If God is the creator, what do we do with the whole issue of human cloning? If we are capable of cloning animals and humans, it would seem that God allows us to do that. I know that there could be some positives to cloning, like developing treatments for Alzheimers, Parkinsons, diabetes, and paralysis, but I don't know whether to be for or against it, or where to "draw the line." -- Steve Fantini (Philadelphia)
God’s the Creator, not us. If we’re capable of cloning animals and humans, it would seem God allows us to do that. There could be some positives to cloning, like progress in developing treatments for Alzheimers, Parkinsons, diabetes, and paralysis, but where would we "draw the line"?
Our being for or against something should be based on knowledge. If we do not understand an issue it may be best to suspend judgment. Some issues are more "gray" than others, and cloning seems to fall into such a category. For a simplistic answer: You are right: God has permitted us as humans to clone—and yet God permits all sorts of good and evil actions.
Human cloning humans feels to me—and to most believers—like "playing God." The dangers are unknown, and caution is in order as we ply the murky waters of bioethics. God knew we would develop the technology. He also knows how it will be misused, and the dehumanizing results that are bound to follow.
Scientists may manage to replicate some of life's creative processes, yet cloning hardly qualifies as "creation," which would involve making elements and molecules from nothing, and then arranging these organically into life-supporting structures. I hope these words provide a framework for considering this complex issue.
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