18, 2005 - On the Today Show this morning, there was
an interesting segment that spoke about our common origins.
Katie, Matt, Ann and Al had all been asked to contribute
cheek swabs. When their DNA was analyzed, it became
possible to trace the ancient migrations of their prehistoric
was most fascinating about this investigation was that,
in spite of the fact that the show's regulars represented
three distinct racial groups - White, Asian and African
American -- all four of their blood lines started from
somewhere in central Africa around 2000 generations
ago. From the indicators in their DNA, each one of them
was able to learn about the different routes their earliest
relatives took, some because of the hardships of the
ice age, some for other reasons. Katie's and Matt's
forebears headed north and west, ending in what is now
Europe. Ann's headed east, while Al's stayed in the
general area of Africa.
migratory history of the human race tells us that, regardless
of where we ended up, we all started from the same place.
Thus, racial and ethnic differences cannot disguise
the fact that, at the most fundamental level, we are
physical journey is a useful metaphor for a deeper truth.
Since we are embodied spirits, what does this DNA record
of our physical oneness teach us about our spiritual
Bible tells us that "God created human beings,
making them to be like himself. [Gen. 1:27 TEV] That
means at the very least that we are created from God's
substance, that we are part of God, that, as someone
has put it, "each one of us is a different cell
in the divine body." In the same way that our children
are formed from the substance of our physical bodies,
God created his own children from God's own essence.
Today Show staff learned this morning that all racial
groups, regardless of their eventual destinations, began
at the same geographical point and sprang from a single
group of human beings. From that original unity, they
spread out and diversified into the variety of skin
types and cultural styles which we see today. But science
makes it clear that no one can claim, regardless of
our differences, that we are not all related.
precisely the same way, we all had our spiritual genesis
in God. As we increased in intellectual capacity, we
spread across the earth and came up with varying images
of our common father, God. Despite the fact that these
images are widely varied and culturally influenced,
no one can claim, regardless of our differences, that
all religions are not related. They are all linked in
a common quest - to discover who is this divinity which
has created us.
tells us we are one. Religious leaders, however, tell
us we are not one, that only one path on that ancient
spiritual journey has led to the truth. Perhaps one
day the church will recognize what is already obvious
to science - that if there is only one father, there
can be only one people.
John W. Sloat 2005