,

Many people will you meet.

Some are round and some are tall,

But Jesus Christ loves them all.

When you look, don’t hesitate

You might seal their unknown fate

By telling them the awesome news

Even if they will refuse

Jesus Christ died for our sins

We can know that His side wins.

Don’t be filled with fear or hate,

Be a witness – don’t be late!

Brady

“TelePictures” – The Moon

Best Homemade Moon PictureHave you ever looked up into the sky and seen a face in the moon? It’s hard to tell, really. That is, it was until the telescope was invented.

Looking at the moon amazes me! I took pictures through the telescope’s eyepiece, and called these pictures “Homemade TelePictures.” You will find one right here and the rest at the end of this article.

The moon is another thing in God’s awesome creation that helps keep life on the planet. The moon creates tidal waves, the tidal waves take off, or erode, nutrients into the water, the nutrients feed the sea animals, the sea animals are eaten by the land animals, and we eat the land animals. This shows that the moon is needed to help life live on the earth.

Another cool feature about the moon is how it is a nightlight to us. Genesis 1:16 says, “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.” The “lesser light” is the moon. Without the moon, the Earth would be very dark! The moon doesn’t make light of its own, it just reflects the Sun’s light. That is why it sometimes looks like half a moon, a whole moon, a quarter of a moon, or even no moon at all! These are called phases. You can tell where the sun is at night by where the moon is lit up by the Sun!

We always see the same side of the moon, because the moon rotates (or spins) as fast as it revolves (or travels in an oval) around the Earth.

Before the invention of the telescope, people wondered if life existed on the moon. Through the telescope, however, we find nothing but rocks and craters. People cannot live on the moon, because there is no food, no water, and no air. Plus, in the day, it is very, very, hot, and in the night, it is very, very, cold. When we look at the other planets, we find that they couldn’t have life on them, either. Mercury and Venus are too cold. Mars has no oxygen. Jupiter, Neptune, and Saturn doesn’t even have anything to stand on – they are made of gas! Pluto is way too cold.

People argue that there must be more life in the universe, because it is so big. However, we see that there must be so many features that a planet must have to hold life. A “big bang” could not create a planet with all of these features. Only an infinitely wise Creator could create something like that. And when we look at the rocky, barren moon, it constantly reminds us that our planet is a special planet!

OUR HOMEMADE “TELEPICTURES”

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This one was our best picture, but it was too small…

Best Homemade Moon Picture

…so we zoomed in.

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For this one, we zoomed the camera in while looking through the eyepiece of the telescope to make the picture even bigger.

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This is not a phase! I don’t know what was blocking the other half of the moon, perhaps the curtain. The “ghost moon” below it is just a reflection in the window. The last picture in this article also has a “ghost moon.”

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This is another one of the pictures that was cropped to zoom into the picture.

THE REST OF THE PICTURES THAT WE HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT:

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