Mapping the Human
Genome and Gene-Splicing
NCW 69: August 2000 - January 2001
Q. What is NCCG's view of current genetic manipulation for the healing of disease, the creation of super strains of crop, etc.? Do you think it is ethically correct?
A. As we all know, a milestone was reached when at the turn of the century it was announced that the human genome had been fully mapped. With this announcement has come a flood of tabloid speculation about eliminating sickness, slowing or even stopping the ageing process, and do-it-yourself customer-design babies.
As with advances in all arenas of science there is the potential for much good and much evil. Gene splicing offers relief to those who suffer from terrible diseases...assuming it can be accomplished. Much yet remains in the realm of speculation. The view of many is that any tampering of DNA is little short than manipulating life and therefore playing god. What most commentators forget in this debate is the sheer cost of all of this and to whom such super-technology would be available. Inevitably much of it would only ever be accessible to the rich and powerful, and especially sinners trying to cheat death and the judgement. One thing we may be sure of is that physical immortality is not achievable through gene-splicing and the modern scientist is not the first to attempt it - the fallen angels and their evil progeny, the nephilim, tried it many millennia ago.
The temptation to experiment with the kind of power gene-splicing offers is, in my view, simply too great to allow it to proceed. We won't stop it, the criminal mind will always find a way to abuse both man-made and divine ethical codes for his own selfish and, ultimately, devilish purposes. The temptation to make an intelligent slave-class of apes for mankind, for example, is there, and scientists' curiosity in general knows no bounds. Like their nephilim forebears who created all sorts of animal-human monstrosities, the memory of which has survived in the mythologies of many nations (e.g. centaurs), they will want to create genetic hybrids of all kinds of animals, and especially to cross animals with humans. Since these will not permit the spirits created by Yahweh to incarnate, we will find them being possessed by demonic entities instead.
I think, on balance, our gut reaction - which is hostile to most if not all forms of genetic experimentation - must be the right one. Yahweh has created species and their kinds and does not intend that we tamper with His order, fallen though it is. How far we should permit gene-splicing to cure various genetically-inherited sicknesses is hard to say. The technology is here to stay whether we like it or not, and even if government officially banned it or limited it, you can be 100% sure that secretly they will be allowing the sorts of things we fear the most to take place. So long as there is evil in this world such perversions will happen. The only comfort we can draw from this is that we face a situation not unlike that which obtained in Noah's days, which means for sure that the end is not far off. Yahweh will not permit another world of nephilim-like mutants.
[Ed. In January 2001 scientists announced that jellyfish genes had been successfully combined with monkeys].
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