RE: Did Jesus know the genetic code?

From: Alexanian, Moorad (
Date: Thu Dec 12 2002 - 15:51:20 EST

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    These sort of questions sound a bit strange in view of the following
    verses: ĺ─¨Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was
    made that has been made.ĺ─¨ John 1:3. Moorad

            -----Original Message-----
            From: George Murphy []
            Sent: Thu 12/12/2002 11:15 AM
            Subject: Did Jesus know the genetic code?

            The question posed in my subject heading is, on one level, as
            reasonable as "Did
            Jesus know that the earth was round?" If one claims that, because he
            was the Son of God
            he must have known that the earth was round then he must have also
            know that it isn't
            exactly spherical, its quadrupole, octupole &c moments as well as the
            genetic code, the
            details of nuclear fusion &c.
                    There is no compelling reason to make such a claim - & also
            no drop-dead
            argument to reject it. I belive that the divine kenosis
    should be taken with
            complete seriousness, that God Incarnate lived a human life under the
            conditions of
            finite humanity in 1st century Palestine, & that limitation of
            knowledge was part of
            this. Some NT texts (Mk.5:30 & 13:32, Lk.2:52) point rather
    explicitly in this
            direction. OTOH, he was (& is) God Incarnate & when all is said and
            done, we don't have
            access to the inner workings of his mind.
                    That's "on one level," the theological. On the purely
            historical level there's
            nothing impossible about Jesus having known the shape of the earth -
            & even its size -
            found by Greek science. There was a strong presence of
    hellenistic culture in
            Palestine, & we simply don't know how much familiarity with it Jesus
            had. OTOH we have
            no indication in the gospels that he ever gave any thought to the
            shape of the earth,
            nobody trying to trap him by asking, "Rabbi, is the earth
    round or flat" &c.
                    So the question about Jesus' views on the shape of the earth
            may be like asking
            what I think is the world's greatest soccer team. I've never given
            any thought to it,
            don't know, & don't very much care.


            George L. Murphy

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