Laminin: Evidence of God’s Existence?


Laminin: Evidence of God’s Existence?

In Him All Things Hold Together (Colossians 1:17)

When Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, pitched his congregation with the Laminin protein proposition, suggesting that the cross-shaped protein is scientific evidence that Christ is holding our bodies together, he got my undivided attention. His theological proposition suggests that Colossians 1:17 is directly referencing  the cross-shaped laminin protein for two reasons: (1) It is shaped like the cross that Jesus was crucified upon, and (2) Laminin’s primary function of binding our cells together is the meaning of the latter part of verse 17, “in him all things hold together.” Therefore, Pastor Giglio excitedly concludes that God purposely created the cross-shaped laminin protein as proof that Christ is holding us together and referenced Colossians 1:17 as his proof text—right? Well, before we share our thoughts, let’s take a look at the pastor’s proposition as he shared it with his congregation in the video below.

You really need to watch the video to follow along, so please view it now.

As much as I would like to believe the laminin proposition, unfortunately, there is more to the laminin protein story then is being shared in the video and several theological issues that need to be addressed.

The first obstacle to Pastor Giglio’s narrative is that laminins exist in various shapes when viewed through an electron microscope. The “t” or t-like laminin protein shown above and being proposed as a perfect representation of the cross is only one of various shaped laminin proteins. Pastor Giglio’s belief that laminin proteins are in “the perfect shape of the cross of our Lord” is not supported by the empirical facts. The other colorful cross-shaped diagram shown above is an educator’s artistic depiction for teaching purposes only. It is not an identical replica of the laminin protein. In the illustration below we see various shapes of laminin protein as viewed through an electron microscope. Click the diagram below to view a larger size.

As you can see in our next example, there are only a couple of images in the group that resembles a “t” or a cross-shaped protein. If we selectively ignore the other shapes we could make a stronger case for lamimin being an exclusive cross-shaped protein. However, we must concede there exist too many variable laminin shapes to conclude that laminin proteins are exclusively cross-shaped. Therefore, the argument that a cross-shaped protein is referenced in Colossians 1:17 is inconsistent with the facts. Even if all laminin proteins were exclusively cross-shaped it would still not be the meaning of Colossians 1:17 for the following reason.

Taking a closer look at Colossians 1:15-20, we hear the apostle Paul speaking of Christ holding all things together, not the cross holding all things together. The “message of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18) is Christ who died in our place and purchased our salvation. In Colossians 1:22, just a few verses away from verse 17, we read how God reconciled the world by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight. It is not the cross itself, but the Christ of the cross that has reconciled us to God and it is Christ, not the cross, that all things hold together. While the cross served as a cruel altar upon which our Savior was sacrificed for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2), our focus must remain upon the one who carried our cross, bore our sins in His body (1Peter 2:24), was crucified, died, and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

It is in Him (Jesus), by Him, through Him, and for Him that all things were created. “All things” includes all of God’s creation with its vast incomprehensible universe—the sun, moon, stars, all living things, and all things that are visible and invisible (the spiritual and heavenly things). All things are held together by his command, by his word, and by his will. The fact that “all things” (not just the human body) “hold together” (Gr. synistēmi) translated “consist” in the KJV, is what is being conveyed in Colossians 1:17. Without Him, nothing in creation can or would exist. “All things” in v 17 means “all creation” consist and is held together in, by, through, and for Christ.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20)

All creation is a manifestation of God’s infinite power. It is the very first thing we are told in Genesis 1:1,”In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” To suggest that a variably shaped protein, “laminin,” is referenced in Colossians 1:17 is to diminish the full majesty and awesomeness of almighty God in His unfathomable creation, to wit the apostle is referring. We do not need an electron microscope to view proof of God’s power or existence.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

Conclusion

The laminin protein is an amazing example of God’s intelligent design. It’s cohesive properties bind together the 37.2 trillion cells that make up the human body and serves to demonstrate God’s incomprehensible creation design, irrespective of its shape. However, after a careful examination of the Scriptures, it falls short of being the meaning of Colossians 1:17.

We must always be mindful that God’s word often requires more than a cursory reading to discover sound incontrovertible teaching. We must meditate on his word, prayerfully, diligently, and continually.

