Cloning Issue. Ever hear of the Raelian religion? Believe it or not, this is a religious group determined to clone a human being. The arguments continue to circle on this issue, but several things are very obvious. Number one is that all data shows that cloned individuals with existing technology are disease-prone and have major genetic problems. The second is that the moral implications of cloning are so large that even people with no religious values are saying it should not be done. The leader of the Raelian church is a man named Clause Vorilhon who calls himself the prophet Rael. He is a former race car driver who maintains that cloning is the best hope for the survival of the human race.
From an apologetic standpoint, we would maintain that if a human ever was cloned, it would have no implications for the existence of God, nor would it be subhuman. The biblical definition of man does not have to do with how he is conceived or reproduced. Man is that being possessing a soul, a component created by God and infused by God; and whether the reproductive method is invitrio fertilization, artificial insemination, cloning, or sexual intercourse, that human is still, a human--created in the image of God and having enormous worth and potential.
Census Figures Disturbing. In May, 2001, the U.S. Census data was made public. There is not any big surprise in the numbers for this writer because over and over we have pointed out that, as God is discarded by our society, selfishness and immorality will grow and prosper. Some of the numbers that back this up in the census figures are that during the past 10 years:
Biblically Ignorant America. We live in a population that knows virtually nothing of what the Bible teaches. George Barna and Mark Hatch have released a detailed study in their new book titled Boiling Point that shows that even church goers know virtually nothing about what the Bible teaches. Those who classify themselves as "Born again Christians" even show incredible biblical ignorance.
25% of them believe Jesus committed sins while on the earth.When people who claim to be believers know nothing of what the Bible teaches, and when church leaders spend their time squabbling over how worship should be conducted, how can we believe that we can reach people who have never read the Bible themselves. Most of our culture is walking around in an ignorant daze about even the most basic concepts of Christianity.
50% believe that Satan and the Holy Spirit are symbols, not living entities.
30% believe Jesus was not physically resurrected.
Embryonic Stem Cells Dominate Press. The media continues to flood its content with the issue of stem cells from human embryos, totally ignoring some of the most significant work being done by companies using adult stem cells and stem cells from animals. At the Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute, for example, expectant mothers are able to donate umbilical cord material which is being used to help patients who have had chemo that has destroyed their immune system. A company named Nephros Therapeutics has a system in which adult stem cells are being used to treat kidney failure. Another company named Aastrom is using adult stem cells to fight osteoporosis. Sue O'Shea at the University of Michigan says "You name any organ and we've probably got someone working on research for it." Like all moral dilemmas in science, there are alternatives to doing dubious work that involved negative moral issues. When we debate these issues, the positive work being done where there is no moral problem needs to be emphasize
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