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Francis Collins

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You may, or may not recognize this picture. This is Francis Collins. He is a well respected geneticists who headed up the Human Genome Project as the Director of the National Institutes of Health. In case you’ve never heard of the Human Genome Project, it was the complete mapping of the Human DNA. The completion of this project has made if possible for doctors to treat all kinds of genetic diseases in much more effective ways. By the way, if you’re a tarheel, Francis Collins is a graduate of the UNC medical school.

However, Collins was an atheist. As a medical student, Collins thought it was “convenient not to have to deal with God.” But then, after one of his patients told Collins about her faith, she asked him, “What about you? What do you believe.” In Collin's own words, "I stuttered and stammered and felt the color rising in my face, and I said, 'Well, I don't think I believe in anything.' But it suddenly seemed like a very thin answer. And that was unsettling."

Then after a long period of searching, which included grilling a pastor and reading C.S. Lewis, Collins finally came to Christ after watching the beauty of creation. This is Collin's description of that life-changing encounter:

I had to make a choice. A full year had passed since I decided to believe in some sort of God, and now I was being called to account. On a beautiful fall day, as I was hiking in the Cascade Mountains during my first trip west of the Mississippi, the majesty and beauty of God's creation overwhelmed my resistance. As I rounded a corner and saw a beautiful and unexpected frozen waterfall, hundreds of feet high, I knew the search was over. The next morning, I knelt in the dewy grass as the sun rose and surrendered to Jesus Christ

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