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Manipulating Microbes, Making Dirt and Appreciating Your Appendix

Three quick takes that may effect your future..

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Take One: What Could go Wrong?

A group of biologists headed up by the noted Dr. Craig Venter announced that “artificial life will be created within months”. Venter’s team believes that by rearranging DNA components from bacteria into unrelated yeast cells they can synthesize designer organisms that could treat diseases, gobble up toxic waste or break down trash.

Very eco-friendly, but doesn’t all this sound like the start of a cheesie monster movie from 1959?

Talk about good intentions with some pretty significant down side.

As in, what if one of these manipulated beasties gets tired of eating tires and decides to sample more exotic cuisine, like, oh, say, people?

Better alert the National Department of Unintended Consequences.

Scripturally, the Lord takes a pretty dim view of man trying to exercise God-like prerogatives.

And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”  So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.  Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:6-9)

The last time God judged man on a global scale it was for putting together an unsavory cocktail of pride, rebellion and technological advancement.

Could the timing of the return of Jesus also coincide with cutting man off at a similar pass?

Looks like the modern Tower of Babel may be shaped like a DNA double helix.

Take Two: Make Your Own Dirt!

Whenever we hear of man creating life in the lab we are usually led a little astray.

Dr. Venter and his team are rearranging the building blocks of already functioning life. They haven’t figured out how to generate the mysterious “breath of life” that actually animates all these chemicals.

It’s like the story of the scientist who challenges God to a show down of power.

The scientist says, “See! We have equalled You in Your abilities God!

Just as you formed creatures out of the dust of the ground, so we can form creatures from chemicals!

So let’s have a show down! You create life and we will create life! How do You like that!”

The Lord replied, “OK. I’ll take you up on your challenge. But first you have to make your own dirt.”

The best man can do is rearrange what God has already made. Only God can create all things out of nothing.

“ You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)

Take Three: Another “Proven Fact” of Evolution Bites the Dust

Remember back when you were a kid and it seemed like everyone had their tonsils out?

The adults sold us on the idea as a way of getting unlimited ice cream for two weeks.

But how were the adults sold?

The white lab coat set told our parents that tonsils, like the appendix have no function.

They are “vestigial organs”, a non functional throw back to our evolutionary past.

They are a “vestige” of a time when our knuckle dragging ancestors apparently needed such things.

But now we’ve evolved beyond them, so we might as well yank them out at the first sign of trouble.

And our parents nodded and stocked the freezer with ice cream because you can’t argue with science.

A classic example of what evolutionism assured us was a vestigial organ, well, it kind of got taken off the list.

The Appendix: Useful and in Fact Promising

The body’s appendix has long been thought of as nothing more than a worthless evolutionary artifact, good for nothing save a potentially lethal case of inflammation.

Now researchers suggest the appendix is a lot more than a useless remnant. Not only was it recently proposed to actually possess a critical function, but scientists now find it appears in nature a lot more often than before thought. And it’s possible some of this organ’s ancient uses could be recruited by physicians to help the human body fight disease more effectively.

In a way, the idea that the appendix is an organ whose time has passed has itself become a concept whose time is over.

“Maybe it’s time to correct the textbooks,” said researcher William Parker, an immunologist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. “Many biology texts today still refer to the appendix as a ‘vestigial organ.'”

How do you like that?

The appendix really does have a function.  A” critical” function.

Their words, not mine.

In fact their is evidence to suggest that the tonsils (loaded with disease fighting lymph nodes) serves with the appendix as infection fighting guard posts at both ends of the digestive tract.

Evolutionism, with its emphasis on accident and purposelessness leads to such unhelpful and dismissive conclusions.

Far different are those who use their intellect and scientific expertise with this principle in mind:

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. (Psalm 139:13-15)


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