Following up on my previous post, we must be moral and ethical in our quest for knowledge and discovery. We can not let our desire for knowledge block our better judgement on moral issues. When human life is endangered, not to mention garunteed to be destroyed in the name of research, the moral and ethical line has been crossed. The issue of stem cell research has been brought up by one of my readers who commented on my previous post on knowledge. He or she who wished to remain anonymous suggests that we as Christians should not even talk about the issue of stem cell research. This seems hypocritical to me. If you go around pushing for this idea of scientific advancement, why would you at the same time suppress dialogue? I'm sorry, but when the issue is the destruction of human life it is our responsibility as good Christians to talk about the issue.
It has been suggested that we are uneducated about the issue and should therefore stay out of the picture. It is true that I am no biochemist and couldn't tell you the difference between various human body tissues, but I do know a couple of things for a fact. I know for a fact that a human embryo is a human life. I know for a fact that in order to "do research" on human embryos involves the destruction of the living embryo. I know for a fact that there are alternatives to embryonic stem cell research that do not threaten human life. Still don't believe what I'm saying? The following link will take you to an interview with Dr. Fazale Rana, an accomplished biochemist. He discusses the issue of embryonic stem cell research and answers some of the tough questions regarding this issue.
Embryonic Stem Cell Research