Science has proven something that Christians have known all along, that we are all brothers and sisters. The doctrine that states we are all children of a Heavenly Father has been preached by the LDS church since way before DNA evidence proved we are, in fact, related.
Now, I haven’t found any high profile geneticists going on the record that we all descend from a Heavenly Father, but that doesn’t fit the current narrative. But God doesn’t generally fit mans narrative.
No matter how you think we got here, either by being put here on purpose by a Supreme Being or if you think we got here by being deposited by aliens, it is a fact that we all share similar blueprints.
DNA genealogy is fascinating and eye opening. You, odds are, are related to thousands of living people of different shapes, sizes, eye color, politics and religion. Some of these folks you share interests in common, and some you share little. Some of your genetic relatives are criminals. Some are rude and vulgar. Some are good cooks and some aren’t. Some will like spaghetti and some won’t.
For two generations, my maternal ancestors were adopted. First, my awesome mother was lucky to be born and not aborted, then incredibly blessed to be adopted into her loving family and then living a charmed childhood. My mother’s mother was even more blessed to be adopted with her sister into their well to do home with opportunities that they would never had realized had they not been adopted. Genetic research has yielded many amazing discoveries about their biological beginnings. Genetically, they are related to folks who led tragic lives and mostly met with sad endings. DNA is not our destiny, however.
Folks doing genealogy are always quick to point out their direct descendancy to kings and royalty no matter how far back genetically, even though they are far more likely to be closer to ne’er do wells and criminals. But, no matter, genealogy shows us that we are indisputably related to each other for good or ill.
One of the most fascinating aspects of genetics is how preponderance for disease can be genetic. Not only do descendants share eye colors and hair colors, we pass on other traits like disease. Predisposition to diseases like cancer and heart disease can be detected in your DNA before you are even old enough to walk! It’s amazing. And, as science advances, we will surely discover even more traits that we pass down and around.
While pointy headed scientists poke to science to prove that we are biological accidents, I say we can poke to science to show the opposite, that we are what we’ve been told we are, brothers and sisters and children of Heavenly parents.