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!)

Ol
NothingUnity / GodNothing
split by
Unity
is Phi,
the constant
of creation

Note:  This original insight by the site author was added on 3/15/2003.

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, !

Number in the seriesOll235813
Ratio of
each number in the series
to the
previous number in the series
l2l.5l.66…l.600l.625Φ

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):

Sectioning a line to form the Golden Section, based on phi, the golden ratio

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.

The Golden Section as a universal constant of design

The teachings of most religions express the thought that part of God is within each of us and that we are created in His image.  The pervasive appearance of phi throughout life and the universe is believed by some to be the signature of God, a universal constant of design used to assure the beauty and unity of His creation.

(More thoughts on the evidence of Divine creation)

Comments

  1. D says

    This is speculation and superstition not observation. I grew up in a Baptist church where there was a numerological answers to all kinds of ridiculous relationships. Applying religion to math or vise versa is mystification.

    • says

      Poor personal experiences in church or ill-advised actions of its individual members are hardly grounds to discard the entire spiritual dimension of human existence and separate it from an open, honest discussion of life using all the tools available to us. Observation is simply an act or instance of noticing or perceiving, and speculation the contemplation or consideration of some subject. Mathematics is the foundation of everything in the universe, including life, so how can one engage in a meaningful discussion on this topic without observation and speculation of its manifestations and impacts? Einstein noted, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” and “the most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” We’ll advance much more quickly and completely in our individual and collective understandings if we do it with open minds rather than putting disparaging labels on the things we don’t understand, don’t agree with or haven’t experienced personally.

    • Josh says

      God created math. There is no barrier of God’s creation from His image. I too am a Baptist and am not deterred by math’s intimidating nature. But God holds it in his hand. I put my life on the fact that God created math partly for function and utility but also to reveal to us His image. 1 to 10 and 9 to 10 are both equally far from 10, infinity. This shows 10 as God’s standard of perfection and 1 and 9 as our works. As long as we are not 10 (and we can’t be), we are equally distant from God whether we have 9.99999999999 as our good works or 1. When we realize our works are nothing and Jesus is the only way to fill the void from 1 to 10 or 9 to 10 to be closer to God. This is my humble revelation.

    • bryan says

      on the contrary, a lack of order and mathematics is what mystification really is. The pentecostals base their entire belief structure in the fact that God intervenes in a way that is not consistent with Nature. i.e. healing, etc. I would think as a Baptist, you would embrace the mathematics as the Baptist religion is based on a rigid set of rules for salvation, life, and who God is.

  2. Tabod says

    I found the article interesting as I seem to have stumbled over Phi, the golden ratio and has been marveled at its presence in life and the universe. I wish to know how it came about and how it may be derived and used Mathematically besides the fact that Geometrical applications. Thanks.

  3. Summer says

    @Josh
    wow i love the way you put that, im gonna take note of that, i never really thought about it that way but it makes perfect sense!

    also to the person who wrote this article, i love it. this is really amazing, i learned about phi a while back but never really looked into it, but now i think i will. God is amazing! i dont know why a lot of people who are religious try to stay away from science as if the two were opposites. actually the more i learn about creation, the more amazed i am by God. great article i enjoyed it, im definitely checking out the rest of the site.

  4. Gayatri says

    The bit about trividing should be put in the Bible page. Please include other religions as well, not just Christianity, non Christians may feel left out (no offense meant). Try The Qoran and Hindu mythology, the Phi in them is fascinating.

    • Richard Cronin says

      Gayatri – It is curious to me that some Christians, not all, are very adamant that we must accept Jesus as our Lord. However, by all his words and actions Jesus never expressed such a desire. He only acted and preached that we should all be Servants — to one another. And what line of work is more noble — to be Lord of the Manor, or to be the Servant ?

      • says

        That representation of what Jesus said is not complete or accurate. Consider John 11:25-26, in which Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” In Matthew 16:15-17, Jesus says, “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. In John 20:27-29 Jesus says to Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe. Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” We can choose to believe or not believe. What we cannot do is reduce the statements of Jesus to nothing more than simple guides for how we should treat one another.

        • Evan says

          Or more directly put by Jesus, and in direct opposition to the premise expressed by Richard John 14:6 states “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”

  5. Saint Veronica says

    A young beloved friend recently died. Matt was only 23. He was sick a few months ago with somekind of sepsis poisoning – in icu for 3 weeks. He got better and came to stay with us on the beach as much as he could. Then he suddenly died – his parents found him lifeless about a month ago the same morning he was about to head back to our beach house. When he was here he shared that he did die in ice and saw it. We talked about the golden ratio and he said we were right on. It is not what we think it is – the next place and the golden ratio is key. just sharing.

  6. Arturo Castillo says

    “Science without religion is mere superstition.

    Religion without science is pure materialism.”

    • Richard Cronin says

      Arturo Castillo – Not too far from one of Einstein’s quotes: “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”

      Ergo, Superstition is lame and Materialism is pure blindness.

  7. George says

    To Josh and others…i.e. God Created Math! How do you know? One’s belief is not factual proof of God’s existence, nor do the numbers of any mathematical system prove that some Super Deity is out there watching human kind is every move. Einstein was no authority either on spirituality, in spite of his incredible creative mind. Using his name to prove a biased opinion is a classic fallacy in logic! Every Christian, is waiting for Jesus to return and cure the ills of the world…it is not his responsibility; it’s YOURS, mine and everyone else on this planet, and not some imagined deity. So wake up! Take your head out of the clouds and do something for the benefit of others, instead of preaching…walk the talk!

    • says

      Good points. Belief is not a factual proof, but then neither is disbelief. Describing God as “some imagined deity” is also a personal belief system, unsupported by proof and possibly completely wrong.

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