The Golden Ratio & Theology

Is there meaning hidden in Phi, the symbol for the Golden Number?

The use of the Greek letter Phi Phi to represent the golden number 1.618 … is generally said to acknowledge Phidias, a 5th century B.C. sculptor and mathematician of ancient Greece, who studied phi and created sculptures for the Parthenon and Olympus.

The message from scripture of all the major monotheistic religions is that God is One, Who created the universe from nothing, splitting nothingness into offsetting forces and elements. Today we understand the universe to consist of positive and negative atomic and subatomic particles and charges, matter and anti-matter, all coming from a singularity in what we term the “Big Bang.”

Curiously, the mathematical constant of 1.618 … that is found throughout creation is represented by the symbol Phi, which is the symbol 0 for nothing split in two by the symbol 1 for unity and one. Could this be the true meaning behind the symbol Phi? (Oddly enough, to type Phi on your computer, you hold the Alt key and enter 1000 on the number pad, an interesting “alt”ernate look at 1 with a trinity of 0’s!)

Adding Unity to nothingness produces the Fibonacci series, which converges on Phi. Now ADD God to the void, or Unity to Nothing. In other words, add 0 plus 1 to get 1, and then follow this pattern to the Infinite. This is the Fibonacci series. The ratio of each number in the series to the one before it converges on Phi as you move towards infinity, ∞!

The Golden Proportion is analogous to God’s relationship to creation. The Golden Section, or Phi, found throughout nature, also applies in understanding the relationship of God to Creation. In the golden section, we see that there is only one way to divide a line so that its parts are in proportion to, or in the image of, the whole.

The ratio of the larger section (B) to the whole line (A) is the same as the ratio as the smaller section (C) to the large section (B).

Only “tri-viding” the whole preserves the relationship to the whole. And so it is with our understanding of God, that we are created in His image. Not by dividing the whole, but only by tri-viding the whole does each piece retain its unique relationship to the whole. Only here do we see three that are two that are one.

Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man The Book of John begins with these words that capture the essence of this:

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

Jesus, in John 14:9, expressed a similar thought:

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.

Here the human Jesus (the Son of Man) is to the divine Jesus (the Son of God) as the divine Jesus (the Son of God) is to God (the Father or whole).

Insight on the relationship of Christ to God as analogous to the golden section contributed by Steve McIntosh.

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