by Jeanne Gowen Dennis
Everything that produced the differences in various humans, animals, and plants was built-in when God first created them. God did it with a secret code that scientists are still trying to solve.
This code, probably the oldest “writing” in the world, is the DNA that God wrote into genes.
Everything in your body—your eye shape and color, skin color, hair curliness, how you look, and so on—is determined by the genes that you inherited from your parents. You received half of your genes from each parent. It’s really complicated, but here is a simple formula of how it works.
Add: 1/2 of genes from Father
+ 1/2 of genes from Mother
= Child’s genes
But with each child, the combination of genes will be different, except with identical twins. Their genes will be alike.
We all have the same parents, Adam and Eve. So I’ll use them to show you how our genes work.
In order for us to have so many groups of people who look so different from one another, our first parents had to have all the traits in their genes that anyone ever born afterwards would have. I’m going to show you that it is not evolution – the addition of new information – that gave us these differences. Instead, it is the loss of information in the genes that makes us different.
Adam and Eve probably started with the same set of genes, because God made Eve from Adam’s rib. The Bible tells us that they had other sons and daughters besides Cain, Abel, and Seth, so there were many possible ways that Adam’s and Eve’s traits could have been passed on to their children.
Let’s take skin color, for example. Science shows us that all people have the same color. It comes from a pigment called melanin. We just have more or less of it, depending on our genes, so there is really only one race, the human race.
So-called “white” people have very little melanin, so the blood shows through the light skin, giving it a pinkish tone. Dark-skinned people have more of the pigment, so the blood doesn’t show through the skin. Adam and Eve probably had a medium amount of melanin in their skin. That would allow them to have both dark-skinned and light skinned children and everything in between.
Let me show you a little bit about how it works. Let’s say that each colored box in the diagrams below represents a gene for a characteristic or trait that the parent passes down to a child. It could be for skin color, eye color, height, or any of a number of things. We will start with a trait that requires four genes to be passed down to produce the trait.
Each child would receive two boxes from each parent to make a total of four. The science of genetics, and the mathematics of probability help us see all the possible ways genes could be inherited. I will show every possible combination of genes in our example that the children could receive from their parents.
For instance, one child might receive a yellow and a blue gene from the father and a red and a yellow gene from the mother. That would give the child 2 yellows, one blue, and one red. There would be no green gene in that child at all. So when that child becomes a parent, he or she could not pass on a green gene to a child, because it is not there.
Here are all the possible combinations of the four colors that can be passed down from Adam and Eve to their children. We will not worry about the order of the colors or which parent the genes came from. If we did, several combinations would be repeated, but in a different order. For now, let’s just look at the possibilities, not how often they might show up.
If two of these children were to marry and have children of their own, the children would only be able to inherit the traits that their parents inherited from Adam and Eve.
Let’s take Child A and Child C, for example. Together, they have only red, blue and green traits. There is no way for their children to inherit the yellow trait, because neither parent inherited the yellow trait.
Now let’s look at all the possibilities for Child A and Child C’s children (Adam and Eve’s grandchildren from those parents):
As you can see, some of the grandchildren will not inherit all the genes their parents had. For example, look at Grandchild F and Grandchild G. Grandchild F has only the red genes. Grandchild G has no red genes at all. So in only two generations, much of the original parents’ genetic information can be lost in some of their grandchildren. This loss of information might mean they have more or less melanin in their skin or blue eyes instead of brown or blonde hair instead of another color.
This example does show us that it is the LOSS of genetic information that brought about so many differences in people, animals, and plants, not the addition of information, as evolution teaches. God placed all the genetic information that was necessary to bring about the diversity in people, animals, and plants into His original Creation.
Isn’t God amazing? He made us all in His own image from two parents. And He created the perfect code language to tell our bodies how to grow and how each person should look. He made us all unique – one of a kind. – even identical twins! And He loves every one of us just as we are.
Try putting some of Adam’s and Eve’s imaginary children and grandchildren together and see what combinations of colors you discover. Just remember to take two colors from each parent.
© 2015 Jeanne Gowen Dennis