How Should Christians React To Cloning? Is Cloning Biblical?

How Should Christians React To Cloning? Is Cloning Biblical? June 21, 2015

Should Christians be for or against cloning? What should their reaction be? Is cloning something that God would approve of?

Genetic Engineering

When scientists alter the genetic makeup of cells, they are trying to improve an organism to increase its capabilities or capacities and for many of the products that are used, worn, and consumed today, this has proven to be beneficial, however there are great concerns for organisms that have been genetically engineered which are being used for human consumption. Since the Bible is silent on this subject, it’s hard to determine what God thinks about it. While acknowledging that it can be beneficial in some cases, there is also every possibility that a Pandora’s Box can be opened unintentionally. The question is; can tampering with something in order to improve it create a risk that can prove to be destructive for mankind and nature in general? Certainly this has proven to be true with some things. If you were a mechanical engineer and someone came after you and started tampering with the schematics in order to improve it, there is the risk that it could be made more dangerous or prove to be lethal. Apparently sin caused a curse to be placed on the creation (Gen 3) and this changed the nature of the environment, making it more difficult to survive, but it is one thing to genetically engineer a non-human organism but when we’re talking about human genetics, it is altogether different and potentially far more dangerous. It may also open the door open for selecting human attributes that are more favorable than others and then we begin to mess what God has wonderfully made and intricately woven together in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16). We were created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27), not of biological engineers.

Stem-Cell Research

The use and study of adult stem cells is another example of scientists trying to use existing genetic material for the purpose of helping others with debilitating physical diseases and medical conditions. Basically, stem cells don’t have just one function because they can become and create other types of cells such as blood cells, brain cells, tissue cells, and muscle cells. These can be useful for treating heart disease, spinal cord injuries, strokes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and even diabetes. That’s because stem cells have the ability, at least in some cases, to replace or repair organs but this is far from the issue of human cloning. Stem cell research and genetic engineering can have benefits for multiple organisms but human cloning opens up an entirely different area of debate and there are moral and ethical issues that must be seriously considered.

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Can Humans Create Life?

Humans have never been able to create a new life form using non-organic matter but back in 2010 Craig Venter boasted that he had created a new life form from a test tube. It was a single-celled organism and Dr. Venter claimed that it was a landmark achievement but was it? Did he create a new specie or life form? No because the genetic code was actually copied from a pre-existing genome from an already existing cell. It was for this reason that the vast majority of scientists disagree that Dr. Venter had created any type of new life form or that he had created life out of non-living, non-organic matter. Paul Keim of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity said that the Venter team manufactured a genome whose structure and function were already understood and that the researchers didn’t create a novel life form…they worked with an already existing one, however creating a newer and different human organism in the process that involves human cloning has far wider implications for mankind.

The Intelligent Designer

Biologically, life begins at conception. The Bible clearly states that “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13), “My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed” (Psalm 139:15-16a). Jeremiah was called by God and called by name, even before he was formed in the womb (Jer 1:5) and Isaiah while still in the womb (Isaiah 49:1-5) so why should we try and change what God has already determined (Psalm 139:13-15)? God gave mankind the ability to have dominion over the earth (Gen 1:28-29) but never in the Bible does it say that He was given the responsibility or given permission to manipulate human beings and their genetic material in order to create babies into an image of their own liking. That’s as close to playing God as mankind can get.

Human Cloning

The ethical and moral issues with human cloning are so far reaching that no single article can ever come close to addressing it but surely we are exceeding our God-giving responsibilities when we are cloning human beings. Animal cloning is a separate but also very complicated issue. God made each one of us exactly as the way He intended for us to be and for specific purposes and He looks at the heart and not the outward part (1 Sam 16:7). Human purposes and the purposes of God rarely come together in union. We are going to be held responsible to the Creator for tinkering with what we believe is best. It’s as if God would say “You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding” (Isaiah 29:16) or “Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’” (Isaiah 45:9b)?

Conclusion

Christians should oppose human cloning because it’s like saying to God “We need better God, You didn’t do well enough of a job.” We should not be tinkering with what already works extraordinarily well. Humans are an amazing creature and I see no need to improve on what God has already made. The only possible improvement we can make is to become a new creature and that is new creation in Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:17).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    I’m still struggling with “paper or plastic?”…what does the lord say about this? And how about “chicken of fish?”…I’m so confused!! Forget about sock and tie colors!! Better pray more!

    Christians are like little retarded children

    • Evergreen

      True. And Jesus did demand child-like credulity.

      LK 18.17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

      MT 11.25 At that time Jesus said, I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

      • pud

        1. “jesus” never existed.
        2. If he did exist he never “said” anything…other no name men said that he said this or that
        3. Demanding child like credulity is what all good cult leaders demand

        • John Carver

          When you say things taught you by demons and devils you immediately destroy your credibility with those you are addressing here. Do you profess to be a spokesmen for them. They are nothing to us. We have no need for them. They possess neither wisdom nor love. Why on earth did you seek them out. You deserve the punishment they will get around to giving you. But I humbly ask that your eyes be opened before it is too late, if it is not already. The best you can be with the company you are keeping as evidenced by the thoughts you are sharing is to be nothing like Satan will be. Tormented in the lake of fire forever nursing a wounded ego for he too thinks he is something when he is nothing. Why choose to make your spirit absolutely nothing when it could be so much more? I pity you. Few are quite as foolish as you are to come to a site blessed by the Holy Spirit and say such things. You know not whom you serve. He would never dare do such a thing. You’re on your own Pud. Do you really think you can handle Jesus Christ on your own? Few are so deceived. Such things I call spiritual suicide! Is that what you desire Pud. To die. And never be remembered by anyone because one your memory was repulsive to them and because even God will forget you for then you will be nothing. And not even God can remember nothing but only that there is nothing to remember. Get real with him. Ask God, the one devils and demons tremble even at the sound of his name, to forgive you and change your mind about what you are doing and stop sinning for I fear something far worse may come upon one as foolish as you have revealed yourself to be.

