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Dr Severino Antinori has promised to clone human babies for infertile

couples and claims to have 200 volunteers ready for his experiment. Cloning

works by a nucleus being removed from a host egg and being replaced by

genetic material taken from a cell of the creature being cloned. It produces

an identical replica of the adult which it has been cloned from.

 

This is not the only development taking place in the realm of genetic

engineering. Microsoft has now raised the possibility of being able to

choose the sex of your baby. The treatment involves a complex machine using

lasers to sort sperm into those likely to produce girls and boys. Mothers

can then choose to be inseminated with the selected type.

 

An experiment is taking place in Brazil in which a calf foetus is being

created in a test tube using a manufactured 'designer' egg. The egg will be

taken from one cow and then reprogrammed so that it carries DNA from another

animal. The researchers behind the experiment hope it could lead to a

treatment for women unable to produce healthy eggs because of illness or old

age. It could also be adapted to create synthetic sperm for infertile men.

 

Another technique being developed in Australia has found a way in which an

egg can be fertilised with cells from any part of the body, rather than

sperm. It involves taking chromosomes (the part of the body which carries

the genes) from body cells of the father and putting them inside a female

egg. But the chromosomes do not necessarily have to come from the father,

they could come from another woman. By this means lesbian couples could one

day have baby girls that are genetically their own, with one woman

contributing an egg and the second a cell to fertilise it (Daily Telegraph 10/7/01).

 

The arguments in favour of these developments usually speak about the trauma

of those who are unable to have children or the need for choice in life

styles. Medical opponents speak of the dangers of producing babies with

abnormalities and defects in their genes.

 

Public discussion of the issue rarely focuses on the most important

question, how does this tie up with God's order of creation? Of course we

should not be surprised at this since the concept of God as Creator has been

firmly deleted from the scientific world view presented in the media and the

educational system. Our generation has seen amazing developments in

scientific knowledge fulfilling the prophecy of Daniel 12.4 that 'knowledge

shall increase.' We have also seen a loss of all sense of God's order in

creation in our public life, leading to interference in the natural means of

reproduction which has unknown consequences for humanity.

 

In our sex obsessed era we often forget that sexuality is God's creation in

the first place. The opening pages of the Bible tell us that all creatures

are made by God with their 'seed' within them and able to reproduce 'after

their own kind.' Humans are made in the image of God, male and female with a

command to 'be fruitful and multiply' through a man being joined to his wife

and becoming 'one flesh' with her (Genesis 1.26-28, 2.24, 5.1-2). In

addition to being physical beings God breathed his 'breath of life' (spirit)

into mankind at creation (Genesis 2.7). As a result 'man became a living soul'.

 

The Bible distinguishes between human beings and animals in that humans have

a spiritual dimension. In describing the death of animals, we read, 'You

take away their breath, they die and return to the dust' (Psalm 104.29). But

in describing the death of humans we read, 'Then the dust will return to the

earth as it was and the spirit will return to God who gave it' (Ecclesiastes

12.7). So animals simply return to the dust and cease to exist, but humans

have a spirit and the spirit part of us returns to God after death.

 

This is another reason why the clear teaching of the Bible is that humans

did not evolve from animals but are a different order of creation with a

spiritual dimension capable of relating to God. It is also why Jesus said we

must be born of the spirit, as well as 'born of the flesh' in order that we

can return to God as redeemed people and able to enter the kingdom of God

rather than unredeemed people on the way to hell (John 3.3-8).

 

All this is extremely relevant to the subject of cloning and artificial

creation of humans and even the cloning of animals. The natural order is for

creatures to reproduce 'after their own kind' using their seed. Any process

which removes the 'seed' in the reproductive process (as cloning does) is

contrary to God's order of creation.

 

God also makes it clear that as far as humans are concerned there is also a

spiritual dimension in reproduction. His desire is for one man and one woman

to be committed to each other in marriage and that this relationship should

be the basis for the pro-creation of children. In the book of Malachi God

rebukes men who forsake their wives or 'deal treacherously' with them. He

says, 'But did he not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why

one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit and let

none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. For the Lord God of

Israel says that he hates divorce' (Malachi 2.14-16). So bringing children

into the world is not only a physical act, but also a spiritual one, because

the couple are bringing forth another being who is capable of relating to

God. This is why marriage is held in such high esteem in the Bible and why

the rejection of biblical standards on marriage is creating such chaos in

our society.

