Sunday, January 27, 2008

DNA Sequencing and The New Creation in Christ

Speaking with a friend today at church, I mentioned that I have recently come to think that perhaps original sin resulted in a genetic alteration of humanity; and that at the moment of salvation, that genetic alteration is erased (or reversed) so that the person does indeed become 'a new creation' as Paul states in several of his epistles.

Then, later this afternoon, I wondered if with genome sequencing we might come to actually see this difference between Christians and non-Christians.

(I imagined this as I thought of Carl Sagan who in his book CONTACT has a character-scientist prove the existence of God by solving the unsolvable pi equation.)

If Christians have the DNA of Adam before he 'fell' (by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), then what is Jesus' DNA composition since He is the only human being who lived on earth without sin? Is our DNA like Jesus'? If so, why do we still sin?

Paul says that the good he wants to do, he can not do. And begs to know who will rescue him from this body of sin and death? So, Christians' DNA must not be completely transformed by salvation. Rather, the transformation must be ongoing.

Paul implies this throughout his epistles. Our salvation is not perfection. Perfection comes through trials and persecutions which lead to endurance and persistence which eventually lead to holiness and perfection. Perfection which will finally be a new DNA code; the same DNA which Jesus' risen body holds.

So, we shouldn't wonder that we fail, that we continue in sin. We should keep on running for the prize, fixing our eyes on Jesus, who is the perfector of our faith and our goal.

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