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The DNA of Jesus.... scientific and theological implications

From: Bernie D.
Sent on: Monday, December 13, 2010 12:21 AM
Hi to those in case you are interested, this related email was sent to the Westside Discussion group:

Hi to those in the Westside Science and Religion Discussion Group,

Our next meeting is Monday Dec. 13th, 2010 at 6:30 pm at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Beaverton (today, if you?re reading this Monday). All meeting details are here:
"Christmas Theme: Did Jesus really have no human biological father?"

Here's some (more) food for thought:

Consider for a moment if it is really true that no man had sex with Mary, and Mary was instead impregnated by the power of the Holy Spirit to conceive Jesus. The people who originally wrote this story, and read it, didn?t know anything about DNA. But modern scientifically-literate people do. Let?s consider the DNA of Jesus.

By the way, for an overview of conception (sperm, egg, chromosomes, etc.), please read this excellent article that is written for average person:

These are some things we know for sure:
1. A woman has chromosome #23 as XX, and a male has XY.
2. The male sperm is what determines the sex of a child, since the female contributes an X and the male contributes either an X (making an XX female baby) or Y (making an XY male baby).
3. Since God is the biological father, God delivered a Y chromosome to end-up with a male child inside of Mary.

On one level, this brings up some interesting technical questions, like what kind of genes would God contribute, knowing the many pseudogenes (nonfunctional inherited genes from other ancestral animals) in the human genome.

On another level, it brings up some interesting theological issues:

The Bible speaks of Jesus as being from the seed of Abraham. But if Jesus is not biologically from the seed of a human male, he couldn't be from 'the seed of Abraham' (Abraham's descendant). If the Holy Ghost made Mary pregnant, then the Y chromosome came from God, not the 'seed of Abraham.' Someone may say that Jesus was from the seed of Abraham, from Mary's lineage. However, look at the genealogies from Matthew and Luke and I think it is clear that genealogies are from the male side.

Feel free to discuss this on the discussion board here:


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