Here in the United Kingdom, scientists have now been given the legal go-ahead to create human-animal embryos.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has granted licences to two teams of scientists who hope to use the embryos to study stem cells (cells that have the potential to form any tissue or organ).
This was after the UK's House of Lords backed government proposals allowing research using human-animal hybrid embryos.
So is this a big deal?
I believe it is and wanted to share the letter I had sent to a Christian Lord prior to the vote:
I wish to point out that I believe this government is going too far with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
The Lord Jesus Christ came into this world through the womb of Mary. The Bible, I believe, is clear that Mary's womb contained Jesus 'in the flesh' directly after conception. I believe that life exists directly after conception. I would also hope that you do not hold to the view that it takes days or weeks after conception for life to result. Let us never be accused of interfering with life itself, whether we are a Christian or non Christian:
His name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he
was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21)
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion
us in the womb? (Job 31:15)
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest
forth out of the womb I sanctified thee (Jer 1:5)
As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do
grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not
the works of God who maketh all. (Ecc 11:5)
You will also know that the ends do not justify the means, even if the
possible outcomes of embryo research are very well intentioned. I also
have great sympathy with those who suffer genetic disabilities.
I would appreciate it if you would consider the above in the
forthcoming MP's vote on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
The Lord in question did write back. It was a single line response to say that he was indeed a Christian but still intended to vote for the legislation without amendment!
Personally I believe that our House of Lords has got it very wrong. It is also a sad day for the House of Lords with its many Bishops and Clergy. Seen by many as a bastion of common sense, it has failed to stop or amend this Bill which flies in the face of Biblical principles.
Of course, we still do not lose heart!
Our God remains on the throne and is still very much in control.
But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. (Psalm 115:3)
I also had a quite sneak at the back of the Book, and God wins in the end!
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)
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