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Today's Creation Moment

Solar System Structure Confounds Scientists
Psalm 147:4
"He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names."
Our solar system has a nice, neat structure. The planets all have nice, stable, relatively round orbits. This structure protects the Earth from being struck by another large planet. Evolutionary...

Bacterium Versus Bacterium

Genesis 3:19
"In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return."

When God finished the creation on the sixth day, He declared all that He made to be "very good." There was no death, no decay, no pain and no sickness. When Adam and Eve committed the first sin, their actions resulted in sickness, decay and death. How could a finished, perfect creation have the ability to become this way?

New research on a strategy to eliminate tooth decay may illustrate an answer to this question. The bacteria most responsible for tooth decay produce lactic acid. Lactic acid eats away at tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. Scientists genetically engineered a natural form of this bacterium that produces a chemical that kills the form of the bacterium in our mouths. They then disabled the ability of this bacterium to produce lactic acid. They also had to double another gene to replace the function originally carried out by the lactic acid. This gene produces nothing harmful. Scientists believe they have developed a harmless bacteria that will remove and replace the harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay. This research raises an interesting question: Is it possible that in the beginning the bacteria in our mouth was harmless, but after Adam's fall only a minor modification made it harmful?

However, genetic engineering, indeed all of modern science, cannot reverse the ultimate consequences of sin. Only God's Son, Jesus Christ, can take away the guilt of our sin and give us eternal life.

Help me, dear Lord, to keep my eyes on heaven where all is perfect. Amen.
Science News, 3/18/00, p. 190, "Wash that mouth out with bacteria!"