There are many signs in the universe that point to the existence of God. One of them is a brilliant programming code found in human DNA.
I n 2004, the spiritual leader of world atheism and philosopher, Anthony Flew, publicly confessed his belief in God the Creator. As he himself said his act of faith crowned many years of research, relying on scientific facts. One of the most convincing pieces of evidence for the existence of God was, for Professor Flew, the discovery of DNA.
In every cell of our body there is DNA, which is a powerful system of storing information. DNA, which is found in our genes, holds a brilliant condensed record of information. The human genome stores three trillion items of information recorded in a cryptographic four-letter code. Reading them aloud at the rate of three letters per second would take 31 years or, to use another comparison: information from the human DNA would fill a pile of books 500 times higher than the distance between the Earth and Moon!
The brilliant programming code found in the human DNA points to the infinite wisdom and intelligence of the Divine Designer
The brilliant programming code found in the human DNA points to the infinite wisdom and intelligence of the Divine Designer. To all intellectually honest scientists, the existence of the fantastic record of information in DNA is a strong sign pointing to the existence of God, Creator of the entire universe. Information may come only from an intelligent Being. It is not possible for matter to produce on its own a code and information. Information is not produced by matter as a result of millions of years of mutations and natural selection. The only source of information is a mind and intelligence.
It must be remembered that information stored in a DNA molecule is separate from it; the molecule is only its carrier. The information may be described as a brilliant programming code or a record of thoughts, which points to the existence of personal Intelligence. DNA segments, known as nucleotides, form a logical whole and are joined together like letters and words in a written text. Hence, there is intelligence in DNA, while information contained in it – as Professor Michael J. Behe argues – is neither matter nor energy.
Coming to know the truth about human DNA, Professor Flew realized that atheism has no logical foundation whatsoever and that it is an irrational, blind belief in an accidental emergence of life and the entire universe, which is a harmonious whole and functions in agreement with logic. Flew called the manner in which atheist Richard Dawkins explains the origins of life a “comic effort”. Dawkins claims that it was a mere accident – “a stroke of luck”.
“In my view, there is no conflict in being a rigorous scientist and a person who believes in a God” (F. S. Collins)
Scientific research has shown DNA to be a three-dimensional selfreplicating molecule. God the Creator has so programmed DNA that every molecule may not only create an identical copy of itself but is also capable of detecting and correcting mistakes in its copy. God has created us with DNA which contains “editing” enzymes. These incessantly circulate inside a DNA molecule, searching for mistakes to correct and carrying out highly complex repairs. It is a scientific fact that human life begins upon conception as a single cell the size of a dot. This cell has encoded information that will direct its development ending in the formation of a body composed of 100 trillion cells. Each has been furnished with so complex a mechanism of chemical functioning that contemporary science cannot understand it. Each cell has an instruction manual encoded in it by the Creator; it says how every part of the human body is to be formed and how it should function. Each cell operates like a miniature town. One hundred trillion cells, which make up the human body, harmoniously function as one living organism, perfectly working together. This wonderful capacity encoded in cells makes us admire the greatness and wisdom of the Creator.