Materialists used to say the universe is composed of matter and energy. No God, no soul, no free will, not even a "you:" your decisions and loves are all a pointless illusion produced by the physical brain for an audience that isn't there.
|DNA double helix|
The information is encoded in four nitrogen bases. "A," adenine; "T," thymine; "G," guanine; and "C," cytosine. Using different sequences of these four "letters," -- ATGC -- all the information that makes up "you," is literally spelled out in code. Information.
If someone were to print out this article, and you were to later find it, you would have no doubt (Bear hopes) that an intelligence was behind it, who encoded a message using the convention we call writing the English language. Encoding information is something an intelligence does. Information.
In trials, the Bear has often faced the challenge of DNA evidence. It is very compelling. The forensic scientist will say that the DNA found on the victim's body matches the defendant's DNA to the exclusion of [some impossibly high number] which is more than the population of the entire planet. For all intents and purposes everybody's DNA is unique.
You probably know that at conception, you got half of your DNA from your father, and half from your mother. So much was decided at that moment! Your eye color, and hair color. What diseases you might be prone to. If you have children, it may seem that even talents and traits from one parent or the other are passed along.
You were already a unique individual at conception. A life. A human being.
Here the Psalmist strikes a wonderfully appropriate chord.
13. For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15. My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
But new studies suggest our DNA may not be as unchanging as we once thought. In fact, an article in Scientific American, "Changing Our DNA Through Mind Control?" suggests how we think may at least help prevent DNA deterioration. (They use Buddhist meditation, of course, but you get the idea.) Another study found that depression changes DNA. Both of these studies look at the length of telomeres, which are like the plastic tips on your shoelaces. Telomeres keep your DNA from unraveling, and longer ones are associated with greater protection, while shorter ones may not get the job done.
Whether we can actually change the information itself in our DNA remains to be seen. Everyone agrees, however, that we can do healthy or unhealthy things with our minds. Some of these may come from certain DNA coding, i.e. a cause; others seem to do the reverse, affect the DNA, at least its protection against deterioration.
In conclusion, on a molecular level, complex information has somehow been coded into your biology. Information which strongly suggests an intelligence. We might as well go further: God wrote it. Just like, "In your book were written the days that were ordained for me."