My Philosophy Part 1: In the Beginning

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The Bible says that God spoke the world into existence. He spoke the world into existence.

This idea gives rise to one of my philosophies. This one is--if memory serves--born out by a number of sources, both secular and Christian.

If God speaks, what language does he use? What language did he use to create the world? Another thing that bears this out (in my mind) is a completely subjective experience my brother had in which God spoke to him.

The short version is this: my brother asked God a question, and God responded with the word "No." However, my brother did not just hear the word, he also saw it in his mind, and in the word "no" he perceived a great number of meanings that were all part of the word "no" in the form that God used it. The word was not merely used as a negation, but also in the sense of "not yet" and "not in this moment" and numerous other meanings.

My brother saw all these other meanings within the word "no" as it appeared in his mind. This word was multi-dimensional. It's meaning was more extensive and more specific than any negation in our language.

This is because God speaks in His own language.

To understand this a little more, I think it is helpful to take a look at what language is and words truly are. Words are descriptors. Their purpose is to describe the world around us, and to allow us to get a handle on things. Language is simply a system that people learn which allows them to use words in contexts that give them meaning and help them to understand the world through the lense of a particular language.

The more specific the word, the less interpretation is allowed, and the less clarification is needed. "Color" for instance, allows much more interpretation than "red". Because of the nature of words, context is necessary for meaning.

Within the written word medium, the context of other words (and punctuation) is provided so that through connected words one may perceive meanings. Solitary words are meaningless except in the subjective associations they create in an individual. Similarly, words written outside of the structure of grammar or language are meaningless.

The idea I would like to present here is that our language(s) are a tiny, frail shadow of the language that God speaks. I believe that God speaks in what could be called the "Language of Creation". His words are multi-dimensional. We can not understand them with our physical ears. We can not form them with our physical tongues.

His words do not require other words to create contextual meaning for them. They create their own meaning. They are meaning. When God speaks in His own language, each word is its own definition. Whatever God talks about, he creates.

Our words allow us to create feelings, thoughts, meanings, and understandings. God's words can create anything.

So I believe that when God spoke the world into existence, he spoke a word that, upon its speaking, literally demanded the creation of the world. He spoke a word that so perfectly and completely defined the world that once the word was uttered, the world could not not exist.

Words, even our own weak words, are powerful. In the beginning was the Word. The Word. And The Word was God. I believe that God's name is the Ultimate Word. The word that completely, perfectly, and utterly defines anything and everything that ever has existed or ever will exist or not exist.

This is--I believe--why language and words are so powerful, and why they should never be taken lightly.

Comments

I love it

I think this might be the tip of the iceberg as to why the writer penned "O for a thousand tongues..."

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