Australian researchers have published their discovery of a potentially ground-breaking technique for the early detection of cancer cells. One important mechanism that controls the expression of genes is DNA methylation. When a single carbon methyl molecule attaches to sequences of DNA, the expression of the genes is altered. Not surprisingly, in cancer cells, this methylation pattern is abnormal, leading to the abnormal growth of cancer cells. The researchers demonstrated that gold nanoparticles will bind to the abnormally methylated sequences in cancer cells, but not in normal healthy cells. It is ironic that a symbol of wealth and prosperity may become a metaphor for cancer detection, expanding its cherished position with the human psyche. This test still needs to undergo rigorous additional testing but as one exuberant commentator declared, “Someday there will be a cancer test that states, ‘You are positive for gold!’ “
Gold is valued in many cultures and occupies a prominent position in the Bible. King Solomon received 25 tons of gold from his kingdom and surrounding states that paid tribute to him (1 Kings 10:14). When our Lord Jesus Christ returns, the new Jerusalem will be a massive city of pure gold, spanning 1400 miles in all directions (Revelation 21:18). Gold is highly esteemed and God has used it bless peoples and nations, but God also gives us a better way, something to be desired more than gold.
…the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Psalms 19:9-11 (ESV)
God gives us His Word, the Bible, as precepts to live by, but He does not abandon us to go it alone. God gives everyone who confesses and repents of their sins and accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, His Holy Spirit. This is far more precious than gold! The Holy Spirit is the most sensitive and precise early warning system for any sin that may harm us in this life. He will never leave the life any true believer and will guard our thoughts and actions if we are obedient to His direction.
Gold is valuable and can be a symbol of God’s blessings. But the ultimate blessing that can be bestowed upon anyone is this declaration, “You are positive for God!”
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.