This frightening piece of news is taken from the National Post some time near the turn of the second millennium. Certain blind or ignorant optimists would scoff at the notion that the potentiality spoken of in the headline could soon become a reality. Others, because they already benefit financially from runaway science, will try and convince us that human laws will prevent scientists from going too far. But concocting human embryos in a petri dish has already been allowed when such a thing would have been outlawed by more cautious generations.
Godless peoples will unite their ideas and forces to do creator-like things. No power but the true God is able to prevent the monstrous machinations of man. “Behold, the people is one,” said the LORD one time, “and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do” (Genesis 11.6.) The principal ‘one language’ the world is using today to build its tower up to heaven is called science. But it is a science gone mad. How high God will permit this Babel to ascend we do not know. But we know that Bio-Medical Research, even if it were restricted to operate within the bounds of propriety and righteous conduct, will not be the dialect by which man achieves any sort of immortality. Only the word of God through Man the Word can do that. Jesus Christ is the life-giving word.
This scientific mixing of man and beast is a sophisticated form of that confusion spoken of in Leviticus 18.23. A sexual union between man and beast is there called confusion: an ‘unnatural mixture.’ A union of the same by the use of a petri dish is confusion too. In one sense, the latter is worse, for science might bring about some offspring by its deeds. Soon, we hope, God will once again bring his own confusion upon mad scientists. “Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language…So the LORD scattered them” (Genesis 11.7, 8.) We pray God to hurry up because many confusions (though less horrific than a ‘half-human, half-chimp’) have already been created. The appended article goes on to say, “The little white mice in Keith Humphries’ lab are part human. They carry genes for human blood components and pass them on to their young…Such hybrids…invaluable for studying…disorders.”
Some newspaper browsers won’t even muffle their giggles when they read about the next abomination man may actuate. These are they who are content to do what they must to survive, and spend the rest of their time and energy listening and looking for any new thing that might feed their lust for amusement and shock. They would be the first to approve of the creation of a man-beast just so they could get a look at it. They don’t doubt that man may be able to make a ‘half-human, half-chimp.’ But will they believe that God will yet raise cadavers from the grave to unite them to the souls they once belonged to? No, a Grander Science by the Highest Power they will not believe. Imagine, a body resurrected to be thrust away from God and good, a risen body reunited to a half-despairing, half-longing soul that is condemned to feel alienated for ever! Is that a monstrosity for the idle reader to giggle at? There will be a resurrection. Only those who believed and trusted in Jesus will be given glorified bodies. Therefore, pray that you will soon be able to say with the sincerity of a real Christian, “But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead” (1 Corinthians 1.9.)