DNA Building Blocks

We pass on to the next generation what we thought, felt passionate about, spoke about and did.

Parents can pass down epigenetic markers for many generations or their effect can be short-lived, lasting only to the next generation. Either way, the changes are temporary because they do not alter the sequence of DNA, just the way DNA is expressed.

Scientists are still trying to understand the details. The epigenetic markers that were modified by the food supplements appear to have “silenced” genes that encourage appetite. The parents’ environment—in this case, the food they ate before becoming parents—affected the weight of their offspring.

Certain types of medicine have also been suspected of causing changes in epigenetic markers, leading to cancer in the offspring of women who took the medicine. For example, a type of synthetic estrogen prescribed to prevent miscarriages has been linked to an increased number of cancers in their daughters’ and granddaughters’ reproductive organs.

Studies point to changes in the epigenetic markers related to the development of reproductive organs, which the mothers passed down to their daughters. This finding affirms the adage that “you are what your mother—or grandmother—ate.”

Everything that happened before the transition from one genetic makeup to the next marks that genetic makeup and so it predisposes the next generation. Does it have to be so? It is so. But this predisposition can be overcome. And here is what the Bible teaches about overcoming and triumphing above something one does not want to succumb to.

Obviously, bad fathers have produced sons who want to be better than their fathers. They vow to be different and that’s overcoming.

No gene can predispose us to be exactly the same way our ancestors were. However, walking in ancestors’ shoes is quite common. This unwillingness to rise above parents' genetic makeup is quite common.

Many people have mistakenly believed that the DNA with which we are born is the sole determinant for who we are and will become, but scientists have understood for decades that this genetic determinism is a flawed theory.

The power of intentional thoughts and emotions goes beyond theory. Researchers have tested this idea and proven its veracity, they have gone so far as to show that physical aspects of DNA strands could be influenced by human intention.

More on human intention

Some build and some tear down what another had built, the same goes for the building blocks in human genome. Human history portrays many struggles, bloodshed and violence, which as it is written in Genesis 6 went on unabated. The destruction was inevitable for the continual evil caused the cataclysm. Today it is somewhat curbed.

Man creates evil and knows it. This creation is the way of pain, which is sin. It bears fruits of harm and unrest. Every single intent of the heart and thought was divisive (Genesis 6:5) and the creator could not stand it. He made us very much like Him with free thought and will, with the power to choose. Man chose evil, and yet he chose. This choosing was continual, which speaks of total pollution of the human genome. We do not choose God or Satan; we select thoughts and then behavior follows. The invention of two gods is false and yet we can’t let go of it, we must have the good God and the bad god, Satan for without the second we would have to take the blame. But we do not know what to do with this blame. So we magnify it cosmic proportions and soothe the troubled soul. That’s not healthy, is it?

To make things worse, we shifted blame and guilt to fallen angels and invented the great fallen angel Lucifer. We wrapped it all in diapers of religious fantasy. With a sigh of relief we thought we would rest. And since we are not so bad after all, we can keep on deceiving others and ourselves; and so man created hypocrisy and pretentiousness. No one wants to tackle this disease in our genes and thought processes.

Today we know that indeed we can change our genome we are more preoccupied with getting then being.

We seek peace but go about the wrong way. We have the power to create anything; that includes peace, joy and happiness. We can shake off guilt in repentance and change our genetic makeup. We can alter all that we have inherited through right choices.

[Deuteronomy 30:19] I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.

By saying “your descendants” this word implies genetics, which go on remembering what happened before. The peace-marked genes; right choices-marked genes; doing the right thing construct a righteous genome. This is the reason for the giving of the law. The same law carries life and light, health and prosperity in every department of our lives, became a burden and even a curse as Apostle Paul said; but it is not the original and unpolluted law, which man selfishly twisted. The Tov and Rah (Torah) was given to neutralize man’s violence. It was given to stimulate the choice of good, which in turn brings true happiness.