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Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 16:42:34 -0600
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Heavenly Connections

Undeniable Evidence
by Tim Hall

We are becoming a nation of forensic experts. A
large genre of television programs is based on
criminal investigation. Three different versions
of "Law and Order" and "CSI" lead the pack, a
group which also includes "Crossing Jordan,"
"Monk," and others. Americans are fascinated with
modern methods of tracking down and prosecuting
the guilty.

One of the cornerstones of modern sleuths is DNA
evidence. Investigators rejoice when they discover
blood, body fluids, or hair at the scene of the
crime. The cells that make up such human tissue
contain DNA, an intricate "fingerprint" that can
help convince a jury of a person's guilt. When
your DNA has been matched to that found at the
crime scene, there apparently is no point in
arguing your innocence. The evidence is there and
it's in the realm of undeniable.

Wouldn't it be great if we could find God's DNA?
Maybe people would no longer deny his existence.

The fact that living things possess DNA is
evidence that points to God. Walter L. Bradley,
scientist and author of "The Mystery Of Life's
Origin" (1984), summed up the amazing nature of
this evidence: "In living systems, the guidance
that's needed to assemble everything comes from
DNA. Every cell of every plant and animal has to
have a DNA molecule. Think of it as a little
microprocessor that regulates everything ....
Frankly, the origin of such a sophisticated system
that is both rich in information and capable of
reproducing itself has absolutely stymied origin-
of-life scientists. As the Nobel Prize-winner Sir
Francis Crick said, 'The origin of life appears to
be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions
which would have had to be satisfied to get it
going'" ("The Case For Faith", Lee Strobel,
Zondervan Publishers, 2000, pp. 99,100).

God's DNA has been found. The fact that every
living organism possesses it points to an
intelligent Creator. Unfortunately the evidence,
though strong, is not undeniable. There are still
many who deny that life's complex structure proves
God's existence.

That's the way it has always been. In the days of
Jesus, a marvelous miracle took place when Jesus
opened the eyes of a man who had been blind from
birth. Some Jewish leaders, however, had already
made up their minds that Jesus was an impostor.
They declared to the healed man, "We do not know
where he is from" (John 9:29, NKJV). The formerly
blind man couldn't believe what they were saying:
"Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not
know where he is from, and yet he has opened my
eyes!" (John 9:30). The evidence before them was
compelling, but they refused to see. Through their
bias they had become incurably blind.

The presence of a cornfield with evenly spaced
rows convinces us that a farmer planted this field
a few months earlier. We know there is an assembly
plant somewhere staffed with skilled workers
because of the impressive automobile in the
showroom. But as some consider DNA -- vastly more
complex than cornfields or automobiles -- they
scratch their heads and wonder, "Why do those
religious fanatics believe in God?"

"The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no
God'" (Psalm 14:1).

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