Cloning Issue Essay Research Paper Genesis 1119

Cloning Issue Essay, Research Paper

Genesis 11:1-9 records the sad story of the building of the tower of Babel. That

project stands out as the first chapter in a story that continues to this day,

and includes many similar kind of undertakings. As technology and ability

increase so does man’s ability to do things that are ultimately not in his best

interest. The first objection is that cloning is not wise. Wisdom is knowing the

end of a matter from the beginning. Proverbs 14:15 tells us "The naive

believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps." It is

sensible or prudent to think carefully about the path we are walking, and where

it will lead us. Proverbs 22:3 reminds us "A prudent man foresees evil and

hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished." We want to be the

kind of people who are actively looking out for evil before we are involved in

it so deeply that escaping it is hard and painful. In Luke 14:28ff Jesus urges

this same kind of thinking we He talks about counting costs. In that context He

is urging us to count the cost of serving Him, but the principle applies to all

of life: we should count the cost before we do something, before we embark on a

project. We are at the place where wisdom says we need to stop for several

reasons. First, no one really knows how it worked, if it will work again, or

exactly why it worked. For certain, we know what they did, we know the

procedure. But "Roslin scientists have said the cloning was the result of

much hit-and-miss experimentation and needs to be refined through further

research." Second, no one knows if the procedure is safe. To top it all

off, we have no idea where this will lead. The possibilities and problems that

could come from human cloning have not been thoroughly mapped out by any means.

Interestingly, very little is said about potential good this could bring. No one

is saying "If we can clone humans we can cure cancer." Science doesn’t

seem to be asking "Should we" only "Can we?" Yet everyone

admits "the potential for evil is infinitely greater"than any good

that might come of it. Think of some of the complications that may arise. What

will we do with "bad copies" — malformed babies who are the results

of failed cloning experiments? The mind reels with the possibilities for sin and

iniquity that human cloning presents. Cloning is just not wise. The folks at

Babel ought to have asked "Should we?" before asking "Can

we?" Are we wise enough to do better than they? The truth is that cloning

is an attempt to control and choose who will be born. It is highly doubtful that

we have the wisdom, moral sense, or moral fiber necessary to make good choices

in that area. We lack the wisdom to develop cloning properly, use it, or

understand it. Why should we continue down such a path? How wise is it to board

a train going where we don’t know, and traveling on untested tracks? The second

objection to human cloning is that it can be outright sinful. This is true for

several reasons. First, cloning results in abortions. Cloning is a complicated

procedure that often does not work, so many, many cloned embryos must be made.

In the Dolly experiment there were 277 cell fusions, resulting in 29 that began

to grow and were implanted, 13 sheep became pregnant, but finally only 1 lamb.

As one ethicist said, "It took 277 trials and errors to produce Dolly the

sheep, creating a cellular body count that would look like sheer carnage if the

cells were human." While toying with (and destroying) sheep embryos is not

troubling to anyone what if that were done with human embryos? This is not an

article on abortion, but we must advance the principle here that life begins at

conception (see Psalm 139:13-16; Jer. 1:5). It is not right for scientists to

murder hundreds of lives (that is what embryos are) in their scientific

experiments! The means is not ethical. Further, cloning could be used to have a

child outside of the family unit. God’s order for the family is clearly set

forth in Ephesians 6:1-4. Children need parents, both a mom and a dad. If you

are not in a marriage where that home can be provided then the hard truth is God

doesn’t want you to have kids. But who is it that is most thrilled with cloning?

The homosexual community. Technology is trying to find yet another way to have

children outside of the God-given pattern and plan. On the front page of a New

York Times article a cell biologist from Washington University in St. Louis

named Ursula Good enough quipped that with cloning "there’d be no need for

men." "A single woman might choose to clone herself rather than

involve a man in any way." Are we constructing a technology to circumvent

God’s moral and natural laws? "God forbid that we should design such

technology in order to give homosexual couples an opportunity to produce a

family, or even to allow the unmarried to reproduce outside of marriage."

Perhaps worst of all, cloning will inevitably result in exploited children. When

the experts are pressed to explain what cloning could be used for what do they

talk about? How about producing a child as "spare parts" for your-self

or for another child that is sick? What if your three-year old has kidney

disease, ultimately will have to be on dialysis? No problem. We’ll clone that

kid, so that a new child will be an exact genetic match, then take one of those

kidneys in 3-5 years. That would work as well for bone marrow transplants, and

many other diseases. Yet we must ask if that is an appropriate reason to bring a

child into this world? Yes, "spare parts" children are brought into

this world (occasionally) already. But if doctors could guarantee a genetic

match this will increase the practice dramatically. When we think about it one

wonders how long it would be until someone clones a child for the clone’s heart?

The child would be born, put on super growth stimulants, never cared for or

loved, until he or she was big enough for the heart to be "harvested."

What a thought — we will just take what we want and leave the rest to die

because we didn’t want you anyway. We just needed a part! Psalms 127:3-5 says

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a

reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s

youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them . . . ." Children

are a gift from the Lord, not something to be exploited for our or another’s

benefit! CONCLUSION The Bible does guide us, doesn’t it? Wisdom dictates that we

stop cloning experimentation before the genie gets further out of the bottle, or

more accurately, before Pandora’s box is open any wider. Scripture clearly shows

us that the means to cloning is sinful, and will surely lead to more sin

(exploited kids). It is very difficult to look at any of this and say "Yes,

God is blessing this, this will help humanity, let’s go full speed ahead."

Human cloning looks more and more like our own Tower of Babel. Let’s be content

to know that God made us, and that we did not make ourselves (Psalm 100:3). May

we use our minds and technology to draw closer to him rather than building

monuments to human pride that will only harm and hurt us all.


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