I’ll shout it from the rooftops – “God is zeroth to me!”
If I called my best friend zeroth she might think it was an insult – demeaning and abusive language (she would actually think I was being silly and making up a word but go with me on this). The point is most people do not know what zeroth means. I had never heard of the word until last week when I was googling more attribute words for God that start with the letter Z.
Zeroth is a level of importance higher than first. A word often used in the scientific world.
Soviet physicist Lev Landau used zeroth when listing famous physicists according to their relative value to science. Niels Bohr and Max Planck (sadly, all dedicated scientists I have no idea who they are) were placed in the first class, with lesser-rated second through fifth class physicists to follow.
Scientists whose names I do recognize: Albert Einstein, known for his Relativity Theory E=mc², and Isaac Newton, remembered for the apple attack to his head. These two scientists are considered to be far superior in Landau’s opinion to the others, so he placed them in a noteworthy category – zeroth class.
adjective – immediately preceding what is regarded as first in a series.
Now you can see where I’m going with this.
By definition the level of zeroth importance is not lower than but rather even higher than our superior level of first priority. Landau proclaimed Einstein’s and Newton’s contributions to the scientific world were in a class by themselves, meaning exceptional. They were able to recognize, comprehend and define to civilization how the laws of nature work around us.
Yeah! Applause applause!
I do not say that in a sarcastic manner. What they were able to accomplish is extraordinary. Einstein and Newton were able to mentally grasp, determine, then describe to us very ordinary folks the remarkable precision with which our world is made and they deserve acknowledgement and praise.
However…Einstein and Newton discovered things that had already been created. Granted, no one before them was able to identify the exact terms with which our world worked. So their achievements should definitely place them most highly in a class of their own.
Though in truth, if we were to list levels of priority in recognition of relative value in contributions to science (in part defined as: skill, especially reflecting a precise application of facts or principles; proficiency), then isn’t it fitting to start with:
Who created gravity and apples “in the beginning“?
Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep,and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
As we can see, God had a very full “first day.”
God is so very good at what He does, all that was required for creation of the heavens, earth, waters, light and darkness was a single component: God’s voice.
Over the next five days our awesome God’s voice created a rich environment along with life forms to flourish there.
Genesis 1:6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”
Genesis 1:9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.”
Genesis 1:11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.”
Genesis 1:14-15 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times,and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.”
Genesis 1:20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”
Genesis 1:24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.”
God is zeroth because He proceeds:
- heavens, earth, darkness, water, light
- dry ground, vegetation
- sun, stars, moon
- water creatures, birds, livestock, creatures along the ground, and wild animals
because He created them.
God is zeroth because He precedes all theories of nature such as:
Because “God said”, everything became. So God stands firm as our zeroth priority.
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