          • pud

            I see that you’re fully indoctrinated.

          • John Carver

            Thank you. I see you are fully deceived. I am that I am and with I am that I am and his help I will always be that I am. Why won’t you get real and believe God when his real name is I Am That I Am. If God does not exist I am that I am is not true and there is no truth and nothing and no one to love for you cannot truly love anything and not even know what it is. To love something that deceptive is unwise at best or the product of gross stupidity. Stephen Hawking took mathematics from zero his original logical base all the way to its origin nothingness. He doesn’t know where he went wrong. But it’s a no-brainer to me. His original logical base is wrong. But if you start with everything nothing is impossible.

            If you think that crap the demons taught you or those who taught you, you are left with everything being a lie. And you know better than that. Why would you actively choose to believe liars? Lies are like flies they only attract more flies. To believe God doesn’t exist is to believe everything doesn’t exist but if everything is only an illusion, what are you?

            Whatever you are, you are that whether something injurious to think about or something so out of touch with reality your ideas are irrelevant. Good luck with gibberish in the future. BTW Did you ever read the poem Jabberwocky. It is gibberish too, but it was done as a way to entertain children. It sometimes sounds like it makes sense like your idiotic inane ideas do. But in the end, every time you read it, you realize it was only gibberish in the end. Grow up. Wake up. And get real!

            We are interested in truth not ideas taught since Satan fell by devils and demons. Your thoughts are not even original. Who inspired you? Think about that. Someone capable of more than gibberish? But by the way you are in an excellent position now. The Bible writer says he was inspired by God when he wrote, he that would be wise let him first be a fool. I know who you have fooled yourself into being. I once was such a fool.

    • John Carver

      You are not of this world anymore if you are saved by Jesus Christ. Such things like that are unimportant. Are you that young or that stupid? I remember what you said about Jesus not existing. Who would you pray to Allah? Such useless demons get very irritated when you pray irreverently to them. Stop being so foolish. Stop sinning.

      • pud

        Why would or should anyone “pray” to any of the 10,000 imaginary “gods” that have been claimed to exit? You are delusional or insane.

      • DOCTORMAN

        You do understand that Allah is just the Islamic word for god, and that the Islamic god is the same god as the christian god. That means you just call your own god a demon, which is far off. Doesn’t that also mean you pray to a demon and therefor you are sinning daily?

  • Albert

    True the Bible doesn’t talk about cloning. The closest I could find was Leviticus 19:19a “you shall not let your cattle gender with a diverse kind” which is cross-breeding. What do you say?

    • Jack Wellman

      That’s a good inclusion that I missed. Nice catch. Thank you Albert.

      • Albert

        You’re welcome Sir

    • Russell Mills

      If cross-breeding is against God’s will, then that must mean that most of our food supply is a sin — since all agriculture and farm animals are the result of hybridization and selective breeding. Are we then to go back to eating only ocean fish, squirrels, deer, and wild berries?

      • Albert

        Yeah I think so Russell. Since God abhors hybrid animals and not only that but even gentically engineered single breeds, we are not to eat such foods. And I think we can see that from the side effects we are experiencing.

  • Evergreen

    > I see no need to improve on what God has already made

    You wear glasses, right?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUzFtWNOOOU

    • John Carver

      Stop sinning! You obviously know better. Stop trolling. Jesus Christ is about loving your neighbor. You know not whom you serve. Your master Satan will not be happy with you. Why should you choose to be nothing like your master will be? Suffering forever in Hell nursing a wounded ego when it is revealed to you that you are nothing when you are so proud in your conceit. I pray in the Holy Spirit in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ you reveal what Hell is really like to this foolish little worthless spirit that he might turn from his master the devil, satan, the serpent of old to you. Father you know all things and it is not your desire than any perish. Be as merciful as he merits in your eyes, Father. If he loves trolling so much let him troll the hellish sites where they delight in his kind of wise cracker behavior. He intentionally takes words from the Bible written about the spirit and purposely applies them to the mere physical shell we are in to support his blasphemes. I am so very sad for it is clear he is intelligent Lord and his imminent death seems so very near. Calm my fear for him and let your peace return to me. I sense he is too far gone to be saved and my heart is greatly saddened. Reconsider your judgment Father. He is but a human even as I am. I am grieved he is going to die and be forgotten by everyone he ever knew not even exposed for no will ever really have cared for him or had any respect for anything he ever did. Please if there is any chance for him at all, reconsider your judgment. But I accept your will be done for should it be you have to let him perish I know that like you do he never was anything to remember just a worthless troll cruising a Christian sight trying to be someone when he never was anything and always was nothing; absolutely nothing but something that can be remembered by no one, for not even you Lord can remember nothing but only that there is nothing to remember.

  • Russell Mills

    If God doesn’t like cloning, then he can make it impossible to do. Agonizing over what God does or doesn’t like is a stupid waste of effort when there’s no clear way to find out the answer — other than to experiment and see how it turns out.

    • John Carver

      Eve experimented and didn’t that turn out just hunky dory?

  • John Carver

    Yeah sure ya betcha! What a stupid assed topic. What moron on came up with this one Satan?