Epigenetics is the study of phenotypic cellular changes that occur in response to environmental experiences. These external, environmental factors either “turn on” or “turn off” gene expression causing phenotypic changes. Studies are revealing that these phenotypic changes can be passed on to a persons’ offspring. A study on pregnant women, who lived through the Dutch famine of 1944-1945, revealed a higher incidence of schizophrenia and breast cancer in their children. Furthermore, if the pregnant woman was in her second trimester during the famine, her child had a higher incidence of lung and kidney issues. Researchers have described epigenetics as a form of cellular memory. Most of our memory involves brain cells (Krippner and Barrett, 2019).
Maybe this is why the Bible tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2). Galatians 3:13 tells us that Jesus took all the curses on the tree. Christ purchased our freedom from the curse of the law. Epigenetics is an exciting new field of study and we will dig deeper into this study in the weeks to come. This weeks meditation is Galatians 3:13.
Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified).
Krippner, Staley and Deirdre Barrett (2019) Transgenerational Trauma: The Role of Epigenetics. The Journal
of Mind and Behavior. Winter 2019. Volume 40, Number 1, pp. 53-62.