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DELIBERATE INTELLIGENCE

SCRIPTURE

No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began - 1 Corinthians 2:7




QUOTE

Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. - Max Planck




SCIENCE

In the French Pacific island territory of New Caledonia grows an innocuous-looking fern, Tmesipteris oblanceolata, which boasts the record-setting, largest known genome. It contains over 160 billion DNA base pairs (160 GBP), more than 50 times the 3.2 billion base pairs (3.2GBP) found in human DNA. It grows only just five to ten centimeters tall. While human DNA stretches to about 2 meters in length, the DNA of the fern would extend to an astonishing 350 feet, making it taller than the Statue of Liberty. In the animal kingdom, the Australian lungfish has the largest genome, with 120 billion base pairs, while the carnivorous plant Genlisea aurea has a genome of just 0.06 billion base pairs.




LET US PONDER

Could some unguided evolutionary process, acting through mutation and selection cause this fluctuation in genome size? Living organisms have a biological limit, and mindless molecules cannot specifically select anything. What intelligence does nature use to deliberately influence genomic variation? With the remarkable diversity in DNA content among different organisms, each species is uniquely equipped to survive and flourish in its own way. This vast range in genetic material underscores a deliberate and purposeful design, where each organism is meticulously crafted to fulfill its distinct role within the ecosystem. It reflects how every species, from the tiniest plant to the most complex animals, is endowed with the essential tools for survival and adaptation and a purposeful Creator who has designed each organism with specific intent and functionality. Scientists once thought that most of the non coding portion of the DNA was junk, however, projects like the ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) have shown that much of it is essential for gene expression. When God created life, He did it with meticulous craftsmanship and purpose, embedding the necessary DNA letters in the human genome. Out of ignorance, man assumed that the non-coding parts of the genome were useless. However, now science reveals that it is not God's handiwork but the term"junk DNA" that has become largely outdated.

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