DNA and God
MA Christian Apologetics
Imagine that you discovered an advanced information storage system. This storage system contains 715 MB of complex coded information, about the same amount of information as a CD or VCD (video CD) which can hold up to 700 MB. This is a large amount of information. It is equivalent to 715 typical books with 500 pages each.
If you discovered such a complex code and information storage system, even if you could not decode it, you would be absolutely certain that it could not happen by chance. You would be certain that someone made it. Even if you discovered something as simple as a clay pot in the middle of the forest, you would be sure that that a potter made it. You would never believe that that one day it rained and made the clay soft, then a wind came and formed it into a special shape, and then the heat of the sun baked it and made it hard. Even though you could not see the potter make it, you could be sure by looking at the pot that it did not happen by chance.
Did you know that there are more than 100 trillion cells in the human body? That is a large number. It is a 1 with 12 zeros after it. There are many different kinds of cells, such as bone cells, nerve cells, skin cells, and many more. Inside each one of those 100 trillion cells you can find the same code of DNA. Each person has their own unique DNA and so scientists can use DNA to solve crimes and determine a
DNA is like a set of blueprints, a recipe, or a computer program because it contains all of the instructions needed to construct a living organism. All living things such as animals and plants have their own unique DNA as well.
Inside each one of the 100 trillion cells in the human body, there is a strand of microscopic DNA that is almost 2 meters long. The DNA for humans is a complex code of 715 MB of information. If you have 715 books full of information, you must have an author. That much information could not have happened by chance.
According to biochemist, Michael Denton PhD, DNA’s four-letter chemical alphabet’s capacity to contain information, “vastly exceeds any other known system.” “The information needed to build proteins for all of the species of organisms that have ever lived-a number estimated to be approximately one billion-“could be held in a teaspoon (5ML) and there would still be room left for all of the information in every book ever written.”
The fact that DNA is so small that it can only be viewed through the most powerful
microscopes also indicates that it is high technology. One only has to look at the
advances of computers and other electronic devices to see that as technology advances, the same or more information can be stored in less and less space. As
a result, manufacturers can make their new devices smaller. The first generation computers took up entire rooms and they still had less computing power than a modern high tech cell phone. But, to compare the technology of the most advanced computers of our time to the technology of a cell and DNA is like comparing an
oxcart to the most advanced airplanes imaginable. If an oxcart could not be made by chance, how could another technology that is a lot more complex have happened by chance?
The evidence for design begins at DNA and gets stronger from there. According to the documentary entitled Unlocking the Mystery of Life, which aired on many public television stations in the United States, DNA serves as the instruction book for a
manufacturing process in which amino acids are linked together in the right order to produce proteins. In order to build living cells, the bonds between the amino acids, their sequence, and the way that they fold must exactly right or they will not function properly or at all. This process, called transcription is very similar to the assembly
line of a high tech factory, except that it is microscopic!
Cells are very complex. If DNA is like a software program, the cell is like a computer that uses the software. The cells of most organisms have compartments in them, similar to rooms in a building. The nucleus, where the DNA is, acts as the control
center for the cell. Mitochondria, the power plants, convert energy into a usable form. There is a factory, called a ribosome, that makes proteins, a warehouse to store the newly manufactured proteins until they can be transported, a garbage disposal system, and a complex transportation system that makes sure that the right proteins are taken to the right place in the cell.
Biochemist Dr. Michael Denton compares a ribosome to an automated factory which can make any protein that DNA instructs it to make. Denton wrote, “It is astonishing to think that this remarkable piece of machinery, which possesses the ultimate
capacity to construct every living thing that has ever existed on earth, from a giant redwood (tree) to the human brain, can construct all its own components in a matter of minutes and is one trillionth of the size of the smallest piece of functional equipment ever constructed by (humans).”
Amino acids are only the building blocks of proteins you have to have DNA in order to put them together into a useful order. The simplest proteins require at least 75 amino acids. The amino acids have to have the right bonds between them, you have to have only left-handed amino acids (right-handed amino acids will not fit into the sequence), and you have to have them in the right order, just like a sentence. If all of these things are correct, you can get one protein that will fit into a cell, if anything is wrong, it is useless. The probability of forming one protein from chance would be 1 chance in 10 to 125th (a 10 with 125 more zeros behind it)! Each cell needs at least 300 proteins. Remember that a human body has 100 trillion cells. If you think about it, the probability of any life forming by random chance, even a single celled organism, such as an amoeba from chemicals is too small to be possible.
Not only is DNA such a complex coded alphabet that it could not have possibly happened by chance. It is also so advanced that humans, the most intelligent beings on the earth, could never have created it. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft said, “DNA is like a software program, only much more complex than anything we’veever devised.” Microsoft uses highly intelligent programmers to make software such as Microsoft Windows. Software does not happen by chance it requires intelligence. DNA is even more advanced than Microsoft Windows, so how could it have happened by chance?DNA could only have been created by a being that is infinitely more powerful and more intelligent than human beings. The fact that all living organisms have DNA points to a common designer of all living things. Living things need a suitable environment to be able to live. Earth is a finely tuned environment that has been designed by our Creator to sustain life. The Creator is God.
Hebrews 3:4 says: For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of
When we study God’s creation, we can see his infinite power and knowledge. We
can learn to trust him more.
Hebrews 11:6 says: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
The 100 trillion strands of DNA in your body are strong evidence that an all-knowing and all-powerful God created you. He knows you better than you know yourself. You are not an accident. God created you for a purpose and he has a plan for your life.
Psalms 139:13-16 says: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Take time to praise God for being your creator. Ask Him to show you His plans for your life. God made you, He knows you, and he loves you very much. He wants you to know Him.
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Wikipedia “DNA” and “Megabyte” www.wikipedia.org