Sermon title: Who Wrote the DNA Code?
Immanuel Baptist Church – Sunday, May 16, 2021
The Bible tells us that we humans are God’s handiwork,
God’s children—by his creating our forefather, Adam.
But the society we live in today—even here in America—
denies that we have an Almighty Creator.
The godless evolution taught as “fact” in public schools
says that this planet had no life on it a billion years ago,
until some chemical accident in the ocean
brought some molecules together
in such a way that they could reproduce.
Trillions of other accidents supposedly occurred,
producing one-celled organisms like bacteria.
The evolution teaching claims other accidents
brought one-celled organisms together
into multi-celled worms, then fish,
then birds, land animals and finally humans.
All of this by accident—millions upon millions upon millions
of accidents that ended up eventually producing
our children and grandchildren, and everyone we know.
There are some scientists
who dispute the evolution theory
and uphold the Bible, instead.
But they are few and far between,
because the institutions of higher learning
and the scientific institutes throw them out.
Just like being banned by Twitter and Facebook
for posting prohibited ideas,
the scientific community expels any scientist
who defends the Bible.
That’s been documented in the 2008 documentary
“EXPELLED” staring Ben Stein.
And students seeking to become scientists
are flunked out by their schools,
if they don’t embrace the evolution teaching.
It’s been that way for decades now,
so there are few scientists left
who uphold that we were intelligently designed
by our Creator.
What evidence is there that the Bible is true?
And what evidence is there
that the Bible is inspired
by the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth?
The Bible itself contains such evidence.
We also find evidence of the Creator
in the creation around us.
Romans 1:20 says,
Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made. So those people have no excuse at all!
But people often choose between God and evolution
based on emotion—their wants and desires—
rather than on factual evidence.
One of the main reasons
why people want to dismiss the idea
of a Creator who holds us accountable
for our actions,
is that they want to do things
the Bible says not to do.
If God doesn’t exist,
then they are free to do as they please.
I know that this is the motivation
behind many people’s rejection of God,
because it was my own motivation
when I was a young man,
and I rejected all religion.
And the reason
why many people feel free to dismiss
the idea of a Creator who holds us accountable
for our actions,
is that they can point to godless evolution
That theory of godless evolution
is what I pointed to, as a young man,
when I chose to give up the belief in a Creator.
Back in the 1960’s,
I read the book “On The Origin of Species”
that Charles Darwin published in 1859,
introducing the theory of evolution.
This is the paperback copy I read back then,
with the date I wrote inside the cover, the day I got it.
I also read the book titled “The Origin of Life”
by Alexander Ivanovich Oparin,
of the Soviet Academy of Science.
Atheism and godless evolution was the official position
of the communists in the USSR
--the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Nowadays, the Russian president Vladimir Putin
wears a cross around his neck
and denounces what he calls “godless America”
for the sexual immorality promoted here.
How times have changed!
But, as a young man back in the 1960’s
I read a number of other books on the topic
by famous scientists,
and they all rejected religion,
in favor of a godless explanation for life.
And, so did the colleges and universities I applied to,
and the scientific community
I hoped to join as a career scientist, myself.
So, I did enough study
of the godless evolution theory to be fully convinced,
and to be able to present
its supporting arguments.
Over the years that followed, however,
I discovered the truth of the Bible
and what it reveals about our Creator, God.
And I can tell you with certainty
that the godless theory of evolution fails the test
when compared with the Bible.
I’ve seen the evidence for both sides,
and the Bible wins.
So, how do we reach people who’ve been told
the Bible is unscientific?
Well, one way is to look more closely at the Bible,
to show that claim is not true.
And, if we do that, we will find
is that the Bible is so scientific—ahead of its time—
that it offers proof of Divine authorship.
Only the Creator could have written it.
So, the Almighty Creator must exist.
Take, for example, the cycle of water.
Where does the water come from
that feeds the thousands of rivers and streams
all over the earth?
