If your great, great, great grandfather had been more into stretching, strength training, and tattoos, then maybe you and/or your descendants could have long necks, big muscles, and camouflage skin. OK, maybe it would have have taken a few more generations, but it could happen. Right?
No. C’mon everybody, say it with me…“characteristics gained after birth cannot be inherited”.
Something that CAN happen; though, is that stressful environmental conditions for some plants and animals might (and often do) trigger their offspring’s various natural defenses. They’re not creating new genetic traits. It’s simply (and I use that word as a figure of speech) the genetic machinery already programmed into them that kicks in.
Our modern abilities to look closely and deeply into the structure of DNA have revealed so much more of the marvelous, complex design within a single cell. Scientists are discovering how each creature, big and small, is coded with amazing information that can adjust to stressful situations like starvation, dehydration, and even a global flood. (Sorry…couldn’t resist that last one)
I know I’m kicking sand in the face of believing that time, the environment, and “needs” can produce acquired characteristics. But I’m also enthusiastically fanning the flames of beautiful, creative reality…a reality where spectacular and optimum genetic machinery is already programmed into every living thing to meet or exceed its stressful environment.
This is just one of dozens of reasons why real science gives me such faith, hope, and love for my Creator.
Now, if you truly can’t live without long necks, big muscles, and camouflage, go buy some beer, pump some iron, and join the marines.
In Faith, Hope, and Love…
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