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1.1 Word and Deed

Invisible language creates visible things in the natural world. Why didn’t God create (or have angels create) the world or do it Himself, as we would do if we wanted to build a house? Like all parts of the Bible, the creation story is there to teach us something that is not obvious.

Genesis 1
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 

2 And the earth was desolate and waste, and darkness was upon the primeval flood, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 Then God said, Let there be light. And it became light. 

4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening, and there was morning: one day.  (Zurich Bible)

 

Both the origin of light and its designation as “day” are the result of words. In the Hebrew text it sounds like this:

 

wajômär älohîm je’hî ôr wajehî ôr

Elohim said let there be light and there was light

 

Language is a powerful force. It surpasses the effects of natural forces. God and human beings have this power at their disposal. We must use this power wisely to direct the force in the direction we intend.

 

Freely according to the inductive method of proof:

The words that God spoke became reality. 

Humans are created in God’s image

That is why people’s words become realities.

 

Not all words have the same power. Some are simply used to convey information or to close the door when it’s cold outside. As a leader, however, you should use your words in such a way that they create something. They can do that and that is their true power.

 

What is the difference between the spoken word and the thought word? 

The spoken word is audible and leaves the space of your body. It is comparable to a flashlight with a battery in it. Even though the battery is already in it, you still have to push the button to make it light up. Even though thoughts have an influence, you can’t think in the store that you want a croissant, you have to say it. The difference is that another person hears what you think. 

 

Here are a few examples of the everyday power of words: 

Stress due to swearing

Saying taboo words triggers physical stress symptoms. Euphemisms that mean the same thing do not have this effect. Researchers suspect early emotional conditioning behind this: children learn, even before they grasp the meaning of the bad words, that parents get angry when they fall.

 

The magic of a label

Product names can influence the taste experience. An experiment at the Harz University of Applied Sciences showed that if a tea is called “Tropical Feeling,” it tastes more exotic, fruity and refreshing than if the name “Fireplace” is on the label, according to test subjects. Yet the tea variety in the test was always the same.

 

Words for the senses

Novels can feel like a second reality. No wonder: when we read words like “perfume” or “coffee,” the area of the brain that processes smells is also activated. If movements are described in a text, this activates the motor cortex. One can even manipulate oneself in this way: When people say “grasp” while reaching for something, their movements become more fluid.

 

(By Claudia Wüstenhagen, October 9, 2012, 8:00 a.m. Edited on February 21, 2017, 2:47 p.m. TIME Knowledge No. 6/2012)