Incorrect! When a male sex cell successfully unites with a female sex cell, a new
single-celled living organism is generated. This immediately starts to multiply
and develop until finally a baby is born.
It is thus alive from conception, and
there is no rational, scientific or biblical
reason to conclude other than that it is
always a person—a genetically unique
unborn person. And therefore it is not to
be washed down the drain after 14 days
of life in a petri dish any more than a
14-week-old infant or a 90-year-old
In God’s eyes, the unborn are already
unique individuals, as attested by David
in Psalm 139, where he writes of how
God formed him in the womb, and says
(v. 16): “Your eyes saw my unformed
substance; in your book were written,
every one of them, the days that were
formed for me, when as yet there was
none of them.”
Also, societal problems of this gene
alteration include that parents may also
want taller, smarter, better ‘designer’
babies. But surely if the wealthy are
able to specify super-babies in this way,
it will only widen the ‘opportunity gap’
between the rich and the poor.
Critics further warn that this manipulation of the genetic code could have
unintended consequences that won’t be
apparent until after the babies involved
are born. And further into the future,
the effects of such manipulation on
future generations are totally unknown.
Fraser Nelson sums up the current
situation well: “So some 130 years
after Britain gave the world the idea
of perfecting humanity, we are once
again at the cutting edge of this troubled science. For good or ill, eugenics
is back.” 4
References and notes
1. Galton, F., Inquiries into Human Faculty
and Its Development, Macmillan and Co.,
London, 1883, p. 17.
2. Darwin online, Descent of Man, and
selection in relation to sex,
2nd Edn, p. 618, 1882.
3. Black, E., War Against the Weak: Eugenics
and America’s Campaign to Create a
Master Race, Palgrave Macmillan, New
York, 2004. See also review, Sarfati, J.,
America’s evolutionists: Hitler’s inspiration?
Creation 27( 2): 49, 2005; creation.com/weak.
4. Nelson, F., The return of eugenics, The
Spectator; 2 April 2016.
5. Gallagher, J., Scientists get ‘gene-editing’
go-ahead, bbc.com/news; 1 February 2016.
6. Cheng, M., Britain approves controversial
geneticsandsociety.org; 1 February 2016.
7. Bangay, T., Gene editing:can the law keep
up? ibanet.org 15 December 2016.
8. See also, Surrogate mothering and IVF:
are they biblical? creation.com/ivf. Also
relevant, given that a baby has been born
with DNA from three people, is creation.
RUSSELL GRIGG, M. Sc. (Hons.)
was an industrial chemist before serving 20 years
with Overseas Missionary Fellowship (now OMF
International). He is a staff member of Creation
Ministries International in Australia. For more:
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