Medical Ethics Coursework
“Only God Has The Right To Interfere With Our Genes”
Genetic engineering is the process of modifying the genetic makeup of an organism, usually by insertion of one or more genes. This can alter the genes which in turn could change the characteristics, height, eye colour and so on. The use of genetic engineering can also cure many diseases. The genes may come from the same or another organism, even from an unrelated organism such as from another phylum.
Some Christians would agree with the statement “only God has the right to interfere with our genes” because they believe that God has created the genetic make-up of each human being at the moment of conception and people should not interfere with God’s will, genetic engineering could also be called as “playing God”, because if you can change someone it is similar to the same powers of God, this is a great sin. Interfering with genes is a way to make someone perfect but Christians believe that it is wrong to try and make Earth perfect because only heaven is perfect, this life is a preparation for heaven and you should not try to make heaven on Earth.
Other Christians would disagree with the above statement because they believe that Jesus was a healer this showed Christians that they have to do all they can to cure diseases, another reason would be that the discovery of the genetic make-up of humans and using it to improve human life is what they were sent down to do as stewards of God. Genetic engineering is believed to be similar to the research of drugs which can be used to improve human life, for example if steroids were to be inhaled by someone with bronchiectasis then this could help cure the disease. Creating cells and creating people is completely different because creating people would be by science and this would be taking over God’s role in the creation of life whereas creating cells is more looked at as working with God.
In conclusion to looking at the Christianity view...