Sermon title: Scientists Acknowledge “the Mitochondrial Eve”

Genesis 2:7-24

Immanuel Baptist Church – Sunday, August 29, 2021

 

 

Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden—

that’s a Bible account that modern intellectuals

scoff at and ridicule,

classifying it as ‘a myth’ or ‘a fairytale.’

 

They say that they reject the biblical account

because modern science refutes it and proves it false.

 

But the fact is that scientists,

over the past couple hundred years,

have been evil men who rejected God first

for personal reasons—

and who then grasped at straws,

trying to find any way at all

to come up with some way to explain

the world without God.

 

An evolutionist admitted this in Nature magazine.

Dr. Scott Todd

of the Dept. of Biology at Kansas State University,

who supports the theory of evolution,

wrote,

“Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer,

such an hypothesis is excluded from science

because it is not naturalistic.”         [ REPEAT ]

 

So, today’s scientists refuse to admit

that God designed and created life,

even if all the evidence points to that fact.

 

They don’t want to believe in a Creator,

and so they look for any excuse—

and intentionally overlook the facts—

so they won’t have to admit

that life came by design, not by accident.

 

They especially don’t want to admit that human life

was created by  the God of the Bible,

because that would make them responsible to Him

to obey His laws, which they don’t want to do.

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Genesis, the first book in the Bible,

actually gives us two accounts of

the creation of the first humans:

a brief summary in Genesis Chapter 1,

with man’s creation the climax of what God did

over Six Creative Days, and

a more detailed account in Genesis Chapter 2.

 

Let’s look first at that brief account

that begins at Genesis 1:26.       It tells us,

 

26 Then God said, “Let us make man

in our image, after our likeness.

 

And let them have dominion over the

fish of the sea and over the birds

of the heavens and over the livestock

and over all the earth and over

every creeping thing that creeps

on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

 

28 And God blessed them. And God said

to them,

“Be fruitful and multiply

and fill the earth and subdue it,

and have dominion over the fish

of the sea and over the birds

of the heavens and over every

living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

29 And God said,

“Behold, I have given you

every plant yielding seed

that is on the face of all the earth,

and every tree with seed in its fruit.

You shall have them for food.

 

30 And to every beast of the earth and

to every bird of the heavens and

to everything that creeps on the

earth, everything that has the breath

of life, I have given every green

plant for food.”     And it was so.

 

31 And God saw everything that he had  

made, and behold, it was very good.

And there was evening and there

was morning, the sixth day.

 

All the other living creatures on earth

were placed under man’s authority,

because God made man in his own image.

 

Some take that to mean God’s physical likeness—

that God hasa human-like face and appearance,

and made man to look like him.

 

But the more likely meaning is that God made man

with moral, spiritual and intellectual qualities

higher than the animals—

with the ability to think and reason

and be part of God’s family.

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Note, too, that Verse 27 says,

male and female he created them.

 

That just sums up in one simple phrase

the more detailed account

that follows immediately in the next Chapter.

 

It also highlights that gender identity

is determined by God’s creation—

not by human choice or imagination.

 

Gender is a biological thing

an unalterable fact of life—

not something subject to change

according to how someone may feel about it.

 

Someone born with male sex organs is a male,

and someone born with female sex organs is female.

 

male and female he created them.

Later, when puberty takes place,

male and female bodies produce different hormones

that result in different muscular development

as well as female breasts

and male facial hair.

 

But, even more basic than that,

those who study the human body have long known

that being male or femaleis evident in our cells

at the moment of conception.

 

A female has two X chromosomes

in every cell of her body.

 

A male has an X chromosome and a Y chromosome

in every cell of his body.

 

That difference in the body cells of a man and a woman

can not be altered.

 

Perverted doctors can make money off

the currently popular gender switching craze,

by administering hormones

or by performing genital mutilation surgery,

but they can not change a man into a woman,

and they can not change a woman into a man.

