The Language of the Universe

God’s word has never been written down in our words. It’s never been written in English, Greek, or Latin. It has never been written in Sanskrit, Egyptian, or Sumerian. It has never been written in Russian or Chinese. No word of God has been written in Arabic or Japanese. Maori, Navajo, and Zulu have all tried to express it, but like attempts in every other language, humans words were never truly the word of God.

God’s words are too big for human words. We make up words and phrases to try and capture the ideas of eternity, infinity and perfection. But we can never express them. We do not have perfect words. No language is perfect. If it were otherwise, then we would all speak the same perfect language and have no need for any other except as curiousities.

Except in one way, we do have something that appears universal. The language of science: mathematics.

We do not know everything about math, but the constants are such that we can trust it with rigorous skepticism and experimentation. And when there’s a flaw, it is likely our fault in failing to understand it. And we encounter unknowns and confusing data, sometimes that lasts for centuries until someone comes along and looks at the problem in a new way, and sometimes they reveal a new form of math to explain it. When this happens, its a breakthrough. So many things that almost made sense become crystal clear. New sciences blossom with new mathematical tools. And then we find a new limit on understanding. New questions that are difficult to answer.

In this way, God’s word is written down. It is written in the stars. It is written in the gravity that hurls the Earth around the Sun. It is written in the mountains, the magma, the lava. It is written in the seas, the waves, and the clouds. God’s words are written in the trees, and flowers, and bees. It is written in the sap and blood and mucus and goo of life. God’s word is written in us.

By observing the world, by understanding everything about the universe, by understanding ourselves, we grow closer to understanding the eternity and perfection and whole of creation that we call God.

Science is not anti-religion. Science is one way we ask God questions and get an answer we can understand.