Cloning: Danger Ahead





To fully understand the controversy surrounding the issue of cloning, I'll use myself as the test subject. Some scientists have taken some DNA from my body so they can cultivate, develop, and grow someone just like me. Imagine, I will be immortal. I no longer have to worry about dying in car crashes, or being killed by terrorists, or succumbing to cancer. If that does happen, they will just simply grow another one of me.

Ah...life is good..I will live forever whether I'm actually here or not. Will my clone have a soul or spirit? Doesn't matter...I will still be alive. What if my clone turns out to be a serial killer that targets and eats gay people? Or has hundreds of sex partners leaving behind a river of broken hearts? Or what if he is a child molester and will lie, cheat, steal, or kill just to satisfy his own selfish desires? That's not me.

I'm having second thoughts about this cloning thing. Should we be playing God? Remember that story about someone they called Frankenstein? It was the doctor that was the monster, not the thing he created. Can they really make a clone of me? Will humans be replicated as portrayed in science fiction films and novels? What does the bible say about it?

In Genesis 11:1-9 we read Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, "Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

This story tells us that, unless God interferes, mankind can accomplish anything when they work together. Will humans be cloned? Verse 6 said that nothing they will propose to do will be withheld from them as long as they are unified. If God does not intervene, a human being will be cloned. This brings us to a brand new problem called cloning ethics.

Is it ethical for a man to be cloned? Science will say that cloning can save millions of lives as body parts can be harvested and farmed, but science has absolutely zero understanding of how the spirit and soul work. I believe the issue of cloning to be an inherently evil idea which will open a Pandora's box of disasters upon us if God allows us to continue with this.

Isaiah 5:20 states Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Jeremiah 4:22 states "For My people are foolish, They have not known Me. They are silly children, And they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, But to do good they have no knowledge."

Anyone who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not be wasting their time trying to develop human clones, thus achieving a sort of immortality. In Christ, although we die a physical death, we still live on eternally. In Paul's 1st letter to Timothy 6:20, Paul warns Timothy that science would be opposed to the Christian faith, O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

It's interesting to note that Paul considered the scientific opposition to what Christ teaches as a "false science". Since Christ is our creator (as part of the triune Godhead), only He truly understands what makes us tick. If a human is successfully cloned, it will only be because God allowed it and only God can put a spirit and soul into a body. Man wants to be like God and that is what caused his fall in the Garden of Eden. We haven't changed.

Copyright 2010 by Gary Goodworth

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