 

Even when they start out with a child

and perform those horrible gender-switching mutilations

on a young child or a teenager,

they can not change the child’s sex

from male to female or vice-versa.

 

The individual who was born female

still has two X chromosomes in every cell of her body,

proving that she is still really a woman.

 

And the individual who was born male

still has an X and a Y chromosome in every cell of his body.

 

The perverted sex-change doctors

can administer as many hormones as they want,

and do as many surgeries as they want,

and do as much psychotherapy as they want,

but they can not change a man into a woman.

 

All they can do is produce a mutilated, messed-up man

who looks like a woman.

 

Or, they can produce a mutilated, messed-up woman

who looks like a man.

 

But every cell in the bodies of those individuals

still identifies them

as being of the original gender they were born with.

The mutilated, messed-up man who looks like a woman

still has a male pair of X and Y chromosomes

in every cell of his body,

testifying plainly that he is still a man.

 

And the mutilated, messed-up woman who looks like a man

still has a female pair of two X chromosomes

in every cell of her body,

testifying plainly that she is still a woman.

God created them “male and female

and nothing can change that.

 

They can pass all the trans-gender legislation they want,

forcing people to switch the pronouns “he” and “she”

and forcing people to let messed-up men

into the ladies room,

but it’s all a lie—an obvious falsehood.

 

Those perverted laws and government decrees

can not in any way over-rule God’s laws

or God’s creation.

 

More than 3,000 years ago, Deuteronomy 22:5 was written,

declaring,

“A woman must not wear men’s clothing,

and a man must not wear women’s clothing

for whoever does these things

is detestable to the LORD your God.”

 

And whoever does these things

is just as detestable to God today.

God created them “male and female

and it’s detestable to God

for anyone to try to change that,

by cross-dressing, or by hormones

or by sex-change surgery.

 

Even if they try these things,

they still can’t change the chromosomes.

 

Regardless of their sex-change efforts,

the X and Y chromosomes remain the same,

proving that they can not change someone’s gender.

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After that summary of how God created us

in the First Chapter of Genesis,

the Second Chapter goes on

to give us more details of how he did it.

 

Beginning with Genesis 2:7, we read,

 

7 Then the LORD God formed man

from the dust of the ground and

breathed the breath of life

into his nostrils,

and the man became a living being.

 

It may sound like a matter-of-fact thing that

“God formed man

from the dust of the ground,”

but that statement is really quite profound.

 

According to the pagan religion of the ancient Scandinavians,

three of their gods took a couple of wooden logs

and carved them into human form,

and then gave those wooden statues

spirit and blood and color,

creating a living man and woman.

 

The pagan inhabitants of the Philippine Islands

believed that the first man and woman

grew out of split bamboo shoots.

 

But the Bible tells us that

“God formed man

from the dust of the ground.”

 

Unlike the pagan stories of creation

the Bible is scientifically accurate,

because our bodies are actually composed of

the very same chemical elements

that are found in

the dust of the ground,”

or the soil below our feet.

 

The Lord put it in simple language

for people who had no knowledge of biochemistry,

but what it says is true and

accurately describes the makeup of our bodies.

 

We are composed of the very same chemicals

that are found in “the dust of the ground.”

 

The account continues,

 

8 And the LORD God planted a garden

in Eden, in the east, where He placed

the man He had formed.

 

9 Out of the ground the LORD God

gave growth to every tree that is

pleasing to the eye and good for food.

 

And in the middle of the garden were

the tree of life and the tree

of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

10 Now a river flowed out of Eden

to water the garden, and from there

it branched into four headwaters:

 

And it goes on to name the rivers

and describe where each one flowed—

one of them being the Euphrates, which today

flows through Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

 

So, it appears that the Garden of Eden was located

somewhere in that neighborhood of the Middle East.

Verse 15 continues,

 

15 Then the LORD God took the man

and placed him in the Garden of Eden

to cultivate and keep it.

