I recently read a little blurb in the March issue of The Lutheran. Check this out:
A British university study suggests that people of strong faith can spread
religion through a “believers’ gene” that is part of their DNA.
The Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a prestigious journal
of Britain’s Royal Society of scientists, theorizes a “predisposition
toward religion.” Author Robert Rowthorn suggests that people with
strong religious beliefs tend to have more children and this, combined
with a genetic predisposition to believe, can explain the expansion of religion.
Wow…I think someone needs to tell these people that they have too much time on their hands but more importantly about the work of the Holy Spirit. Then again…maybe they have figured out how the Holy Spirit “really” works. Who knew that God programs us at the DNA level to believe. The next thing you know is that on CSI, while they are doing a DNA profile, you will hear them say, “Hey look…we have a Christian.”
But seriously…this is just another sad example of how people just can not leave some mysteries up to God. There is this insatiable desire to try to figure God out. We can’t just leave things up to faith. I mean…there are some things we can not fully explain. I think this is just another attempt to remove God from the picture and become gods ourselves. Surprise, surprise.
For me…the wonder of creation is that I don’t totally understand it. I love being surprised. If everything was calculated, figured out and predetermined ahead of time life would be incredibly boring.
“Believers’ gene”…nope. It’s just good ole fashioned parenting. No mystery there.