Marvel II

Marvel vb \‘märv-ǝl\ : to become filled with surprise, wonder, or amazed curiosity

Hello boys and girls.  Today we will talk about DNA.  I know the weather outside is great, and we could all use some time in the sun, so lets get through this and get out there!


DNA stands for deoxyribose nucleic acid.  DNA is the information carrying molecule for life as we know it.  (There are some viruses that dont use DNA, but they dont count as life either.)  DNA consists 2 strands of the molecule arranged in a double helix.  Each strand is made up of small molecules called deoxyribose that are connected to each other by an atom of phosphorus (with some oxygen atoms connected to it) known as a phosphate group.  Ribose is a sugar made up of 5 carbon atoms and some associated oxygen and hydrogen. Deoxyribose lacks one oxygen atom.  It is de-oxygen-ated ribose or deoxyribose.

These alternating deoxyribose-phosphate backbones provide structure to DNA but do not carry information.  The information is carried by the bases.  There are 4 distinct bases that make up DNA – adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine.  These are all small molecules that differ rather minimally in their structure.  The are organic rings made mostly of carbon and nitrogen.  Commonly referred to simply by the first letter in their names, the bases pair off, stretching between the 2 backbones of the DNA double helix.  A binds to T and C binds to G.  They bind by relatively weak hydrogen bonds, but with so many of these bonds the molecule is relatively stable.  It generally takes some protein function or strong trauma to break the relationship between the 2 strands.

It is by DNA that God has infused us with the information that is necessary for our physical being.  Without this information, our bodies would be a jumbled mess – so jumbled that they would in no way constitute a body or even a single cell able to sustain life.  The information encoded in our DNA is provides us with not just our eye color, but every little piece of our bodies.  It is truly an amazing molecule.  (It rocks my world!)

Speaking on the origin of life:

DNA has been compared to computer code.  Computer codes contain amazing amounts of information.  I’m writing on a computer right now, and I have no idea how that works.  I’ve never met the progammer of the code that runs my computer.  But I am confident that he exists somewhere.  I am confident that all of the information contained in my computers seemingly endless lines of code did not come about by mere chance.  I am confident that it wasn’t erosion or lightning or random number generators to built the code by which my computer has “life.”  

The life of my computer is not nearly as complex as the life of a human being.  For example, my computer can’t think for itself.  It can only do what I tell it to do.  DNA is like a computer program, except that it is much more complex and holds much more information. Where does this information come from?  Does it come from natural processes?  Can the information contained in DNA which sustains life and is much more complex than computer code come about by chance?  In every instance of information existing that we can find in our universe, it came about by an intelligence.  

Just take Egyptian heiroglyphics for example.  Are they the result of erosion or was there a person who made them?  And we’ve already discussed the computer programmer.  Is DNA the result of a random number generator or is there a Designer?  Did someone really smart make DNA?  There is no natural cause that produces information.  It comes from intelligence (just look at an encyclopedia; look at any information containing system.)

The Bible says that God created the earth.  It also says that it displays the creator.  The creation points to the creator.  DNA shows us that the Creator is so intelligent, so amazing.  Science does indeed point to a creator.  When I look at DNA, I have to say, “Wow!” and worship God.


One Response

  1. very well written, hey atleast somebody left a reply…even if it was me, now i think ill go out and get a little of that sunshine!

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