the central dogma

There is a central dogma of molecular biology. It is composed of three entities. You could call it the Holy Trinity of biological life.

#1. is Replication: DNA can replicate itself. It can make copies of itself or duplicate. This is the basis of reproduction of cells.

#2. is Transcription: DNA can be transformed into RNA, a similar molecule but with a different ability.

#3. Translation: this is the process by which RNA can produce proteins by assembling amino acids in a specific sequence.

Life must replicate itself. A basic characteristic of biological life is reproduction. Life is also a transformative process. In our life span we grow, mature, change and differentiate. Life also has a purpose. That purpose is to produce something like a tree that produces fruit.

When we closely examine biological life, we can see a pattern, replication, transformation, production, the central dogma.

Perhaps the creator of life who ordained this system is also sending us a spiritual message. We have been given the ability to reproduce, to pro-create, to increase the number of our species, both body and soul.

We believe God is one, or if you believe in the trinity concept three in one. God cannot reproduce himself. He cannot produce a copy of himself. Although infinite he still is only one, or more correctly eminently, prominently, and remarkably one. Hear, oh Israel, the Lord our God the Lord is one. Now if God can’t reproduce himself, how might he increase? Assuming one can increase infinity, as in infinity plus one.

The Bible considers man a unique creation made in the image of God. Perhaps one purpose we serve is to increase or multiply God’s presence on earth as He exists in each person in a unique way.  We have been given the ability to consciously recognize the existence of God. We have the free will to accept and invite his presence into our lives and in this way, he is replicated and multiplied.

 The second step of the central dogma is transcription or transformation. Like DNA is changed into RNA so too the presence of God can transform a person into a new creation without extinguishing the original identity of that person. Transformation is the work of the Holy Spirit.

Finally, God has a purpose for each of us. We need to do something. Like RNA is translated into protein, we are called to produce fruit. The good works in general are to love the Lord and our fellow man and this translates into specific acts of loving kindness to others.

Replication, Transcription, Translation, the central dogma of biological life is a pattern and message that reveals spiritual truth which could transform our society and culture. As the number of God filled souls increases, we may be approaching a critical mass which will usher in the anxiously awaited kingdom of God.

3 thoughts on “the central dogma

  1. Interesting – well said!! I hope you and yours had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was quiet with no family around our table, but we have much to be thankful for. God is always good!


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