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Going Viral


Matthew 10:29-30

 “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”


"Put thi mack' on, mi lad," shouted my father, "Or tha'll catch thi death o' cowd!"


Translated into the sort of English that those outside Manchester, England, might understand, Dad was advising me to put a raincoat on, as my failure to do so might cause me to get a cold so bad that it could be fatal. Of course, as a professional engineer, my father was completely aware that it was not damp conditions that caused colds, but rather infection by viruses.


A virus is a remarkable object. It is a very small particle. One kind of virus was discovered early in virology because a filtrate still contained infection, having been filtered through a material that should have removed bacteria and other cells. In fact, viruses do not really contain enough material to be properly considered as living, and yet they can reproduce when they behave as parasites on cells. A virus is really just made of a protein and a nucleic acid. But if one part of the virus is missing, it cannot fulfill its function. As such, we can consider it to be irreducibly complex. In an article on the Answers in Genesis website, Dr. Andrew Fabich has described viruses as molecular machines, which bear all the hallmarks of intelligent design.


Viruses are, of course, not popular. It is difficult to think of any good ones, though Dr. Fabich gave a list of beneficial viruses. However, most viruses that we have heard of are unpleasant, so we have to remember that God must have made them all good and beneficial at Creation, and they have suffered the effects of the Fall since then.


Prayer: We understand that everything You made was made well and perfect, Lord God, including things that have gone wrong because of Adam's sin. We look forward to the day when all this harm will be undone, in the life to come. Amen.


Ref: Fabich, A. (2017), Celebrate Your Inner Virus, < >, accessed 10/3/2017. Image: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported.




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