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If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't ...? Matthew 4:1-11

If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't ...?

Facing temptation is an ongoing reality, making it important for us to be "prayed up."

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Biotech scientists believe they're close to manipulating genes that could boost the intelligence of children by as much as 20 IQ points. This news leads us to ponder whether there's a secret to boosting our smarts when it comes to living a holy life.

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For material based on the epistle reading, see "Plaque Buildup," February 25, 1996, at

If a certain pill could make you suddenly and permanently smarter, would you take it?

You'll probably never have to decide that, because no such Flowers-for-Algernon pill exists, and, as far as we know, none is in the works.

But what's definitely under study is how to increase the IQ of our yet unborn children. This is more potential fruit from cracking the code of the human genome, which scientists have done in recent years. We're not yet at the place where we can customize our offspring in terms of how high their IQs will be, but there is significant research underway toward that goal. At BGI Shenzhen,...

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