Christ, Christian Life, The Church

Christ in Kingdom Monera

I am a homeschooling mom to three boys. This year, we’re studying biology. Biology, by definition, is the study of living organisms. One day, we were reading about the Kingdom Monera, and I saw Christ – surprise!

I am doing this blog post a little different today! Instead of telling you what I saw right off, I am going to give you the information, and you’re going to tell me what you see of Christ. I am not sure who all reads this blog, but if you’re out there in blogland reading this, I encourage you to participate. I saw a least 6 or more things that reveal Christ and his nature. So here we go!!

Academic Moment… Hang in there!!

The organisms found in this kingdom are unicellular and do not have membrane bound organelles. This means all their innards, like DNA,  are able to freely move about within the cell. An example from this kingdom is bacteria. Bacteria participate in genetic recombination but not for the purpose of reproduction, because they asexually reproduce. They use it to pass on a trait from one bacterium to another. That trait can allow a bacteria to survive in conditions that it otherwise couldn’t, so the bacteria can continue to live and reproduce asexually. There are two forms of genetic recombination: one is conjugation and the other is transformation. If you click on the picture, it will give you a little blurb about Kingdom Monera.

Definitions

Conjugation

Is the process of copying and passing on DNA to another cell so that cell can obtain traits that will ensure its survival. The process of conjugation then can be used to pass on the new trait received from the death of another cell. So other cells may benefit from this new trait.

Transformation

A transfer of DNA, as a result of death, which enables the dying cell to pass on a beneficial trait to the surrounding cells. When the bacterial cell dies, its cell wall falls apart releasing the contents of the cell into its surroundings. The other cells within the vicinity detect these contents and are then able to absorb what it needs, incorporating the new genetic information.

Alert!!   Real test question:

This was the question my boys had on their biology test:

A population is composed of bacteria that are very sensitive to light. They survive and thrive only in the darkness. They live in a lake that is in a dark cave, so they are able to flourish. Slowly, however, a hole begins to erode the cave’s roof. As the days pass, light begins to filter in, and the cave starts to be dimly lit. The bacteria begin to die due to the light. While the erosion is taking place, however, two individual bacteria in the soil above ground fall into the lake. These bacteria cannot survive in the dimness of the poorly-lit cave, because they live and thrive in the light, so they immediately die. Days later, the hole has opened up so that light floods the cavern. Nevertheless, the bacteria that were once dying due to the light are now flourishing, with a population larger than they had before the erosion. Explain how this could be possible?

Your Test…

Using the information I have given you, tell us in the comments:

What do you see that reveals Christ and his nature in the Kingdom Monera? I saw at least six things; how many can you see?


Featured Image Credit: wonderwhizkids.com

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6 Comment

  1. Reply
    Donna
    January 23, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Carrie this was so much fun! And what an awesome example in what He has created, of what He has done (and was going to do when He created it)! – Well, what I saw of the Lord was that like the Kingdom Monera, the Lord’s Kingdom works in the same way. We were lost in the darkness and God pierced the darkness with His light, His Son, and Christ who is the Light of the world, descended from heaven and gave His life for us, so that we could not only survive in the world but that we were redeemed from the power of the darkness and were transformed by His death giving life, to now thrive in His light! It is just as Christ said, that unless a seed goes into the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed but by dying, many seeds are born! He passed on His ‘trait’ so to speak, by giving us His Holy Spirit who now indwells us and He did this by dying for us and ascending to the Father. Also, since we also were crucified with Him we have been resurrected with Him, but it’s His life that is now being expressed through us, so it’s His DNA, producing after His own kind. We also, die to ourselves, so that His life is imparted to others (or the other cells around us). We decrease so He increases. And this is the Kingdom life of Christ. That’s what I saw and I loved it! I can’t wait to read what you and others saw of Him in this. Thanks sister!

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      Carrie Walters
      January 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Donna thank for your portion of Christ!! I love how we can see Christ and his eternal purpose play out in bacteria. He really has placed himself in all things. All things were created to reflect Him and His nature. I saw a lot of what you saw
      1. We were once far off and now brought near. We once lived in darkness but now are transformed to live and flourish in the habitat of Light, who is Christ.
      2. He came from above, he lowered himself into darkness. He died so he could release the contents of his DNA, to pass on his”trait” of thriving in the habitat of light. Prior to his death there was absolutely no way we could even stand one small ray of light. We too would die. I love that we can too, because of Christ laying down his life, we can flourish in the habitat we were originally intended to live, who is Christ.
      3. We are unable to see the Kingdom Monera with our own physical eyes. We need the “help” of a microscope to see the unseen. The same with those who are born again, they are given a new set of senses so they can see the unseen. Christ is our microscope.
      4. Transformation through death. The passing on of DNA, as seen in conjugation, to the surrounding cells is what its like living in the body of Christ. Transformation and conjugation is very other centered. I will die to myself so Christ can be passed on to my brothers and sisters. This could be as simple as, denying my self by letting the living Christ come out, speaking and declaring Christ to my brothers and sisters.
      5. The very thing of lowering, dying, and passing on is the very nature of Christ. This life we are in now is lowering, dying, passing on, all the time and we are given the privilege of participating in and with His life and nature. Love the seed going into the ground and dying, that describes the very nature of Christ. Which is now our nature too.
      6.Genetic recombination the would alone is awesome- We have been genetically recombinated!! We are a new creation.
      7. In the process of conjugation the bacteria have to touch one another in order to pass on a DNA trait. We to as the body of Christ gather ourselves together, weather through a shared meal, gathering one on one, or gathering all together corporately so we can display, declare and pass on Christ to one another. We cannot forsake the gathering of the saints but this is so his life can be exchanged. When we do this we are participating in the community life of God.
      8. As we “conjugate” from glory to glory we are being transformed into the image of Christ.
      9. Every saint has a DNA “trait” of Christ, a portion of Christ to share and give to others.
      I love how he has placed himself in all things so we can eat and drink of Christ, see Christ, remember Christ and declare Christ to all the powers and principalities in the unseen realm that we see what a Great Lord and King we have. I love that we can do remember and declare our Lord together!!

  2. Reply
    Tim
    January 24, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you Carrie for seeing Christ in the “unseen realm” of the micro. That is just too cool !
    Wow Donna what a beautiful picture of the New Humanity you’ve described: survival depending upon “one anothering” through the perpetual dying to self in order to share the “DNA-divine nature from above” (see Carrie’s Dec 17,2015 “Jesus Born Again” article)

    1. Reply
      Carrie Walters
      January 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Hey brother, hope your doing well. I know it’s amazing how we can see these things together. It’s addicting to try and find Christ in everything. We are always surrounded by Christ. Wow, its fun to sit in the reality that we’re really in Christ because he is in ALL things and we’re in Him. That’s toooo much fun!!

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    Thomas
    January 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    In the link blurb it says that the earth’s prokaryotes biomass is TEN TIMES that of eukaryotes(multicellular organisms). In other words it weighs a lot more. Reminds me how the unseen is way more real than the seen world.

  4. Reply
    Donna
    January 25, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Love it guys! Woo hoo!

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