British philosopher, Dr. Antony Flew, has been a leading spokesperson for atheism, actively involved in debate after debate. However, scientific discoveries within the last 30 years brought him to a conclusion he could not avoid. In a video interview in December 2004 he stated, “Super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature.”1 Prominent in his conclusion were the discoveries of DNA. Here’s why.
computer programming: 000000 00001 00010 00110 00000 100000 01010 10101 01101 0001
DNA code: GTC ACT ACA TTG CAT ATG CAT AAA AGT TTG AGT ACA ATC ACG. CAT ACT TTG
DNA in our cells is very similar to an intricate computer program. In the photo on the left, you see that a computer program is made up of a series of ones and zeros (called binary code). The sequencing and ordering of these ones and zeros is what makes the computer program work properly.
In the same way, DNA is made up of four chemicals, abbreviated as letters A, T, G, and C. Much like the ones and zeros, these letters are arranged in the human cell like this: CGTGTGACTCGCTCCTGAT and so on. The order in which they are arranged instructs the cell’s actions.
What is amazing is that within the tiny space in every cell in your body, this code is three billion letters long!!2
To grasp the amount of DNA information in one cell, “a live reading of that code at a rate of three letters per second would take thirty-one years, even if reading continued day and night.”3 Wait, there’s more.
It has been determined that 99.9% of your DNA is similar to everyone’s genetic makeup.4 What is uniquely you comes in the fractional difference in how those three billion letters are sequenced in your cells.
The U.S. government is able to identify everyone in our country by the arrangement of a nine-digit social security number. Yet, inside every cell in you is a three-billion-lettered DNA structure that belongs only to you. This code identifies you and continually instructs your cells’ behavior.