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A laziness gene? Really?

ReclinerIs laziness a sin or a genetic defect? According to a team of scientists at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, it’s probably a genetic predisposition for certain people to be lazy. How did they find this out? They used selective breeding to mate more active lab rats with other active lab rats and mated less active lab rats with other lab rats that were less active. Ten generations later they found that each group displayed the more active or less active traits of the earlier generations.

They examined each group at the genetic level and found that there may be about 36 genes that possibly play a role in determining if rats will be very active or lazy. This led the scientists to conclude that this must be true for humans as well. Now that they have isolated this possibility, they are encouraged to do more research on those specific genes. In other words, now that they made this brilliant discovery, they can go to their benefactors and ask for more money to do more research to see if there are humans who have the gene for being lazy.

These scientists reflect a mentality that is prevalent in Western thinking in our postmodern era. Every bad habit of humans has to have some scientific explanation for why people are the way they are. It’s basically just their continued attempts to get around the fact God exists, that he created us, and that he as our Creator has given us a manual that reveals what makes mankind tick, for better or worse–a manual called the Bible. Their obsession with scientism (all assumptions and methods for research for every field or subject must begin with science) has given us the ideas that adultery, violent behavior, drunkenness, and other evil practices are simply a genetic code and people who do such things can’t help themselves.

Such people who hold to these ideas tend to forget there are moral and ethical factors that are part of this life we live. We as humans make choices regarding the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do and we must take responsibility for those choices, not blame them on genes. That is why we have law enforcers and court systems.

Essentially, trying to discover lazy genes is a waste of time and money. Laziness is a choice stemming from man’s sinful nature from our spiritual side as attested to in these scriptures:

30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. 32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. 33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 34 So shall thy poverty come as one that traveleth; and thy want [lack] as an armed man. Proverbs 24

14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. Proverbs 26

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord… Romans 12



Source: Couch Potatoes May Be Genetically Predisposed to Being Lazy, Rat Study Suggests. Science Daily. April 8, 2013.


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