Skip to comments.Stem Cells: Does Their Origin Matter?
Posted on 03/09/2009 7:55:16 PM PDT by GodGunsGuts
Preserving lifeit is extremely important in the Christian faith. But what is the biblical definition of life, and how does this definition affect stem cell research?
God clearly commands in Exodus 20:13: You shall not murder [the intentional, predatory killing of another] (NIV; see also Matthew 19:18; Romans 13:9). A big controversy today is that of determining when life begins. In the field of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), this determination is especially crucial. Because technology is advancing faster than societys ethics, we are left to solve such dilemmas in the midst of active research. Determining the ethics in these issues is especially difficult when the research promises to cure diseases that leave millions disabled or dying every year. However, the Bible clearly prohibits evil means to accomplish good ends (Romans 3:8). To develop a biblical worldview of ESCR, we first must sort fact from fiction.
A stem cell is an unspecialized cell with the capacity to change into many different cell types, such as blood, muscle, and nerve cells. Two main categories of stem cells are found in embryos and adults. Embryonic stem cells (ESC) are derived from human embryos shortly after fertilization (union of egg and sperm) in a lab dish and are considered to be totipotent, meaning that they can form any other type of cell in the human body. Adult stem cells are derived from varying locations in adults and are considered to be pluripotent or multipotent because they can give rise to some but not all the cells in a human body.
Harvesting ESCs kills the embryo, but harvesting adult stem cells does not kill or harm the adult...
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From the moment of conception, a baby begins to develop. Embryonic stem cell research uses cells from unborn babies, ending the babys life.
The use of adult stem cells does not end life.
I don’t think I ever fully understood just what is at stake with embryonic stem cell research, until just now.
If the technique of using fetal stem cells proves successful/profitable (as a hopeful cure with medical industry commercial use approval), the market will need to harvest fetuses specifically for hospital use in the field.
We will be farming babies for slaughter.
About the author:
Dr. Georgia Purdom earned her doctorate in molecular genetics from Ohio State University. She spent six years as a professor of biology at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. Dr. Purdom is also a member of the American Society for Microbiology and American Society for Cell Biology.
Also consider that we will either have to pay people thousands of dollars to donate their sperm and eggs (must be pure no genetic defect) or result in mass cloning of embryos. Either way it is nothing more then a form of eugenics.
God KNOWS us even BEFORE conception.
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”
It’s unquestionably clear.
Thank you for that, love it. God is not mocked, He will demand an accounting and I do not think of that with glee...
Yes, I prefer stem cells with my own DNA for any repairs I might need.
==If a child doesn’t have the right to live, why do you?
Euthanasia Comes to Montana
This is an attack on life.
The death culture, evolution inc. despises life, and is bent on its destruction.
After all, life is nothing more than a blob of randomly generated tissue.
Cures are reported with adult stem cells. Nothing at all with embryonic stem cells.
Excellent portrayal of the continuum of LIFE. Life always comes first, then liberty and the pursuit of happiness!
Funny - none of the people I know who are scientists worship death.
As a reminder I am still waiting for you to provide proof that cancer didn’t exist till the industrial age.
Nothing in the universe is “unquestionably clear.”
God is Love.
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Reagan continued, Countless people, suffering from many different diseases, stand to benefit from the answers stem cell research can provide. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to do everything in our power to find cures for these diseases and soon. As Ive said before, time is short, and life is precious.
“Nothing in the universe is unquestionably clear.”
Yes, there are some things that are unquestionably clear, death, and Obama being a socialist.
Thanks for the ping!
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