The DNA of Words


I am fascinated by the thought that God spoke the world into existence. In the Gospel of John, who was easily the most revelatory of the New Testament writers, I have always been intrigued by the statement: In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God. That explains why I was drawn to the following headline: Russian Scientists Reprogram Human DNA Using Words and Frequencies.

Apparently, Russian scientists have found that our DNA stores data like a computer and uses grammar and syntax rules like language. More incredible, they discovered that human DNA can be “changed and rearranged with spoken words and phrases!” These scientists have changed frog embryos to salamander embryos without physical contact by use of vibration and language.

Aside from the ethical quandaries the discovery might pose, the fact that human and other DNA, the building blocks of life, have language-like characteristics and respond to language is just another example of the wonder of God’s creation. It is another indication of the truth of the Bible, which claims to be the inspired Word of God. (2 Tim. 3:16) The statement God spoke the world into existence, words written well over 2500 years ago, at a minimum, and the statement that the Word was in the beginning of the creative process, written about 2000 years ago, make more sense in light of the apparent discovery that the building blocks of life, DNA, have language-like characteristics and respond to language.

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