Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Gen. 2:7 From dirt or as it says, dust. So we came from dust [dirt] and when dead, we return to dust [dirt].
The Bible sort of gets it right- the part about having been made from the elements of our planet: water, chemicals, compounds. The ‘nostrils’ part is, of course, myth, but then what did people know in the 8th century BCE about chemical compounds, mitosis and chromosomes? The fact is that if Bronze Age people didn’t know, then they concoct a story which satisfied the people of the tribe. What I have continually pointed out, however, is that this idea of mythologizing becomes a pathetic pile of crap when 21st century people not only believe the Bronze Age mythology, but think that is was historically accurate.
Yet I digress. Today I read in ScienceDaily that researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health experimented with Down syndrome-like mice and injected them with a certain compound. Quite rapidly the newly treated mice showed signs of ‘recovery’ from the syndrome- normalized cerebellum growth. Fascinating stuff and great hope for humans with Down Syndrome. The syndrome, as you know, is all about a double copy of chromosome 21.
So then one wonders if, as biblical purists insist, God created man in his [their] own image, why aren’t’ we humans as perfect as he/they? Hmm.
Then there was an article earlier this year in ScienceDaily regarding autism. The study found that the risk of autism in the grandchild increased the older the age of the grandfather at the time his son or daughter was born. Apparently, the scientists noted, risk factors for autism may accumulate over generations. Over the generations; apparently some sort of chromosome anomaly. In his/their own image?
Finally there was another finding reported in ScienceDaily a week ago regarding Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia- a cancer of the white blood cells that is most commonly found in adults and in the elderly. We have two good friends who are right now being treated for this disease. Its incidence has been estimated to be 1 to 2 in 100,000 people. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia was the first cancer to be associated with a genetic abnormality, known as the Philadelphia Chromosome, which 95% of all CML patients carry in their cells. Chromosome abnormality. Again. What ‘image?’
These three examples of chromosomes gone wild is just the tip of the iceberg regarding disorders of the human body. Clearly we were made from mud but not by an all-loving Creator because, if we were, then one might ask, ‘Where’s the love?’
Mud, salt, water, prebiotic organic compounds… That’s the stuff of life, of us humans. And that’s why we have flaws in our genetic makeup because getting all 46 chromosomes with their millions/billions of base paired genes to recombine with perfection is a roll of the dice. Thus we become ill and die, apparently unlike our Creator.
Or was it all about Eve? The naughty lady from Eden?
No, I won’t go there even if I’m tempted to do so.
Anyway, as a final thought today, I’m wondering about a child’s most basic ‘creation,’ the mud pie. Isn’t it an obvious clue to our creation those many billions of years ago.