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Topic: Breaking the Rules (08/16/04)

TITLE: The DNA Findings - Part 1
By Dan Blankenship
08/22/04

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Dr. Garrison Joust knew he was breaking the rules, working outside the limits of boundaries set by his mentor – the brilliant Dr. Gelan Notelle. But he was sure Dr. Notelle would be excited about his new findings. His discovery, the unbelievable structural changes in human DNA genome that takes place when a person comes to the belief that Jesus Christ provides the only path to heaven, was going to rock the very foundations of the scientific world. He had run his tests countless times, the results always the same: The double helix showed a change in the alignment of all four bases – A, T, C, and G, all in the noncoded (nongene) area of the DNA strand.

Garrison believed his findings were the most amazing scientific uncovering in the history of mankind; by succumbing to the teachings of Jesus of Nazereth, people could actually alter their genetic structure. Amazing, he thought. In fact, he thought it all the time. He had made a commitment to the man who came to earth to alter human genes. What other faith changed genetic structure?

“Dr. Notelle, thank you for seeing me on such short notice,” Garrison said, entering the elaborate yet a slightly cluttered office of his boss. “I was wondering if you had the chance to review the data I submitted?”

“Indeed, I have read every page. I read it all twice. Then I tossed it all in the fire pit behind the administrative office and burned all of it.”

“Burned it?”

“Yes, Dr. Joust, I burned it.”

“Why would you do that?”

“Your work proves that when a human accepts the man from Nazareth’s claims that human is made a new creature.”

“Why do you call him the man from Nazareth? His name is Jesus.”

“I know his name, Dr. Joust. I know it well,” Dr. Notelle answered as he pulled the .38 caliber semi-automatic from his desk drawer. “It is not in the best interest of my fallen comrades for this information to be brought forward.”

“Comrades?”

“Demons, Dr. Joust, fallen angels. That is my heritage. And my mission is to make sure your findings never leave this institute.”

Dr. Joust made a break for the door. Dr. Notelle raised the weapon and pulled the trigger.

To be continued…


Member Comments
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Melanie Kerr 08/23/04
Very surreal! Nice cliff hanger! I like your quirky interpretation of the new creation!
darlene hight08/23/04
Dan this is great! What a nice twist!
L.M. Lee08/23/04
Oh this was great...but I hate season's final episodes that leaving you hanging! ;-(

I love the DNA idea...great! Hey they say people who are homosexual have different DNA...wouldn't it be great if believers could really be proven scientifically to be NEW CREATIONS!

very creative piece!
Marina Rojas08/23/04
Dan, I just love your writings, but this one made me mad. Now I have to wait til I get the book on tape to get the rest or what? Tell me, Dan! Tell me now!!!
Give it up, Dan! How could you!?

oh, by the way, I liked this part.