 

The ideal of the Bible is that a man and woman committed to each other in

marriage should bring up their children. However even when this standard is

broken, the child is still a spiritual being capable of coming to know the

Lord. Children born in the worst circumstances imaginable can be saved

through repentance and faith in the Messiah Jesus. Equally children born

into a loving family where God is honoured may rebel against their parents

and turn against the Lord. Whatever the circumstance of conception, a child

who comes into being through sexual reproduction is a being with a body and

a spirit capable of knowing the Lord.

 

But what about a child brought into being through the techniques being

developed artificially in a laboratory? Does such a child become a 'living

soul' in the eyes of God? I expect that before long even to ask such a

question will be considered discriminatory but the issue has to be raised.

 

Denying God and his created order, scientists are tampering with things it

is not permitted for us to interfere with. To quote from Ecclesiastes again:

'As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in the

mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all

things' (Ecclesiastes 11.4-6). By playing God scientists may be in fact

introducing something catastrophic into human society.

 

It is interesting that many people who have signed up as volunteers for Dr

Antinori's experiment are from the Raelian cult. The cult believes that life

was created scientifically in laboratories by extraterrestrials (ETs) and

that there is therefore no moral or ethical reason why humans should not be

cloned. The Raelian Movement was founded by a French journalist who claims

that ETs took him to their planet and gave him the name Rael (Rael is an

amalgam of the ancient Egyptian name for God - Ra - and the Hebrew name -

El). They asked him to return to spread the message that these beings will

soon come back to earth, and that an embassy must be built for the occasion.

Would cloned human beings be ambassadors for such a visitation?

 

On 9th December 1997 the Daily Mail carried an article by Colin Wilson, 'Why

I am convinced Aliens are in our midst.' Wilson, an occultist, believes

mankind is at the point of some great evolutionary change, and that the

aliens have given themselves the task of 'acting as a midwife to us as we go

through the next stage of our evolution.' He also believes that 'the aliens

are using many methods to 'seed' the human race with different types of

being: alterations in individual consciousness, genetic engineering, even

the creation of people who do not realise that they have two personalities,

as a human being and an alien.'

 

In his article Wilson states his belief that the 'aliens' are not beings

from space but from 'a parallel dimension'. 'There is a sense in which the

UFO entities behave like the traditional ghosts except that they are very

obviously not ghosts but highly evolved beings.'

 

In our view UFOs are in fact demons manifesting themselves in a form

acceptable to modern culture (see article 'An ID for UFOs' - October 1996,

available on request). Therefore connecting the development of cloning with

aliens means that it could become a means of demonic infiltration into the

world which will be used by Satan in the coming Antichrist society.

 

In this case cloning could be an open door for demons to walk into a child

and possess it from birth. Is this then the satanic strategy behind the UFO

groups promoting the quest to clone a human? Is it the reason why occultists

like Colin Wilson are looking for aliens to 'seed' the human race in its

next phase of 'evolutionary growth'?

 

If so this is a very good reason why Jesus has to come back soon to stop

this madness before the human race creates something really monstrous. It

gives an added dimension to the Lord's words 'As in the days of Noah, so

will it be in the days of the Son of Man.' In Genesis 6.2-4 we read of the

Nephilim, the giants who came into existence at the time of Noah, as a

result of the intercourse between the 'sons of God' and the daughters of

man. While some would say that this simply means the mingling of the godly

line of Seth with the ungodly line of Cain, this interpretation raises some

difficulties.

 

It means the men are all godly and the women all ungodly.

 

Why should the union of the godly and the ungodly produce offspring who are

physically different?

 

The term 'sons of God' is never used in the Old Testament of the 'godly' but

it is used in the Book of Job 1.6 of the angels appearing before God, among

whom was Satan.

 

However hard it is for us to conceive, the older interpretation of this

passage does make sense; that it refers to the intercourse of fallen angels

and humans and the depraved offspring that resulted. This was one reason why

God sent the Flood to cleanse the earth of them. It would also be a direct

parallel to the current fascination with UFOs, ETs, alien abductions and the

extraordinary claims being made by the likes of Colin Wilson and the

Raelians. Given that these people are not contacting aliens but demons to

get their orders, it is likely that what is being prepared is a demonic

invasion of humanity to make way, not for our next phase of evolutionary

growth, but for the coming of the Antichrist and the events of the Great Tribulation.

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