While Pastor Giglio may have gotten over-excited about his laminin presentation and mistakenly connected it to Colossians 1:17, he appears to be reaching a new generation with the good news of Jesus Christ. I saw nothing in his message or any of his other sermons that would lead me to believe that he is anything other than a soul-winning man of God. He was nurtured under Pastor Charles Stanley and his son, Pastor Andy Stanley.


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  4. Adam H says:

    While I understand the need to be cautious concerning worldly “proof” to our faith, I wouldn’t discredit laminin as a fingerprint of Christ either. Things in the physical are shadows of things spiritual (Hebrews 9 speaks of the lawful sacrifices and temple thereof being figures of the true). Hebrews 3 the worlds were framed by the Word of God.

    Consider your pictures. Snopes spoke of the variable shapes of laminin and the resemblance to a caduceus. Which is funny because the serpent on a stick (consider the other shape of laminin you pictured) was used by God in the wilderness with Moses to free the Israelites from a curse incurred by their sin (fiery serpents Numbers 21:4-9) and was a symbol of how Jesus would be crucified for our sin.

    Jn 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
    Jn 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    The withered flower makes me think of the song above all “like a rose trampled on the ground, You took the fall, and thought of me, above all”. If you look at the flesh of Christ crucified it doesnt completely make a cross either…more like a withered flower. Such is the nature of putting our faith in the physical or flesh rather than the Spirit. Im not putting the cross above Jesus I just know that without His sinless life and Him taking my sins upon Him the wood even His shed blood couldn’t have saved me.

    The serpent used by Moses in the wilderness was broken by king Josiah because the Israelites had turned it into an idol. (2 Kings 18:4) The figure was powerless without the true.

    While you can’t judge a figure by the shadow it casts you can consider it and set your sights above. One day in my discouragement over feeling confused trying to walk with God I asked Him if He let Thomas touch His scars why couldn’t I? (I know it’s better to believe without seeing but I was desperate and Jesus wanted to give Thomas what he needed to believe.) I had to trust God and wait on an answer but when He reminded me of Giglio’s sermon on laminin (that I touched His scars every day after a manner of speaking) I told God He cheated but as He continued to speak to my heart I had what I needed to get back up in my walk with Jesus.

    Long story short I can get Snopes denying Christ but…

    Rev 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
    Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

    1Thes 5:20 Despise not prophesyings.

    If it brings glory to Christ and points people to Him don’t quickly strike it out as evidence for fear of the crazy train. Everything we believe Satan has crafted an argument against but God always gives us the help (“evidence”) we need to put faith in Him. People who put all their faith in the “proof” rather than using it as a pointer or springboard to getting to know Jesus the Word personally (prayer, the Church, Bible study, service, etc) are seeds on the rocks anyway–they have no root. We all have to learn to step past what we know into trusting the God above our knowledge (which passes away, but faith hope and His perfect love abide–1 Cor 13). But dont yank out the rug from under somebody that might use it in the future, just leave a sign to keep going forward.

    I hope this helps.

  5. Web Master says:

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Pastor Giglio taught that Laminin “is in the perfect shape of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is clearly inconsistent with National Acadamy of Sciences. Laminin appears in a variety of shapes as depicted in their 1997 diagram. Secondly, his misconception about the shape of Laminin leads him to mistakenly connect it to Colossians 1:17 where Christ, not the cross, is holding all things together… “in him all things hold together.” Even if all laminin were in the “perfect shape of the cross” it would still not be the meaning of Colossians 1:17.

    We believe that the Scriptures are the final authority on all matters of faith and that experiences or beliefs that are not supported by the scriptures or go beyond what cannot be supported in the Scriptures only serve to confuse the truth. No form of prophecy that flows from the Holy Spirit will contradict the Scriptures. It is important that we strive to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim.2:15).

    It is good that during your state of confusion and discouragement you found the strength to get up and move on with God.

    God’s best to you!

  6. It may look like a cross but better it looks like the first hebrew letter ALEFT go figure. The hebrew letter alef always refer to GOD the creator.

  7. Robert says:

    Thank you for protecting people from enjoying a protein.

  8. Michael Kennedy says:

    You need to revise your conclusion about laminin. You said, “It is just one of the 37.2 trillion cells that make up the human body and serves to demonstrate God’s incomprehensible creation design, irrespective of its shape.” Laminin is not a cell. It is a protein molecule.

  9. Web Master says:

    Thanks

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