Stem Cell Research

By: Guest Authors

By Joseph Harris

The real issue about stem cell research is not usually discussed when the issue comes up. The issue is not about finding a cure for diseases and infirmities. The issue is not about whether to use fertilized embryos that will never be implanted in a uterus. The real issue is about when life begins and whether anyone other than God has the right to play God.

If life doesn’t begin at conception, then when? To some, it may seem radical to believe that a fertilized human egg is more than just a microscopic clump of human tissue or matter (what’s radical is to believe that a baby is not a human life until it sees the light of day at birth). It is certain that a fertilized egg one day old, or a cluster of stem cells, at six days, is not a developed, formed human being. But does that mean it is still not human life? And if it is life (which it certainly is), doesn’t that mean that whoever chooses what happens to it is playing God? Let me answer. YES!

We have seen Michael J. Fox and Christopher Reeve, before his death, paraded in front of the news cameras to pull on the compassion strings of our hearts. A cure for these guys, and others, would be great. But at what price? It is never right to do wrong. It is wrong to do wrong in order to do right. However, a society guided by a philosophy of situational ethics has fine tuned the art of justifying murder and calling it choice or freedom and now with the issue of stem cells, it can be called research.

So now murder is research for the good of all, at the expense of the helpless, and don’t think this technology won’t expand to using whoever it needs at whatever age to experiment, given enough time and defusing of the American people. Eugenics is just around the corner.

If I one day become confined to a wheelchair for whatever debilitating reason, don’t you dare take another person’s life for a slim, unknown chance of curing me. One person’s life is just as valuable and sacred as another person’s life, because we are all made in the image of God. God is the One who gives life and is supposed to be the One to take it. Liberals believe in taking money from the “haves” and giving to the “have nots.” We shouldn’t be surprised when we see their health redistribution philosophy is consistent with their wealth redistribution philosophy.

So, here is the answer to stem cell research. Tread lightly and use common sense and reverence when dealing with human life. Period. The end never justifies the means. All the potential good that may come from the research does not outweigh violating God’s commandment to respect human life.

Joseph Harris is the Vice President of Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS.

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