In Chemistry, not every substance can combine with other substances. In organic chemistry, every possible substance starts with Carbon as first element in the chain. No other starting element is feasible. Carbon is central to organic life. Every combination in organic chemistry is a carbon-chain. Break the chain, things fall apart.
Then comes DNA code, consisting of four substances. Arranged in any order possible, and over millions of different arrangements, these four-substance arrangements generate code that makes sense for determination of our individual make up. Four substances arranged in just about any order possible, then stringed or chained together for generation of language that can be interpreted, language sufficient for unique distinguishing of one person from another.
In the grid below, I have permutated three different four letter words. If no letter is repeated, turns out there exist exactly 20 possible permutations of any four letter word.
Take the first word, CARE. Out of 20 possible permutations, only 3 are recognizable as everyday use words — CARE, RACE, & ACRE. Proportion of all 20 permutations that are everyday use words? 15 percent.
Take the second word, TILE. Out of the 20 permutations outlined, only 1 is recognizable as an everyday use word — TILE. Recognizable proportion? 5 percent.
Take the third word, PLEA. Four recognizable words — PLEA, PEAL, PALE, & LEAP for recognizable proportion of 20 percent.
If life on earth depended on our capacity for recognition and interpretation of every possible permutation of a four letter word, you and I would have been dead ever before I got to writing this post. Even if our lives depended on it, I doubt we could teach one another to recognize, understand, and have the same interpretation for every possible four letter permutation of every four letter word. Our brains just are not wired that way.
Consider now that DNA sequences consisting of millions of different sequences of four substances have recognizability proportions of 100 percent — every sequence fully recognizable, fully interpretable.
When you take time to really think it over, DNA really is a wondrous thing, is it not?
Much like DNA, Christians believe they can speak in languages whose sequences do not seem well defined, yet they believe God understands. Whenever they speak these languages, unless someone else claims understanding, the words are directed at God, have no need of interpretation. Given God could reveal the meaning of the words to someone, that the words are spoken to God, yet can be understood is well received not to connote any contradiction.
If all language emanates from God, God does not need a brain for interpreting of words. Every word His life makes possible possesses an interpretation far exceeding our usage of words or language. If words are spirit, letters are spirit, have interpretation in God far exceeding our comprehension. When words hit or interact with the Spirit of God, there is spiritual comprehension beyond what we can imagine. It is this spiritual quality of words that renders prayer rational. God does not pick up prayers with a brain. God picks up prayers with His Spirit. Whatever prayers are in line with His character become part of whatever His Spirit seeks to accomplish. Guess it makes sense then for Christians to be advised to ‘pray in the Spirit’.
Spiritual nature of words or letters is borne out by God’s capacity for, as the story goes, giving man many different languages at Babel so man never again would possess capacity for banding together universally for building of a rampart or tower all the way to heaven.
Come to think of it, unless heaven was much closer back then, or lies in some invincible cloaked spacecraft close to earth, God really was doing man a favor at Babel was he not? If it had gone high enough, that tower would have bent over like Tower of Pisa and great would have been it’s crash. Instead of telling us they were stupid, and He was saving them from dying, God has the true humility to sound like he was afraid of man banding together. Guess God pulled one on us in that Babel account. Moses obviously was too truly humble to ask God if He in reality was pulling his, Moses’ leg with that twist on the story.
If God, Father of Jesus Christ indeed is Creator, clearly languages whose sequences seem not to be well defined — DNA sequences, or Christian Tongues, or languages that sound all clickety clack and lack rhythm —all lie well within His capacity for unique interpretation.
But the language God loves to hear the most?
The language of Love.