The upcoming Easter holiday usually prompts discussions of Jesus Christ, whether it is in movie specials or church promotions. This year, news of a protein in humans called laminin is taking center stage on the web. Many believers in Jesus are turning to laminin to view it as the signature of Jesus Christ.
Laminin, a complex, extracellular matrix glycoprotein located in the basement membrane, is not new to the scientific community. While it has been a known substance for some time, the book The Laminins by Peter Elkblom and Rupert Timpl, gives more insight on the protein to the general public. The glycoprotein is described as a bonding agent that cements cells. The fact about laminin that is fascinating the faithful is its shape. The protein is in the shape of a cross.
Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, first used laminin as an example in a sermon that was broadcasted over the Internet. He was speaking to Colossians 1:17, which states Jesus Christ existed before anything else and holds all things together. Giglio preached about Jesus helping people with problems, and used the protein as a metaphor that the power to hold things together was in the cross. This is just like laminin, as in its cross shape, it is responsible for holding cells together. Believers seized the information and interpreted it as seeing the protein as a way that Jesus Christ marked humans as an artist, signing his creation to point to truth.
Another interesting fact about laminin, according to those who have researched the protein, is that the glycoprotein is made up of three components that form chains. In most mainstream Christian faiths, followers believe in the trinity of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Christian doctrine states they are three entities that are embodied in one.
Scientists have long known about the shape of the glycoprotein. One of the first papers on the subject described the protein as a crucifix. The paper’s author also said the shape makes the protein perfect for connecting with cell sites that are further away.
Laminin, according to scientific information, is one of the first things to develop in a fetus that doctors can see. The glycoproteins do many things, including helping cells attach and getting cells to grow and move. They help heal wounds and renew nerves, and also assist in a graft attaching to existing cells. New evidence suggests the protein is important in controlling neuromuscular diseases, and doctors have known for years that the glycoprotein plays a role in the growth of tumors and metastases. Recent discoveries show that laminin-alpha2 plays a role in muscular diseases. That particular protein, which lives in cells near muscle fibers, does not exist in people with those diseases.
While the shape of the protein may be fascinating to those who want to believe in Jesus, Christian scientists are not glued to the idea. Many say that the faithful should not look for concrete signs under a microscope, but should take their beliefs on faith. Believers, however, have attached to the idea as laminin being representative of Jesus Christ signing his name within the cells of the human body, and are now merchandising the iconic protein shape with inspirational scripture.
By Melody Dareing
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