Ancient Greek scientists believed
the earth itself is full of water under the ground,
and that underground water
fed all the rivers and streams.
But Hebrew passages in the Bible
written centuries before those Greeks
tells the true story.
The Old Testament explains that water
evaporates as vapor, rising into the sky,
only to come down again as rain.
Long before scientists understood that,
God understood it, and put it into the Bible—
because he created the water cycle.
Psalm 135:7 says,
“He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth”
Job 36:27-28 says,
“He draws up the drops of water, which distil as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.”
That cycle of water evaporating from the sea,
condensing as clouds in the sky,
and falling as rain to the ground
could not have been figured out
by Hebrews herding sheep.
It had to be given to them by the Almighty Creator
who inspired the Bible.
Our modern world is accustomed to TV weather charts
showing circulating winds and storms.
But would take God looking down from the sky
to give that information
to the ancient Hebrews.
So, it was only under divine inspiration
that the writer of Ecclesiastes 1:6 could say this,
around 1000 years B.C.
“The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.”
But even more fascinating and convincing evidence
of the Bible’s divine inspiration
is found in what it says
about the written code behind all living things.
start out life as a single fertilized cell,
smaller than a period at the end of a sentence.
Inside that cell is the DNA
that determines our eye color, skin color,
and everything else about us.
DNA stands for a deoxyribonucleic acid
which is that double helix shaped molecule
that you often see pictured
in connection with the human genome.
That DNA is actually a set of coded instructions
that tell the cells of our body
how to build bone, muscle, hair, eyes
and every other part of our body.
It took about 100 years from when scientists
first discovered the existence of DNA
until they learned how to read the code.
The amazing thing about this DNA
is it really is writing.
It’s very similar to computer code.
Computer code spells out instructions
using a sequence of 2 characters,
represented as Zero and One,
whereas DNA code uses a sequence of 4 characters,
represented as 4 letters, G, A, T and C.
Dr. Francis Collins who was in charge of
the human genome project
recognizes the similarity
between DNA and computer code.
He refers to DNA code as a “language”
in his New York Times best selling book
titled “The Language of God.”
It is the language that God used to write down
the instructions for building our bodies in the womb.
I used to work at a secular job
where I was a computer programmer,
and I recognize the similarities
between DNA code and computer code.
In fact, the codes are so similar that scientists have
translated a digital version of an encyclopedia
from computer language to DNA language,
and put the whole encyclopedia
on a strand of DNA.
So you can look at the DNA with a DNA sequencer
and read the encyclopedia.
So the DNA in a mother’s womb
really contains “written” instructions
for how the baby is to be formed.
What does that have to do with the Bible?
Well, even though the ancient Hebrews
could not possibly have known anything
about the code written in our DNA,
the Bible speaks of a written scroll
describing a baby’s body parts
before they are formed in the womb—
which is exactly what DNA does.
First, the Psalmist talks to God in Psalm 139
about how he was designed and built
in his mother’s womb.
Psalm 139:13 says,
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
And Psalm 139:16 in the King James Bible says,
“Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
The Psalmist says
that the various parts of his body were “written”
before they actually came into shape.
In the English Revised Version it says,
Thine eyes did see mine unperfect substance, and in thy book were all my members written, which day by day were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Some modern translations spin this a bit differently,
but the more literal translations follow this pattern.
The Literal Standard Version says,
Your eyes saw my unformed substance, || And all of them are written on Your scroll, || The days they were formed—And not one among them.
What was God’s “book” or “scroll”
where the baby’s body members were written
before they were formed?
It was the DNA strands
in the fertilized egg in his mother’s womb
that grew into the baby.
That’s the place where the future body members
were written before they were formed—
written in the DNA instructions.
Obviously, God would not have used the words
“molecules” or “DNA”
when inspiring the ancient Hebrew psalmist.
Those words and concepts were unknown
to people back then.
But God does say that the details of our bodies
were written down before we were born.
Computer code does not write itself—
companies employ people to write the code.
And DNA code doesn’t write itself, either.
