“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:13-14
Since the creation of Adam and Eve, God has established how human life was going to form. Man and wife were to be responsible for fertilizing a human egg through a sacred and intimate relationship. No science lab, no mixture of species, and no involvement from a third party. Of course, the presence of the Fall in Genesis 3 drastically effected this but it’s still God’s plan. Anything that deviates from what God has determined for procreation is to be avoided. Only God is allowed to be God.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’” – Genesis 1:26
Being made in the image of God means that humans have the capacity to reason, discover, feel, and have a conscious. Something that no other creature possesses.
While God gave mankind dominion over the other life on earth, one can readily argue that God did not give mankind permission to play God and try to create new living beings.
The Bible tells us that God is the creator of all living things. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1
The leading scientific theory is the “theory of evolution,” put forth by naturalist Englishman Charles Darwin in his 1859 book, On the Origin of the Species. According to this theory, organisms interbred to create all life we see on earth today.
Species are not identical, they interbreed and the variations give some advantages over the others in the competition to survive and reproduce. Those advantageous traits are passed on to the next generation. The best-adapted species survive and the less adapted become extinct.
Although some parts of Darwin’s theory seem to hold true, they fail to adequately explain creation. Here is where critical thinking is necessary. There are numerous simple and complex organisms that simply could not have survived had they not been created with everything they need from the very start.
Further, one thing that is commonly misunderstood about evolution is the misconception that it is about the “origin of life.” It is not. Most of evolutionary biology focuses on how life changed after its origin.
A Joint Japan-US Project will conduct the first human-animal embryo experiments that will be taken to term. Japan has approved to allow scientific experiments that plan to create human-animal embryos that can be transplanted into surrogate animals and brought to term.
The joint effort experiments will be conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Tokyo and Stanford University of California, according to a report in the journal Nature.
“By faith, we understand that the universe was created by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” – Hebrews 11:3
It’s like something straight out of the 1896 science fiction novel by H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau. In the novel, a mad scientist creates human-like beings that are animal-human hybrids.
The experiments seek to grow human cells in mice and rat embryos and then transplant those embryos into surrogate animals. The goal of the experiments is to eventually produce animals with organs that are made of human cells that can be transplanted into people.
“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” – Romans 1:22
Bioethicists are warning the researchers of the possibility of human cells straying beyond the organs they were targeted and developed for.
They are targeting the cells to end up in the pancreas. But bioethicists are warning the researchers to not discount the possibility of human cells traveling elsewhere in the animal’s body, particularly to the developing animal’s brain.
If human cells enter the animal’s brain it could potentially affect the animal’s cognition. In other words, they could create animals that have actual human brain cells. What might this do to the animals?