ISSUE: 2014, Volume 11, Issue 2
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Science has always fascinated me. I remember, many times during my childhood, dissecting plants and bugs, and rushing to peer down at them under my wobbly microscope, which my parents bought for me one Christmas. Ever since primary school, I wanted to study medicine; which I did from 2006 to 2011. Since then, I have had the pleasure of working as a doctor.
Many times at university, lecturers would promote their evolutionary beliefs, claiming that the detailed processes we were learning about had been formed by mindless chance. Yet I found, as I studied the human body in detail, my faith in God was only strengthened. I could not help but adorn my heavy, lever-arch file with Psalm 139 verse 14, ‘I am fearfully and wonderfully made!’
For example, every human cell is built according to the blueprint we have carried from the moment of our conception – our DNA. Every cell contains the entire code and without it, it could not work. It’s quite similar to how every ‘app’ on your smartphone works because there is a specially designed program behind it. Complex coding obviously points to an intelligent engineer, just as a good book points to a creative author. It is no different for DNA. A code that consists of approximately 3 billion units, which, when decoded, results in a fully functioning human, could not just happen by chance. It points to an intelligent Creator.
Yet that is not all. For each cell decodes only the sections of DNA it requires, ensuring we are not all brain, or all bone, or all blood, etc., 1 Cor. 12. 17-20. The human genome is, in fact, a library of millions of different sections of code for different cells, proteins, and tissues, not just one long sentence.
Of course, for a code to be of any use it must be decoded and understood. Every cell in the body has amazingly complex machines, which work tirelessly decoding DNA, and producing proteins to the necessary specifications. Thus, we have a system that requires every part to be present if life is to exist. As long as there has been DNA, there must have been decoding machines. This is a big problem for evolution, as the only solution is that they were all formed at the same time, i.e., they were created, and did not evolve.
I have come to realize that science doesn’t fight against God, but rather it points to God. Surely, we can all join with the psalmist in saying, ‘I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well’, Ps. 139. 14!