God wrote the DNA code
that contains the written instructions
for how to form and grow each living creature.
And that’s what the Genesis account of creation
refers to when it says, at Genesis 1:11,
And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.
Those seeds each contain instructions
written in DNA code
to grow the complete plant.
And the Bible, written thousands of years
before humans discovered the role of DNA,
says that God put those instructions in writing
for a seed to grow into a plant
and for a baby to be formed in the womb.
And God used that genetic language
to design and create all the living creatures
that we see around us.
He wrote the code that determines all their features
and all their behaviors.
Atheistic evolution claims that all the living creatures
came into existence through a series
of accidental mutations.
They say the DNA of a tiny one-celled animal
was damaged over and over again
by radiation or some other accident,
and that resulted in new and improved code
for more complex creatures—
every living thing on earth.
We know that viruses can mutate,
because hear in the news about COVID-19 mutations.
But viruses are tiny groups of molecules
and virus mutations just change the virus itself;
they never cause the virus
to evolve into a bacteria, or a worm
or a fish.
Our observations tell us that
when the DNA code of living organisms
is mutated by some accident
it always results in harm,
rather than good.
Modern evolution theory is based on the idea
that DNA mutationed over eons of time
to cause a worm to become a fish,
and that fish to become a land animal,
and that land animal to become an ape,
and that ape to become the 1st human.
That may sound simple,
but turning a fish into a land animal
would take an incredible number of
And accidental changes to DNA code
almost always break something—
just as accidental corruption of computer code
causes your device to malfunction.
Consider the eye, for example.
Huge volumes of DNA code instruct our body cells
how to build the eye,
while our bodies are formed in the womb.
Evolutionists claim these instructions for making the eye
wrote themselves gradually,
through a series of accidents.
But the eye doesn’t work, unless it is complete.
That’s an example of “irreducible complexity”—
meaning its parts are useless without the whole eye.
The lens doesn’t do any good,
unless it has a retina to focus on.
And the retina is useless without the lens.
So, godless evolution would require accidents
to create a working lens and a working retina
just in time to work with each other—
all by coincidental DNA mutations.
You’d really have to have blind faith in evolution
to believe something like that could happen
completely by accident.
When plants, animals or humans reproduce,
the process copies the DNA from the parent
into the child.
As the scripture said, the seed of each plant is in it,
to reproduce the same plant.
It’s sort of like someone typing on a keyboard
to reproduce a document by re-typing it.
If you make a typo—a mistake,
typing the wrong character—
it wrecks the document, rather than improving it.
The series of accidental mutations that would be needed
for evolution to happen,
would by like people re-typing copies of
the poem Mary Had a Little Lamb,
and making so many typos,
that they end up typing
the Constitution of the United States, instead—
by gradually changing the poem
into the Constitution
through a series of accumulating errors.
That could never happen!
And neither could
the evolutionist’s supposed series of accidents
change a fish into a human being—
no matter how many years went by.
The DNA of any organism
is more complex than the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Believing that a series of accidents
could write the DNA code to produce a human child
is like believing that
a series of explosions in a printing plant
could accidentally produce
a complete Encyclopedia Britannica.
But, because they reject belief in our Creator,
the scientists want to believe
that all this could happen by accident,
and they put blind faith in their evolution theory.
They accuse us of putting blind faith in the Bible,
but the Bible’s explanation of where we come from
makes much more sense than
This morning, we’ve looked at just a fraction
of the evidence supporting the Bible
and disproving godless evolution.
You can find more evidence like this online at
But what each person does with this information depends,
not only on the mind, but also on the heart.
And the heart is treacherous.
Those who want to do as they please,
rather than be accountable to God,
will find a way to dismiss the evidence.
In any case, we believers have the evidence available,
to defend the truth of the Bible.
And we can reach out with that evidence
to help unbelievers see the truth.
Although I was misled as a young man,
to reject God and the Bible,
I eventually saw the evidence and believed.
And we can pray that our loved ones
will do the same.