Monday, March 9, 2009

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: a question of worldview


President Obama on Monday signed an order to lift restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, a move he said rejects the "false choice" between science and morality.
The order would not fund the creation of new stem cell lines, but would allow federally funded scientists to conduct research on existing embryonic stem cells that under the Bush administration were off limits.
Obama said the full promise of such research "remains unknown" but that it should be explored because of the potential for scientists to find better treatments for ailments ranging from diabetes to Parkinson's disease to cancer.
"That potential will not reveal itself on its own. Medical miracles do not happen simply by accident. They result from painstaking and costly research," Obama said.

I adamently disagree with President Obama on embryonic stem-cell research. We disagree because I presume he and I have very different worldviews--ways in which we view reality around us. I come at reality believing that the Bible is the inerrant word of the God who created all reality. And this God says in the Bible that He knew us before we were ever conceived. So, to kill an embryo, even for the sake of research, is to kill someone for whom God had purposes and plans. So, to a Christian, this is not a false choice between science and morality. In a Biblical worldview, the ends never justify the means. Jesus said, "Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness"--in other words what has God's approval--"and all these things will be given to you as well."

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