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We hear a lot about the subject of DNA today. The letters DNA stand for "Deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms". Every living creature has DNA. The DNA is unique to each creature. It is unique in another way. Each individual creature's DNA is different to all other like creatures.
Consequently, we see DNA evidence left at a crime scene identifies, beyond a reasonable doubt, a specific individual who was present at the scene. In addition, since the science of DNA investigation has come into being, many convicted of a crime have been released from incarceration because human DNA left at the crime scene was not that of the individual convicted.
The unique thing about DNA is that one is able to obtain a sample from any part of the body and it will be an identical match taken from a sample from any other part of the body of that individual.
In 1st Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul uses the analogy of the human body to describe the Body of Christ, the church Christ established - Matt 16:18. In 1 Cor 12, he says all the individual Christians are like body parts; each have different functions but all a part of the same body. The apostle Paul said in Eph 4 there is one body and in Eph 1:22,23, he identifies the one body as the church.
Religious denominations teach that individual members of the body of Christ are different denominations, i.e., big toe is one denomination, the eye is another, the knee is another, etc. I think you get the picture.
The Spiritual DNA of the Body of Christ (that which contains the instruction and development of the living Body of Christ) is the word of God, the Bible. This Spiritual DNA refutes the view of religious denominations. If a religious group says one is saved by faith only, another says one is saved by grace only, etc., it does not match what the Bible (spiritual DNA) says and, thus, they cannot be a part of the Body of Christ. If a religious group is organized, functions, and teaches that which is contrary to the Bible, it cannot be identified as a part of the body of Christ (the church) because the teaching does not match the spiritual DNA (the Bible).Not only does their teaching exclude them from the Body of Christ, it also excludes them from each other. That is why the religious world is divided today.
Each true individual member of the body of Christ, who conforms to Biblical teaching, will act and speak as another member of the true body of Christ and thus there is unity. Each member is a human being, not a religious group. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out does it.
By Dick Millwee
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