DNA – God’s writing and art

In a single, breathtakingly stunning but rather simple looking molecular structure, God has shown both his authorship and artistry.

courtesy Stuart Caie via flickr
courtesy Stuart Caie via flickr

God as an author.  While we may not be aware of it, codes are constantly in use in our lives.  We have all heard of Morse code, the series of dots and dashes that were used to transmit information through telegraph wires.  As a chemist, I can convey information about the various substances I work with in a shorthand notation.  For example, the code for sodium chloride is NaCl.  The seemingly simple act of these letters and words appearing on the screen are the result of a digital code associated with keystrokes. I don’t type the letter A directly, but by pushing the A key, coded information gets transformed and appears as an A on the screen.  Codes surround us and we know that someone wrote the code.  And the code has meaning because the author of the code set the rules for interpreting that code.

Deoxyribonucleic acid is undisputed as the molecule which contains the blueprints, construction regulations, assembly instructions and biochemical maintenance manual for our bodies.  All of that information is contained in what is equivalent to a four-letter alphabet, A-C-G-T.  These letters are derived from the names of four nitrogenous bases found in the DNA molecule – adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine.  These four bases are connected along a backbone structure in the DNA molecule.  As one reads the letters in sequence along the backbone, they are combined into three-letter words (called codons), of which there are 64 possibilities.  These 64 combinations are the code for the sequences of the twenty amino acids used in synthesizing proteins.  The specific sequence of the amino acids dictates the identity of the protein.

While this was not intended as a science lesson, I wanted to draw the parallels between codes, which we know have a human author,and the DNA code.  While the DNA code itself is fairly simple, the information contained in it is not.  If atheistic evolutionary biologists are correct, then this code and information arose from non-information. This would mean that the simple four letter alphabet coding for twenty amino acids that compose the millions of distinct proteins is happenstance, the results of uncountable trillions of trillions of trillions of unguided chemical reactions.

I find it much more reasonable to think that there is a code-writer than to belief that information-containing chemicals assembled themselves.

God as an artist.  Nature is often the inspiration for many artists’ creations.  People often see beauty in sunrises, in mountain scenes and in many other natural settings.  Many times the sky has been referred to as God’s canvas.  Even the microscopic DNA molecule has been enlarged and adapted into stunning representations of the book of our genetic code.

climbable DNA at UC Berkeley courtesy Daniel Parks via flickr
climbable DNA at UC Berkeley
 courtesy Daniel Parks via flickr

The two sculptures pictured here are representations of the DNA molecule.  People have understood the majesty and mystery of this wonderful molecule and have seen the beauty in it.  It has been made into numerous pieces of art in various media all over the world.   In these instances, art does imitate life.

Not only are the two sculptures pictured here works of art, but they are also wonderful works of engineering.  To build these structures, great foresight and planning had to occur before there could be any successful execution of building the art.  The correct materials had to be present, formed to exact specifications, assembled in the correct order.  Sufficient support structure is required to maintain the integrity of the art.  Without each of these elements, the art could not have been formed.

DNA sculpture - Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe science museum courtesy Steven2356 via flickr
DNA sculpture – Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe science museum
courtesy Steven2356 via flickr

Obviously the art pictured above required an intelligent person to create it.  It is ludicrous for someone to assert that the various pieces just happened to be together at the right spot at the right time under the right conditions and was assembled by random processes.  However, our students are being taught that DNA, and thus all of life, got started in such a way, even though there is no evidence, no experiment, that demonstrates how it even could have happened.

As with the authorship of the code of life, should we believe that the molecular art that is DNA is the product of unguided and unintelligent processes?  Since we know the sculptures shown above could not have come about on their own, why should we allow evolutionists to try to convince us that the art present inside of us did?

Do you find DNA as evidence of God’s existence, or do you think natural processes can explain its origin?   Let me hear your thoughts.


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