Male and Female: More than Genetics
There is a popular idea that the biological differences between men and women are merely a “biological experiment” – and some say it is not a very good one! You may have even heard that all it takes is two sets of human genes to make a human being. This kind of thinking results from the evolutionary worldview. The Bible takes a very contrary view, extolling the unique virtues and abilities of both men and women.
In biology class we were taught that each of us started in life when genes from our father were united with an equal number of genes from our mother to produce a fertilized egg. But in 1984, researchers tried to fertilize mouse eggs with equal sets of mouse genes from other females. They got no mice and learned what Scripture has known all along – there’s more to it than simple chemistry. Scientists now know that there are very real differences between what were formerly believed to be identical chemicals produced by males and by females. For example, the male proteins on the surface of the developing fetus and placenta modify the mother’s immune response so that she does not reject the growing child.
God’s wisdom in creating male and female, with their very important differences, cannot be denied – and it’s finally being acknowledged by modern science!