The Mystery of a Living Cell

A living cell can be compared to a modern chemical factory. We can compare the various elements of a cell to functions in the factory as follows:

      • a storage space for information (DNA)
      • a good administration (RNA)
      • a space for energy production and storage (mitochondria and ATP)
      • careful control of incoming and outgoing traffic (sodium-potassium pump)
      • carefully cooperating directors (centrioles)
      • a way to divide the factory in identical parts (meiosis)
      How mankind views the human cell

      Some people think the cell came into being in small steps during a mind-boggling long period. Others think that the complexity of the cell points to a non-material origin. It is really striking that totally different thoughts are present in the minds of people about the same material!

      A mystery: matter and thoughts over this matter

      Matter has mass, and this mass can be measured in a gravity field. As opposed to this the following cannot be measured: hate, love, conscience, desire, information. The reality of our lives seems to consist of two separate realms: a material and an immaterial world.

      A tree is known by its fruit

      An apple tree produces apples, a pear tree pears, a thorn bush thorn seeds and a horse ponies. Matter comes from matter. Material things do not produce immaterial things such as thoughts or information.

      Matter and energy are however needed to store and transport information. Matter is, in this case, the carrier of information. Just like a blackboard on which a figure is drawn that can be erased and replaced with another figure. Or a USB-stick containing data that can be deleted and replaced with something else. The information changes but the carrier (blackboard, USB-stick) remains the same.

      In the same way, our physical brains are the carriers of immaterial thoughts. Our thoughts change continuously, but the brain cell matter that carries the thoughts remains the same.

      What is the source of information?

      When children see a figure on the blackboard for the first time, the teacher can determine what the figure will be named. In this case, the teacher is the source of information for the pupils.  The information (name) of the figure that was drawn on the blackboard was obtained by him from the teacher of the school he went to, and that teacher got it from his teacher etc. If you extrapolate this, you can only conclude that the original source of information cannot be matter. It has to be spiritual.

      A source of information possesses a will, in contrast with a mechanical source. Such a source thinks independently, it is creative and works with a purpose. It is, therefore, an intelligent source.

      Can we perhaps imagine what this source of intelligence would be like if it is present outside of our perception?

      A higher dimension

      We live in a three-dimensional world that has a length, a width and a height. Mathematicians can calculate in higher dimensions. To realize what a higher dimension would be like we need to imagine how a figure in a flat, two-dimensional space would experience a visit by a three-dimensional figure.

      If a sphere moves through a flat plane, a two-dimensional being will only see a dot that continuously becomes larger, then smaller and it will return to a dot before it disappears. He can not understand what a three-dimensional space is like, he can only refer to what the three-dimensional being is trying to tell him.

      two-three dimensional_contrastIn the same way, we physical beings cannot imagine what the intelligent source of the original information is like. We need to refer to what others have declared to us about that higher dimension.

      The Intelligent Source

      Original information must have an Intelligent Source. We people of the “flat space” can only imagine what is shown and declared of this Source from “another dimension”.

      In the Bible we can read about this Intelligent Source:

        • For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world (Romans 1:20)
        • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)
        • That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us — that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. (I John 1:1-4)
        • God is a Spirit (John 3:24)
        • No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, He has made Him known. (John 1:18)
      Another mystery: born from above

      If we desire to explain how a cell works we need to acknowledge that we are limited in understanding what or who the Source of information is.

        • Jezus Christ said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
        • Jezus Christ also said: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life”. (John 3:36)
        • If we trust these words and dwell on them, our view is enlarged. We begin to understand the Bible and can then also see the mysterious cell from another dimension.
      • By faith, we understand that the universe was created by the Word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11:3)

  • Dr. W. Hoek, chemist