Does our genetic code determine who we are? Studies initially suggested we are our genes – we’ve inherited them. We can shrug off certain personal traits, such as a tendency towards obesity, because it’s part of our inherited nature. But with the advent of the science of epigenetics, new studies now suggest there are ways to alter the way genes behave and thus change that predetermined path.
According to the latest theories of this science, we can modify our genetic health patterns through lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. This may sound promising and appealing, particularly to many of us living in conditions that allow us to eat well and stay active. However, much of the world’s population does not necessarily follow a recommended diet, nor in many cases, have access to what is considered healthy lifestyle opportunities. This appears to create a disparity in having any hope of affecting the epigenetic calculation.
Yet, there is a way to view our heritage that does not leave us defenceless with what seems an undesirable genetic code or dependent upon lifestyle circumstances in order to experience good health.
As a student of the Bible, I am inspired by the view of our birthright as declared in Genesis that we are made in the image and likeness of God (Gen.1:26,27). This divine heritage ensures that our spiritual likeness expresses freedom from material confines or any limited potential.
Over the years, I’ve experienced the well-being and freedom of learning more about my true heritage. The Apostle Paul understood our divine birthright, saying: “For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs.” (Romans 8:16,17 NLT)
During her early adult years, Christian theologian and author Mary Baker Eddy, explored numerous remedies, including various diets, to find relief from poor health. But her discovery, that the true essence or Science of our being is spiritual – as Paul declared – brought her a long life filled with good health and purpose. Eddy based her study exclusively on the teachings of the Bible. And she was able to consistently heal people of all types of disease without knowing their genetic code or regulating their diet or exercise.
As a result of Eddy’s teachings, people have found healing from genetic inheritances that they were told would define the rest of their lives. In one published account, Deran relates how he felt that genetics were in control of his future and he was doomed to be a “foodaholic.” At different times, he sought the help of both a psychologist and a 12-step program that addressed overeating, both of which were unsuccessful. Most importantly, he could not buy into the idea that he had to accept this molecular heritage and that every step he took was a recovery with the possibility lurking of a fall back to behaviors controlled by genes.
In his renewed and sincere study of Eddy’s words and works, he glimpsed a spiritual solution – God, divine Mind, governed his life, not genes or other biomedical factors and limitations. Not only was he healed of his obsession with food and quickly maintained a balanced weight, but he also found his character transformed by the Christian values he was learning.
Theories about our health and well-being tend to fluctuate over time, according to the latest research and conjectures. Deran’s experience is one example of how the concept of man as the child of a loving God brings a lifetime of freedom from any theory that could limit one’s health and happiness. That’s a Science of being worth exploring.
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