Where did Jesus get His genetic makeup?

Have you ever wondered what happened to Jesus’s baby teeth? Or what He was like as a two year old? Our listeners throw some really great questions our way, and this one was no exception:

“I was thinking—maybe I’m thinking too much—but I was thinking, me, you, everybody else is half our mom, half our dad. But when our Lord came to live with us on the physical side, wouldn’t He be 100% Blessed Virgin Mary?” asked Kenneth from Los Angeles.

Father Simon, host of Father Simon SaysTM on Relevant Radio®, responded:

“In a way, He was. He was 100% human, 100% divine. Remember that this whole DNA thing—God made it in the beginning. … God made DNA, if He chose to do it that way, fine. Jesus was fully human and fully divine; He was a divine person with a fully human, fully divine nature. And the argument can be made that all of creation reflects, in a sense, a shared DNA. That though our DNA is different, it’s less different than we’d like to think. That all species seem to be interrelated.”

“I’m not really an evolutionist; I suppose you could call me a creationist. That it isn’t random, that the process of the development of species has clearly, to me, the imprint of God’s hand on it. But … we are so accustomed to thinking of the Bible as scientific truth. People say, ‘Well the Bible’s wrong.’ The Bible isn’t a book, it’s a library. And it’s like going into a library and looking around and saying, this library is wrong. Well, which part of the library is wrong? Is the history section wrong? Is the science section wrong? Is the poetry section wrong?”

“Of those three areas, the most mistaken is the science section because science changes every day. The minute a theory is proved, there’s another theory … science is very changeable. It doesn’t make it untrue but it’s constantly changing. History is also constantly changing because we constantly find new discoveries and new archives and new archeological finds. The most consistent and the least untrue section in a library is the poetry section. And when people have problems with things like the opening chapters of scripture, it’s because they can’t understand there are many ways to speak truth. From God’s perspective, the whole thing was seven days. From our perspective, it might have been fourteen billion years—I don’t know, I wasn’t there.”

“And about the DNA of the Lord, I don’t know what the Heavenly Father’s DNA would look like. I don’t think He has it; He’s pure spirit. But His perfect love could have created the DNA of perfect love to be that component part of Jesus—that’s one possibility. I don’t know.”

Father Simon encouraged Kenneth to keep wondering and asking questions. There won’t always be a clear answer, but he reminded us that even Jesus asked questions of the elders in the temple when He was a little boy.

For other fascinating questions and answers, listen to Father Simon Says at 2pm ET/11am CT on Relevant Radio.

Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.