By: Jim O'Brien
If you have a problem adjusting to new terms to define sexuality such as "transgender" you may find the next term far more repulsive. The new word is "transhuman" and the implications could rock the foundations of humanity.
LifeNews reported that the previous administration opened the door wide to scientists making grisly human-animal hybrids. In short, the Obama administration provided funding for controversial experiments that use human stem cells to create animal embryos that are partly human."
Partly human? Is that possible?
Your tax dollars are being used for experiments to make embryos, known as chimeras, another new word. The concern is that scientists might inadvertently create animals that have partly human brains with human consciousness or thinking capabilities. Worse yet, they could develop into animals with human sperm and eggs and breed, producing human embryos or fetuses inside animals or hybrid creatures. The University of California, Davis is now experimenting with combining a human embryo with that of a pig.
One is reminded of Jeff Goldblum's statement in the movie Jurassic Park when he voiced concern about cloning dinosaurs. "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should."
Such experiments erase the greatest gift given to man-that he is made in the image of God. Animals are not. Creating a chimera eventually raises the question of what is human and what is not.
The Book of Genesis describes a time when "the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose." (Genesis 6:1-2). A lot of ideas have been posited about the meaning of that statement. It appears to be a euphemism for something extremely evil because it caused God to say, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever..." (verse 3) and He significantly reduced the lifespan of humans. God would not take such drastic action for a small sin.
Being made in the image of God is a gift of unequaled proportions. The attempt to corrupt that by mixing human DNA with a pig is incomprehensible. What can be more vile than putting a human mind in the body of a pig?
Even the National Institute of Health has voiced ethical concerns over the "uncertainty about the effects of human cells on off-target organs and tissues in the chimeric animals, particularly in the nervous system."
Theresa Pham, who identifies herself as a physician in the field of research says, "I feel strongly that this use of chimera crosses an ethical line. Advancing our knowledge in some areas of science can't and should not be approached with ... presumptuous naïveté. Some adverse consequences are much more profound than others.
"If the predictions are wrong and the safeguards are not enough, then the price will be the cost of our humanity as well as these new lifeforms that did not ask to participate in this frightening enterprise."
What a thought! Such lifeforms would be human-what else would they be? Brought into existence and nursed by the mother animal-maybe a pig-without the slightest sense of remorse by the scientific community, or the politicians that want to replace God as Creator.
The scientific attempt to create immortal humans could actually cost us our humanity.Until next time,
Pastor, Church of God Cincinnati
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