Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Astounding and Complex Design of Numbers

I bet you all are wondering what I am going to write about with this kind of title. As few of you know, I love mathematics. Oh boy, here he goes. He is going to talk about numbers. Yada, yada, yada. I can already hear what you all are thinking. Before you close your minds to the rest of this post, could I please ask of you to hear what I have to say about this topic? First, this post is directed toward the Creator of all numbers. He deserves all the praise, glory, and honor for everything. Second, God laid it on my heart today when I was about to go to school to write a post on this subject; and then, not long after that, He confirmed it with what my Pre-cal teacher taught in class today. Third, and finally, this post will not bore you. My main purpose for writing this post is to show everyone that NUMBERS WERE CREATED BY GOD, and not by a random chance faith based process such as evolution. I wonder what evolutionists would say if they were asked, "How did numbers evolve." Did every answer to every problem just come out of the big bang with the organization and complexity that goes along with mathematics. Every theorem and every factual piece of mathematical evidence builds on each other. The tower of mathematics contains every theorem, every calculus derivative, every algebraic equation, every integer, and everything about mathematics; and they all line up in perfect harmony with each other. God is AWESOME. That is just the beginning folks. Hold on.

O.K., now that I have finished the introduction, we will move into what I call, the omniscience of God Almighty. Numbers, numbers, numbers; where do we begin? Well, the beginning point of all numbers are the whole numbers or the counting numbers--- 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6..... all the way to infinity. Yes, I said infinity. Is there a stopping point to the number system? No. It continues on and on and on and on. I would get very tired if I counted to infinity, but God created the number infinity to symbolize eternity. Eternity will continue on forever, while the infinite number system will continue without concluding at any point. That is an astounding fact. Oh wait, there is more. After the whole numbers, we delve into the exciting factories of the integer system. The integer system is anything smaller than zero ---- -1, -2, -3, and so on, until we come to my most favorite number, negative infinity. Why is negative infinity my favorite number? It is smaller than anything else on the planet. The equation of the faintest sound can't compare to negative infinity, the radius of the smallest cell can't compare to negative infinity, the size of pinprick cannot even compare to the greatness of God; which is found in the number negative infinity. The same can be said with positive infinity, but I am always astounded by the greatness of God with extremely small items or numbers. It is truly fascinating and overwhelming to think of the greatness of God; because He is so magnificent. Thank you Lord for creating numbers for your glory and honor.

With the conclusion of the realm of the integer system, (I forgot to say that the integer system also includes whole numbers, but I wanted to proclaim my enjoyment of negative integers with talking about the negative aspect of integers rather than the positive aspect of integers for writing purposes =D.), we will glimpse into the sphere of rational numbers. I said glimpse because rational numbers don't create much excitement. Why? Rational numbers contain your basic everyday fractions and rational square roots; and rational numbers don't play a role in this post at all except for it's mere mention.  But, there is a sphere of numbers that reaches beyond the realm of rational numbers, though, and that is the distinctive array of irrational numbers. Irrational numbers come in many different shapes and forms, but they are usually displayed as non-terminating, non-repeating decimals that continue infinitely long. The incredible factor of an irrational number continuing infinitely long is the fact that there is no possible exact value (in human terms) that can be given to an irrational number. God only knows the exact value. The non-terminating decimal of pi is a great example of that. The value given for pi is usually 3.14. Calculators can only complete some of the never ending decimal, but not all of it. Only God can, which makes the arena of numbers so interesting, because it creates practical applications for our lives. God knows the answers to everything, so why don't we trust Him? Why don't we take up our cross daily and follow Him? Why don't we seek His will for our lives? His good, pleasing, and perfect will for our lives (Romans 12:2). It is definitely something to think about.

The arena of irrational numbers does not end there. I am almost finished. Hang in there. Did you know that there are an infinite number of values between 1 and 2? Yes. Irrational numbers and rational numbers completely fill the gap between 1 and 2 or any other two close numbers. You could choose a value like the square root of 3, which is between 1 and 2; or you could choose 1.000000000098, which is also between 1 and 2. An infinite number of values can be placed between the two numbers one and two. Amazing. Only God can do that. After the irrational numbers, we dig into the realm of complex numbers. Complex numbers, which include the imaginary parts and numbers, are in a completely different sphere than any of the other numbers we have talked about. They include negative rational equations, in the form of i, with the 4 parts of i; which are -1, 1, i, and -i. Complex numbers are incredible, because they can even transform to real numbers, which is a miracle, considering everything else we have delved into. Is that all? No, there is one more array of numbers that was created by the hand of God. You will only learn about these numbers, if you go beyond Calculus, but these numbers are called transcendental numbers. These numbers are beyond the recesses of the real number system, and the fingerprints of God are stamped all over this number system; because He alone is transcendent. I have one last question.

Is God amazing or what?


Josh said...

Hey Josh,
It's been so long since you posted last! In fact, I've been wanting to sit down and send you an email to see how you've been doing.

In answer to your question, Yes, God is amazing and there is no lack of proof for it!
Now here's my question, Are you going to be a mathematician?!

I do have to admit, I'm a bit inspired by your enthusiasm for math=D

God Bless,

Rachel M. said...

AMEN! God is awesome and amazing!! :D

Katie said...

Okay, I hate math and numbers...but what a great post! :) Thanks, I enjoyed reading it!

Regan Family Farm said...

you have a gift for making mathematics fascinating! I truly believe I could do better now than when I was a Freshman in HS.
God is amazing, and without question...the author of all this!

Meggie4u said...

Thanks so much for posting that, I have been a bit down in the dumps lately with my spiritual walk, I am not sure what happened but I think it was the barrier of sin with helding me from God, this post real lit me up and has started me on the road to recovery, it has taught me that God is real to just hear you talk with so much enthusiasim about numbers and God, thanks for blessing me so much.. Countinue with your work on this blog.
You sis in Christ,

Kendra Logan said...

Wow, you really do like numbers! ;)

Very interesting post! God rocks :)


Joshua said...

I don't know. Whatever God wants me to become, that is what I will become. If it is a mathematician, so be it; if it is a Pastor, so be it; if it is the garbage man, so be it. I am waiting on God to show me. Thanks for the comment.

In Christ,
Joshua :)

Joshua said...

Rachel M. and Katie,
I am glad you enjoyed reading it and I am glad that God was honored and glorified in it also. Thanks for the comment.

Joshua said...

Mrs. Regan,
God is so great and so awesome. Beyond our own comprehension. Thanks for the comment. :)

Joshua said...

I am blessed by your comment. God has given me a gift for writing about Him and I am so thankful that He was glorified in it. Meggie, never forget this. If you really want to know how bad sin is, look at what Jesus went through for us on the cross. Always remember the perfect sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He gave up everything; so that we might have eternal joy in heaven. I greatly appreciate the comment.

In Christ,

Joshua said...

Thanks Kendra. I appreciate the comment.

Anonymous said...

hi. my sister found ur blog & thot id like this post, since i like math & #s so much. anyway, i read it & i really enjoyed it! i also thot how the negative infinity in #s can represent how God never began--he just always was. the never-ending part is confusing enough, but the never-beginning is MINDBOGGLING!!!! anyway, i really enjoyed this post & i can't wait to read more!!! =)

a sis in Christ