Destiny, DNA & Free Will
“About 99% of the 6 billion steps in the spiral staircase of DNA’s double helix are the same for all of us. This is what makes us human. Behavioral geneticists are interested in the 1% of DNA that makes us individuals.
A century of research has found that these inherited DNA differences account for about 90% of the differences in people’s physical traits, such as height and eye color.
What may come as a surprise is that DNA also accounts, on average, for about 50% of our differences in such psychological traits as personality, mental health and illness, and cognitive ability and disability.” – [Our Fortunetelling Genes – WSJ]
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True indeed, DNA has all the reflection of knitting. See “23 ways that DNA changed the world” – [ 23 ways that DNA changed the world | The Independent ]
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. Psalm 139:13-14
Each human being, all of mankind have the same DNA make-up to the tune of 99%.
Each person has 6 billion DNA just like the individual next to them on the bus. We are astonishingly the same with the possibility that 1% difference can make the distinction between heaven and hell.
Only 1% of each person’s DNA makes us different from our neighbor but such %1 is the added DNA spice that makes us self.
Putting that information together “50% of our differences in such psychological traits as personality, mental health and illness, and cognitive ability and disability” can be attributed to DNA.
In other words, only 1/2 of the 1% can be attributed to a freewill response in relation to our environment.
Here are the key points that matter beyond basic earthly matters.
God determined the basics of who you are. Your fundamental self, what makes up you, was knitted together with pre-determined DNA. It has never been “my body” but always His creation.
Your likes, dislikes, basic personality, IQ ability and so on were set in place without your opinion. The time period in which you live, the nation where you were born, were locked in by the Living God. After all, God is a God of boundaries and borders.
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill.
In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Acts 17:26-30
%1 Left Over DNA & Free Will
Free will that can choose to obey God unto holiness or free will that chooses to harden itself with sinful lusts.
Taylor Swift may have the DNA to sing well, but it is Miss Swift who chooses to sing sin’s tune.
A man or woman can choose to remain locked in pride or humble themselves before God and man.1
You have a choice to choose the holiness of God into your life, or, not. Indeed, you have the choice to not choose and thus make a default choice in favor of hell.
- “It’s just a probabilistic prediction—genes are not destiny and heritability describes what is, not what could be—but it might still be hard to accept. ” – [ Our Fortunetelling Genes – WSJ ]
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. Revelation 22:12-15
It is in our DNA to practice falsehood by default, and only the power of God can deliver us from our lies. Indeed Facebook and such are proof positive great numbers of individuals relish practicing falsehood and lies as if they practiced playing a video game.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, Deuteronomy 5:9
Italians like pasta, German’s like meat and potatoes, and shock to shock of profiling India’s population like curry. Such is in our DNA.
“Like father, like son.”
“Like mother, like daughter.”
“She has her father’s temper.”
“He has his father’s build.”
“She is artistic like her father.”
Suicides run in that family. He can’t hold his liquor well. …and so it goes from one generation to the next.
We live in a fallen Universe where sin is hardcoded into our DNA. Even aging is a hard-wired aspect of our DNA. Basic deposition for a particular sin, or sins, run in each family.
Naturally, there is a spiritual aspect to life, and there are spiritual beings that notice who has a build, so-to-speak, for their sin of choice. These wicked beings then tempt, cultivate and grow sin in a person’s life in accordance with their DNA.
As we witness groups of individuals attracted to the same things, whether chess or lying clubs, so too there are spiritual being that are attracted to like human beings.
Neither Cultural Christianity or Coffee Cup Christianity will be able to deliver you from sinning.
The only thing that can break the sin of say, pride or lying is the cross of Jesus surrendered to in a totally full fashion. It is this suffering aspect of Christianity, this demanding of all that the unspiritual religious person, churchgoer or not, finds inherently intolerable.
At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. Galatians 4:29
From suicide to slander certain sins stick to a family with all the power DNA can produce. If you desire to be set free, and there is only one way to be set free, it is to pick up your cross and follow Jesus.
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Mark 8:34
- “Would you not want to know that you or your child is at genetic risk for alcohol problems? Knowing that you are at risk might make you more likely to heed the message for all of us to be mindful of our alcohol consumption because you can’t become alcoholic unless you drink a lot of alcohol. Forewarned is forearmed.” – [ Our Fortunetelling Genes – WSJ ]
Jesus can deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. Hebrews 5:2
- “One general message that we should take from genetics is tolerance for others and for ourselves. Rather than blaming people for being overweight, we should recognize and respect the huge impact of genetics on individual differences. Genetics, not lack of willpower, is the major reason why people differ in BMI and in various other traits. Success and failure, credit and blame, in overcoming problems should be calibrated relative to genetic strengths and weaknesses.” – [ Our Fortunetelling Genes – WSJ ]
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Romans 15:1
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