The Language of God: DNA

When searching for three proofs that God exists, I discovered that DNA is actually strong evidence there is a God.  Why?  Read the fascinating description of what DNA does and see.

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

In 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick proposed the double helix DNA molecule model and were awarded the Nobel prize. DNA is found in the nucleus of each of our 10 trillion cells. Each nucleus contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, which are parcels of coiled DNA. Please refer to the figure below. The DNA stretched out would extend over six feet in length. Every cell in our body contains more information than the entire thirty volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The rungs of the DNA contain sequences of four nitrogen bases—adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C), guanine (G), which combine as “words, sentences, and paragraphs” to communicate information to the cell. The sequences are not repetitive like a crystal or snowflake with low information content. The sequences are complex and contain high information content, suggesting intelligent design. DNA contains coded instructions for making everything the body needs, especially proteins, the “building blocks of life.”2

DNA, the “Language of God”

How Proteins Are Made With DNA

The four nitrogen bases (A, T, C, G) that form the rungs of the DNA function as alphabetic characters in a written language. First a molecular machine unwinds the tightly wound strands of DNA. Then, another machine copies the original DNA instructions to form a messenger molecule called RNA (ribonucleic acid). The RNA exits the nucleus and passes through a “factory” called a ribosome, the site of protein synthesis. As the RNA passes through the ribosome, the process of translation begins. A mechanical assembly line builds a chain of amino acids from the instructions on the DNA transcript. The sequential arrangement of the amino acids determines the type of protein constructed. More than 150 different types of amino acids are found in cells, but only 20 of these are commonly used to make proteins. A protein is formed when the different amino acids are placed together in a very specific and unique order and are transported into a barrel shaped “machine” that folds the amino acid assembly into a precise shape depending on its function. Then the protein is released and guided by another molecular machine into the cell to do its job.4

If information is inscribed on DNA, where did the information come from? Can complex information come from natural processes? Can natural processes develop irreducibly complex “machines” and “factories”? Where is the fossil evidence? The answer is that only a designer could produce complex information and complex organisms. Who is that designer? “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NIV).

For Further Reading

Gills, J.P. and T. Woodward, eds. Darwinism Under the Microscope: How Recent Scientific Evidence Points To Divine Design. Lake Mary, Fl.: Charisma House, 2002.

Strobel, L. The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004.

References

  1. L. Strobel, The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004), 219-220, 223.
  2. C. B. Thaxton, DNA, Design, and the Origin of Life, in Darwinism Under the Microscope: How Recent Scientific Evidence Points To Divine Design, J.P. Gills and T. Woodward, Editors (Lake Mary, Fl.: Charisma House, 2002), 69.
  3. Ibid., 67.
  4. S. Meyer, Journey Inside the Cell (Produced by Illustra Media: 2009), Available at http://www.signatureinthecell.com/.

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