THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR ACTIONS! by Earl Sutton

 

In 1996 a grain ship, “Bright Field,” was heading down the Mississippi River near New Orleans, when it lost control, veered toward the shore and crashed into a riverside shopping mall. The impact demolished parts of the wharf and injured 116 people. According to the Coast Guard investigation, the ship’s owner and crew had failed to repair long-standing engine problems. This is a clear example of not doing what you should do and receiving the consequences of bad decisions.

            The Devil deceived Eve into thinking that there would be no consequences for eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1-7). God said, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, ye shall not eat of it lest ye die” (v.3) The Devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” (v.4) Eve dilly-dallied with the temptation and contemplated the possibilities that the Devil had suggested and threw away all restrain and ate the fruit!  Why?  The Devil deceived her into thinking that there would be no consequences for sin.

            The Devil continues to lie to us today and tells our society that a little sin won’t hurt, a little indulgence is not a problem, a little transgression will never hurt anybody! The Devil tells us that we are only human and go ahead and enjoy sin. The Bible says, “The way of the transgressor is hard.” ( Prov. 13:15)

            Our society believes that it can live in disobedience to God’s will by practicing homosexuality and never suffer the consequences. The scriptures teach that there will be consequences for our actions. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth unto the spirit shall of the spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7-8) This basic principle applies to the physical world and spiritual realm as well. The word, “mocked” is a Greek word (mukterizete:) which means to turn one’s nose up at God. The point is that if a person sows to the flesh (homosexuality and sinful living) and turns up his nose at God, he shall go the way of all flesh, -- die and face the judgment of God where there will be consequences. (reap destruction – Gal. 6:8)

The scriptures emphasize the consequences of sin in other verses. Ezekiel said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ez. 18:4) Paul said, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)  Over and over, again and again, the Bible under all circumstances, emphasizes that we reap what we sow and that sin is always followed by consequences.

            There is rebellion in the hearts and in the behavior of many people in our society today. In view of the fact that sin will always have consequences, what can we predict for the future? According to the basic law of sowing and reaping, the answer can best be given in the words of the prophet Hosea, “They sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind.” (Hos. 8:7) There is one time of sowing (while alive), and there will be two times of reaping. We reap in this life and also reap beyond this life in the hereafter. Sin brings forth its consequences both here and hereafter.

            People may do things without realizing the consequences of their actions, but one day there is going to be an accounting! (Rev. 21:8)                                                                                                                                                                                           

RIGHT OR WRONG TO MAKE A CHIMERA? by Earl Sutton

 

Scientists have revealed that they have managed to make a hybrid of a human and animal in the lab. These creatures are called chimera. Scientists said that the success of this project proves that the cell of a human being can be introduced into an organism that is non-human. This creature can survive and go on to grow in a host animal, which in this instance is a pig.

          Researchers from the Salk Institute said that they have made a chimera, an organism that is able to contain cells that came from two separate species. In the past, this is something that has been out of the reach of scientists.

          Basically, there are two different ways to make a hybrid. The first way relies on introducing organs from one animal to another, but the immune system of the host usually rejects the organ. The other way starts at the embryonic level when one of the cells of one animal is introduced to the embryo of the other, and they then fuse and grow into the hybrid.

          What are the benefits and risks associated with genetic engineering? There are many beneficial applications associated with genetic engineering. It could help find a solution to the shortage of donor organs, which is now at a critical level. Every 10 minutes someone is put on the national waiting list to have an organ transplant. Everyday 22 people, who are waiting on the list, pass away; because they cannot get the organ they need. This poses the question of what if people did not have to rely on the death of another as organs could be grown inside a host animal.

          The technology of genetic engineering has also many frightening possibilities. This technology involves tinkering with and redesigning a new gene which could have a harmful effect on humans. This brings into focus a much more frightening aspect of this research. Would it pave the way for the notion of designer genes wherein people start to order specific versions of genes in order to design an ideal child? This research should not be left solely in the hands of the scientific community and politicians; because through evil motives, this technology could lead to creating sub-humans.

          To help guide our decision on whether genetic engineering is right or wrong, we should ask which new genes are being created and for what purpose. This new technology is neither evil nor good in and of itself. The bottom line is how is it going to be used.

          The Bible says that God made man to be stewards of His creation and to have dominion over it. “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:22). This command to be stewards of His creation does not allow us to pick and choose which parts of creation we have dominion over, and thus includes the obligations involved in being good stewards of genetic engineering.

          If you liken genetic engineering to fire, both would have many useful purposes. Also, both could have evil purposes in the hands of a careless or evil individual. Therefore, we cannot argue that fire or genetic engineering is intrinsically evil, because both are neither evil nor good in and of themselves. God did not, in this verse, give man the right to wreck havoc by making a new gene, but the responsibility of ruling over it and using it for good purposes and not evil ones.