The headline for David Brown’s article in the Washington Post confirms it: Genome news flash: We’re all a little bit broken.
Basically, the ‘average’ person has something wrong in their genetic makeup:
A new study estimates that the average person goes through life with 20 genes permanently out of commission. With each of us possessing about 20,000 genes, that means 0.1 percent of our endowment is broken from the start — and we don’t even know it. . .
“It does suggest that human beings have a bigger tolerance for mutation than we thought,” said Daniel G. MacArthur of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in England, who led the study published Thursday in the journal Science. “That we can actually have 20 genes knocked out and still be walking around without suffering any ill effects — that was surprising.”
Paul’s neurologist suggested we get more updated genetic testing on Paul a few months ago. But, he noted then and which seems to be confirmed by this study, even if they found something it doesn’t necessarily mean it explains his unusual grouping of disabilities because there are genes that are ‘out of commission’ which don’t actually do us any harm. With as much as we know about the human body, there is still a great deal we don’t know.
But God does. I’m glad for that!
And we’re not just a little bit broken – we are entirely broken!
God knows that, too. Thankfully, he also provided the cure through Jesus Christ!
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:18-21 ESV)