 

16 And the LORD God commanded him,

“You may eat freely from every tree

of the garden, 17 but you must not

eat from the tree of the knowledge

of good and evil;

for in the day that you eat of it,

you will surely die.”

 

We’ll look more closely at that command

in a future sermon, when we look at

how Adam ended up violating it.

 

But the account here in Genesis Chapter 2

moves right along to the creation of the first woman.

 

It says,

 

18 The LORD God also said,

“It is not good for the man to be alone.

I will make for him a suitable helper.”

 

19 And out of the ground

the LORD God formed every beast

of the field and every bird of the air,

and He brought them to the man

to see what he would name each one.

 

And whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

 

20 The man gave names to all the

livestock, to the birds of the air,

and to every beast of the field.

 

But for Adam no suitable helper

was found.

 

21 So the LORD God caused the man

to fall into a deep sleep,

and while he slept,

He took one of the man’s ribs

and closed up the area with flesh.

 

22 And from the rib

that the LORD God had taken from the man,

He made a woman and brought her to him.

 

23 And the man said:

“This is now bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called ‘woman,’

for out of man she was taken.”

 

24 For this reason a man will leave

his father and mother and be united

to his wife,

and they will become one flesh.

 

This is a portion of the account

that critics have long singled out to scoff at.

 

“Ha, ha, ha!” they scoff—“God made a woman

from the man’s rib.”—Ha, ha, ha! Very funny.”

 

But, in 1996, scientists in Scotland

took some flesh from near the rib of an adult sheep

and grew it into another sheep, they named “Dolly.”

 

It was the first successful attempt at such cloning.

 

And it was so similar to what God did with Adam’s rib,

that we could use that word “cloning”

to describe it.

 

If scientists could take flesh near the rib of an adult sheep

and produce another sheep from it,

God could certainly take Adam’s rib

and produce a woman from it.

 

The science textbooks tell us that such cloning

was first performed in 1996,

but we know from the Bible

that God did it thousands of year earlier

when forming Adam’s wife from his rib.

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Still another scientific discovery

that helps establish faith in the Bible

is the conclusion scientists have reached

that there was what they call a “Mitochondrial Eve.”

 

The Mitochondria are tiny genetic structures in our cells

that can be used to trace lines of descent—

who descended from whom.

 

For example, mitochondrial DNA

from England’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh,

was used to confirm that bodies of individuals

killed by Bolsheviks in Russia

belonged to members of the royal family

that Philip was descended from.

 

The term “Mitochondrial Eve” was coined

in a 1987 Science magazine article

about how new research had proved

that all living humans can be traced back

to one particular mother.

 

Scientists found that mitochondrial DNA shows

that every race and nationality on earth today

came from that one first mother.

 

That woman, whom the scientists called

the Mitochondrial Eve”

was the mother of everyone living.

 

How interesting!

 

It reminds us that Genesis 3:20 tells us,

 

“Adam had named his wife "Eve,"

because she was to become

the mother of everyone who was living.”

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Yes, immoral and unbelieving scientists

poke fun at this Genesis account,

but their own discoveries

about the chemical makeup of our bodies,

about mitochondrial DNA,

and about how cloning works

add to the weight of evidence

that the Bible account is true.

 

And, if you believe what Genesis says

about God making Adam “from the dust of the ground”

and building a woman from his rib

to be his wife, the mother of everyone living—

if you believe this—

you are in good company...

 

...Because our Lord Jesus confirms the account as true

when he says at Matthew 19, Verses 4 and 5,

 

4 ...“Have you not read that

he who created them from the beginning

made them male and female, 5 and said,

Therefore a man shall leave

his father and his mother

and hold fast to his wife,

and the two shall become one flesh’?”

 

Christ quoted that directly from the Book of Genesis,

and stated it as fact.

 

Anyone who denies the factualness of this Genesis account

denies that Jesus spoke the truth.

 

Happily, we have mountains of evidence

proving the Bible true from beginning to end.