Diversity of creation

Humans are created in the image of God.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:26-27

In spite of this fact no two humans are exactly alike.  Even identical twins, who have the same DNA, have different fingerprints.  Each of us is a unique individual, not exactly like any other person.

The diversity of God’s creation isn’t limited to people.  You have probably heard that no two snowflakes are exactly alike.  Since the vast majority of snowflakes have never been examined how can we know whether this is true?  Here is an article from the website of the California Institute of Technology that shows that this belief is probably correct.

Is it really true that no two snowflakes are alike?

Here is the conclusion of the article.

The number of possible ways of making a complex snowflake is staggeringly large.  To see just how much so, consider a simpler question — how many ways can you arrange 15 books on your bookshelf?  Well, there’s 15 choices for the first book, 14 for the second, 13 for the third, etc.  Multiply it out and there are over a trillion ways to arrange just 15 books.  With a hundred books, the number of possible arrangements goes up to just under 10158 (that’s a 1 followed by 158 zeros).  That number is about 1070 times larger than the total number of atoms in the entire universe! 

Now when you look at a complex snow crystal, you can often pick out a hundred separate features if you look closely.  Since all those features could have grown differently, or ended up in slightly different places, the math is similar to that with the books.  Thus the number of ways to make a complex snow crystal is absolutely huge.

And thus it’s unlikely that any two complex snow crystals, out of all those made over the entire history of the planet, have ever looked completely alike.

There are billions of stars in the universe and no two of them are alike.

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.  1 Corinthians 15:41

God has given a name to each of these stars.

He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names. Psalm 147:4

I believe that each of the atoms and subatomic particles that make up matter is different.  I have no Biblical or scientific evidence for this; it is just my opinion, based on how what we know of creation.  God never mass produces but makes each part of his creation unlike any other part.

Since each of us is unique we should celebrate our individuality by striving to be the person God created us to be.  One of the effects of sin on the human race is that we care more about what people think of us that what God thinks.  We want to be like others so we can win their approval and we want others to be like us.  We are subject to internal and external pressure to conform and this conformity often obscures the characteristics that God has given us.

One of the changes we will experience when we get to Heaven is that we will care only about pleasing God and we will then be free to be the individuals that he created us to be.

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