Eternal DNA?

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The Bible reveals a nearly unique belief in the world, that the life after death involves our physical bodies. Job announces, "after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God" (Job 19.26) and the Gospel of John says, "all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out" (5.28-9). Lutheran Christians and many others confess in the Apostles Creed, "I believe…in the resurrection of the body." This perspective that something of our physicality remains causes me to think about heaven. Having just completed a Lutheran Hour Study, "Death then what…" I continue to meditate on the questions raised there.
So I’m wondering, if there is a material-ness to the afterlife doesn’t that include our DNA? I recognize that there is something of a glorifying that happens as a part of that transition to heaven but since DNA is connected to our bodies does that also mean there is connection in some way to those who share our DNA? Scripture also says that there is no marriage or being given in marriage (Luke 20.34), so that is not the connection but how does that DNA express itself? Do we recognize each other because of it, do we know of that unique connection with others even without the standard family formations?
One other level of physicality of the resurrection is sticking in my thoughts too. The brain is modified by our relationships, memories and experiences, they are physical changes. What of those changes remain? Is this how we know each other, do we reminisce but without remorse? There is the troubling but not complete loss of recognition by the disciples who do not immediately recognize Jesus after the resurrection. Something of the glorified body had changed him but not beyond scars, not beyond his voice and personality. There is much to ponder, but for today my musings are done.

Published in: on September 26, 2012 at 9:38 am  Leave a Comment  

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