Tuesday, December 18, 2007

And man thought himself to be God

This Washington Post article, "Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms," shows the arrogance and hard-hardheartedness of modern man. While most of them reject the very idea of God they attempt to take his place: to create. Holding up Darwinian evolution as dogma they exclaim that not only did God not create everything ex nihilo (out of nothing) but that now they shall take his place in creation. No longer is nature sacred and inviolate. No longer is man separate from machine. Everything is the same: matter to be manipulated.

The cobbling together of life from synthetic DNA, scientists and philosophers agree, will be a watershed event, blurring the line between biological and artificial -- and forcing a rethinking of what it means for a thing to be alive. (bold emphasis mine)
Modern man is caught in his own trap of lies. Since he has redefined what it means to be a human being living in the world - basically that man has no correlate relation to God - then modern man has to make sense of his existence. Why is he here? Since life in this world is all that is acknowledged then how can he live forever in this world and escape death? Ever since reason became the pagan god of choice, born of the Enlightenment, philosophers and other intellectuals have claimed that man would evolve rationally to such an extent that at some point religion would disappear - religion being as it is just a fiction to explain the unexplainable. Once we explain it all then religion would be useless, they say.

What modern man is doing is to make sense out of life by cheating death, by doing away with physical limitations by science. However, sickness and suffering and death are all ramifications of the Fall in the garden. They cannot be defeated but by the very life, death and resurrection of the Son of God. Even then we will still die only to live forever with God. Science cannot defeat sickness, suffering and death. It may be able to solve some of the riddles but a punishment given to mankind by God cannot be destroyed simply by human ingenuity.

The article elsewhere states the following:
"We're heading into an era where people will be writing DNA programs like the early days of computer programming, but who will own these programs?" asked Drew Endy, a scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Man is likened to a computer program - something to be created, manipulated, controlled. Man simply cannot create new life or modify existing life forms without the true Creator reacting. While every natural disaster and terror may not be an explicit judgment by God, many of them are proof that He is preparing to shake the earth. He will not stand by idle.

Sacred Scripture says that it will be in the last days as it was in the days of Noah. What was it like in the days of Noah? They scoffed at him. Noah explained what was to take place, what God was about to do and what they should do in order to be saved, and they mocked. In their arrogance and sin they rejected the Creator's plan and challenged Him. Modern man mocks and scoffs at God once again. When we proclaim that His Divine Majesty, Christ our King, will one day return to judge the living and the dead few tremble. Instead of fearing God they mock all the more. But God will not be silent forever.

The human being is not something to be modified and created by man himself. Man is not the creator nor will he ever be. Either these scientific "advances" will fail or else mankind will have to answer to God, the true Creator. It is such a confused world in which we live, when spiritual realities are denied and the majority are living for this world alone. More and more satan is making his stand, gathering others around his flag: we shall be like God. It makes one wonder just how long God will remain silent - or just how very close we may be to that wonderful and terrible day of Our Lord when He will reveal Himself in glory and will bring His justice with Him. If He remains silent it is because His patience is aimed at leading us to repentance but there will be a final day. May the Lord have mercy upon us all and lead us along His straight paths.

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