What I find fascinating, is that 1.618 is the number for Phi, which in turn is the basis for the Fibonacci sequence, which in turn is known to relate, throughout nature, to renewal or regeneration. In the case of the Fibonacci sequence, the sequence is based on the renewal of the same arithmetic function, of adding the two adjacent numbers in the sequence to get the next one in the sequence. Dividing the greater number next to the adjacent smaller one produces ever-closer approximations to 1.618, hence the 'golden ratio'.
As a mathematical metaphor, the verse Matt 16.18 is highly complementary to the Fibonacci's noted properties. That's because this story is believed to involve Jesus appointing Peter as the first leader of the Church, aka the first Pope. In other words, Peter is regarded, as a tenet of Catholic dogma, as the first person in a line of succession that is in turn based on renewal.
Those are the facts. Whether it is a random coincidence is one thing, but at times like this I think it is fair and reasonable comment to mention a mechanism to which self-professed rational (as in reasonable) humans are seen to defer: As improbability rises, at a certain point 'chance' is seen to be a poor if not irrelevant explanation of events.
Finally, if anyone is interested, here's a link to a related post where 1618 appears, at a quite perfect time, in thematic (renewal) relation to the turning of the Mayan Long Count calendar.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06-Jun-19 16:05 by Poster Boy.