God’s Colorful World

Scientists estimate that there are 10 million colors in the world that are distinguishable by man’s eye. There are seven core colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. These are the colors of the rainbow. Every color is a variation of these. “The way to figure out how many colors exist in the world is to start with how many shades of light the human eye can actually see. According to researchers, the answer is 1,000 shades of light. Within those shades, we can detect 100 different levels of red-green shades. We can also see 100 levels of yellow-blue shades. It works out to about 10 million colors in the world that the human eye can see. We’re only talking about colors that humans can actually see. It’s possible that the total number of colors that aren’t perceived by the human eye is infinite” (Jacob Olesen, “How Many Colors,” Color-Meanings.com). Computer RGB displays can produce 16,777,216 colors. If we look in God’s Word, we can go beyond science. There we learn that color is a creation of God. “I am the LORD that maketh all things” (Isaiah 44:24). Color is part of the wonder that God incorporated into man’s environment. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). God did not put man into a dull grey world, and He didn’t limit the number of colors to a few basics. Color is a function of light reflection and the human eye’s perception and interpretation of it with the complex equipment God has given him. Color is a testimony to the glory of God for those who have “eyes to see.” It testifies of God’s power, wisdom, love, beauty, and other aspects of His infinite character.

(Friday Church News Notes, January 27, 2023, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143)