Has Human Cloning Eliminated God?

On July 5th, 1996 World newspapers welcomed Dolly, the first mammal cloned through nuclear transfer. There were several articles, ever since, of some other animal that has been cloned. Almost every magazine that has seen a story of this subject has addressed the question of human cloning. If so, will the process of human cloning somehow eliminate God or minimize or trivialize his creative acts?
Cloning in simple terms is reproduction through human-made process. Genetic material is produced in a mechanical physical way where the cloned individual gets the identical properties of the donor. A person like you and I can be cloned with identical physical properties but the memory, personality, skill and talent cannot be the same. But nevertheless have we created life? Can we now live without God?
Cloning is done in two ways – firstly the Artificial Embryo Twinning, which uses the technology of mimicking the natural process of identical twins. A zygote is divided into two cells in a Petri dish, instead of in the mother’s body, and is placed in surrogate mother. The second way is Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, which was used to create Dolly. A somatic cell (a non-germ cell that has two complete sets of chromosomes) is isolated and its nucleus is transferred to an egg cell (whose nucleus has been removed), which after some chemical tweaks behaves like a freshly fertilized zygote. The developed embryo is implanted into a surrogate mother. In spite of the complexity can we still hold to the view that we can do away with God?
Cloning cannot happen without an intelligent, purposeful scientist who has enough knowledge and equipment to create a living being. The scientist further depends on the available resources like a zygote or a somatic cell and a surrogate mother. Further, life is not created but only transferred from the parent to the cloned being. Therefore cloning, which is a very delicate and complex process, proves that our God is great for he created the world out of nothing and gave life to the first couple.
Cloning cannot happen either by natural selection or by chance, which is even more applicable to the scientists who are able to clone. Reason cannot come from non-reason and purpose cannot come from chance. Further the complex matter of cloning has become an ethical issue. Without taking sides, the concept of ethics is applicable only to humans because we are moral beings – we have moral law in us, therefore there must be a moral law giver.
God gave us creativity and we are able to recreate. God gave us rationality and we are able to seek either to invent or discover. Loren Eiseley, a distinguished scientist writes, “Man is the Cosmic Orphan. He is the only creature in the universe who asks, ‘Why?’ Other animals have instincts to guide them.” Of all the questions the most important are – Why I am here? Where am I going? What is the meaning of life? These are the questions that can be answered only with reference to the producer or creator – purpose and meaning can come only from the producer.
Some have rejected God because of much evil and pain in this world, but now the whole burden falls upon humans. Gregory Koukl, in his website Stand to Reason, writes that a person who rejects God has to still face evil and has to explain where good comes from, for nothing is evil in a world that is without God. William Lane Craig in his website Reasonable Faith argues that if God does not exist, then both humans and the universe are inevitably doomed to death for there is no hope of immortality outside God. People who believe in themselves and their abilities, like cloning, are the perfect examples what G. K Chesterton said “When a Man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.”
A rational, creative and moral human being cannot come into existence without an intelligent purposeful and just creator God. Belief in such a God is not blind for the subjective quest and objective reason, the order and delicacy of the creation, gives us the base. Paul in his letter to intellectual Romans writes, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1.20) The Psalmist found meaning in worshiping that creator God …
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me,* O God. They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up, you are still with me! (Psalm 139.13-18)
For further reflection, read God’s particle.


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