Ever wonder why the Catholic Church is so insistent that Jesus had no children? A clue to the answer can be found, surprisingly, with the great Mongol warlord Genghis Khan.
Researchers, investigating the Y-chromosomes of Asian men in 2003, stumbled upon a startling revelation. Approximately 8% of men in Central Asia, totaling a staggering 16 million individuals, trace their lineage back to this one man, a shared forefather from nine centuries ago.
Genghis Khan’s strategic approach to perpetuating his genetic legacy extended over 150 years, as evidenced by his grandson Kublai Khan’s harem of 7,000 women. In a calculated endeavor akin to establishing a genetic empire, these women were meticulously cycled through Kublai Khan’s chambers at the peak of their fertility.
This revelation sheds light on the extraordinary influence one historical figure, Genghis Khan, wielded over the genetic landscape of an entire region, leaving an indelible mark that persists in the DNA of millions today.
But for one man to have so many offspring should not be entirely surprising, given the vast distance of time and the multiplying nature of human reproduction. Hence the problem with Christ and children: if Jesus had descendants, by now all of us could plausibly claim to be descended from the divine.
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Top image: Genghis Khan has millions of living relatives. Source: Luke / Adobe Stock.