Yesterday I sat down with my 25 year old daughter yesterday for her birthday brunch. While eating our food and sipping on our mimosas I asked my millennial if she had heard of the recent successful cloning of a monkey. You know how any topics can pop up in the search for conversation. What followed was a lively debate that we both enjoyed but left me doing much thinking.
Not the kind of debate I had so enjoyed in High School where each opposing team took a defined stand on an Issue and commenced a total onslaught on the other team using logic and superior turn of phrase. No, this was more open, more honest A time of questioning, brainstorming if you will, .
The ethical and moral judgment on what the scientist had achieved was pushed aside in favor of the question, “At what point does life begin ?”
Does life begin when scientists artificially merge two cells that will result in a living creative? If so, what about the other end Of the argument? What if you are in a vegetative condition being Kept alive only by machines ? Are you alive? If someone turned the switch off’ You world die Does that define being alive then as the ability to breathe independently or the ability to think independently? There are human beings with severely handicapped mental capacity who are very much alive.
Of course I have always believed that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, Holding to that belief means that if the plug is pulled on a vegetative body it ts man who has ended that life.OK. So now we are back to the Severy mentally handiCapped. At what basic brain function is one alive?
The now merged cells do not breathe or have a heartbeat. Yes they have the potential but in themselves they do not, By this point it was time to leave the restaurant and end our time of questions,
I shall, of course ‘ Continue to Know without a doubt that the Lord goes and the Lord takes away, but let’s just say, I’ve started thinking. .
Started thinking that it is not wrong to have natural curiosity,
Thinking about man building the tower of babel in order to be as high as God while now we perform procedures with microscopic cells that only God used to be able to do,
Asking if Abraham was an idiot because he blindly obeyed God without questioning him?
Thinking of one of my uncles who was a member of Mensa who although holding a degree in theology eventually deciding that all of life and God is life and energy (when Jesus clearly said I am the light of the world)
So I am thinking and still choose the simple blind faith