What does a dependent variable have to do with life?
When I was a younger guy, there was a popular singer who went by the name of Nilsson. One of my favorite songs by him was called “Without You”. And the main line said, “Can’t live, if living is without you.” Now, you might call that a metaphorical dependent variable…or at least I would…because it shows how one can’t do without the other. So…what does all that have to do with life in general, you ask? Well, first let me get that tune out of my head so I can concentrate, and then I’ll explain.
OK, you’ve heard me talk about DNA (if you’ve listened to my Rhyme and Reason Podcast), or you’ve read some of the things I’ve written about it here on the blog. Right? Maybe you’ve heard me mention how proteins are the building blocks for DNA. Yes? Alright…it’s important to talk about them both at the same time because…
DNA and proteins are each a dependent variable for the other.
In other words, you can’t have one without the other. And yet they’re separate components. Do you realize what the means? One couldn’t evolve without the other. One component couldn’t simply wait however long it took for the other to evolve into something useful. Each one is too complex. It simply couldn’t happen. But being put in place at the same time by the most brilliant scientist in existence makes perfect sense.
God designed proteins to do things like decode, store, transcribe, assemble, and protect. In fact one protein, known simply as p53, stifles cancer and protects DNA. So, how could DNA have ever survived some lengthy evolutionary process without p53 being there from the beginning? Short answer…it couldn’t.
There are intangible reasons why I trust Jesus to be my savior and creator. His love and goodness and righteousness immediately leap to mind. But I believe it’s important to share tangible, scientific evidence for God’s existence in this day and age. That’s because more and more people think science doesn’t require God. And actually quite the opposite is true.
You’re a dependent variable whether you like it or not.
You wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the one, true, living, loving Creator. It’s scientifically, mathematically, and statistically impossible that the complexity found in your 30 trillion cells could have happened and function so well simply by chance. And I don’t know why anyone would prefer it to be another way. Oh wait…yes I do. Because most people would rather be their own selfish god. Why serve, when you can be served…right?
I invite and encourage you to look into the mountains and oceans of evidence for creation. I’m confident you’ll discover much more than reasons. You’ll discover love deeper and fuller than you can ever imagine. And I have a question for you. Why would you not want that kind of love?
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