Updated: Mar 7
What is an atom? With the exception of those people who chose to study science in some depth, knowledge of this building block - this infinitesimally small 'Lego' piece of physical reality - is probably very limited.
In fact, for some people, an atom is the closest thing to nothingness that exists. It is the epitome of smallness, nonexistence, nonbeing, nothingness. A simple overview is that molecules are made of atoms. Cells are made by a multitude of molecules. The familiar DNA, for example, is a long molecule mainly made of carbon atoms. So cells are made of molecules and, consequently of atoms.
Despite its small appearance, the Bahai Writings establish that there is a purpose in every single atom. There is no randomness. Everyone and everything here has been created for a purpose, has meaning and is a participant in the very design of all existence.
"O SON OF BOUNTY!
Out of the wastes of nothingness, with the clay of My command I made thee to appear, and have ordained for thy training every atom in existence and the essence of all created things." --Baha'u'llah, Hidden Words 29
What a remarkable statement. Imagine; every single atom has been created for our training! Every thing you can see, or hear or touch. Both the known and even the unknown. Even all that is out there in space... And more than that, no two of those atoms are the same. Each is a door to the life of the soul; to 'greater certitude and divine revelation'.
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