DNA Testing

Genesis 1:27 NIV So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

I find it odd the number of people who have decided to try DNA testing to better understand their genealogy. I have several of my friends who have bought one or joined one of the many DNA programs. They have encouraged me to do the same. They appear excited about the information they have received and some sharing the results as if they are the gospel truth.

Those of you who know me, know that I am a curious soul, so I decided to check it out. My first stop was what is definition of DNA.

DNA Definition: deoxyribonucleic acid, a self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes. It is the carrier of genetic information.

OK so that definition almost was enough to make me quit my search and this post, however I pressed on.

My next search was to find out how many different companies offer DNA testing. You could count the major players on one hand. As I began to research each company, the description and terminology were just as confusing. Get this one for this purpose and that one for another purpose. One provided a service that others didn’t while another one explained the reasons why their test was better.

Confused still, I began to read articles that explained the differences for you. Nothing about this search proved to simplify DNA testing for me, however one quote stuck with me from one of the articles I read. “each of the major three vendors provide an ethnicity estimate based on your autosomal DNA test, and each of the three vendors will provide you with a different result. Yep, same person, different ethnicity breakdowns.” 3 test with 3 different results? Really? One writer said he recommended you take every test out and go with the most common results.

Before researching the DNA testing I thought it might be fun to see what the results would be. After doing the research and investigating it a little further, I now believe that it could be just as factual to let someone read my palm or play the childhood game called the paper fortune teller. Check it out here: http://youtu.be/WpsmrQdN0Do

The Holy Spirit brought me back to today’s scripture and reminded me where I came from. It was free of charge and the Bible is 100% accurate. No need to swab my mouth or send in a hair strand. I may not be able to fill all the leafs on my tree but I know they began with Adam and Eve.

Now don’t take this as a slam to DNA testing. I Simply wanted you to be encouraged. Whether you take a DNA or not, you can be proud of your beginning. God created the first man and woman and we all start there. God loved them so much and He loves you too.