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There are no specific biblical references to infertility in the bible. 1. 1 Samuel 3- parable about a woman who prayed for a baby but never got one…. because God did not want her to have one. This shows us that it is not if you want a baby it is if God wants you to have one. A Church of England view towards infertility and artificial insemination is seeking to explore the whole area of bioengineering; they say that the actions of some people to create life via IVF are guilty of the hubris ‘playing God’.
Yet human discovery and intervention can also be thought of as resulting from the exercise of God-given powers of mind and reason. Many have thought that the possession of these powers is part of what it means to be ‘in the image of God’. However, a Methodist viewpoint is that they have supported the scientific judgment that remedies for human infertility, and would be greatly assisted if research on embryos not required for artificial insemination continues to be carried out.
However, research should be restricted to the first fourteen days; in addition, embryos should not be brought into being specifically for research purpose. Embryo Research Biblical Quotes 1. Mark 12-‘Love your neighbour as yourself. ‘ You must treat an embryo as if it were a person who had rights. The Church of England view is that for an embryo to be researched on in a laboratory goes against gods-given variety in nature. They believe that the notion of creating cloned embryos for research and then destroying them would be to treat a potential human being as disposable.
The Quaker viewpoint is that they have not produced a statement about this rapidly developing area of concern but we are becoming increasingly aware of the enormous powers of modern engineering techniques. Blood Transfusion The Roman Catholic view is that they recognize the advantages of scientific application, but the Church is mindful that it must be for service of people and not to undermine the dignity nor threaten the balance of nature. A Church of England viewpoint is that there is a reverence due to the goodness of nature, seen as God’s creation.
The church wishes to offer wise counseling. This is unlikely to be either a recommendation for unrestricted exploitation or total prohibition. Genetic Engineering Biblical Quotes 1. Genesis 1:27- ‘God made man in the image of himself. ‘ If you start to engineer a human then you’re messing in God’s creation. A viewpoint of the Baptist Union of Great Britain is that the advances in understanding of genetics and its links to disease raise a host of moral dilemmas.
Baptists welcome greater scientific knowledge and the benefits for humanity, but are concerned about the impact of such technologies on the world. All knowledge is to be exercised in responsibility to God, each other and to the created order of which we are stewards. The Church of England has the view that human beings are part of nature, creatures within creation. Yet human discovery and intervention can also be thought of as resulting from the exercise of God-given powers of mind and reason.
Many people have thought that the possession of these powers is part of what it means to be ‘in the image of God’. Cloning Biblical Quotes 1. Genesis 1:27- ‘God created man in the image of himself. ‘ See notes on previous section. A Roman Catholic view is that there should be a great concern over the thought of human cloning. The Pontifical Academy of Science issued a statement in 1997 – ‘In the cloning process the basic relationships of the human person are perverted: filiation, consanguinity, kinship, parenthood.
A woman can be the twin sister of her mother. Lack a biological father and be the daughter of her grandfather. IVF has already led to confusion of parentage, but cloning will mean the radical rupture of threes bonds’. The Church of Scotland view is that to clone humans would be unethical and has called for an international treaty to ban cloning human beings worldwide. To make genetic copy of an existing human being would violate the dignity and uniqueness of a person made in the image of God.