“In the Beginning was Information”

Quoted from the video:

“One of the things I do in my classes, to get this idea across to students, is I hold up two computer disks. One is loaded with software, and the other one is blank. And I ask them, ‘what is the difference in mass between these two computer disks, as a result of the difference in the information content that they posses’? And of course the answer is, ‘Zero! None! There is no difference as a result of the information. And that’s because information is a mass-less quantity. Now, if information is not a material entity, then how can any materialistic explanation account for its origin? How can any material cause explain it’s origin?
And this is the real and fundamental problem that the presence of information in biology has posed. It creates a fundamental challenge to the materialistic, evolutionary scenarios because information is a different kind of entity that matter and energy cannot produce.
In the nineteenth century we thought that there were two fundamental entities in science; matter, and energy. At the beginning of the twenty first century, we now recognize that there’s a third fundamental entity; and its ‘information’. It’s not reducible to matter. It’s not reducible to energy. But it’s still a very important thing that is real; we buy it, we sell it, we send it down wires.
Now, what do we make of the fact, that information is present at the very root of all biological function? In biology, we have matter, we have energy, but we also have this third, very important entity; information. I think the biology of the information age, poses a fundamental challenge to any materialistic approach to the origin of life.” — Dr. Stephen C. Meyer – Intelligent design: Why can’t biological information originate through a materialistic process? – video

[Many thanks to Uncommon Descent for the above!]


Meyer’s work include Signature in the Cell, and Darwin’s Doubt.

Of course, I have to mention Dr. Werner Gitt’s classic work, In the Beginning was Information.

And there is the Book of Books:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.– John 1:1


But simple information does not save: we cannot know enough or be smart enough to get salvation, without the power of the Holy Spirit poured into us from the Hand of God above.

Despite the failures (fallacies!) of man’s reasoning even in high places, God still expects us to pursue truth through godly critical thinking. In fact, He empowers this pursuit through the work of the Holy Spirit: He convinces the world of sin, righteousness, and judgmentconcerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged (John 16:8, 11). In this sense, critical thinking moves us to understand that God has judged (condemned) the devil, and Christians must live in light of the judgment that—as Christ said already when He walked the earth—Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out (John 12:31).
— Joel McDurmon in The Bible and Critical Thinking, quoting from his book Biblical Logic: In Theory and Practice

and

Although this seems fairly self-evident, most Christians don’t operate this way. “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12; 16:25). Thoughts, ideas, beliefs—all of these are spiritual in a sense. “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD” (Isa. 55:7). Our natural thoughts are seldom in accord with God’s thoughts. This is why we are commanded to redeem our minds by saturating them with the Word of God (Rom. 12:1–2; Eph. 4:23–24; 5:1–21).

[There’s God Word; the inescapable Truth needed for our salvation!]

The Bible tells us that we must be constantly checking our natural spiritual inclinations with God’s TRUE spiritual desires and demands as revealed in the Bible. The Apostle John tells us in 1 John 4:1 to “not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” If we are expected to test the spirits, then some standard must exist to test them against. This also means that not all spirits are of the proper “spirituality,” i.e. not all “spirituality” is Biblical spirituality.

As I hinted at earlier, thoughts and ideas are spiritual in nature. Before I wrote down the words in this article, they were ideas and thoughts floating around my brain, but they were only able to become tangible, physical entities because they were first spiritual entities. Look around you right now, everything that you can see, touch, hear, taste or smell was first an idea. Before it could be made physically, it had to be conceived of spiritually. We live and move and breathe in a physical world, but we think in a spiritual world and our spiritual inclinations and beliefs are either with God or against Him. If you think this is far-fetched or an over-simplification of the spiritual world, contemplate the concept of information. Dr. Werner Gitt has, and he writes this:

This novel concept of information is based upon an extremely important and fundamental fact, namely that this quantity represents not a material but essentially a spiritual phenomenon. Whilst information may be stored on matter and transferred by means of physical systems, it in no way originates in purely material processes, but always through an ideas-giver, that is, through employment of intelligence and will. [6]

Dr. Gitt ultimately makes this idea reach its own logical conclusion, that the spiritual nature of information once and for all disproves solely materialistic theories of anything, and that the Bible’s most profound statement is still its first: In the beginning, God. To exemplify his point, imagine the words of this article, or the newspaper, or the Bible, and all the letters and characters that make up the text and jumble them up. The exact number of letters and characters still exist on the physical medium that holds them, but they are now disorganized. The “information” is lost, but the physical “stuff” remains. The physical medium lost no weight or size, but something extremely important was taken away.

This is why Gutenberg’s printing press was so instrumental in making the Reformation take off like it did. Information is power, but only when it’s in a language you can actually read and understand. I could have written this article in French (not really, but theoretically), but it wouldn’t have done you much good if you didn’t read French. God didn’t give us His Word to confound us with high and lofty vocabulary that we can’t understand, just to show how smart He is. The most misquoted verse of the Bible tells us this very thing. Deuteronomy 29:29 says “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.” Too often this verse is quoted to get us out from under making sense of a seemingly difficult verse or passage of the Bible, but the last half cancels out that hermeneutic bypass. We are expected to understand and act on the “things revealed.” Do you see how the spiritual world is much bigger than we ever gave it credit for? Do you understand why God puts such a premium on our minds and thoughts? These are spiritual weapons that we use for or against His kingdom. This is why it is so imperative that we, as Christians, are studying God’s thoughts and making them our own, because, in reality, we are conducting “spiritual warfare” every time we use our brains! — from The War Between the Natures: What Does it Mean to be Spiritual (Part 2 & Part 3)

When you use your brains wisely and in accordance to Scripture, to do what is good in God’s eyes and to shun all evil, then you are engaging in successful spiritual warfare!

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