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God, Family, and Genetics – A Biblical Perspective

Source: The Kolbe Center for The Study of Creation via
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This is the first part of a two-part paper (included in PDF below). The second part (also in this volume) is entitled: God, Family, and Genetics – A Biblical perspective: Genetic Evidences Refuting the Evolution of Man and Family. Drawn in part from Sanford and Carter (Christian Apologetics Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2014).

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Genetic Evidences Supporting the Biblical Perspective of Man and Family

This article is taken from the proceedings of the symposium ‘The Two Shall Become One’ held in Rome in September 2015, jointly sponsored by Human Life International and the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation.

Remarkably, when we examine the genetic make-up of modern human populations, we find strong genetic evidence that supports the reality of a literal Adam and a literal Eve. In addition we see evidence of a literal Fall (implying a previously perfect creation). Modern genetic studies also provide evidences supporting other aspects of the biblical account, specifically relating to the recent emergence of the human race and of humanity’s various people groups. Below we will outline seven Bible-affirming genetic evidences.

Because most of the people who will read this paper are not geneticists, it is helpful to review some genetic terms. The human body is like an extremely sophisticated robotic system that is programmed to do everything that is required for sustaining life. Due to the sheer complexity of the system, the hardware and software that enable human life is probably beyond human understanding. Much of the programmed information required to sustain the human body (and mind) is stored in the genome. The genome is like a large library of information, or, even better, a computer operating system. It is written out in a molecule called DNA, which consists of long text strings of molecular letters (nucleotides). The human genome consists of two complete sets of information – each with more than 3 billion letters. The genome is broken down into 23 different pairs of chromosomes – which are like individual book volumes of the library. Each chromosome has thousands of genes – which are like book chapters. Each gene consists of 50,000 to 1 million letters (nucleotides) – and is really more like an executable computer program that the chapter of a book. Mutations are like word-processing errors. When a mutation happens, a specific letter (a nucleotide that helps encode a necessary biological function); is accidentally replaced by a different (incorrect) letter. All the information in the genome (including the mutations) is passed from cell to cell as the body develops, and eventually from parent to child.

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