And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. ” – Genesis 1
In the image above an ultra sound captures the moment of conception. The time lapse photo reveals a spark which then ignites a rapidly expanding bright flash.
The big Bang theory, which is presently the most popular theory of the origin of the universe, theorizes, as its name suggests, that the beginning of everything as we know it happened as an instantaneous violent explosion. It, interestingly, aligns with the opening Genesis passage.
The moment of conception can also be considered an instantaneous action. The flash of light that engulfs the egg is like a lightning strike. As the lightning is suddenly upon us, so, too, is the beginning of human life. Fertilization is initiated by a spark between male and female counter-parts. As a flame can be started with a spark and continue to burn unless acted upon by the deprivation of fuel, oxygen or decrease in temperature; so, also, will the human process continue until that process results in a new-born child. Unless that process of life is halted by natural or unnatural means.
“Then the LORD GOD formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7
The Shroud of Turin is believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The image that appears on the shroud is of a crucified man having identical markings as those depicted in the Passion Story. Research of various disciplines has with more certainty than not intimated that the man in the cloth is Christ.
Dr. Paolo Di Lazzaro is an eminent researcher at the ENEA centre in Rome. This is a world leading research centre in nuclear fusion and laser technology. Dr. Di Lazzaro has demonstrated that the surface properties of the image with the specific changes in chemical structure which are found can be replicated by an extremely high intensity and short duration burst of coherent ultraviolet light. This also explains the ‘photographic negative’ properties of the image.
The image on the shroud is unique in that it has ‘distance-coded’ properties such that the image contains three-dimensional information. This suggests that unlike an ordinary photograph in which light is reflected from the subject, the light which formed this ‘photograph’ actually originated from within the subject. As is true in conception, the life of Christ is, too, restored in a flash.
Any woman who has gone through the rigors of labor can attest that giving birth is anything but passive. It, like the hidden function of conception, is violent to some extent. That flash of life grabs attention. And in how life comes into being is significant. Whether in the creation of the universe, the function of conception or in the enigma of an empty tomb, a profound powerful impetus is required to bring it to reality. Life then is other than a mundane occurence. It catches one’s attention and wonder. To paraphrase Dr. Marc Siegel: “The fact that a chemical reaction causes this flash of light phenomenon at conception is not in opposition to God, but is, instead, a sign of God’s action.”
All life is of grand importance and should be relished as such. For anything that should so violently come to exist and thereafter violently fight to conserve its existence must be significant.
The unanswered mysteries of life are satisfied by theory or faith. One leaves open the door of uncertainty, the other need look no further.