I can still remember how it felt to be in school, learning about thermodynamics, hearing that eventually, our sun would come to an explosive end. It would have been terrifying if not for the premise that this would take a billion or so more years. Still, frightening for a young mind. I’m almost glad that mutations weren’t understood at the time. I can not imagine how pointless life would have felt had I heard that alongside being told my life came from nothingness, purposeless, chance.
Mutations in our DNA are, to the Christian, evidence of the fall of man and the curse on creation. Last week I gave a general introduction here.
It’s hard to fully understand how good the Good News is without fully grasping the bad news. Romans 6:23 tells us the bad news and the Good News. Mutations are the scientific explanation of the bad news. When Adam sinned, the entire world was cursed, as Romans 8:22 tells us, the whole of creation groans. Nowhere is that better seen than in the mutations of the genome.
There are several types of mutations, best understood when put into perspective of our own language. Substitution is when the letters of the DNA are switched, so the wort is no longer the same. Insertion is when a letter is added mistakenlyZ. Deletion, of course, is when a letter is rmoved. Frameshift is when letters from the DNA switch splacep. There’s also inversions, duplications, and translocations that we understand so far.
The idea that these mutations will somehow form hearts, lungs, or complex neurological systems in simple life is not logical. If you take Dr. Suess and apply all of these coding mistakes you will never get Shakespear. For a mutation to help the Theory of Evolution they would need to prove simplistic life could become complex life. There are no computer models to show this, and certainly, no evidence found in nature.
It was thought, until recently, that natural selection worked hand in hand with mutations to weed out the bad and advance the good. However, geneticists understand that these mutations, happening just above the atomic level, are simply too minuscule for even natural selection to detect.
Next Monday I’ll give some specific examples of both harmless mutations, and the more destructive ones. And the end game, what does it mean? Why does it matter to a Christian? What does it have to do with your testimony? Until then, puppy videos friends, they really do help.