Epigenetics and the Love of God - John Van Sloten

January 15, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we're going to talk about the science of epigenetics. What does God say through how our genes express themselves? What do epigenetics teach us about how God teaches and cares for us?

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
Psalm 139:13-14, TNIV

"A cell in your skin will have all the skin-specific genes ready to activate when needed, while it will have all pancreas-specific genes "locked away", not accessible for production in any circumstance. That happens because of the epigenetic regulation of those genes. At the same time, our own life experiences can influence this "availability". It's interesting to note that there is no change in the actual DNA sequence, it's just how accessible it is to be "read". It's also interesting that these traits can be inherited, in some cases. it's as if our parents gave us the book of life (our genes), but they also highlighted the important passages and put a shade over the chapters that they didn't need (assuming we won't need them either)."
Dr. Carlo on how Epigenetics work

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments."
The Second Commandment, Exodus 20:4-6, TNIV

"You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name."
Psalm 61:5, TNIV

"His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation."
Luke 1:50, re: God

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November 01, 2015
We reserve the right to discuss science in the context of our faith, especially if that science was anticipated in our ancient scriptures. That's what we have here.

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February 13, 2015
I think science connected to religion, when it brings glory to God, is very important. We believe we are saved by grace through faith, and that can not be scientifically proved, but there are many people who dont even believe there is God, or they are not sure of His power and pocition,here would be handy some scientific support to help the people to see and understand God better.
Merle M
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February 11, 2015
science has no place in a discussion about religion. Religion is about blind faith,science is the opposite,only tested and proven material is valued.
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January 18, 2015
Genes may hold control over our lives, but our environment dictates their every move. The reason for this strategically developed relation is simple: just like any other living organism we need to survive and thrive.
Miruna PMC
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November 21, 2012
sorry, this is not science.
Greg Emmerich
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