BIOTECHNOLOGY (A THEOLOGICAL VIEW) A PRESENTATION BY PETER N. MURIITHI 2 Tim 3:16 Ps 1:2
THEO LOGY • (God) (Study) • Theologians believe: • All life is initiated and controlled by God. • BIO TECHNO LOGY • (Life) (design) (study) • Biotechnologists are “claiming” to know how to design life • This is seen as encroaching on the role of God.
A human being is PSYCHO SOMATIC • (Soul) (Body) • THEOLOGYdeals withSOUL • SCIENCEdeals withMATTER • If the two disciplines were to work together, humanity would be wholistically satisfied • But unfortunately, they have never done it! • Virgin Birth (Parthenogenesis) - Galileo
Theologianswork on faith on a God they have not seen Scientists work on matter they do not understand the source Hosea calls theologians fools Psalmscalls scientists fools
Scientists tell us that the earth was in existence 5 billion years ago And that there was life on earth about 500 million years ago Ever since the creation of the world, his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things HE has made [Rom 1:20]
So what has God made? • Powerful computers… • Airplanes… • Radar… • Digital cameras… • Sensitive microphones… • Speakers… • Fantastic Biochemical factory…(Romans 1:20)
God is the greatest Biotechnologist!!!
The story of Creation confirms that the universe was not created on a whim but was a thought out and planned orderly series of events Plants before animals (Photosynthesis) Fish and birds before antelopes figure “1” (era) figure “7” (Ultimate. Perfection eternity)
Man is a designed creation. “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” The 2 important words are Image and Likeness or Essence Discuss on: The first Test Tube baby (Jeremiah 18)
Jesussaid that in heaven, there is no sexuality • So the first Adam, in the image of God was Asexual • This presented 2 major problems: • Adam was seeing what the birds and beeswere doing and might be tempted to try it with a lion • Because he was asexual, he could not multiply and fill the world like the other animals
So it was back to the laboratory It is at this stage that the sex chromosomes were added The result was two different people Adam and Evewho are sexual And humanity could reproduce Eve says so when she bears her first Baby. “I have produced a man with the help of the LORD." (Gen 4:1)
God made Humanity the Stewards of His creation: “let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." (Gen 1:26) And from then on, God became Deus Absicaditus
But Humanity seemed to have acquired a gene of rebellion All scientists know that this can happen in any laboratory (Biosafety rules!) This gene seems to have got in during the time the woman was being engineered Even the first offspring Cain had the gene, and he killed his brother Abeland the rebellion is continuous up to date
God decided to make a people whom he would teach and guide so that they could set the standards for the rest of humanity (Canon) He chose Abraham whose wife had gone beyond the menopause Stage
Despite leaders like Moses and Joshua and the prophets, the Israelites were a failure as the role model • For the first Adam, burdened with an evil heart, transgressed and was overcome, as were also all who were descended from him. [2 Esdras 3:21]
There was no clean source of tissue from any descendant of Adam The only perfect tissue had to come from God Himself So back to the laboratory again for a new Adam who would not succumb to sin
Notice what the angel said to Mary, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be calledSon of God.” [Luke 1:35] In this setting, Mary is not involved in the conception None of her genes enter into Jesus. She is only the feeding vessel
This problem of the epistemology of Jesus was to cause problems for many years, (and even today) with many heresies This led to the formulation of the Creed of Nicaea in AD 325 in which the early church stated that Jesus was both fully God and fully human Jesus as God shows us what God wants humanity to be and to do Jesus as humanshows us how we humans should do the will of God
He cured mentally disturbed (Mathare) He gave sight to the blind (Glasses) Cured incurable diseases (Leprosy, TB, Cancer, AIDS,) He fed the hungry (and food for export) He taught us about the environment (birds and flowers) He controlled storms (dykes) Told us to pay taxes (coin in fish) Taught us agriculture (the sower)
BUT note the story of the fig tree • Jesus fed both the soul and thebody • He was a Theologian and a Scientist If Jesus was to be reborn in Kenya today, He would be faced by a high population of hungry people and a degraded environment
According to latest data by the Government, Hewould have to feed more than 10 million people but with only one fishandone loaf of bread. And for the world one Billion according to FAO estimates (June 2009) He would also find a land ofterrorists, Political turmoil, Mungiki, kidnappings, drugs etc What is Jesus demanding from us as Good stewards?
"The first man, Adam, became a living being"; The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (1 Cor 15:45) St. Paul, says “We are grafted (which is a biotechnological phrase) to Jesus”who is the second Adam(Romans 11: 17-21)
Through the first Adam, we have the body and the scientists have to meet the needs of the body like food, health, clothing, shelter Through the second Adam, we have the Holy Spirit and the theologians will preach peace, joy, hope, faith, and forgiveness BUT, one-sixth of the world's hungry and poor, pose a "serious risk" to world peace and security Note the Contradiction: Just 15 million people hungry in the developed world (with abundant technology; In sub-Saharan Africa: 265 million and limited technology
No more arrogance from the scientists • No more Sunday School Theology from the theologians SYNERGY