A Message from God in Our Genes?

by Dr. Georgia Purdom on July 21, 2014

Over the past few weeks, several people have contacted me about an article that appeared on the website of the Wyoming Institute of Technology (WIT). The article has a very appealing title, “First Scientific Proof of God Found.” WIT claims to have been working with the Human Genome Project and Bob Jones University (BJU) to determine the function of “junk” DNA.

They make the claim that a particular piece of junk DNA had a “linguistic sequence that translates as ’At first break of day, God formed sky and land,’” and note its similarity to Genesis 1:1. The researchers also claimed another area of junk DNA translated to 1 Corinthians 6:19.

The article and the website are a hoax!

I knew it was a hoax fairly quickly because although BJU teaches biblical creation, they don’t have a department of applied creation sciences. In addition, it has been my experience that secular scientists (like those supposedly working at WIT) don’t typically collaborate with creation scientists. Also, from a scientific standpoint, there is no way to translate the code in DNA into ancient Aramaic—there’s no Rosetta Stone for this!

I was thankful that people contacted me before promoting the article on social media. I would encourage people to always investigate a website before trusting any information on it. For example, I clicked on “Home” on the WIT website and found several article titles that immediately revealed the true nature of the site, such as, “Liberalism Caused by Defective Chromosome” and “Keep Pets Their Same Size Forever With Adoraberil.”

While God didn’t hide Scripture in our DNA, He has written His Word in our hearts (Romans 2:15). Unfortunately, many, like the creators of the WIT website, continue to suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). We don’t need a message from God in our DNA as proof that God exists. He has given us everything we need in His creation (Romans 1:20) and in His Word (2 Timothy 3:16). I encourage you to check out our new DVD by Eric Hovind titled Proof of God for great ways to defend, engage, and share your faith.

Keep fighting the good fight of the faith!



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